[Pnews] Help stop cuts to visits at NY's maximum security prisons

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Sat Mar 18 18:47:27 EDT 2017

As you may know, Governor Cuomo has written into his proposed budget a 
severe cutback in visiting for the state’s maximum security prisons. If 
this cut goes through, it will make visiting all but impossible for many 
families, and have a terrible impact on long-termers and elders in the 
state prisons, including the political prisoners. A campaign is underway 
to stop the cuts, but we need many more voices to join. The steps to 
take are simple: a phone call to the governor and a signature on an 
online petition (see below for details). Time is of the essence: we have 
heard that many legislative representatives are opposed to these cuts, 
but the community needs to make sure they carry through with their 
opposition at budget negotiation time.

*We are writing now not just to ask that you call and sign, but more: 
*if you have an e-list or access to any list from your personal, 
political, or work life, please send out a request for people to take 
those simple steps to support our incarcerated community and their 
families and friends. We need to reach well beyond the dedicated but 
numerically limited groups of people who are actively engaged in work to 
transform prisons. I have attached the flyer we have been handing out 
(it includes other possible support steps), and below is a sample text 
you could use. We need thousands more signatures on the petition if it 
is to be at all effective. (And of course please post if you are on 
Facebook or other social media.)

Samples short text:

Governor Cuomo plans to cut visiting at New York’s maximum security 
prisons. Incarcerated people and their families and friends—and all of 
us—stand to lose enormously if we do not prevent the governor from 
making these cuts. I ask you to make one phone call to the governor 
(518-474-8390) and sign the online petition 
- this will take only a few minutes, and you do not have to be a New 
York resident.

Please see the attached flyer for more information. This is a chance to 
intervene in support of incarcerated people and families and 
communities. We have only a few weeks but we could make a difference.

Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org
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