Right now there is non-stop action to try to get as many people out of jails/prisons/immigration detention as possible. HEARD’s team of advocates has been involved with nationwide advocacy. More vlogs coming soon.
The goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. We hope you will join in the efforts and look at some of the hashtags:
[Young Black man with long natural hair slicked back into an afropuff ponytail. He is wearing a white buttoned shirt short sleeve button up shirt and signing in front of a brick wall painted off white. He signs the following in ASL:
Hello my name is Malik Morris. Sign name [MM]. I’m a HEARD advocate.
This vlog is sweet and short in summary to inform all of you about updates regarding previous vlog about National Emergency Meeting about COVID-19 & jails/prisons/detention. This is about what we have been doing behind the scenes since.
After March 13, HEARD team has been collecting a lot of reports from deaf/disabled, deafblind, deaf with numerous disabilities across the nation. We, HEARD team, collaborated and worked with different hearing legal/advocate organizations to ensure accessibility to the 2-3 million disabled all over that are incarcerated in jails and prisons – state, federal and locally. This includes getting information to immigration detention centers, juvenile detention centers, and women’s jails and prisons.
Many of these legal/advocate organizations are writing and pushing for the release of older incarcerated. Incarcerated folks with serious health issues like lung, heart or kidney disease, diabetes, asthma are also being advocated for release. Often these two categories need complicated medications and should be given priority for release. Pregnant women should also be released before COVID-19 takes over jails and prisons, which has already happened in some areas.
For example, some states have already been engulfed by COVID-19. Right now, Riker’s Island more than 200 have been infected with COVID-19, over 150 incarcerated folks and over 40 officers infected. The same is happening in other states. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it will be hard to control and the virus will continue to expand without releasing the vulnerable folks from jails and prisons as soon as possible.]
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