Black August honors the freedom fighters, especially those inside the walls of our sprawling prison-industrial complex, who, with their vision, tenacity, and deep love for our communities, are leading us toward the horizon of abolition. This year, we celebrate the jailhouse lawyers, who protect and promote the rights of people incarcerated and have been the driving force behind key legal victories that have mitigated the power of the state to cause harm. As they work to secure freedom for all, jailhouse lawyers have improved prison conditions, intervened to stop mistreatment, and used the law to expose the inherent violence and racism of incarceration.
This Black August, we are launching the Sixth Edition of our Jailhouse Lawyer’s Handbook, a free resource designed to help incarcerated people assert their constitutional rights and hold prison officials accountable, to be released August 16.
In addition to the release of the Sixth Edition of the Jailhouse Lawyer’s handbook, we also invite you to join us August 17 for a special virtual event, Fighting for Freedom from the Inside: Celebrating the Advocacy of Jailhouse Lawyers.
Learn more about Black August on our website.
The Until We Are Free coalition, led by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration , sent an open letter to President Joseph Biden and his administration Tuesday calling on Biden to honor his commitment to create a fair and humane immigration system by applying the mandates of his Racial Equity executive order to his immigration policy. The open letter specifically calls for the Biden administration to grant immediate humanitarian parole for all Black asylum seekers currently languishing on the Mexican side of the U.S./Mexican border; to end its reliance on categories of enforcement and instead adopt categories of protection; and to call for the removal of criminal carve-outs from all citizenship bills so that all immigrants have a clearer pathway, as well as other recommendations.
Latest on our blog is a piece titled “Disability Pride Month: Honoring Disabled Joy, Activating Social Change” penned by Ella Baker intern Lucy Trieshmann. She writes:
Continue reading the piece on our website. Lucy Trieshmann is a disability rights activist, third-year NYU Law student, and Ella Baker Intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights. See more of her work on her website.
August 9, 2021