Free Gerald Reed, Free Them All

Friday, Aug. 14, 2:30 pm PST KPFA radio

The pandemic is spreading quickly among people in prisons and other locked institutions. That means many people with disabilities are massed together directly in the path of Covid-19.

Armanda Shackleford and Sarah Wild join Eddie Ytuarte to discuss their effort to #FreeThemAll in Chicago and beyond.

Many incarcerated Chicago Police Department torture survivors sit behind bars as the virus rages, and one of them is a disabled man named Gerald Reed.  We’ll learn more about Gerald Reed and the work of folks on the front lines of prison abolition and disability justice.

Amanda Shackleford and her son Gerald Reed (L)

Amanda Shackleford is Gerald Reed’s mother. Sarah Wild is the lead activist with Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, which has been actively demanding the release of Gerald Reed and the depopulation of the Cook County Jail.

Sarah DelMonte & Eddie Ytuarte produced this program.

Chicago Torture Justice

Information about Gerald Reed

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression.

The Campaign to Free Incarcerated Survivors of Police Torture (CFIST) is campaign of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR)

Since 1973, when it was born from the movement to free Angela Davis and all political prisoners, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression has defended the rights of oppressed people in Illinois and around the world. We defend the civil liberties of workers, activists, and prisoners. We struggle against white supremacy, the prison-industrial complex, and state violence. We demand community control of the police and full representation for Black people and other poor and oppressed people at all levels of government.

Ways for listeners to get involved:

Go to
1. Sign a petition/read other torture survivor stories 2. Learn how to send a letter to IL Gov. Pritzker demanding mass pardon for all the police torture survivors/wrongfully convicted

Follow CAARPR & CFIST on social media
#FreeGeraldReed #FreeThemALL YouTube:  CAARPRnow
Story of Gerald Reed
Twitter: @CaarprNow
FB: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression 
Instagram: @CaarprNow
Have more questions?
Email: or call PH: 312-939-2750.

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