On May 4, Decarcerate PA will host a marathon protest lasting 24 hours on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg where we will read the words of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people out loud. We will protest the Revictimization Relief Act (also called the Silencing Act), a law that attempts to silence people in prison.
The Silencing Act was passed by former Governor Corbett and allows victims, D.A.s and the Attorney General to sue individuals convicted of a personal injury crime if that person engages in an act that “perpetuates the continuing effect of the crime on the victim.” We believe that this legislation is not actually an attempt to help victims, but a cynical move by legislators to stop people in prison from speaking out against an unjust system. This protest is a major undertaking and we need your help!
What we are looking for:
Statements, stories, poetry, music, plays and other writings from currently and formerly incarcerated people. Need ideas for getting started? Consider writing about why this kind of legislation is bad, how prisoners are silenced by the system, or explaining to the public what you think PA should be investing in rather than building new prisons and passing laws that harm prisoners.
To send a clear message to lawmakers in Harrisburg that this law is unacceptable and should be repealed
To defy an unjust law
To bring forward the voices of incarcerated people and stop the State’s attempt to silence them
To raise public awareness about prisoners’ rights and highlight contributions of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.
Please send your submissions to:
Decarcerate PA ATTN: Silencing Act
PO Box 40764
Philadelphia, PA 19107
or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPORTANT: Please let us know if you want us to publish your whole name, your nickname, or if you would prefer to remain anonymous.
Please send your submissions by April 15.