Free The People WNY


Enough is enough. The people are mobilizing and need your support. We are in need of materials, bail money and anything else to protect us. To contribute to efforts towards the fight to defund the police please donate through $FreeThePeopleWNY or Venmo: @FreeThePeopleWNY


Coalition members are primarily organizations and some individual organizers who are working on a campaign or providing services for those impacted by any aspect of the criminal justice system, and aligns with the coalition mission and principles. Others who align with our principles but don’t fall into one of these categories are welcome to work with the coalition in various capacities, but can’t be listed as official members.

Join us at one of our monthly meetings, on the first Thursday of every month at 3 pm. Contact us by emailing to receive the meeting info. If you are interested in becoming a coalition member, please fill out a membership form.

Want to dig into the work for justice at the state, county or city level? Join a Working Group!

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County Policy Platform Launch

May 6, 2021 @ 3:30 pm UTC+0

We have a vision for Erie County.
The Free the People WNY County Working Group has put together a policy platform calling on the new Sheriff, County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the Erie County Legislature and District Attorney John Flynn to act on five policy demands to decarcerate Erie County and invest in our communities.
1. Treat people in County jails like the human beings they are
2. Cut at least 50% of the Sheriff department budget
3. Close at least one County jail by 2022
4. Stop criminalizing people with unmet needs
5. Uphold justice for immigrants, regardless of status
Join us on May 6th to hear from people who have been impacted by the carceral violence upheld by our County leaders and find out how you can get involved. Part of an organization? Sign your organization on in support of the platform here:


May 6, 2021
3:30 pm UTC+0
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