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1: Get Out the Vote in Georgia!
This National Action comes from NCJW. Inc
NCJW is partnering with Vote Forward to write letters to low turnout voters in Georgia. All voters in their first campaign to register voters have been adopted! Check back often to engage in their remaining campaigns: vote by mail and get out the vote.
Join NCJW for two opportunities to contact low turnout voters in Georgia: register for Monday, December 14, from 6–8 pm E.T., and register for Monday, December 21, from 6–8 pm E.T.
Be sure to sign up for an account if you don't already have one to be notified when the campaigns go live!
2. Tell Mayor de Blasio: Stop Unleashing the Police to Enforce Social Distancing When Medical Professionals are Needed.
This National Action comes from ColorofChange.org
New York Governor Cuomo has announced his plan for opening indoor dining restaurants in NYC -- and he wants to unleash 4,000 NYPD officers in restaurants across the city to enforce social distancing orders. He has called on Speaker Corey Johnson to create an officers' task force to do "restaurant compliance."
We know how Black people will be targeted because it played out before our eyes a few months ago.
While Gov. Cuomo continues to call for more police funding and police presence in our communities, Black and Brown people in New York are disproportionately dying from COVID-19 with no government assistance. Despite facing a budget deficit, some of the billions we continue to spend on the police should be diverted to widespread COVID-19 testing, free treatment, and PPE distribution. But yet, Gov. Cuomo continues to call for more policing of our communities.
3. Tell Governors: Embrace Clemency as a Path to Redemption.
This National Action comes from ACLU.org
The United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the world. And of the 2.3 million people in America's prisons, 1.3 million are in state prisons.
The errors of the past – 'tough-on-crime' policies such as the War on Drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing – mean that too many people are serving sentences that would be unthinkable today. Racial disparities are glaring: Black and Latinx people make up 57% of the state prison populations despite comprising just 29% of the overall population. And states are spending $43 billion on their prisons every year, perpetuating the mass incarceration crisis and wasting money that should be invested instead into impacted communities.
Solving this problem is a moral, racial justice, and economic imperative, and governors have a leading role to play. In nearly every state, governors have the power to immediately commute people's sentences and liberate them, offering them and their families a meaningful opportunity at hope, healing, and redemption. Governors can decarcerate without waiting for legislation to be passed.
Join ACLU by urging governors to grant clemency for the tens of thousands of people in state prisons whose sentences are unjustifiable and whose path to redemption cannot be delayed a moment longer.
4. Tell Congress: Pass the COVID-19 Compassion and Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act.
This Local Action comes from ColorofChange.org
As prisons and jails ban in-person visits to stop the spread of infection, the only way that families can stay in touch with their incarcerated loved ones is through phone or video calls. But prison telecom corporations are charging families with incarcerated loved ones up to $25 for a 15-minute phone call. Many families can't afford these sky-high rates, and in the age of COVID-19, this is all the more apparent.
The corporations preying upon these families make up a $1.2 billion industry. Securus, one of the largest providers, makes nearly $700 million a year price gouging families but has only offered families a few free calls a week during this crisis. This forces families to ration calls at a time when regular and consistent communication is critical.
Mrs. Martha Wright-Reed was a champion for phone justice and fought for decades to make prison phone calls affordable to incarcerated people. Let's keep her hope and vision alive by demanding the Senate pass the COVID-19 Compassion and Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act now!
Tell your senators to do their part to support the COVID-19 Compassion and Martha Wright Prison Phone Justice Act in the Senate. Your voice is crucial in the fight to keep families connected.
5. Stay Housed LA County!
This Local Action comes from LA County
Stay Housed L.A. County is a partnership between the County of Los Angeles and local community and legal services providers. Together, they provide Los Angeles County residents, from Lancaster to Long Beach, with information and resources to keep people in their homes.
Los Angeles County's diverse neighborhoods and cities have created a rich and unique cultural fabric we all call home. Yet, the house we know is at risk.
The COVID-19 pandemic has cost people their jobs and livelihoods. This has put an estimated one-third of households in a position where they cannot make rent and are facing losing their homes.
Stay Housed L.A. County has the resources you need to know your rights and the legal assistance to back them up.