By Alisha Alexander
I am a youth. I am a young African American lady with goals. I am surrounded by my community that is being destroyed by the governor, state legislators and more people who don’t care.
I am with a team that supports the things I’m fighting for called Decarcerate PA and the Youth Art Self & Empowerment Project (YASP). I am marching from Philadelphia to Harrisburg because it’s time to stand up and fight, end prison expansion and to help the next generation that NEEDS they education.
I have younger brothers, nieces, Loved Ones, and the juveniles that are being held in adult facilities (who YASP works with) that are being affected by the criminal justice system and that are being affected by lack of education too.
I was one of those young people who was affected by the criminal justice system and also by the school system. I know if I can stand up and fight, I know it’s a lot of youth around that can help me fight too. So, in other words, the way they have these systems set up, it’s only saying they don’t care about us. They’d rather us be behind bars waiting for a court date.
I’m marching to tell Governor Corbett to stop locking up our youth to build more jails. It’s not making the community safe and it’s not helping the crime rate go down.
Invest that Money in schools NOT prisons !!