As we navigate this global crisis, we must fight to ensure that local, state and federal government agencies and officials, nonprofits, philanthropy, and community-based organizations prioritize the safety, health and freedom of cis and trans women, girls, transgender men, and GNC folks through the COVID-19 pandemic and for the long-term.
Even before COVID-19, our communities were disproportionately impacted by an unjust system that invests more in incarceration than community care.
The current pandemic — and the local and state response to it — make dismantling harmful systems and replacing them with publicly funded, community-led care more urgent and necessary. When we are not safe, our families and communities are not and cannot be.
It is more clear than ever that the health and safety of ALL OF US depends on the health and safety of ALL OF US. The only way out of this crisis is to make sure that all of us have what we need to be safe, healthy and free.
While we support the measures to curb this pandemic, we also know that shelter in place is particularly difficult, if not impossible, for formerly incarcerated, systems-involved women, girls, trans and GNC people, particularly those facing situations of violence and exploitation. It is critical that elected and appointed leaders in the Bay Area not only take action now, but be bold and innovative in our solutions.
Young Women’s Freedom Center along with community partners and systems-impacted advocates has been advocating to make sure that Bay Area mayors and Boards of Supervisors take immediate action to support young people most at risk during the COVID-19 crisis in ways that center our needs and consider our experiences.
Our demands include:
- Bring our young people home.
- Establish a no-arrest order for low-level, non-violent and survival violations.
- Issue a countywide emergency plan to ensure that transitional age youth immediately receive the housing, food and cash aid they need to weather this crisis.
- Ensure that transitional age youth (TAY) immediately receive the housing, food & cash aid they need to weather this crisis.
- Mandate that CalWorks “stop the clock” and waive the work/school requirements for parents to receive cash aid.
Together, we can not only survive this crisis but also make sure that all of us have what we need to be safe, healthy and free.
Join The Fight!
- Share your experiences and demands, and show your support for YWFC’s COVID-19 response using the hashtag #SafeHealthyFree
- Donate to the YWFC to help us continue this critical work.