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I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.
~Bishop Desmond Tutu
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What is Prison Activism all about??

ACTIVISM - the intentional action to bring about social, political, or environmental change.

Activism begins with awareness. You have seen "Activists." The ones who are screaming and stomping up and down the street, throwing themselves in front of traffic, or marching to the White House. Not all activism has to be that dramatic. Activism could mean writing a letter, bringing awareness to others, donating a dollar to a cause. There are many vehicles for directing political or social change.

The Prison Activism forum is about bringing that awareness to our members so that you can run with it and assist in initiating that change. It does not have to be dramatic. It could simply be about changing your siggy for day, or wearing a t-shirt when you go to do your laundry, or it COULD be as dramatic as marching to Washington, or holding up traffic - especially when it comes to our loved ones in Prison.
We know that by nature, their environment sucks. What is worse, is when administration does not pay attention to the extremeties of an already bad environment. They allow inmates to die or get sick due to poor medical care or living condition, they do not provide adequate religious resources for Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, or Christians. They do not provide timely adequate meals, or alternative diets for those that require it for religious, cultural, or heath reasons. Or maybe they should not even BE in prison, but are due to political uprising they, themselves fought for, or because they were wrongly accused. There are many, many issues within our Prison system that have to be addresses, fought for, and mostly, that we need to be aware of.

Find some of those resources below...

10 Things you can to to support the struggle for prisoners' rights
ACLU - Prisoners' Rights Project
All of us or None
California Prison Focus

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Eleven things you can do to support the struggle for prisoners' rights:

  1. Contact a prisoners’ rights organization and volunteer your time.
  2. Read and respond to newspaper stories. Write letters of encouragement for sympathetic editorials and challenge tough-on-crime op-eds.
  3. Keep informed about relevant bills/laws and contact your representative to voice your opinion. The following organizations provide guidance in identifying and contacting lawmakers:
  4. Come to demonstrations and other events as a show of support and to be connected to those who do this work.
  5. Become informed about conditions of confinement and the movement against the prison industrial complex.
  6. Challenge those around you who subscribe to stereotypes about prisoners.
  7. If you are an employer, consider hiring former prisoners for job vacancies.
  8. Invite a prisoners’ rights activist to speak at your organization’s (high schools, churches, universities, conferences) function.
  9. Make a monetary donation to a prisoners’ rights organization. Most of these groups have very limited resources.
  10. Donate supplies (furniture, computers, equipment) to a prisoners’ rights organization.
  11. Become a pen pal to a person in prison.
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ACLU - Prisoners Rights Project

The American Civil Liberties Union's National Prison Project is dedicated to ensuring that our nation’s prisons, jails, juvenile facilities and immigration detention centers comply with the Constitution, federal law, and international human rights principles, and to addressing the crisis of over-incarceration in the U.S. Since 1972, the Project has fought unconstitutional conditions of confinement through public education, advocacy, and successful litigation on behalf of more than 100,000 men, women and children.

WHAT THEY FIGHT FOR - Conditions of Confinement, Women in Prison, Immigration Detention, Medical Care, Restriction of Rights, and Mental Health Care

WHAT THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR NOW AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED -

No Dealth Penalty in Alameda County

Thorough Investigation of the Bush Torture Program on Prisoners

Stop Death Sentences in Orange County

Tell Obama to Use his Clemency Power

New York must Reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws
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All of Us or None

All of Us Or None is a national organizing initiative of prisoners, former prisoners and felons, to combat the many forms of discrimination that we face as the result of felony convictions. After serving time in torturous conditions, we were met at the gate with prejudice and discrimination that made our re-entry into society difficult and in some cases impossible. Many of us recognize that our prison sentence never ends as long as the discrimination against us continues.

WHAT THEY FIGHT FOR - "Ban the Box" (Eliminate the question about prior convictions on public employment applications), "Voting Rights for All" (Develop and implement strategies that result in greater participation from prisoners and formerly-incarcerated people in the democratic process), "Clean Slate" (Provide trainings on the legal remedies available to people with conviction histories. Disseminate information on resolution assistance to those who qualify for existing legal remedies), "Community Giveback" (Yearly event giving bikes, toys and gifts to children of incarcerated parents from formerly incarcerated people).


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California Prison Focus

California Prison Focus works to abolish the California prison system in its present condition. We investigate and expose human rights abuses with the goal of ending long term isolation, medical neglect, and all forms of discrimination. We are community activists, prisoners, and their families educating and inspiring the public to demand change.

WHAT THEY FIGHT FOR - We stand up strong against the cruel and torturous conditions of the California prison system, especially advocating for the immediate shut down of all SHU (Security Housing Units) cells and similar conditions of solitary confinement. We publish a quarterly magazine, Prison Focus, distributed free to SHU prisoners, $5 a year to other prisoners, and $20 a year to former prisoners, their family members, activists, and friends of CPF. We travel regularly to Pelican Bay, Corcoran, and other state prisons to uncover and disseminate information on the current conditions prisoners must endure.
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