Free The People WNY

Donate

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 cash.app: $FreeThePeopleWNY or Venmo: @FreeThePeopleWNY

MEMBERSHIP

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 info@freethepeoplewny.com 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!

State level: Tanvier@ppgbuffalo.org
County level: Denise@voicebuffalo.org
City level: cparra@citizenactionny.org

Donate

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 cash.app: $FreeThePeopleWNY or Venmo: @FreeThePeopleWNY

MEMBERSHIP

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 info@freethepeoplewny.com to receive the meeting info. If you are interested in becoming a coalition member, please fill out a membership form.

Donate

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 cash.app: $FreeThePeopleWNY or Venmo: @FreeThePeopleWNY

MEMBERSHIP

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 info@freethepeoplewny.com to receive the meeting info. If you are interested in becoming a coalition member, please fill out a membership form.

FREE THE PEOPLE
STATE WORKING GROUP

The Free The People State Working Group unites organizers, advocates, and activists working on state-level campaigns that promote basic human dignity and ensure equity and harm reduction for our communities. The cohort uplifts decarceration through racial justice lens and works across issue areas – justice system, housing, climate, and more – with an awareness the fight for anti-racist systems in intersectional.

The Free The People State Working Group works alongside Justice Roadmap, a network of individuals and organizations working on bills that address harm caused by criminal and immigrant systems, and supports statewide efforts through collective work.

STATE LEVEL DEMANDS

Protect The Dignity Of Incarcerated People

  • Halt solitary confinement
  • Provide protections against Covid-19
  • Reform prison labor

Fix The Unjust Parole System

  • End the culture of punishment
  • Pass Elder Parole and Fair and Timely Parole

Support the Climate & Community Investment Act

  • End racial disparities in the justice system by investing in green jobs, not jails.

Protect The Dignity Of Incarcerated People

  • Halt solitary confinement
  • Provide protections against Covid-19
  • Reform prison labor

Fix The Unjust Parole System

  • End the culture of punishment
  • Pass Elder Parole and Fair and Timely Parole
 

Support the Climate and Community Investment Act

  • Support the Climate and Community Investment Act
  • End racial disparities in the justice system by investing in green jobs, not jails.

Prevent A Mass Housing Crisis

  • Pass sensible housing protections that take urgent measures to address evictions, foreclosures, and homelessness

Protect Immigrant Communities

  • Pass the New York for All bill that requires state and local law enforcement resources are not used to help ICE and federal immigration authorities separate immigrant families and sow fear in our communities

End Imprisonment Through Technical Violations

  • New York re-incarcerates more people for non-criminal technical violations than any other state, except for Illinois
  • Pass Less is More to restrict the use of imprisonment for technical violations

Prevent A Mass Housing Crisis

  • Pass sensible housing protections that take urgent measures to address evictions, foreclosures, and homelessness

Protect Immigrant Communities

  • Pass the New York for All bill that requires state and local law enforcement resources are not used to help ICE and federal immigration authorities separate immigrant families and sow fear in our communities

End Imprisonment Through Technical Violations

  • New York re-incarcerates more people for non-criminal technical violations than any other state, except for Illinois
  • Pass Less is More to restrict the use of imprisonment for technical violations

WHAT WE ARE
WORKING ON

Protect The Dignity Of Incarcerated People

Halt Solitary Confinement

#HALTSOLITARY CAMPAIGN |

End the torturous use of solitary confinement — protecting the most vulnerable groups (youth, pregnant women, elderly, persons with disabilities — in New York jails and prisons. Limit solitary,in all cases, to 15 days, with diversion beyond the limit to residential rehabilitation units that provide harm reduction interventions while separating persons presenting safety threats from the general population.

Learn More

Provide Protections Against COVID-19

RAPP CAMPAIGN |

Establish stronger safeguards to protect incarcerated people from COVID-19, utilizing social distancing measures that do not rely on solitary confinement, and provide personal protective equipment (PPE). Increase access to medical care, flu shots, and COVID-19 tests.

Learn More

Reform Prison Labor

RAPP CAMPAIGN |

End forced labor, raise incarcerated workers' salaries, and provide educational and workforce development opportunities. Prohibit entities from capitalizing on (or exploiting) prison labor.

Learn More

Fix The Unjust Parole System

Elder Parole

RAPP CAMPAIGN |

End death by incarceration by allowing incarcerated individuals ages 55 and older — who have served 15 or more years in prison — the chance to go before the Parole Board.

Learn More

Fair and Timely Parole

RAPP CAMPAIGN |

End the culture of punishment by mandating fair and timely parole to all eligible individuals, unless a person poses a clear and unreasonable risk to society.

Learn More

Transition To Renewable Energy Economy

Support the Climate and Community Investment Act

NYRENEWS |
Create good, green jobs that are accessible to the masses, especially frontline populations — such as formerly incarcerated individuals. Build up the infrastructure to establish an impacted worker fund, direct grants to support community-led planning (frontline communities hit first and worst by climate disaster) reduce local emissions, and establish an energy rebate fund to provide assistance to reduce the burden of energy costs to low- and moderate-income families. Hold polluters accountable by charging $35 for each ton of pollution put into the air, with an estimated $7 billion (collectively) annually.

