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Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression, democratic civilian control of Chicago Police #ECPSNow! CFIST, #FreeThemAll - prison torture survivors
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Sep 24, 2020 20 tweets 6 min read
THREAD: Gerald Reed has been incarcerated for 29 years after being tortured into confessing to a crime he did not commit. His incarceration exposes the illegitimacy of the prison system. W/ the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to #FreeGeraldReed and #FreeThemAll Gerald was kidnapped by CPD on October 3rd, 1990. Detectives Michael Kill and Victor Breska, members of Jon Burge’s notorious “midnight crew”, proceeded to torture Gerald until he confessed to a double homicide.
Sep 22, 2020 4 tweets 4 min read
🚨CALL TO ACTION🚨

Gerald Reed has been incarcerated for almost 30 Years for a crime he did not commit! This is injustice in it's truest form. Gerald's life is in danger.

It is our duty to fight to #FreeGeraldReed

Every call counts. CFIST continues to demand @GovPritzker immediately pardon Gerald Reed & ALL those tortured and wrongfully convicted. When we say #FreeGeraldReed, we also mean #FreeThemAll! We will continue to fight until Gerald & all those tortured are free!
Get involved: bit.ly/cfistinterest
Jul 29, 2020 10 tweets 7 min read
What is #CPACNow?
How will it enable us to #DefundThePolice?
What else will CPAC empower us to do?
A thread on how exactly CPAC will overturn the power dynamic between police and our communities. Image The #CPACNow ordinance was first written in 2012 after the police murder of Rekia Boyd. It would establish community control of the police, a goal first fought for by the Black Panther Party, by putting elected community members in charge of decisions around policing. Image
Jul 28, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
❗️Action Calendar❗️

Join the phone zap this week and next week.

