Callidarity

Callidarity

From Moms United

These funds will be used for phone & commissary funds for moms In IDOC & CCDOC, especially those who don't get visits from their kids due to distance, poverty & other barriers faced by families surviving incarceration.

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Update #1

about 1 month ago

Many thanks, generous supporters! Together we've met our goal of weekly calls for 40 moms. This means so much to moms inside and their kids. In Illinois prisons, about 80% of incarcerated women are moms of minor kids, and they are an average of 169 miles apart. Your solidarity matters.

Anything additional that we raise will allow up to meet new requests. Right now there are 147 people at intake in Logan, the largest women's prison in IL. No doubt many are moms and will have need to make a call to kids as soon as they are "classified", though they have no ability to do that right now. We will do this work in solidarity until all are home and truly free. Love and Solidarity, beloved community!

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Calls to loved ones are very expensive for incarcerated people, whose loved ones must find the money to put onto their accounts in order to make those calls. Incarceration overwhelmingly affects poor families, and some are spending all additional funds to care for the kids who are separated from moms as a result. In other cases, kids are not with family, and it is all the more important that these kids can get calls from mom, who in turn is checking to make sure her kids are safe. 

Moms in state prisons are an average of 169 miles from their kids. Calls can also help moms establish regular contact, which is crucial for moms working to reunite with kids when they are released. 

Since 2015 Moms United Against Violence & Incarceration (MUAVI) has been raising phone funds for moms at Logan, Decatur and Cook County Jail to ensure a lifeline during painful separation.

Most imprisoned people will return one day, but for some that will be a long time. We must work to get people free through commutation campaigns, defense campaigns, and by demanding community-based resources over all forms of incarceration. And, we must do what we can to support families right now.

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Moms United posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #1

Many thanks, generous supporters! Together we've met our goal of weekly calls for 40 moms. This means so much to moms inside and their kids. In Illinois prisons, about 80% of incarcerated women are moms of minor kids, and they are an average of 169 miles apart. Your solidarity matters.

Anything additional that we raise will allow up to meet new requests. Right now there are 147 people at intake in Logan, the largest women's prison in IL. No doubt many are moms and will have need to make a call to kids as soon as they are "classified", though they have no ability to do that right now. We will do this work in solidarity until all are home and truly free. Love and Solidarity, beloved community!

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