Petitions & Campaigns
Last month, Crystal Mason, a Black mother, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for voting while on probation. Like 96% of Black women in this country, she thought it was imperative to vote in the 2016 Presidential election given all that was at stake for Black women. Crystal was denied her freedom to vote because she is a formerly incarcerated person with a non-violent felony. A year later she was charged with voter fraud by Tarrant County Deputy District Attorney Matthew Smid. Crystal does not deserve to be in jail. She tried to vote believing it was the right thing to do.
I am confident that if we can get a resentencing hearing for Crystal. We can help restore her faith in her personal power and the power of community. Please, stand with me to ensure Crystal is not sent back to prison!
Around 4:30 pm on Wednesday, April 4th, Saheed Vassell a 34-year-old Black man was murdered by the New York Police Department in Brooklyn.
We need to demand that New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio:
- Immediately release the names of all officers involved in Saheed's murder as well as any previous misconduct claims filed against those officers
- Release of all unedited audio and video footage of officers before, during, and after the killing of Saheed
- End the over-deployment of the hyper-militarized Strategic Response Group in communities, who's officers responded to police calls about Saheed
Adopt a common-sense approach of releasing elder inmates, who are aging in prison, have already served considerable time, and pose little or no threat to the public.
We aim to stop the lobbying power of the private prison industry as a step towards abolishing cages in criminal and immigration policy.
The National Prison Divestment Campaign targets the investors of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and GEO Group (GEO), the two largest private prison companies in the United States. Profiting from the separations of families, violations of human rights, and general pain caused by these prisons is inhumane and unacceptable.
On Sunday, April 22, 2018, 25-year-old Chikesia “Kesia” Clemons was wrongfully arrested and dragged out of a Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama by three police officers.
Charging exploitative phone rates to incarcerated people and their families is wrong.But prisons get a percentage of companies' profits as a kickback, so they have no incentive to act. If states won't step in to protect against these predatory practices, then Congress must.