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!
- 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 measures to protect and defend the most vulnerable people, as well as sample letters, demands and practice models for decarceration.
- 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
- There are three resources here specific to COVID-19: The Mutual Aid Mourning and Healing Project, Chicago COVID-19 Hardship and Help, and a post that 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
- This is a map of mutual aid efforts in North America.
- Information on how to build a neighborhood “pod” for mutual support can be found here (Pod Mapping for Mutual Aid, by Rebel Sidney Black) and here (Mutual Aid Medford And Somerville (MAMAS)).
- Bay Area-specific mutual aid resource and general useful information source for COVID-19 health information as well as information about being at home safely and well (including fun things to do)
- Resources for undocumented communities by state and through emergency funds (you can also contribute to those funds here!).
- People’s Coronavirus Response group on Facebook
- 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!:
- No New SF Jail Coalition – letter calling to release people from prisons and jails
- #AuditAhern Ella Baker Center – call to release people from Santa Rita jail
- JusticeLA Coalition – letter calling to release people from prisons and jails
- Care Not Cops PDX – strategies to release people from prisons and jails
- Release Aging People in Prison – demands to release elders and people with vulnerabilities from New York State prisons, with updated demands in relation to the “devastation visited on Black New Yorkers by state violence of prisons and policing”
- Free Them All 4 Public Health – resources and demands to decarcerate NYC jails (includes an organizing toolkit)
- Communities United for Police Reform – letter calling for reductions in arrests and police enforcement of social distancing
- No New Jails DC – letter calling to release people from prisons and jails
- Amistad Law Project demands for Pennsylvania State Prisons – letter calling to release people from prisons
- Protect Public Health Through Decarceration from the Chicago Bond Fund – letter calling to release people from Cook County jail
- Protecting Public Health in Allegheny County: Release and Divert People from Allegheny County Jail to Fight the Spread of the Coronavirus from the Abolitionist Law Center – letter calling to release people from Allegheny County jail (+ see updates on the Abolitionist Law Center site)
- COVID-19: Los Angeles Must Immediately Release People from the County Jails! – public health / medical call to release people from LA County jails
- Public Health Support for Immediate Release of Vulnerable Incarcerated People due to Covid19 in Massachusetts – letter calling to release people from prisons and jails in Massachusetts (SIGN ON if you are a medical provider / public health worker!), and see updated demands and resources from Families for Justice as Healing here.
- Open Letter to ICE From Medical Professionals Urging the Release of Individuals in Immigration Detention Given the Risk of COVID-19 – letter calling to release people from immigration detention (SIGN ON if you are a medical provider!)
Organizing and fundraising to support people inside
- Beyond Prisons – resource and organizing tool for supporting prisoners during the COVID-19 crisis
Resources for resisting ICE and Immigrant Detention
- Tools, demands, and resources from the Dignity Not Detention Coalition Participating organizations include: California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Freedom for Immigrants, Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), Immigrant Defense Advocates, Immigrant Defense Project, Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ICIJ), Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Public Health as Community Health – Calls to resist policing and militarization in the face of COVID-19
- Human Impact Partners and Arab Resource and Organizing Center “National Health Not Militarism” sign on letter
- #endpoliceviolence collective – letter opposing the use of policing to enforce public health needs from a collective of public health professionals, researchers, advocates, and authors of the American Public Health Association’s statement on law enforcement violence
BUILDING OUR MOVEMENTS IN THIS TIME