10 PRINCIPLES OF ACTION

principle 1

To develop a national movement of formerly-incarcerated people and people with past convictions so we can build political power for our communities. 

principle 2

To eliminate the lifelong punishment resulting from past convictions or imprisonment. To achieve full restoration of the rights of formerly-incarcerated/convicted people

principle 3

To advocate for the human rights of currently and formerly-incarcerated persons.

PRINCIPLE 4

To effectively advocate for alternatives to incarceration, both for young people and for adults- To encourage mother and child alternatives to incarceration for women.

PRINCIPLE 5

To stop the expansion of the Prison Industrial Complex

PRINCIPLE 6

To implement a Bill of Rights that will guarantee prison visiting rights, stop the exploitation of prisoners' labor, stop corporate profiteering from prison telephone surcharges, ensure quality medical care for prisoners, end fast-track adoptions, end all forms of discrimination based on past convictions, and stop the deportation of juveniles and parents away from their families

PRINCIPLE 7

To encourage change government policy in order to make enough resources available to ensure the greatest likelihood of success for people coming out of prison.

PRINCIPLE 8

To stop politicians and others from using crime rates and parole violations to advance their careers. 

PRINCIPLE 9

To overcome the stigma and change public perception of who we are; to show our successes instead of allowing the media and others to focus only on our failures

PRINCIPLE 10

To overcome the fear and heal the shame associated with being a person convicted of a felony or a former prisoner.

Self Determination Pledge

As members of All of Us or None, we pledge:

★ To demand the right to speak in our own voices.

★ To treat each other with respect and not allow differences to divide us.

★ To accept responsibility for any acts that may have caused harm to our families, our communities or ourselves.

★ To fight all forms of discrimination.

★ To help build the economic stability of formerly-incarcerated people.

★ To claim and take care of our own children and our families.

★ To support community struggles to stop using prisons as the answer to social problems.

★ To play an active role in making our communities safe for everyone