Interview with Critical Resistance

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Mon, 05/03/2021 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Please join us as we talk with members of Critical Resistance this week about their efforts to outreach to all 14,000 people held in custody at Oregon's state prisons.

On March 9th, Critical Resistance Portland, with the help of Willamette Valley Abolition Project, and Siskiyou Abolition Project, began to coordinate a mass mailing of Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus Check) forms and vaccine info one pagers to all 14,500 prisoners in Oregon state prisons. 

This joint effort launched in response to the continual refusal of the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) to make sure prisoners get their stimulus checks. This entails circulating  forms that contain information to help prisoners to file for their Rebate Recovery Credit, which allows them to receive the funds from all previous EIPs if they weren’t able to meet the deadline in October. As was the case in October after the landmark Scholl v. Mnuchin ruling allowed prisoners to receive CARES Act payments, ODOC had absolutely no plan to distribute the necessary forms and information for prisoners who have yet to receive their first Economic Impact Payment (EIP)..

The vaccine one pager included in the mass mailing, was developed by NU Abolitionist and the Northside Prisoner Letter Writing Coalition of Chicago, and provides people inside with information on how to make the best choice about getting vaccinated. Only 69% of Oregon state prisoners have opted to take the first round of the vaccine, and many are justified to feel immense skepticism of medical providers as staff reportedly has been spreading false information about vaccines to imprisoned people. Given this, the fact sheet is of vital importance to assist in the circulation of accurate information to support those in prison in making the most informed decisions possible regarding their health options. 

Prison Pipeline is a radio program dedicated to educating the public about the Oregon criminal justice system. Our goal is to present a unique understanding of the criminal justice system, address the root causes of crime, and challenge the status quo. We seek to promote awareness and activism in order to foster a safe, healthy, and just society. Tune in every Monday at 6:30 P.M. to hear our hosts Karen James, Adam Carpinelli, Amy Johnson, Emma Lugo, Doug McVay and Isabelle Sinclar explore the Oregon justice system with a variety of guests.

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