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FREE! Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment

The culture and industry of mass incarceration in the United States targets generation after generation of disenfranchised people of color to fuel private interests and bolster rural and suburban economies.

FREE! Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment is a women-led, grassroots collective of people with incarcerated loved ones, empowering, and mobilizing ourselves to create viable community alternatives to, and impact public policy around the destructive, profit-driven prison industry.

FREE! members learn to advocate on behalf of ourselves and our imprisoned loved ones, use media production facilities, and build powerful campaigns that changes lives!

FREE! develops leadership capacity for better navigation of the criminal IN*justice system through grassroots organizing, media, and legal training. We offer direct-service referrals for family members, and technological job skills training for formerly incarcerated persons and children "of-promise", while helping to expand the discourse around justice, family, and healthy community.

Our Vision is to radically change, and share in control over, institutions that currently tear apart our children, families, and communities. We believe that our families and communities can heal and become prosperous through self-determined development, and the proper allocation of a fraction of the resources wasted on warehousing our loved ones in cages in upstate New York.

Our pro-active network of New York State families and friends with loved ones behind bars is growing rapidly! JOIN US!

FREE! works in coalition with anyone working to develop resources for supporting our brothas and sistas both in and outside of prison walls.

No more Felony Disenfranchisement in NY! - Rally on Election Day!

Nov 2 2010 - 7:21am
Nov 2 2010 - 7:21pm

No More Jim Crow Felony Disenfranchisement in New York!

On November 2nd (Election Day) – Join Rallies Statewide to Win Parolee Voting Rights

What: Rallies at key polling sites in NYC, Westchester, Albany and your community

When: Next Tuesday, November 2nd

Where: Polling locations contact alfredo@nycahn.org or 347-849-2486


No more Jim Crow Felony Disenfrahcisement in NY! - Rally on Election Day!

No More Jim Crow Felony Disenfranchisement in New York!

On November 2nd (Election Day) – Join Rallies Statewide to Win Parolee Voting Rights

What: Rallies at key polling sites in NYC, Westchester, Albany and your community

When: Next Tuesday, November 2nd

Where: Polling locations contact alfredo@nycahn.org or 347-849-2486

Support: Feel free to post the attached flier & Sign-up sheet. Send back the sign-up sheet to Alfredo if you would like us to do follow up calls to people interested in attending


F.R.E.E Family Resource Guide - DO YOU HAVE YOURS???

Last October, we launched the release of our Family Resource Guide, a comprehensive collection of family stories and helpful resources throughout New York State. We received generous funding from the North Star Fund, The Funding Exchange and other philanthropist agencies, as well as support from the Center for Constitutional Rights, to publish the guide.
We consider this guide "a labor of love," because it was lovingly created by those formerly incarcerated, friends and family members of the incarcerated, and advocates for justice.
Now our challenge is to make sure that EVERYONE in New York State has access to the guide and can share it with their friends, families, colleagues and anyone who might benefit from the information it contains.

HOW DO I GET A COPY???



Citizen's Against Recidivism Fourth Annual Award's Dinner

On October 30, 2010 at 6pm in Harlem, NY, the Citizen's Against Recidivism will honor criminal justice advocates for their unyielding work at the Fourth Annual Award's Dinner. Members of the community are honored for their significant work towards improving the lives of those currently incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and their family members.

Details of the event are described below:
A night to celebrate the successes of formerly

incarcerated people

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Doors Open at 6 P.M.

At the prestigious

3940 Broadway (164th Street and Broadway)

New York, New York 10032

Keynote Speaker:

Malcolm A. Smith

NYS Senate President

Special Guest:

Congressman Charles B. Rangel

NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery


FREE! Intern/Volunteer Opportunities

INTERNS NEEDED (ACADEMIC CREDIT can be arranged) Several Opportunities:

FREE! Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment is a grassroots, women-led organization that empowers people with incarcerated loved ones through self-advocacy trainings, hands-on organizing and mobilizing, and Media Justice projects. Two million people in the U.S. are in prison, over 66,000 of them in New York State alone. The majority of incarcerated New Yorkers come from seven disenfranchised neighborhoods in NYC, making poor people of color as the primary targets of the Prison Industrial Complex.


Stop the Contract!!

Mar 25 2008 - 6:30pm
Mar 25 2008 - 8:30pm

Thought the work was done because you're paying less for calls from Prison? WRONG! There's STILL a monopoly contract that's controlled by the State and the service provider, now GlobalTel Link. If you're committed to seeing Prison Telephone Justice through to true victory, contact founderpfcf@yahoo.com, subject: Stop the Contract and we'll link you in to the campaign work that continues...


Meet with Criminal Justice Advocates and Leaders

Oct 30 2009 - 1:00pm

Want to be at the forefront of Organizing and Service efforts in NYC around Re-entry and the Prison Industrial Complex? Have flexible daytime hours to commit a couple times per month? Work well with people from diverse backgrounds? Send us a paragraph about your interest and availability in volunteering founderpfcf@yahoo.com, subject: Political Action Delegate


FREE Steering Committee meeting

Mar 12 2008 - 6:00pm
Mar 12 2008 - 8:00pm

Find out how you can become part of the Steering Committee...founderpfcf@yahoo.com


Rockefeller Drug Laws and A Personal Story

Join FREE! Steering Committee Member Cheri O'Donoghue as she tells her personal story of how the RDL have affected her family.