#Decarcerate Now: Events Commemorating the 49th Anniversary of the Attica Uprising

11 September 2020

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 men incarcerated at the Attica Correctional Facility led an insurrection against the prison — an institution undergirded by systemic oppression, racism, and violence. The Attica Liberation Faction Manifesto rooted the uprising in collective principled struggle: “In our peaceful efforts to assemble in dissent...we are in turn murdered, brutalized, and framed...because we seek the rights and privileges of all American People.”

To commemorate the 49th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising, the Decarceration National Network invites you to join with incarcerated people, their families and activists in September to demand the release of people subjected to excessive prison terms in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Osborne Association is proud to be part of the Decarceration National Network, which includes The Sentencing Project, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Chicago 400 Alliance, Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform, New York’s Release Aging People in Prison, Coalition for Effective Public Safety from Massachusetts, Ohio Justice Policy Center, South Carolina’s Hearts for Inmates and Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform.

You can see a calendar of events throughout September: September Events Demanding Decarceration

Highlighted Events 

Sunday, September 13, 1:00-2:30 pm • Attica Is Now! rally at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, NYC and West Capitol Park in Albany. This rally is part of a nationally coordinated month of action to end life imprisonment/death by incarceration and continue the struggle begun at Attica prison 49 years ago. Speakers include survivors of Attica, Movement 4 Black Lives, one of the lawyers for the Attica Brothers, and leading advocates to pass #ElderParole, #Fair&TimelyParole, #HALTSolitary, Ban #WalkingWhileTrans. 

Monday, September 14, 2020, 12:00-1:30 pm EST • Challenging Long Prison Terms and Preventing ViolenceRegister here for the event. Two panels and the premiere of a short film, “The Trouble With Long Prison Terms,” on the importance of centering the elimination of long prison terms in any decarceration strategy. With RAPP’s Jose Saldaña; hosted by the Justice Policy Institute, Brave New Films, and the Open Society Foundation. 

Monday, September 21, 2020 • National Call to Action/Rally Day • marking 49 years since the Attica uprising: it’s time to bring them home! Register here for this event, which will include speakers Elizabeth Gaynes (The Osborne Association) and Jose Saldaña (RAPP), among others.

Wednesday, September 16, 12 to 1pm: "Incarceration and Inequality" • with Wes Moore and Ames Grawert of the Brennan Center, discussing a new report released by the Brennan Center. Learn more at www.brennancenter.org/events/incarceration-and-inequality. 

Thursday, September 17, 1pm to 2pm • "Emerging Adults to Elders: The Case for Decarceration and Parole Justice."  Organized by Osborne's Center for Justice Across Generations, the panel will explore the implications of new Emerging Adult Justice research for the release of those serving life and lengthy sentences. Panelists will share their experiences and expertise, discussing transformative rather than punitive approaches to safety, accountability and healing, and the need to decarcerate through sentencing reform and parole reform, including passing the Elder Parole bill. Register at bit.ly/EmergingAdults2Elders 

Thursday, September 17, 5pm to 7pm • "It's a Crime: Using Technical Parole Violations to Re-Incarcerate" event 5 to 7pm • Co-sponsored by CHHIRJ, Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, and Coalition for Effective Public Safety. Register for the zoom meeting here

Thursday, September 24, 2:30pm to 4:00pm  COVID-19 Release Campaigns: Strategies to Include People charged with violence." • Organized by Common Justice. Register here.