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"The following is a framework that seeks to draw out what “prosecutor organizing” looks like with an abolitionist lens. The first section outlines principles to hold us accountable to each other, so that there is shared agreement about what abolition means in organizing around prosecutors. The second section is a resource for organizers looking to put these principles into practice in their local prosecutor organizing campaigns."
Before COVID-19 became a global pandemic, missing a court date, a check-in with parole or probation, a day of community service, or a court-mandated treatment program could and frequently did result in people being jailed. However, during the early days of the pandemic, most states suspended or reduced in-person courtroom proceedings (either moving them online via video or postponing them to future dates), which goes to show that rescheduling appointments with the criminal legal system is possible, and that the criminalization of failing-to-appear (FTA) has always been arbitrary and merely punitive. This guide explains why it is essential to eliminate failure-to-appear and outlines demands to end the criminalization of FTA.
Incarcerated people in the United States’ jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers are at an unacceptable risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19. This document provides some guidance and tools for families, organizers, and advocates who are demanding their decarceration and health equity while pushing back against the false narratives that invoke public health in order to uphold mass criminalization and incarceration during COVID-19. Included is a set of core organizing principles to support calls for both mass release public health and a set of answers to common questions and push-back organizers may be facing in their local campaigns.
Storytelling on social media has become a powerful tool to shift public narratives in the movement to end mass criminalization. However, if misused, improper storytelling runs the risk of perpetuating narratives that reinforce, rather than work to dismantle, the criminal justice system. To avoid this, this guide offers tips to organizers and advocates who are using social media to broadly critique the criminal punishment system, including through the use of storytelling about individual cases or people, in order to build power and to bring about changes that lessen its size, scope, and reach.