April 16th Building Communities, Not Cages LIVE Webinar 7 – 9pm

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE WEBINAR! Building Communities, Not Cages: Meeting the Needs of People Exiting Jails and Prisons.

The 3rd in our weekly series of webinars addressing the needs of prisoners and criminalized people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last two weeks, over 2,947 prisoners have been released or diverted from detention across Canada. This is a positive development, but one which must be met with equal measures to build up community supports. Prison abolitionists have long argued that the project of abolition is not simply one of eliminating jails and prisons but must also involve efforts to build deep community supports and solidarities.

This panel brings together people with lived experience, frontline workers and researchers to discuss what we must do to support people being released and diverted from detention, and how to leverage this moment of community-building for the long-term struggle to realize decarceral futures.


  • Zoë Dodd
  • Tyson Young
  • Charlotte Smith
  • Rima Berns-McGown
  • Dan Parlow

Moderator: Jessica Evans

TAKE ACTION HERE: https://cp-ep.org/email-zap-campaigns/. Demand personal protection, decarceration, and free communication for prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Use our easy-to-use email ZAP tools every week

DONATE HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/f/prisoner-emergency-support-fund.

Support the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Prisoners and their families to help those being released into the community and those left behind bars.