Historically, states of emergency, mandatory quarantines, and curfews have often been used to expand state control over political and civil freedom. Emergency powers often criminalize movement, freedom of expression, protest, and oppressed communities including Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color, queer and trans people, low- and no-income people, migrants, incarcerated and institutionalized people, disabled people, people in the sex trades, and many other communities. We believe that we can build safer communities and respond to COVID-19 without expanding the police or medical surveillance.
VCW Executive Director Ejeris Dixon has partnered with Pooja Gehi, Gabriel Arkles, Che Johnson-Long to create a resource for navigating uncertain times during COVID-19. We are proud to collaborate with the National Lawyers Guild to share this Know Your Rights guide.