Our focus is on bridging the gap between civic isolation and political engagement by building community between people in prison, their families and future advocates.
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Mission: To connect, inspire and empower all members and those effected by the Black diaspora.
I've been getting a lot of questions from individuals trying to support incarcerated people with filing their application for stimulus money and while I'm unable to answer case by case questions, here are some helpful numbers to call that can assist with individual obstacles as folks encounter them: Applicant Assistants on the outside can call the law firm handling the court case, Lieff Cabraser, at
Incarcerated people can call Root & Rebound collect at
People can also call the IRS Economic Impact Payment line at
*The IRS says that many frequently asked questions will be answered on the automated recording, and then you will have an option to speak live with a representative.
Remember, the deadline has been extended for applications!
Paper applications can be submitted through October 30, 2020
Online applications can be submitted through November 21, 2020
by Amani Sawari
CARES Act Initial Obstacles
Process & Procedure
Delays & Denials
NOW Impacted People Can Get Pandemic Stimulus Money and we only have 2 WEEKS TO APPLY. Let your loved ones know and join me this Friday for a walkthrough of the application #GetMoney Prison is No Place for a Pandemic #StimulusCheck for People in Prison
On May 11th, while thousands of people were cashing their stimulus checks, I published an article on SawariMedia about why People in Prison Should Receive Stimulus Money. The reasons, in my eyes, w…
What happed to H. Rap? Students across the nation are relaunching #FreeImamJamil Campaign TODAY! @_FreeImamJamil Join us in amplifying the cause and case of this beloved freedom fighter, unifier and leader
Leaders weren’t bread for social isolation or sensory deprivation, but this is the fate that many outspoken leaders from throughout the earlier years of the Black Liberation Movement are suff…
Check out the virtual showcase we've been working on this summer, premiers now!
Prison is the Pandemic.
Getting Prisoners to the Polls with Vote by Mail in Jail. There is there is no universal standard for how to facilitate inmate voting in the US, we aim to resolve this by supporting incarcerated citizens through the 2020 election
As our democracy stands, the act of being incarcerated is completely disenfranchising. Not always because the law permits it, there are eligible imprisoned voters in every state: some with felonies…
Officials' Failure to Meet National Prison Strike Demands Fuel the Pandemic #BlackAugust #FreeThemALL #PeopleOverProfit #PeopleOverPrison #FreeThemAll4PublicHealth
Without An Aggressive Mass Decarceration Effort a Second Wave Will Devastate the United States Black August has been recognized by the prison class as a month of resistance since the early 1970s. T…
Week 2 of our Black August Series, these discussions happen every Tuesday at 6:00p EST
Here we commemorate lives lost in the struggle against the Prison Industrial Slave Complex and lift up our political prisoners including: Hugo “Yogi” Penill, George Jackson, and Khatari Golden with our guests, Jameir Sale and Allegra Pinell, hosted by Amani Sawari.
So grateful to be sharing this commemoration with you.
On this episode of our weekly Black August Web series' Amani Sawari interviews guests Allegra Pinell, founder of Village Advocates and Jamier Sale of the Bla...
The Only Crowded Places Left... are the Prisons, "The prison class has not been given equitable protections during the pandemic as their friends and families on the outside or even as the staff who stand with them behind the wall" #FreeThemAll4PublicHealth
I want to begin this piece with my empathy for my brothers and sisters behind the wall, we have not forgotten about you. I empathize, rather than sympathize. Sympathy is recognition through a lens …
by Lacino Hamilton at Macomb Correctional Facility The last few years I have written many articles attempting to diagnose the deep malaise within the American criminal justice system. In particular, the human costs of high walls, razor wire, locked doors, grossly restricted mobility, punishment-violence, and execution--prison's defining characteristics. I have also attempted to expose and explain how over time the community was forced to give up its right and power to help its members when harmed by conflict, crime, or just crises in general. [ 694 more words ]
by Lacino Hamilton at Macomb Correctional Facility The last few years I have written many articles attempting to diagnose the deep malaise within the American criminal justice system. In particular…
We've been canvassing for five months, we've built our base, we went on quarantine and were forced to file suit, now what?
