Abolitionist Resources in Response to COVID-19

RESOURCES TO DRAW FROM

  • CR’s email blast and COVID-19 Decarceration Webinar
    • These include information, analysis, and additional references for understanding and imagining abolitionist responses to COVID-19, especially as it is impacting people in prisons, jails, detention, and in contact with police. The webinar page on the Critical Resistance website also lists ongoing work from all of the participants! 
  • Decarceration During COVID-19: A Messaging Toolkit for Campaigns for Mass Release from Community Justice Exchange and Public Health Awakened
  • The Justice Collaborative
    • This resource is updating information on responses and strategies for addressing the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable and marginalized people. It’s got a helpful map of policy changes being effected in the United States around measure to protect and defend the most vulnerable people.
  • The Red Nation 
    • The Red Nation’s blog post here offers critical analysis of COVID-19 as a public health crisis compounded by capitalism and unchecked climate change. They also will be addressing the ongoing developments in their podcast, accessible at this link.
  • Transformative Spaces 
    • This details the kinds of demands and organizing focus-points local communities might be thinking about, with key questions to ask as you plan. It is meant to serve as a tool for organizers and activists who are crafting their own responses to COVID-19.
  • Mutual Aid Projects
  • Information for responses to intimate partner / family violence without police and prisons (From Undercurrent Victoria, Australia)
    • This includes up to date information for the Narrm / Melbourne, AU region and also includes downloadable files that share tips, questions, and strategies about supporting people experiencing intimate partner violence and include space to list local resources for distribution.
 
CAMPAIGNS AND COALITIONS ADVANCING DEMANDS IN THIS MOMENT: ANALYSIS AND CALL FOR ACTION TO JOIN / SHARE  (this is a list of active work, updated regularly)
Calls for Decarceration and Prisoner Support – support these efforts if they are in your local area, or use these letters as models to pressure your local decision-makers to decarcerate now!:
 
Organizing and fundraising to support people inside
 
Resources for resisting ICE and Immigrant Detention
 
Public Health as Community Health – Calls to resist policing and militarization in the face of COVID-19
 
BUILDING OUR MOVEMENTS IN THIS TIME
Building power
 
Building knowledge