Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP is more than a campaign: it is a call for justice that is shared by many communities. In the midst of a well-recognized crisis of escalating populations of older people in U.S. prisons, RAPP has been one of the few voices pointing to the most reasonable and meaningful solution: don’t build nursing homes and hospices behind bars, but instead, release these elders, who pose no threat to public safety and who have so much to contribute to their families and our communities.
We already know that thousands of New Yorkers support this demand and look forward to welcoming elders back from behind the bars into our communities.
On February 24th, RAPP got word of support from an organization long known to advocates for justice: Resist. This 48-year-old organization, based in Somerville, near Boston, MA, has raised funds to support some of the key social and political justice groups and movements of the past half-century. Some RAPP members who are ourselves elders remember the years when Resist supported critical justice work while others were too fearful to do so.
RAPP deeply appreciates the grant from Resist, and we know that it is only the start of a beautiful friendship—
and greater unity in the work to end criminal injustice.
Resist is located at 259 Elm Street, Suite 201, Somerville, MA 02144; 617-623-5110
RAPP has also received much-appreciated support from the John Brown Education Fund, 6626 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94121.
We need your support too: Please donate to RAPP to help bring our elders home