Since our most recent victory in May 2020– passing an ordinance that will require the City of San Francisco permanently close County Jail 4 at 850 Bryant by November 1st, 2020— No New SF Jail Coalition has started to build a San Francisco movement to abolish all of SF’s cages and methods of criminalization, through a series of political education and skill-share events each month.
Through our Abolition In Action Series, we gather virtually once each month for a community workshop on our campaign to #ShutDown850 and discuss ways to build an abolitionist future for San Francisco, a future for us all.
Each month focuses on a new topic related to building a jail-free, police-free, criminalization-free San Francisco–from a People’s Assessment of the Ordinance to Close 850 (May), to Re-entry Support & Resources for folks recently released from SF jails (June), People’s Budgeting for the City budget (July), Harm Reduction & Decriminalization (August) and much more.
Past Abolition in Action (AiA) Series Events:
AiA Event #4: August’s Care not Cages–Harm Reduction, Decriminalizing Survival & Liberating SF
August’s Abolition in Action Series event–Care Not Cages–featured an informative mini-training with the DOPE Project on how to respond to an opioid overdose along with a panel of grassroots experts on harm reduction & decriminalization. Speakers represented Rad Mission Neighbors, the SF AIDS Foundation, GLIDE, SF Drug Users Union, Do No Harm, DPH Must Divest and the DOPE Project of the Harm Reduction Coalition.
- Rewatch the event here (in English)
- Watch the event here (en Español). Para información en español, haga clic aquí.
AiA Event #3: July’s Funding Our Communities (Community Workshop on Budget Strategy for Abolition)
July’s Abolition in Action Series Event–Funding Our Communities–was an extensive workshop on how to use budget advocacy in fighting for abolition. Participants participated in a community envisioning exercise and developed collective plans for a city budget that supports a thriving, equitable and sustainable San Francisco for all of our communities. Participants then could opt-in to a training on how to give effective public comment on budget issues related to policing, imprisonment or criminalization in the city.
- Watch the workshop on our youtube channel here.
- Check out the community’s vision for SF’s budget here.
AiA Event #2: June’s Getting Out & Getting Free (Community Panel on Reentry Services, Experiences & Resources)
For June’s Abolition in Action Series Event–Getting Out & Getting Free–, 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–for a community panel of grassroots experts on ReEntry experiences, struggles, services & resources.
- You can read a full report back of the event for participants here
- 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.
AiA Event #1: May’s #ShutDown850 People’s Assessment of the Ordinance
You can view the presentation of the event in this video here:
View the information shared in the presentation here: #Shutdown850 People’s Assessment Slides.