It's been an exciting few months for the campaign to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. We want to fill you in on our recent 113-mile march from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, and to let you know what's up next for DPA!
On May 25th, the "March for a People's Budget: Stop Prison Expansion Now!" kicked off in Philadelphia. We had a great turnout, powerful speakers, and beautiful weather as we bid farewell to Philly and hit the road. As we moved through West Philly, we were joined by some young people who took a turn on our bullhorn: "Come walk a block with us!" we all chanted. "Stop Locking Up our Youth!" And as we crossed City Avenue into Lower Merion, someone called the cops on us - but we would not be stopped!
Along the way, our marchers made their voices heard: in the streets, in the press, and in our own media. We posted powerful statements from our marchers, including Alisha Alexander of the Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project, Malissa Gamble of The Time Is Now to Make a Change, and Philly public school teacher Fatimah Islam-Hernandez. The march made the cover of Al Dia and was covered by the Philly Metro, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, WHYY and WITF, among many other news outlets. Last month, we teamed up with our allies at Californians United for a Responsible Budget to publish a piece on Truth-Out. Our march drew national attention and words of support from individuals like Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and Michelle Alexander. For a complete roundup of media coverage, check out the press section of our website here.