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Apr 6, 2020
Arizona clears prison 'warehouse' in prep for COVID-19 inmate infections
(Tucson Sentinel)
At a time when several states have decided to release low-risk segments of their prison populations ahead of rising COVID-19 infections, the Arizona Department of Corrections is reportedly converting "warehouses" in order to accommodate prisoners who become infected with the highly contagious and potentially fatal virus.
Apr 6, 2020
Driving Protest to #FreeThemAll Comes to Trenton
(Insider NJ)
On Monday, April 6th, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm, family members of people incarcerated by ICE in NJ, community members, faith leaders, immigrant advocates, political activists and social justice organizations are among the those taking action in a “driving protest” to urge the press to ask Governor Murphy about his plans for people held pursuant to contracts with ICE in the county jails as well as all those held at the Elizabeth Detention Center and his efforts to release them in light of the pandemic.
Apr 5, 2020
Pregnant prisoners would get better conditions if bills pass
(Monroe News)
New bills would change the procedures for restraining and isolating pregnant women imprisoned in Michigan, a move intended to improve conditions for them.
Apr 5, 2020
New Mexico farmers help local food banks in exchange for supplies
Food is flying off the shelves at local food banks and some New Mexico farmers are stepping up to help replenish the supply. In exchange for giving food to food banks, farmers receive supplies like seeds and face masks.
Apr 5, 2020
Why coronavirus is running rampant in Michigan prisons
(Detroit Free Press)
As the often deadly coronavirus spreads through Michigan prisons, no hot spot is hotter than Parnall Correctional Facility near Jackson.
Apr 5, 2020
New Mexico farmers help local food banks in exchange for supplies
Food is flying off the shelves at local food banks and AFSC is helping New Mexico farmers replenish the supply.
Apr 3, 2020
COVID-19 in the Central Valley: Let’s not forget immigrant farm workers
(The Fresno Bee)
Suddenly the COVID-19 crisis disrupted our lives, and we find ourselves struggling to reinvent the way we perform our work. Even before some city mayors mandated us to shelter in place or Gov. Gavin Newsom declared we do so statewide, some organizations and educational institutions were closing and issuing work-at-home directives.
Apr 3, 2020
COVID-19 in the Central Valley: Let’s not forget immigrant farm workers
(The Fresno Bee)
Immigrant farmworkers are on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Apr 3, 2020
Some immigrants won’t be getting stimulus checks. Here’s what they’re getting instead
(Herald Mail Media)
The lack of access to state and federal emergency funding has forced hundreds of South Florida immigrant families to turn to small local organizations instead for money and even food.
Apr 2, 2020
Letter to the Editor
(Charleston Patriot-Bridge)
In this time of crisis, instability, and fear we look to you for leadership—and the lives of Bay Staters will literally depend on it. We are grateful for the role the legislature has played over the past two weeks, from moving legislative offices to remote function, to encouraging Governor Baker to close schools and daycares statewide, to waiving the 1-week waiting period for unemployment assistance. However, this moment requires more from the legislative branch, and on a rapid timeline.
Apr 2, 2020
Advocates call for mass release at the Aurora detention facility due to reports of COVID-19
(Boulder Weekly)
Joining a national effort led by Detention Watch Network, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Colorado People’s Alliance (COPA) are asking people to write and make phone calls to elected officials, detailing the testimonies of those inside and asking they be released, in lieu of protests outside the Aurora facility.
Apr 2, 2020
Letters to the Editor 4-2-20
(Chelsea Record)
Act with the urgency this crisis requires.
Apr 1, 2020
Employees Fear Spread of Coronavirus in San Diego’s Migrant Youth Shelters
(NBC San Diego)
Employees of the nonprofit contracted to house migrant youth in San Diego County say they don’t have sufficient protective gear, including masks and gloves, and already have a number of children in isolation who are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.
Apr 1, 2020
Michigan speeds parole reviews but few prisoners qualify
(The Detroit News)
California, which runs America's largest prison system, has announced plans to grant early release 3,500 to inmates due to the spread of the coronavirus. But a similar mass exodus will not take place in Michigan. Though the state already paroles 9,000 prisoners per year, and has ramped up the pace of its parole process in recent weeks, few inmates are eligible for consideration.
Apr 1, 2020
BOOKS Legendary Chicago 'lesbian of conscience' tells her story
(Windy City Media Group)
In Emily L. Quint Freeman's no-holds-barred 262-page memoir, Failure to Appear: Resistance, Identity and Loss, she provides a gripping true-life story of a lesbian of conscience who became a fugitive, on the run for over nineteen years using several aliases. Through the lens of nonstop activism, Freeman describes finding her true self and her sexual truth during the turbulent late 1960s through the late '80s.
Mar 31, 2020
‘I’m going to lose my life in this place’: ICE detainees beg for release
(Star Ledger)
Essex County jail is holding nearly 600 detainees who are not charged with a crime, but are trapped behind bars, up close with the coronavirus, while they await their day in immigration courts.
Mar 31, 2020
An existential view of the current crisis
(Charleston Gazette Mail)
Philosophers can help us get through the pandemic.
Mar 31, 2020
As coronavirus spreads, will N.J. release more people from jails and prisons?
(As coronavirus spreads, will N.J. release more people from jails and prisons?)
Advocates are calling for the release of people in prison during the pandemic.
Mar 30, 2020
Arizona sheriffs no longer admitting people to prison, Department of Corrections says
(NBC 12)
Calls for releasing people in prison throughout the state have been made by advocacy groups.
Mar 30, 2020
As coronavirus spreads in Michigan's prisons, fear brews among families, officers
(Detroit Free Press)
Advocates call for Governor Whitmer to commute the sentences of elderly and ill people serving long sentences.
Mar 29, 2020
'I feel like I belong here': Greensboro teen faces deportation over adoption snafu
(Greensboro News and Record)
A teenager faces deportation because of an error in the adoption process.
Mar 29, 2020
Local history: 1980 rally was call to arms
(Akron Beacon Journal)
Akron clergymen debated war and peace in the spring of 1980 while chaos seemed to consume the world.
Mar 28, 2020
Amid crisis, computer access has become essential. In Miami, not everyone has it.
(Miami Herald)
The state of Florida is asking newly laid off residents to file for unemployment online if they can, but many don't have internet access.
Mar 28, 2020
New Chicano Park Mural Focuses on Immigration
(The Coronado Times)
A new mural is dedicated to Anastasio Hernández Rojas, a longtime San Diego resident and undocumented immigrant who died as a result of an altercation with Border Patrol at the San Ysidro border crossing in 2010.



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