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Keep Your Mind Free

Damon Locks

With lack of sanitation and so many vulnerable people it is past time to “End the Unjust COVID-19 Death Sentence.” “We have a pandemic of incarceration” so “Let Our People Furlough” and “FREE THEM ALL.” 

Here in Illinois it is critical that Governor Pritzker release the elderly and other vulnerable people from Stateville Prisons. It is truly a matter of life and death.

On March 12th the Illinois Coalition for Higher Education in Prison (IL-CHEP) presented a letter to the governor demanding a review of all people in Illinois prisons and jails who are elderly or infirm, with an eye toward providing medical furloughs or compassionate release to as many of them as possible. Add your voice to the letter here.

Take further action to free them now at the Free The People Coalition.

Damon Locks is a visual artist, educator, vocalist/musician, and deejay. He teaches art at Stateville Prison with the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP).

A pen and ink drawing of a man of color wearing a blue shirt and with chains and handcuffs on his wrists. His hands are raised and the chain flies up. A radiating image of black and white circles comes out from behind him, featuring the text: “END THE UNJUST COVID-19 DEATH SENTENCE. WE HAVE A PANDEMIC OF INCARCERATION. LET OUR PEOPLE FURLOUGH. FREE THEM NOW.” The background in blue features a pattern of flowers, as well as the words: “KEEP YOUR MIND FREE.’

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