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CCJFG | Our Freedom is Tied Together: Incarceration & Immigration in California

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm PDT
Zoom Webinar
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Each year, thousands of noncitizens are released from state prisons and jails, often immediately detained by ICE where they face deportation, a process that the Governor and County Sheriffs have the direct power to halt. This is one of the countless connections between local and state incarceration and the criminalization, detention, and deportation of immigrants. In order to better understand these connections and how they further mass criminalization, we must adopt a power analysis and intersectional framework that exposes the deep and insidious ways these systems reinforce and build off one another.

In this webinar, our speakers will provide an overview of the organizing happening at the intersections of criminal justice, immigrant rights, and prison abolition in California. We will hear directly from people who have survived both state prison and ICE detention, as well as grassroots organizers who are leading individual freedom campaigns, and local fights against the repurposing of empty jail beds to expand immigration detention and local jail fights that involve intersections between mass incarceration and immigrant detention. This webinar is designed to support philanthropists to deepen their analysis of racial justice, power, and intersectionality as a way to support this critical community defense work that demonstrates just how intimately our freedoms are tied together.


  • Peejay Ai, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
  • Liyah Assefa, Survived & Punished
  • Diana Campos, Sacramento ACT
  • Angie Junck, Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Sandy Valenciano, Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Target Audience

This program is open to NCG members and CCJFG members.

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