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Social Justice Corner December 23, 2020

First, Social Justice Council wishes you a safe and meaningful holiday season!! 

If you have time, please take some or all of the actions below to protect the incarcerated during a pandemic (Actions 1-3); provide support to families during the pandemic (Action 4); protect sacred land from corporate abuse (Action 5); release ICE detainees during the pandemic (Action 6).  

Lastly, scroll to the bottom if you’d like to do phone banking for the Georgia runoff elections for Senate.

Use this form to contact Governor Ige.

Script: Infectious disease is spreading quickly in prisons, and I’m concerned for every person living and working in these facilities. I’m asking that you exercise your powers to mitigate harm to people by:

    1. Commuting sentences and granting clemency to release vulnerable people from incarceration, including those at high risk. 
    2. Releasing nonviolent people and those with under two years remaining on their sentences. 
    3. Implementing testing of the entire prison population, including correctional officers, staff nurses, and chaplains.

 

  • Action 2: Reduce COVID-19 spread in prisons.

Contact: Your state corrections department (office of the director Max Otani). 

Script: Infectious disease is spreading quickly in prisons, and I’m concerned for every person living and working in these facilities. With COVID-19 deaths on the rise in prisons, I’m asking that parole not be revoked for technical violations while we remain in a pandemic.

  • Action 3: Prevent COVID-19 spread in prisons by reducing bail.

Contact: Your district attorney 

Script: Infectious disease is spreading quickly in prisons, and I’m concerned for every person living and working in these facilities. I’m asking that you reduce bail to $0 for all low-level, nonviolent offenses to reduce the number of new people entering the system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Write: Your two senators and one House rep (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m writing because while schools and childcare centers remain closed, people are being forced to choose between curbing the spread of the virus and staying employed. To protect public health and keep the economy afloat, I am counting on [NAME] to advocate for working families, [FOR SENATORS: co-sponsor S. 4112,] and immediately pass a comprehensive COVID-relief bill which includes provisions for child care and emergency paid leave. Thank you.

Write or call: Your two senators and one House representative (click here for Hawaii).

Script: Hello, I’m writing from [ZIP] to condemn the fast-tracked exchange of sacred Apache land for copper mining. Along with local Indigenous communities and environmentalists, I am denouncing this action between the U.S. government and Resolution Mining. I would like [NAME] to immediately cosponsor the Save Oak Flat Act (S. 173/H.R. 665) to repeal the land swap.

  • Action 6: Call again for the release of people from ICE detention during the pandemic. [Source: Detention Watch]

Use this form to contact Governor Ige.

Script: Hello, I’m writing from [ZIP] about the danger of a pandemic in taxpayer-funded ICE detention centers. Confirmed COVID cases there are rising and people are dying. I am confident you share my concern for the welfare of all people, including those ICE detainees. I urge you to save lives by using your emergency powers to evacuate all detention centers in Hawaii immediately. Thank you.

MORE PHONEBANKS!

ReClaim Our Vote has made almost 200,000 calls to Georgia – 120,000 for voter registration, and 97,000 for GOTV. The phone banks have very good contact rates using the new PDI platform. In partnership with Black Voters Matter, Reclaim Our Vote has a ballot-chasing phone bank of 39,000.

And Save the Date – we will host another Callapalooza the weekend of January 2-3. All the resources and training materials are at Phone Bank Central, including an updated video and guidelines.

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