Callidarity

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Calls to loved ones are very expensive for incarcerated people. Incarceration overwhelmingly affects poor families, and some are spending all additional funds to care for kids. In other cases, kids are not with family, and it is all the more important that these kids can get calls from mom, who in turn is checking to make sure her kids are safe. 

Moms in state prisons are an average of 169 miles from their kids. Calls can also help moms establish regular contact, which is crucial for moms working to reunite with kids when they are released. 

Since 2015 Moms United Against Violence & Incarceration (MUAVI) has been raising phone funds for moms at Logan, Decatur and Cook County Jail to ensure a lifeline during painful separation.

Most imprisoned people will return one day, but for some that will be a long time. We must work to get people free through commutation campaigns, defense campaigns, and by demanding community-based resources over all forms of incarceration. And, we must do what we can to support families right now.

Moms United will direct all donated funds, via MUAVI co-founder, Holly Krig, to make $25-$50 payments to the Securus* accounts of 20-40 incarcerated moms, based on most urgent need, and send additional funds for commissary where needed. 

*Securus is the private company that makes millions in profit from prisoner calls: https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/news/2017/oct/10/profiting-mass-incarceration-detroit-pistons-owner-buys-private-prison-phone-company/

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Thank you, generous donors and uplifters!

We exceeded our original $1,000 goal and have raised over $1,600! That means that 40 moms incarcerated at Logan and Decatur prisons, and Cook County Jail will each have $40 added to their phone accounts this week, and will have access to their funds right away. For many moms, this is the only contact they have with their kids, esp those kids not old enough to write to their moms. Based on current call rates, $40 means 444 minutes of precious phone time with kids, usually in 15 minute increments, so that means about 30 calls that would not have otherwise been possible. Thank you.

For those who may not be familiar, there are local (IL) and national groups doing work to fight the high call fees charged by Securus, the multi-million dollar communications corporation that contracts mainly with state & federal prisons (mostly public facilities) and county jails to profit from people separated by incarceration, and incentivize higher rates through kick-backs to prison executives. Check it out: https://nationinside.org/campaign/illinois-for-prison-phone-justice/

Incarceration overwhelmingly affects poor families. Incarceration, and criminalization more broadly, overwhelmingly affects Black families. The likelihood of incarceration for Black women is 1 in 18, vs 1 in 111 for white women. Native women are 6 times more likely to be incarcerated than white women.

It should be noted, however, that while incarceration overwhelmingly and disproportionately affects Black and Brown people, the fastest growing rate of incarceration in IL is of poor, white women downstate. While incarceration rates exploded with laws and systems that target Black people, and Brown people in sometimes different ways, the defunding of supportive services and policies that punish poverty, means the capturing of more people across communities.

To us, this is a reminder that solidarity work--mutual support and direct action organizing--is the most powerful thing we have against a violent system that makes a false claim of "rehabilitation" and re-entry support, and guarantees nothing but more harm to whole families, perpetual disenfranchisement, and an appetite for punishment that will never fill us because it's equity and healing that we really need.

Much love to all those who support families affected by forcible separation in any way. Thank you.

Contact us: MomsUnitedChicago@gmail.com

More info:
https://thenextsystem.org/learn/stories/towards-horizon-abolition-conversation-mariame-kaba

https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2018.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/22/us/family-separation-americans-prison-jail.html

https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/pptmc.pdf
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