We are keeping the pressure and demanding #CPACnow until we have community control of the police and the community can control how we #DefundThePolice. Join us. Image Sign up for the phone zap to pressure your alderperson docs.google.com/forms/d/1DiQXy…
Jun 16, 2020 5 tweets 4 min read
Tomorrow at 9:30 we're demanding #CPACNow outside of City Hall. You can help from wherever you are using our at home toolkit: bit.ly/GoodMorningLori and taking part in our social media blast starting at 8am.
Let's get #GoodMorningLori trending again! Image #GoodMorningLori
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May 30, 2020 9 tweets 11 min read
White supremacy kills Black people in the streets, in their homes, at work, and in prisons. Lynchings by police and vigilantes must stop. Death by infection due to incarceration must stop. On this #DayOfProtest we are fighting to stop them.
#StopPoliceCrimes
#FreeThemAll Image This #DayOfProtest is for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Sean Reed, and everyone whose life was stolen by racist murderers. We demand justice for the families and community control of the police.
#CPACNow
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May 29, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
From Frank Chapman: "Listening to some of our people who call themselves leaders admonishing us about violence and going along with reactionaries and public officials calling the people in Minneapolis rioters fills me with anger and disgust." "Whenever the oppressed rise up they are always told you are hurting no one but yourself. "I understand your anger but this is your neighborhood you are burning down," they say. Really?!
You mean these are my slums, my roach infested houses, that I am forced to live in. "
May 23, 2020 9 tweets 7 min read
Share this thread and these graphics with every organization you know!
@NAARPR is organizing a national day of protest on May 30th, next week, to fight back against the racism behind the disproportionate effects of the pandemic on our communities.
#FreeThemAll
#StopPoliceCrimes Image We are taking action to demand that the lives of the people, particularly Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people who are being hit hardest by the pandemic, are put before the pockets of corporations. Image
May 20, 2020 14 tweets 7 min read
Updates from Monday's #StopPoliceCrimes meeting!
Read this thread to stay informed of what we're doing and how you can get involved. Image The #FreeThemAll forum was on Saturday! It featured a moving film on torture in Chicago as well as a panel of survivors and organizers. You can watch the video here: facebook.com/caarpr/videos/…
May 16, 2020 7 tweets 7 min read
THREAD
We're going live in 10 minutes!
We are making posters to tell the stories of torture survivors. This is a thread of just a few of the ones we've made so far.
Please share them far and wide and tune into the #FreeThemAll forum at 3pm: facebook.com/events/6505700…
#FreeGeraldReed ImageImage #FreeClaybornSmith
#FreeThemAll ImageImage
May 12, 2020 11 tweets 7 min read
THREAD: Updates from the Stop Police Crimes meeting this week. Gerald Reed is staying strong but remains incarcerated. He continues to ask us for help in demanding better sanitary conditions in the prisons. People are still not wearing masks in Stateville NRC and in many correctional facilities across the country #FreeGeraldReed #FreeThemAll ImageImageImage
May 9, 2020 6 tweets 6 min read
THREAD:
The #FreeThemAll forum is one week away so here's a quick thread on what CFIST is and why the campaign exists.
Don't forget to RSVP on the event page and invite everyone you know: facebook.com/events/6505700… Image The Chicago Police Department has a long history of torturing false confessions out of people. There are hundreds of incarcerated survivors that we know about and many more whose stories have not yet been recognized. Our mission is to #FreeThemAll. ImageImage
May 7, 2020 5 tweets 7 min read
Some banners from our contingent of the #RightToRecovery caravan. Real recovery means all vulnerable people, whether they are seniors or immigrants or incarcerated, must be protected.
#FreeThemAll
#MassReleaseNow ImageImageImageImage #RightToRecovery
#FreeThemAll ImageImageImageImage
May 6, 2020 13 tweets 8 min read
Some updates from Monday's #StopPoliceCrimes meeting. Please read to stay updated on our day to day activities and to see how you can get involved. Gerald Reed is still in NRC at Stateville. His health has improved but we are still pushing for prisons to test everyone inside & not just those who are seriously ill.
This article outlines the importance of mass testing in addition to #MassReleaseNow:
themarshallproject.org/2020/04/24/the…
Apr 29, 2020 13 tweets 9 min read
Some updates from last night's Stop Police Crimes committee meeting. Read through to stay updated and see what work you can plug into. Some of Gerald's symptoms have subsided but someone he knows, "Spanky" Wells, recently passed away due to covid-19 inside Stateville. Every person in there and in every prison, jail, and detention center is at risk of losing their life and we must fight to #FreeThemAll.
Apr 24, 2020 17 tweets 5 min read
Not engaging with the trolls in our mentions but here's a thread to educate the people:
1) prisons do not keep you safe.
2) the distinction between violent and nonviolent prisoners is not helpful.
3) the prison system does not care about guilt or innocence. It just wants bodies. Let's explain.
1) Every time you say #FreeThemAll someone flinches and asks if you want to put “dangerous criminals” back into neighborhoods where they can do more harm. They ask this because they’ve been conditioned to think prisons are a solution to violence.
Apr 23, 2020 12 tweets 5 min read
Some updates from Monday's Stop Police Crimes meeting!
Please read to find out what our day to day work looks like and how you can get involved. Gerald Reed is doing better than last week but still sick. He has not been tested for covid-19. The staff at Stateville were rude to Armanda but she managed to talk to Gerald eventually. She told him about the #FreeThemAllCaravan and he said thank you to everyone involved!
Apr 20, 2020 19 tweets 7 min read
THREAD: Gerald Reed has been incarcerated for 30 years after being tortured into confessing to a crime he did not commit. His incarceration exposes the illegitimacy of the prison system. With the threat of the covid-19 pandemic, now is the time to #FreeGeraldReed and #FreeThemAll ImageImageImage Gerald was kidnapped by CPD on October 3rd, 1990. Detectives Michael Kill and Victor Breska, members of Jon Burge’s notorious “midnight crew”, proceeded to torture Gerald until he confessed to a double homicide.
Apr 17, 2020 7 tweets 4 min read
For #PalestinianPrisonersDay lets take a deeper look into the numbers. The @Addameer website has a great summary of the statistics for us to use to dig in: addameer.org/statistics Image What does "Administrative Detainees" mean? Think Guantanamo Bay. From @Addameer it is"a procedure that allows Israeli occupation forces to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial." addameer.org/the_prisoners/…
Apr 16, 2020 18 tweets 8 min read
Some updates from Monday's Stop Police Crimes meeting. Please read to stay updated on the day to day work we're doing and see how you can get involved. Emergency: Gerald Reed, who survived being tortured by Jon Burge, is sick with covid-19 symptoms. He is currently in Stateville NRC and we need to get him out.
We cannot trust politicians, much less IDOC, to do the right thing, which is why we need to put mass pressure on them. ImageImage
Apr 11, 2020 14 tweets 5 min read
We started the Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of police Torture (CFIST) around a year ago. During that time the campaign has mainly focused on securing pardons for the tortured and wrongfully convicted. With the threat of covid-19, the goal is #MassReleaseNow CFIST has been building power and demanding that the governor pardon Gerald Reed and other torture survivors for over a year before the COVID-19 crisis with no action from the governor. Now we demand #MassReleaseNow and the governor is still not doing enough.