*On Wednesday, Common’s criminal justice reform organization Imagine Justice launched a campaign with dozens of advocacy and activist groups to raise awareness of the threat that coronavirus poses on millions of incarcerated men, women and youths in the U.S.
“It’s a troubling time for them,” Common said, “because they are the people who usually are overlooked.”
The campaign, dubbed #WeMatterToo, calls on authorities to immediately release people who have served the vast majority of their sentences, especially those with existing health conditions that put them at greater risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. Although state and local correctional facilities have already released thousands of inmates due to the pandemic, the campaign also calls on governments to pay for testing and housing for inmates after they are set free.
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Let this time show us that we are all interconnected. We have to be there for our vulnerable communities including our people who are currently incarcerated. Our fates are tied together so we must be courageous and act now. I’m proud to launch #WeMatterToo today alongside 70+ organizations who have dedicated their time and energy to supporting our brothers and sisters currently in prisons, jails and detention centers around the country during this scary and uncertain time. Every single life matters. Take action today by clicking the link in my bio!