Thank You for a Night of Reentry & Abolition: Getting Out & Getting Free!

Thank you so much for coming to our webinar on SF Reentry Experiences, Struggles & Resources– “Getting Out & Getting Free”– this past Tuesday night.

The event was a great success. We were joined by over 100 people, many of whom have family members currently imprisoned in prisons and jails, as well as a few former prisoners, service providers and community organizers.

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Graphic of the Event by Jasmin Pamukcu

After Jesus and Mel bravely shared their experiences being in and out of SF’s jails, as well as their struggles getting the support they need and fighting for  their personal and collective liberation, we learned so much from the rest of grassroots experts in our panel of service providers. Our panelists Andrea Salinas, Eli Berry St. John, Julia Arroyo and Bobby Jones-Hanley broke down not only the services and resources that they have helped create and generate for folks getting out, but also the challenges in doing this work, along with the opportunities for building and strengthening abolitionist systems of support and care for and in our communities, so that our communities are fully self-determined. 


As we work to continue dismantling SF’s jailing and criminalization systems, we will continue to focus on simultaneously building the life-affirming infrastructure our communities need to not only survive but thrive. 


A number of resources were mentioned at the end of the event, namely a new reentry resource guide feature we are developing on our website (with a Spanish-language version coming soon). You can find that resource feature of our website here. 


You can also re-watch a full recording of the event in English here. And you can read our responses to the questions mentioned at the event in the chat box on this document here


We also hope you join us again for our next Abolition in Action Series event, making a People’s Budget for an Abolitionist San Francisco on July 25th. More information coming soon! Check back on our website soon! 🙂