Should the COVID-19 impact on Blacks be viewed primarily in terms of race or class? A question posed in an article from Lacino Hamilton incarcerated in MDOC
by Lacino Hamilton Stark statistics have come to light showing that Black Americans are disproportionately contracting and dying from COVID-19. However, the focus on why this is may be less racial …
Why People in Prison SHOULD Receive Stimulus Money, "How is it that we could write over two million people in desperate need of support out of our main pathway for support?" #FreeThemAll4PublicHealth #LetMiPeopleGo
Weeks after passing the stimulus package, the IRS made a recent determination that convicted, incarcerated people an were not eligible to receive stimulus money. This extremely disheartening for me…
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With less than one month left we've requested some form of remedy from state decision makers. Check out our letter to Governor Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Board of State Canvassers.
We are now awaiting a response.
The Failing Four: How Prison Officials Attempt(ed) to "Stop the Spread of Coronavirus" to change this Gov. must use clemency power and implement sweeping policies that would free up space in their facilities #LetMiPeopleGo #FreeThemALL4PublicHealth
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the lives of people all over the world, especially those in prison. While the CDC has posted their recommendations for all people to follow, pr…
CORONA: March Madness. A prisoner incarcerated in Washington DOC shares his thoughts from prison on the #Coronavirus #Pandemic and his frustration with the loss of a favorite pass time #MarchMaddness #LetMiPeopleGo
Written by Vincent Sherrill incarcerated in WADOC, Monroe Correctional Complex This is not a CORONATIONfor some old dusty ass monarchremnant of an oppressive pastand no College team will be Crowned…
If You're Reading This , It's Too Late: Pandemic and It's Inevitable Spread. Prisoners with symptoms don't want to get tested because their receiving a positive result (beyond their control) is seen as a behavior deserving of punishment #FreeOurFamilies
By: Mr. Jermaine Glenn, incarcerated in MDOC Kinross Correctional Facility The Covid -19 Pandemic and It’s Inevitable Spread Throughout The Prison System . Part 1 Never in my wildest nightmar…
Had we immediately applied the National #PrisonStrike demands when they were were promoted in 2018, it's hard to imagine that we would be our current health crisis @JailLawSpeak #PrisonersLivesMatter #FreeThemAll #EndPrisonSlavery #Covid19
JLS National Prison Strike Calls Cover Corona Before the conditions of the word crumbled; when people were allowed to gather, rally and protest; prisoners around the world shifted the mass consciou…
Do Your Job Governor: Pandemic Protections Must Extend to People in Prison and YOUR job is to keep them safe #DecarcerateNow #FreeOurFamiles
Prison Health IS Public Health
Over the past month as the Coronavirus pandemic has swept across the United States, precautions have been made to protect residents including enhancements to operational capacity of health care fac…
Prison Health is Public Health: @GovWhitmer @GavinNewsom @NYGovGuomo The conditions of prison are unsafe, unhealthy & cruel, and inhabitable ESPECIALLY DURING A HEALTH CRISIS #LetThemGo #FeeOurFamilies
We are only as safe from an epidemic as our most vulnerable are. At this time communities across the country are aware of the risks of not practicing the five habits that help to reduce the spread …
First Statewide Suit Against Corrections Dept. Over Response to COVID-19 Outbreak, We cannot stop the spread of the Virus without addressing mass incarceration! Advocate for decareration as a method of protecting public health and safety #FreeOurFamilies
Current Response Includes Being one of the first areas to have encountered Covid-19, the West Coast is ahead of the rest of the country in its response and preventative efforts. Like many states th…
Sign up for a canvassing team on Super Tuesday!!!
We have the ppotential to collect over 300,000 signatures on this one day! The greatest part is, we know that those who go to the polls are already registered voters and already registered to that county. We are placing canvassers around high volume polling locations across the state, if you are int...
