🚨🚨HAPPENING RIGHT NOW: Hope in Illinois. Within a day (possibly hour), lawmakers vote on a law to overhaul the entire pretrial justice system. Reducing jail populations. Keeping families together. Take 2 minutes to sign this letter. Help us make history:bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
Thinking about Cassandra. Called a Chicago jail 132 times to try to save her husband from COVID. She was ignored. No mask. Soap. Crowded. He died. Now 1000+ more jailed. She’s fighting for the pretrial fairness act so no one else goes through it. Her words:
Thinking about Flo. Caged for two months because he couldn’t afford $7500. Worried about his family & the horrific conditions on the inside. “I think everyone should have a fair shot to fight their cases.” Sign your support here: bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
Thinking about Miguel. Locked up for 9 months on $300k bail. “Being incarcerated doesn’t just affect yourself, it affects your immediate family. The stress that come along with it. You could lose everything.” Sign here for Miguel: bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
We need to do more than just #EndMoneyBail---we must reform the entire pretrial justice system. The Pretrial Fairness Act is the only way to get real pretrial justice in Illinois.

Tell legislators to support it: bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
🚨UPDATE: Might happen today! On the verge of a major victory in Illinois for fairness & justice. To end cash bail & overhaul the entire pretrial justice system.

Keep calling: p2a.co/PL4Q0Dl
Keep writing: bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
Twitter storm: bit.ly/PretrialTwitter

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Every year, more than a quarter of a million people are incarcerated while awaiting trial in Illinois. Most of them are jailed only because they can't afford to pay a money bond.

Tell your legislators that Illinois wants #PretrialFairnessNow: bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
The Pretrial Fairness Act doesn’t just #EndMoneyBail in Illinois, it overhauls our entire pretrial justice system.

Call your legislators and tell them you want #PretrialFairnessNow: bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
Thousands of people are incarcerated in county jails across Illinois every year, not because they're a danger to the community but because they can't afford to pay a money bond.

Tell your legislators we want #PretrialFairnessNow: bit.ly/PretrialFairne…
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Sircarlyle Arnold's defender Olayemi Olurin (@msolurin): "This video is merely a microcosm of the racist policing that Black & Latinx New Yorkers suffer on a regular basis. These officers' first impulse was to employ an illegal, life-threatening, knee-on-neck hold on Mr. Arnold." ImageImage
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Thinking this morning of the committed organizers I have the privilege of working with & learning from. Some for years. Some every day. In no particular order. My friend, Kassandra Frederique (@Kassandra_Fred). ED of Drug Policy Alliance. Thank you! More: drugpolicy.org
Thinking this morning about the committed organizers I have the privilege of working w/ & learning from. Some for years. Some every day. David George (@davidgeorge265) & Jose Saldana (@hamzasaldana614) Fighting for release & justice. Thank you! More: rappcampaign.com
Thinking this morning of the committed organizers I have the privilege of working with & learning from. Some for years. Some every day. Raj Jayadev (@svdebug). My brother from San Jose. Pioneer of participatory defense. Thank you! More: siliconvalleydebug.org
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