PHILADELPHIA: Mass Rally to Kick Off Coalition’s Ten-day March from Philadelphia to Harrisburg

WHAT: Decarcerate PA will hold a rally to kick off their ten-day, 113-mile “March for a People’s Budget: Stop Prison Expansion Now!” Participants in the march seek to halt prison construction and build a better Pennsylvania.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25th, at 12:00 pm

WHERE: Love Park, Philadelphia (15th St. & JFK Blvd.)

SPEAKERS:

  • City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • Thomas Ford, EXIT-US
  • Michael Coard, Attorney & Community Activist
  • LuQman Abdullah, Human Rights Coalition
  • Eric Blaustein, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
  • Tracey Gordon, City Commissioner’s Office
  • Wayne Jacobs, Ex-offenders for Community Empowerment
  • Fatimah Islam-Hernandez, Thomas Dichter & Tot Metz, Decarcerate PA
  • Additional speakers from Philadelphia Student Union, Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools and more!

WHY: The march will build pressure on legislators to reject Governor Corbett’s prison budget and invest in communities, not prisons. Decarcerate PA and allies are marching to oppose the unchecked growth of Pennsylvania’s prison system at a time when 23 schools in Philadelphia are designated to close next year due to funding cuts. The marchers will demand the cancellation of the $400 million prison construction project in Montgomery County and will call on the legislature to pass a “people’s budget” and not a prison budget. Beginning with a massive rally in LOVE Park on May 25th, marchers will stop in ten communities across the state before landing in Harrisburg on June 3rd—just as the General Assembly reconvenes to discuss the budget.

VISUALS:  Marchers will wear matching construction safety vests and carry construction signs and shovels as they set off to build a better Pennsylvania.

About Decarcerate PA: Decarcerate PA is a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania.  We demand that PA stop building prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in our communities.