Prisons put people at high risk of COVID-19 infection. As the number of confirmed cases climbs, the state drags its feet on the only effective and healthy response—letting people out. The governor’s recent executive order targets county jails, ignoring the already dangerous and now lethal conditions in state prisons. We’re hearing from contacts inside that many facilities are failing to provide effective sanitation supplies, overcrowded housing units are simply being locked down without effective quarantining measures, and information about the pandemic is being heavily censored, leaving prisoners in the dark about a situation threatening their lives.
Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS) is trying to do 3 things:
1) Get direct material support to comrades who are locked up—CONTRIBUTE ON THIS PAGE!!
2) Circulate direct accounts from prisoners in Michigan
3) Join the call to empty state prisons in response to public health crisis
All funds raised here will go directly to comrades locked up in Michigan. In a time of severe restriction, money increases choice. Cleaning supplies, communication with friends and family, healthcare visits, and food all cost money to prisoners. At this time, many who work are losing their jobs, phone access is being limited, and healthcare is desperately scarce. Please give what you can.
We've been and will continue to be sharing and initiating call-ins/phone zaps to bring public attention to moments of state-perpetrated violence against prisoners and to be in solidarity with prisoners. Follow us on Twitter @MI_Abolition, like our Facebook page, and contact us through this crowdfunding page to get on our mailing list.
Text @mapsac to 81010, then sign up as a "student" to join our text notification system.
The situation in state prisons is changing day-to-day and we want to give you up-to-date information with a specific focus on ways you can plug in to the struggle against the violence of incarceration.
Hear from Bruce X about the situation at Macomb Correctional Facility.
Some of us were involved in developing the Huron Valley Labor & COVID 19 Community Demands specific to the Huron Valley region.
Other groups are coming together around the Michigan COVID 19 Community Response , including demands for rapid decarceration.
Visit Michigan Abolition & Prisoner Solidarity website for other info
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