Ahead of mother’s day this year, we’re boosting the call to #FreeThemAll, by uplifting the resilience and profound struggles of moms of the incarcerated, incarcerated mamas, and caregivers and loved ones fighting to end the violence of incarceration across the state. On Friday May 7th, activists will be gathering for a small rally to share stories of mamas fighting to free their loved ones and themselves, then deliver a giant Mother’s Day Card to the Governor, with messages to #FreeTheMoms, #FreeTheKids and #FreeThemAll!
-Restore contact visits and end the lockdowns!
-Sign clemencies on your desk and free our loved ones!
-Cancel the plans to build a new youth prison in Illinois and #StopLDC!
We encourage people to arrive early as parking is difficult in the area. We will be gathering beginning at 10:30 AM Near the Statue of Greene Vardiman Black, 29 E. North Blvd in the Gold Coast, at the southeast corner of Lincoln Park near Lakeshore Drive.
Can’t join us in person on Friday May 7th at 11 AM to sign and deliver the card? Simply fill out the form below and we’ll add your name and message to the card before the action.
This action comes as part of a national week of action to #FreeThemAll with AFSC: https://www.afsc.org/FreeThemAll
We also encourage folks to attend the 8th annual Mother’s Day Vigil on Saturday, May 8th:
***COVID is still a very real threat, so we are asking anyone who attends to do their best to maintain social distancing and wear a mask at all times. Extra masks will be available.***
This action is co-sponsored by American Friends Service Committee Chicago, The End the IL Prison Lockdown Coalition, MAMAS (Mamas activating movement for abolition and solidarity), and Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration!
For questions, including how to co-sponsor this action or for support with transportation or parking, contact Debbie at DSouthorn[at]afsc.org