LISTEN: A man caged pretrial in Harris County, TX. Called with terrifying details. Freezing. Starving. Denial of care. Lack of food. "I’m calling this morning because I don’t really have anywhere else to turn. I really need your help." He asked this to be shared. Listen. More:
"We haven’t had power since Monday morning. We don’t have any outlets that’s working. There’s a backup generator but it’s only being used for computers. That’s it. So we can’t use our hotpots. We didn’t get anything til about 4:30 this morning. A peanut butter & jelly sandwich."
"We don’t have any hot water. Medical guards only give us our medication but we’re not, they’re putting people in triage. Nobody's walking around, nobody’s in the day room. Everybody’s under their blankets. Nobody is moving lately. We’re cold."
"We asked for extra blankets but they don't give it - last night when we told them we didn't eat dinner they tried to have us watch a move for an hour. I’m like that’s not a substitute for food."
"The big thing is my children. I have three. I spoke to them I don’t know if they have power now. I spoke to them Sunday and everything was alright they went to the grocery store. My mom just had surgery so she’s not able to move around. I’m the breadwinner for my family."
"Before I got in here I took care of my mother & the house & her & appointments for therapy. I’m a custodial parent, father of my three children. I’m grateful and I thank God that I’ve been able to take care of business until this. Pay my bills."
The @TxJailProject has been working round the clock (literally) to speak w/ as many people inside (& loved ones outside) as possible. To help not just the 9k+ humans in Harris County. But throughout the state. All caged pretrial. Key actions to take ahead:
To demand the judges hold emergency bail hearings and depopulate the Harris County Jail, sign here:…
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Most think of the KKK in terms of physical violence. Lynchings. Intimidation. But they also used legal & legislative process to pass laws exacting legal violence. In Louisiana & Oregon they pushed laws to silence Black jurors. To convict who they wanted. "Non-unanimous juries." Image
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TORTURE: Firsthand account from solitary in Michigan from a local organizer. "Just got a call from a young man put in solitary for a fight. His voice was so shaky and f*cked up. They didn't let him use the phone once. He’s now almost a year past his earliest release date." More: Image
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PLEASE LISTEN: Phone call from 2 men caged pretrial on affordable bail in Harris County, TX. Last week: No food. Denied meds. Freezing. Over 7000 caged during a pandemic. Treated like animals. "Theyre not worried about us. Theyre not worried about nothing going on with us." More:
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The fund was inspired by Nilda. From Honduras. Survived sex & gang violence. Thought U.S. would protect her. Instead they stole her 2 y/o & detained her. Fiona donated 2 years of royalties to the fund. This is Nilda’s story:
Fiona narrated the most recent installment of On how to record abuses by law enforcement ethically & safely. Then share them for maximum advocacy impact. As with everything Fiona does, could not come at a more critical moment:
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Each of these (👇) candidates were identified by NY public defenders as posing the least risk of harm to the people of NY. Tomorrow night, they'll debate.
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🚨The cruelty continues. What the Texas snow & power outages mean for incarcerated people. Just in from a man caged pretrial in Harris County:

"We don't have any running water anymore. No drinking water. Rations are now half measures. Tensions are running high here."
"We got 3 oz of some mashed potato something last night. This morning around 4:30 we got a one ounce packet of PB and a small muffin and a small carton of milk. They said they are out of bread."
Yesterday, this same man shared people were sleeping on the ground. Harris County Jail flat out denied it.

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