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Sunday, January 13: Court Watch NYC Training
Court Watch NYC is a collaborative project of VOCAL-NY, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and 5 Boro Defenders. By joining Court Watch NYC, you will be the eyes and ears holding District Attorneys accountable in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Court Watch NYC holds regular trainings for people to learn how to collect real-time data of what is actually happening in courtrooms, record narratives that are not captured by the data, and contribute to accountability actions.
Monday, January 14: #FREEnewyork Lobby Day with Alliance for Quality Education
The #FREEnewyork campaign partnered with Alliance for Quality Education for an Albany Lobby Day. Together, we demanded jail decarceration and education justice! The day included lobby visits, speakouts, a press conference, and direct action calling on New York to divest from incarceration and instead invest in schools.
Monday, January 28: Webinar: Connecting the Dots: History of Policing with Andrea Ritchie
SURJ National had its the first webinar in the 2019 series "Connecting the Dots: Border Militarism, US Domestic and Foreign Policy, and the Myriad of Connections to Racial Capitalism." Andrea Ritchie joined for an overview of the history of policing in the US and how that history continues to impact the role of policing in the US today. Read more about her and her work here.
Tuesday, January 29: Parole Justice Advocacy Day
RAPP, the Parole Preparation Project, and others from around NY State met with NYS elected officials, march and rally to demand: 1. A fully staffed Parole Board with Parole Commissioners who have professional backgrounds in rehabilitation; 2. Elder parole, which allows all incarcerated older people, aged 55 plus an opportunity for parole release after serving 15 consecutive years in prison; 3. A parole process that centers change and transformation instead of punishment and re-sentencing. Free transportation was provided from NYC and made available in other regions of the state as needed. Food was also provided.