The holiday season abounds with calls to engage in charity that leaves the giver feeling good while ignoring the actual causes of the problem. Here’s a chance to support an effort in our region that provides much-needed material aid while simultaneously helping to build pressure for change. Wayside Center endorses Socks for Inmates. Here’s how you can help too:
Richmond City Jail does not provide the men and women being held at the jail with basic personal necessities, including undergarment articles and socks necessary to maintain sanitary conditions as well as warmth. ?This creates significant hardship to a large segment of the inmate population who remain imprisoned due to their impoverished state. It’s little wonder that this facility has a death rate 2.5 times higher than the national average.
Collective X, a local multi-issue action collective, is sponsoring Socks for Inmates.? We are collecting new socks for men and women currently incarcerated in the Richmond City Jail. On Tuesday, December 18,?at noon, we will deliver the socks and hold a press conference at the jail to help raise awareness about its inadequacies.
Collective X asks for your endorsement and support in this effort. We would like to invite you and your organization to:
-????????? Please spread the word among your members, e-mail lists, and community requesting donations of new, white, men?s and women?s crew socks, in original packaging to the locations listed below, or cash donations for the purchase of socks* to the Wepay page.
-????????? Endorse Socks For Inmates, being listed as a partner in future press releases and joining us for the delivery of the socks and subsequent press conference
We know that there are many groups with more experience building awareness of the city’s criminal justice system, and the plight of those targeted by it. ?We also are aware of, and hope to call attention to, the new Justice Center?s failure to address the issues of the current jail.? We hope to help build a strong, unified voice with partner groups that have been doing this work for far longer than we have.?We also hope that the energy from this drive will lead to additional actions throughout our community to tip the scales back in favor of the people.
*In the event that the funds exceed those necessary to provide every man and woman in the Richmond City Jail with a pair of socks, excess funds will be used to purchase undergarments approved by the Jail.