Voting rights were restricted from Blacks until 1963, but restrictions on voting continue #felonydisenfranchisement Here are immediate & long term ways that we can bridge the gap between civic isolation and engagement in prison. #Right2Vote #VotingRights
In 2019, we saw unprecedented progress in the conversation surrounding felony disenfranchisement. Last year, over a dozen states introduced legislation towards ending felony disenfranchisement: ele…
Michiganians Demand Earned Credits for Prisoners at Criminal Justice Reform Town Hall #PassMIGoodTime #CJReform @MIAttyGen @dananessel @HeidiWashington
Like many states across the country, Michigan has reached a critical point in the status of its Corrections Department and citizens are fed up. The Department’s failures expand across the spe…
Still vibrating with energy after the Groundbreaking MUMI Conference this past week. My gratitude to @garrett_felber for organizing @MUMI_2019 & to all the amazing speakers @dnbrgr @DarrenMack718 @waazn1 @orisanmi @prisonculture @GZoharah @A_S_Alexander
This past week organizers, activists, students, professors, reformists and abolitionists from across the spectrum convened at the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus to discuss the status of …
JLS Update: JLS has opened a New Open Membership Office, for anyone interested in being an open JLS member please check out the new PO Box and mail this secure box in order to register @JailLawSpeak
Revolutionary greetings to all freedom fighters and supporters for prisoners human rights: On a southern plantation (prison) JLS was founded in 2015 amongst a group of Jailhouse Lawyers who were al…
Oppressive Forces Attempting to Derail the Ohio Prisoners’ #Right2Vote Campaign Please Call in support of David Easley and Mark "Mustafa" Hinkston at Toledo Correctional Institution #PhoneZap #PrisonStrike
Direct Call to Action These prisoners have risked their lives as outspoken organizers to improve the conditions of Ohio State prisons and advocate for prisoners human rights. They are being threate…
Never Beyond Redemption: Michigan’s Former Juvenile Lifers Serving Holiday, If you or someone you know is in need this holiday season please join our community at the Church of the Messiah this Saturday December 7th. #EndLWOP #FreeThemAll #PassMIGoodTime
For decades, negative stigmas, and predominantly negative narratives about returning citizens have stifled our community’s growth. Many are hesitant, or downright refuse, to accept formerly i…
After decades of over sentencing & mass incarceration plaguing Michiganians, @MILiberation
organizers create a Vision for a Liberated Michigan with an eight issue Statewide Agenda to transform MDOC #PassMIGoodTime #EndLWOP #AbolishMandatoryMinimums & more!
After decades of over sentencing and mass incarceration plaguing Michiganians, community members are taking the problem of Michigan’s criminal legal system back into their hands, the way it a…
No Handouts, a beautifully inspirational poem written by Sincere Crown Olugbala, incarcerated in Michigan's Dept. of Corr.
Can we really visualize freedom with a limited point of view?When it’s normal to feel free in condition imposed on you.When did freedom become a clause, a cause for a certain sect, race or cl…
On Wednesday, October 10th, at 11:00a EST dozens of community members, including family of incarcerated people, their allies, activists and elected officials came together to advocate for critical reforms that Michigan’s Department of Corrections is in desperate need of. Attendees were asked to display an image of their incarcerated loved one on either a T-shirt, framed picture or poster; this doubled the number of faces that ’showed up’ in strong support. [ 843 more words ]
On Wednesday, October 10th, at 11:00a EST dozens of community members, including family of incarcerated people, their allies, activists and elected officials came together to advocate for critical …
There are no excuses as to why these candidates aren’t all talking about ways to address the harms of historically racist politics, ending mass incarceration, and leveling the economic and political playing field for underserved classes. #2020DebateStage
The third round of the presidential debates were hosted by ABC News and Univision (with Spanish translation) at Texas Southern University, an HBCU in the deep south. This was the first of the debat…
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