24 Hour Speak In Celebrates Defeat of the Silencing Act and Demands an End to all Forms of Silencing Prisoners
Just after midnight on May 5th, a group of activists with Decarcerate PA sat together on the steps of the Capitol building in Harrisburg. A full moon shone overhead as we read excerpts from numerous books by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. These works represented the vital contributions to our movements, cultures, and communities of those most impacted by mass incarceration. Had the Silencing Act been allowed to stand, such works could have been repressed and their authors could have faced legal consequences.
On Thursday June 11th, City Council is again set to vote on purchasing land to expand the Philadelphia Prison System. We have already successfully delayed the vote on Bill #150406 twice (huge thanks to all who called and tweeted at City Council as part of last week’s Call In Day) but Councilman Henon seems determined to bring it to a vote. That’s why we’re asking everyone to come to City Council on Thursday to tell City Council that Philadelphia needs to invest in decarceration, public education, and community reinvestment, not more jail cells! Th
One of the ways how I measure humanity is by the level of compassion society and its infrastructure has for its riffraff or for those victims of society’s evils such as poverty, mental illnesses, moral absences, or failure of its educational system. Many victims of those evils are individuals that I live with every day in this place called prison. Some are individuals who will return to society in the same state, for the most part, in which they came here, due to neglect of sincere rehabilitative programs. Others among them are usually those that have been doomed to suffer for the rest of their physical life in coffins parading as correctional institutions.
On Thursday, June 4 ,City Council is again scheduled to vote on Bill #150406, which would authorize $7.2 million dollars to buy land to build a new jail in Philly. The city claims the new construction would replace the House of Correction, although it would house over 1000 more people. Decarcerate PA and the Philly Student Union are organizing a call-in day to stop the Bill.