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COVID-19 AND PRISONER RELEASE

In our fight against this pandemic, we must work to depopulate the Cook County jail and to provide treatment, testing, and release to the incarcerated population, including torture survivors and the wrongfully convicted. We ask you to call as often as you are able in order to put pressure on the system. 

EVERY PHONE CALL HELPS.

Call Chief Judge Evans (312) 603-6000 

Hello my name is _________, and I am calling on behalf of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Given the present pandemic crisis, I demand that you, as our elected official, take action to depopulate our prisons and jails

I demand that the poor who can’t afford bail be released back to their community immediately. All bail-eligible and vulnerable people (the sick, the older, and those with compromised immune systems) should be released immediately without the need to pay for bail.

Call Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx (312) 603-1880

Hello my name is _________, and I am calling on behalf of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Given the present pandemic crisis, I demand that you, as our elected official, take action to depopulate our prisons and jails.

I demand that you move to drop bail requirements for all eligible cases. I also demand that you move the courts to reduce sentences on an emergency basis for the elderly and medically vulnerable. 

Call Governor Pritzker (312) 814-2121

Hello my name is _________, and I am calling on behalf of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Given the present pandemic crisis, I demand that you, as our elected official, take action to depopulate our prisons and jails.

I demand that you take necessary executive action to free police torture survivor Gerald Reed (by clemency, commutations and pardons). I also demand that you release the elderly, the wrongfully convicted, and the medically vulnerable from prisons and jails immediately.

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We know times are tough for everyone right now. Our own ability to do our work is being impacted because we are a movement for and by the working class and oppressed peoples, who are disproportionately suffering the economic effects of the coronavirus. Yet we must continue to do our work, especially in the face of this pandemic, because of how it’s affecting Black and Brown communities and exacerbating our oppression.

 

About Us

Since 1973, when it was born from the movement to free Angela Davis and all political prisoners, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has defended the rights of oppressed people in Illinois and around the world.

We defend the civil liberties of workers, activists, and prisoners. We struggle against white supremacy, the prison-industrial complex, and state violence. We demand community control of the police and full representation for Black people and other poor and oppressed people at all levels of government.

Click here to learn more about the refounding of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.