G-LAW is a powerful activist who uses various kinds of street theater and dramatic actions to call attention to the ways mass incarceration impacts people, particularly young people in Philadelphia. This February, for the 4th year in a row, G-LAW is attempting to build a prison cell and live in it for the month of February to call attention to these issues
Nicolas Lampert, member of the Justseeds collective visited Philly on a tour presenting his book People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements.
Members of the Books Through Bars collective came on the show to talk about the amazing work they do providing reading material to people incarcerated across the Mid-Atlantic region. To learn more about their organization or to get involved check out their website or stop in any Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the A-Space (4722 Baltimore Ave).
Ashley and Nikki from the DPA Policy Committee come on the show to talk about the lies and the misinformation put out by the Department of Corrections about the construction of the two new prisons Phoenix I and II. A Right to Know Request filed by the DPA Policy Committee uncovered the "internal study" which the DOC claimed justified the construction of Phoenix I and II, and found it to to be grossly innadequate and deceptive.
To read more and see copies of the documents while you listen to the show go here.
For Thanksgiving weekend we chose to air a special show on Leonard Peltier produced by the Prison Voices Project on WGXC in Hudson NY. Leonard Peltier is a Native American political prisoner who has spent the last 38 years in federal prison. For more information about Leonard Peltier and his case click here.
For more about the Prison Voices Project or to listen to other shows in their archives click here.
In this show we talk about the US Prison Industrial Complex as a model of exportation to Latin American countries. We talked about the Plan Colombia an how the Colombian security forces received aid and training from the U.S. in the School of the Americas.
Past November 6th member of Decarcerate PA traveled to Mechanicsburg to deliver a giant electrical plug to DOC Secretary John Wetzel, and demand that he “pull the plug” on prison expansion in Pennsylvania. This creative direct action is taking place in conjunction with a statewide call in day to demand the cancelation of the $400 million prisons currently being built in Montgomery County. In June, Secretary Wetzel told the Philadelphia Inquirer that his “first instinct was to pull the plug” on the prison construction (“Work Underway to Build Graterford Prison Replacement,” 6/2/2013). Then Wetzel changed his mind and is building prisons anyway.
This time around we revisit once again the shameful PA decision on Juvenile Life Parole, rendering a Supreme Court decision declaring mandatory life sentences for juveniles as unconstitutional, essentially menaingless. Emily Abendroth reads a statement by Robert Saleem Holbrook ont he decision and we hear Michelle Alexander's September talk at Upenn.