In response to the growing risk of COVID-19 spreading throughout our jails, prisons and detention centers at an alarming rate, award winning artists, system impacted individuals, leading organizers on the frontlines and influential organizations from around the country are coming together to launch the #WeMatterToo Campaign to change the national narrative around COVID-19 and our criminal justice system, pressure public officials to take action to remedy the situation, amplify the voices and stories of people who are incarcerated and empower communities to be agents of change. Every day that goes by without action means more people will get sick with COVID-19 and die.
GET INVOLVED + TAKE ACTION
COVID-19’s deadly impact on our nation’s more than 2.3 million incarcerated people as well as the thousands of individuals who work at the facilities is already underway. Get involved today to help our brothers and sisters who are currently incarcerated in our nation's prisons, jails and detention centers.
#WEMATTERTOO LEADERSHIP PARTNERS
A New Way Of Life Reentry Project, ACLU, Alliance For Safety and Justice, Amplifier, Art 4 Justice, Aubin Pictures, Black Futures Lab, Black to the Future Action Fund, Blackout For Human Rights, Californians For Safety And Justice, Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth, Chicago Beyond, Chicago Votes, Chloe and Maud Foundation, Color Of Change, COMMUNITYx, ConCreates, Creative Acts, #CUT50, Defender Impact Initiative, Developing Despite Distance, Dignity and Power Now, For Freedoms, FRCE, Frederick Douglass Project for Justice, Fund Humanity, FWD.us, Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative, Global Citizen, Harness, Healing Dialogue and Action, Incarceration Nations Network, Invisible Hand, Justice LA, Justice League CA, Justice League NY, La Defensa, LA Voice, Lead with Love, Live FREE, MoveOn, Next 100, Partners For Justice, Paws for Life K9 Rescue, PEN America, Plus One Society, Project Rebound, Re:Store Justice, Reform LA Jails, REFORM Alliance, Represent Justice, Root & Rebound, Soze Agency, Stat Zero, The Bail Project, The Claremont College’s Justice Education Initiative, The Collective PAC, The Fair Chance Project, The Gathering For Justice, The Justice Collaborative, The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, The Sentencing Project, TheatreWorkers Project, UCLA’s Black Policy Project, United We Dream, The UTA Foundation, Vera Institute For Justice, We Got Us Now, We Stand United, Witness, Words Uncaged, Worth Rises, Zealous and more.
IN THE NEWS
THE CORONAVIRUS IS HITTING OUR NATION'S PRISONS AND JAILS HARD. AND IT'S EXPOSING A CRISIS THAT EXISTED LONG BEFORE THE OUTBREAK
"The news from the nation’s prisons and jails is increasingly grim. On Sunday, there were reports that 1,828 people incarcerated at Marion County Correctional Facility in Ohio, 73% of its total population, have tested positive for COVID-19." TIME Magazine.
NO ONE DESERVES TO DIE OF COVID-19 IN JAIL
"No one deserves to die of Covid-19 in prison or jail. But more than 100 inmates already have, and thousands more could if prisons and elected officials do not take steps to protect the incarcerated now. A report from the American Civil Liberties Union predicted that an explosion of cases in jails could cause the total death count in the United States to double." The New York Times.
PRISONS AND JAILS ACROSS THE US ARE TURNING INTO 'PETRI DISHES' FOR CORONAVIRUS. DEPUTIES ARE FALLING ILL, TOO
"In the United States, the largest known concentration of coronavirus cases outside of hospitals isn't on a cruise ship or in a nursing home. It's at a jail in Chicago." CNN.
COMMON AND PRODUCER SCOTT BUDNICK ZOOM "HOPE AND INSPIRATION" FOR INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS
"On a group call with 130,000 California prisoners in their cells, the rapper and producer shared information on COVID-19 and 'let them know that they're not forgotten.'” via The Hollywood Reporter