“Kick the Kickbacks” film showing, March 18th @ the IMC

The Illinois Campaign for Prison Phone Justice proudly announces the premiere showing of our video, “Kick the Kickbacks” on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Independent Media Center.  This 18 minute, locally made production features interviews with C-U residents Mary Haywood-Benson, Terri White and Nancy Willamon, all of whom share their experiences of paying outrageous phone charges in order to communicate with their loved ones in our jails and prisons. These women will join Chicagoans Miguel Saucedo and Greg Gaither after the video for a panel discussion about prison phone services.

The title of the video refers to the site commissions (the “kickbacks”) that the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) charges on each and every phone call. Users pay $4 for a phone call, and 76% of that (about $3) goes right back into the coffers of IDOC. In 2012, these kickbacks came to nearly $12 million.  The Illinois Campaign believes that these kickbacks should be eliminated.

For several years, a nationwide mobilization has been pressuring  the Federal Communications Commission FCC) to put a cap on phone charges for calls from prisons and jails. Our Illinois campaign filed a lengthy report with the FCC in January on this issue. At the video showing we will provide further updates on the national and statewide actions on prison phone justice.

The video showing is free and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. The attached flyer has more details. Please circulate.

Date: Wednesday, March 18

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway, Urbana



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