Thanks to you, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received over 500 phone calls urging them to address the predatory cost of calls from prison by passing the Wright Petition. The FCC generally gets about 400 calls each day on a range of topics and we managed to flood their phone lines just about the cost of prion phones!
On behalf of the Prison Phone Justice Campaign, we would like to especially thank the United Church of Christ’s media justice ministry for taking a lead in organizing the call-in day, and Advocare for leading most of the online organizing.
This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of organizations like National CURE, United Methodist Church, Prison Legal News, the members of the Media Action Grassroots Network, Center for Constitutional Rights, Criminal Justice Network for Youth, Queer Women of Color Film Festival, Equal Justice USA, our online community, and the many criminal justice activists and families of those in prison whose dedication to this issue for the past decade have laid the foundation for our work today.
We have the numbers to win this fight, what we need now are your ideas. Tell us what should we do next to make sure the Wright Petition passes at the FCC?
Your stories are making the difference in this campaign:
My Mom used to spend $20 a month for me to call her for 10 minutes while I was incarcerated. She was on a fixed income, like many moms talking to their sons, or all the kids trying to speak with their incarcerated parent. About a million parents are in prison, many of whom are too far to visit in person. – Bruce
Our struggle for the communication rights of incarcerated people continues. The 2.7 million children with a parent behind bars can no longer wait for mommy and daddy to come home. Our families, especially those on fixed incomes, just can't afford to keep paying more than $20 for a 15-minute call.
Thank you for letting the FCC know that the time for change is now. Stay connected with the progress of our campaign at www.phonejustice.org
Steven Renderos, Nick Szburla, amalia deloney, and the entire Media Action Grassroots Network Field Team