Learn More

Jobs Not Jails

NYRENEWS |
End racial disparities in the justice system by investing in green jobs and training, re-entry initiatives, and community-focused programs.

Learn More

Prevent A Mass Housing
Crisis In New York

Pass "Good Cause" Eviction Protection

HOUSING JUSTICE FOR ALL |

Pass sensible housing protections that take urgent measures to address evictions, foreclosures, and homelessness. Pass "Good Cause" eviction protection to ensure residents can stay in their homes. Add more stringent penalties for bad and absentee landlords who allow their properties to fall into disrepair and harm tenants. Create mortgage forgiveness protections for homeowners behind on payments.

Learn More

Protect Immigrant Communities
Across New York

New York For All Bill

NYCLU |

Immigrant residents should not have to fear that a minor brush with local law enforcement could lead to being torn away from their families. Pass the New York for All bill that requires our state and local law enforcement resources are not used to help ICE and federal immigration authorities separate immigrant families and sow fear in our communities.

Learn More

End Imprisonment Through
Technical Violations

The Less Is More Act

KATAL CENTER |

New York reincarcerates more people for non-criminal technical violations than any other state (except Illinois). Pass the Less Is More Act to restrict the use of incarceration for technical violations, allow "good time credits" to reduce supervision, and require speedy hearings and due process through a recognizance hearing before they are detained.

Learn More

WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON

Protect The Dignity Of Incarcerated People

Halt Solitary Confinement

#HALTSOLITARY CAMPAIGN |

End the torturous use of solitary confinement — protecting the most vulnerable groups (youth, pregnant women, elderly, persons with disabilities — in New York jails and prisons. Limit solitary,in all cases, to 15 days, with diversion beyond the limit to residential rehabilitation units that provide harm reduction interventions while separating persons presenting safety threats from the general population.

Learn More

Provide Protections Against COVID-19

RAPP CAMPAIGN |

Establish stronger safeguards to protect incarcerated people from COVID-19, utilizing social distancing measures that do not rely on solitary confinement, and provide personal protective equipment (PPE). Increase access to medical care, flu shots, and COVID-19 tests.

Learn More

Reform Prison Labor

RAPP CAMPAIGN |

End forced labor, raise incarcerated workers' salaries, and provide educational and workforce development opportunities. Prohibit entities from capitalizing on (or exploiting) prison labor.

Learn More

Fix The Unjust Parole System

Elder Parole

RAPP CAMPAIGN |

End death by incarceration by allowing incarcerated individuals ages 55 and older — who have served 15 or more years in prison — the chance to go before the Parole Board.

Learn More

Fair and Timely Parole

RAPP CAMPAIGN |

End the culture of punishment by mandating fair and timely parole to all eligible individuals, unless a person poses a clear and unreasonable risk to society.

Learn More

Transition To Renewable Energy Economy

Support the Climate and Community Investment Act

NYRENEWS |
Create good, green jobs that are accessible to the masses, especially frontline populations — such as formerly incarcerated individuals. Build up the infrastructure to establish an impacted worker fund, direct grants to support community-led planning (frontline communities hit first and worst by climate disaster) reduce local emissions, and establish an energy rebate fund to provide assistance to reduce the burden of energy costs to low- and moderate-income families. Hold polluters accountable by charging $35 for each ton of pollution put into the air, with an estimated $7 billion (collectively) annually.

Learn More

Jobs Not Jails

NYRENEWS |
End racial disparities in the justice system by investing in green jobs and training, re-entry initiatives, and community-focused programs.

Learn More

Prevent A Mass Housing
Crisis In New York

Pass "Good Cause" Eviction Protection

HOUSING JUSTICE FOR ALL |

Pass sensible housing protections that take urgent measures to address evictions, foreclosures, and homelessness. Pass "Good Cause" eviction protection to ensure residents can stay in their homes. Add more stringent penalties for bad and absentee landlords who allow their properties to fall into disrepair and harm tenants. Create mortgage forgiveness protections for homeowners behind on payments.

Learn More

Protect Immigrant Communities
Across New York

New York For All Bill

NYCLU |

Immigrant residents should not have to fear that a minor brush with local law enforcement could lead to being torn away from their families. Pass the New York for All bill that requires our state and local law enforcement resources are not used to help ICE and federal immigration authorities separate immigrant families and sow fear in our communities.

Learn More

End Imprisonment Through
Technical Violations

The Less Is More Act

KATAL CENTER |

New York reincarcerates more people for non-criminal technical violations than any other state (except Illinois). Pass the Less Is More Act to restrict the use of incarceration for technical violations, allow "good time credits" to reduce supervision, and require speedy hearings and due process through a recognizance hearing before they are detained.

Learn More