TIMELINE + UPDATES
We launched DANC in February 2020 with panel discussions with the Legendary MOVE mothers: Debbie Africa, Janet Africa and Janine Africa. We heard the story of CADBI (Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration) member Paulette Carrington, a former juvenile lifer.
Our work shifted after COVID-19. The pandemic impacted our work drastically in March. We intended to build chapters of DANC behind the walls and in schools, however, COVID realigned us.
We decided to bring them home instead. We partnered with Philadelphia Community Bail Fund and National Bail Out, and led a national effort to free black mothers and caregivers throughout Pennsylvania.
By April we raised enough funds to bail out three Black mothers in response to COVID-19 and helped with the release of five more mothers and caregivers in time for Mother’s Day. We provided aid in the form of housing, resources, mental health, leadership development and reunification with families. We gave away over 12 care packages and 7 laptops and tablets to returning mothers and caregivers from Riverside Correctional Facilities in Philadelphia, PA and Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, PA.
In May we led to two “Free Black Mamas Car Actions“ in PA and the first Virtual Re-Entry Day, bringing these two cities together for the first time around womxn and incarceration.
We launched Virtual Training For Mobilizers, a four-week training for impacted leadership development and political education. These trainings involved a political analysis on race and class as well as gender, trauma and healing, community mobilizing and the art of storytelling. Leaders learned how to facilitate workshops, recognize triggers, and the history of mass incarceration.
We launched a six-week Mobilizer Bootcamp for formerly Incarcerated and impacted Black mothers, caregivers, trans and gender non-conforming people.
We launched Our National Day of Action Impacted Black Gender oppressed day! Stay Tuned for Updates!