From Katie Schaffer,
Thank you for joining us at the FREEnewyork Westchester Town Hall last night! It was powerful to share space and reflect on our collective work for decarceration and pretrial justice.
Attached, you will find digital copies of:
Photos from the event are available for viewing at: https://www.facebook.com/WESPACFOUNDATION/
If you want to stay in touch with the Truthworker Theatre Company, you can find them on their website at truthworker.com (links to their social media at the bottom of the page).
To take action right now:
- CALL Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and tell her: “My name is ____ and I am a constituent from ____ [name your town/city]. Thank you for your leadership in moving forward bail, discovery, and speedy trial legislation. As you know, the work is not done! As we move forward, we hope to have your support in passing the next round of bail reform legislation that ends money bail and protects due process for all and true speedy trial legislation that guarantees the right to a speedy trial.”
- CALL your County Legislator and ask them: What is your plan to make sure bail reform is implemented to maximize decarceration and vastly reduce the number of people incarcerated pretrial?
We look forward to working with all of you in the fight for decarceration and pretrial justice in Westchester County.
Katie & the FREEnewyork Team
FREEnewyork – Our Stories, Our Wins, Our Fight
FREEnewyork Local Organizing Guide
Conflict Resolution Facilitators Needed at the Westchester County Jail
On the weekend on May 31 to June 2, the first conflict resolution workshop was held for women at the Westchester County Jail. Nine women who had been accused or everything from misdemeanors to violent crimes sat in a classroom together. This workshop was led by the Alternatives to Violence Project to help the women deal with the conflicts in their lives. All women participated fully, speaking about themselves positively, brainstorming violence and nonviolence, sharing a conflict they solved nonviolently, using I messages, and doing role plays. When asked at the end of the three-day workshop what they will take away with them, they responded the importance of listening, assertiveness, actual tools to use when they find themselves in a conflict situation, affirmation and a better understanding of themselves.
The Westchester County Jail, in Valhalla, New York, is exemplary in providing programs and preparing prisoners for reentry. Programs and counseling begin on entry to the facility and continue through their stay. The Administration fully supports these efforts and enthusiastically welcomed a new program into the facility.
AVP, begun in 1975 by inmates at Green Haven Correctional Facility, helps people build conflict resolution skills by working on communication, listening, community, and tools to resolve conflict by using exercises and role plays rather than lectures. The intense emotional focus used in dealing with conflict and anger is interspersed with “Light and Livelies”.
AVP needs more facilitators to meet the needs at the county jail. There will be an AVP Basic Workshop in Scarsdale on August 9-11. For more information on the Westchester County Jail Program contact Jacqueline Labatt-Simon at [email protected].
The Alternatives to Violence Project conducts workshops in the community and prisons. All facilitators and participants are volunteers. For information on AVP, go to www.avpny.org
This year, because of the unwavering advocacy of directly impacted people and organizations across the state, a historic package of bail, discovery, and speedy trial legislation passed in the state budget. On July 10th, join us for a #FREEnewyork Town Hall in Yonkers. You will learn details about the new legislation, hear from directly impacted individuals and understand what this legislation means for Westchester County.
Together, we will:
- CELEBRATE the thousands of people who will no longer be subject to the trauma of pretrial jailing
- ACKNOWLEDGE those who were carved out of the legislation
- STRATEGIZE the next stage of bail reform to end money bail and protect due process for all people regardless of charge.
At the Town Hall, we will hear from directly impacted people as well as our allies in this work.
RSVP FOR THE FREEnewyork Town Hall: Westchester
The event is sponsored by JustLeadershipUSA, VOCAL-NY, NYCLU, Westchester Children’s Association, WESPAC Foundation, Westchester for Change, Irvington Activists and LPS Progressive Life Services.
- Date: July 10th
- Time: 6-8 PM PM (dinner at 5:30 PM)
- Location: Yonkers Public Library (Riverfront, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers)
- RSVP HERE
- Spread the word on Facebook& with the attached flyer
- Free & open to the public
On Monday, May 13 2019, advocates from around the state will be gathering in Albany for the NYCLU’s statewide Day of Action. Register NOW to be at the forefront of transforming New York’s policies. We are showing up to demand a New York that protects the civil liberties of all New Yorkers.
Our Day of Action is a great way to get involved in the legislative and advocacy work of the NYCLU. There will be workshops, lobby visits, and activities to help encourage our elected officials to take action on the issues that matter most to us.
Join us as we stand up for immigrants, fight hate, protect democracy and defend justice. We will provide transportation, meals and there will be NYCLU giveaways.
Register now to secure your spot, and we will be in touch with further details, including transportation information. Please register even if you are “just thinking about it”!
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We look forward to seeing on May 13th!