A conversation with Ana Martina exploring the connections between immigration detention/deportation and mass incarceration, and explaining the existence of the Decarcerate MELT committee and its purpose to unify the deeply connected movements to resist both.
This time around on DPA Radio we have the Global Women's Strike, the Philly chapter of a national organization which has taken on mass incarceration as a part of their broader work fighting for economic power for women. In Philadelphia the GWS has joined Decarcerate PA on pretty much every count and have organized solidarity actions for Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers, been involved with the campaign to free Russel Maroon Shoatz and coordinated a forum on Solitary confinement in September.
This week on Decarcerate PA radio YASP, The Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project with Alisha & Romeeka
The number of teenagers under the age of 18 who are held in adult jails and prisons in Pennsylvania has increased drastically over the last fifteen years. The Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) is building a youth-led movement to stop this trend by ending the practice of automatically trying and incarcerating young people as adults. Through its work in the Philadelphia jails, YASP provides space for incarcerated young people to express themselves creatively and to develop as leaders both within and beyond the prison walls. Young people who have been through the adult court system are at the forefront of YASP, leading the movement to keep teenagers out of adult prisons and to create new possibilities for youth around the city.
DPA radio crew Owen Lyman-Schmidt, Hakim Ali, Dave Onion, Leana Cabral & Ana Martina.
This week on Decarcerate Radio: Juvenile Life Without Parole
Out of all the states Pennsylvania has the most people serving life without parole sentences for crimes they committed as a juvenile. Listen to interviews with Anita Colon (PA Prison Society, Pennsylvania Fair Sentencing for Youth, Fight for Lifers) and her brother,Robert “Saleem” Holbrook, a politicized prisoner, prolific writer and human rights activist being held by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections since 1989 for being present during a murder committed by someone else.
Art Factory collaborated with Decarcerate PA and PhillyCAM for six weeks to make three short stop-motion videos to help people realize the grand actuality of the Prison Industrial Complex.We interviewed Art factory folks you can enjoy their amazing clips and powerful poetry, tune in Decarcerate PA radio!
DPA radio crew: Hakim Ali, Leana Cabral, Owen Lyman-Schmidt, Dave Onion, Ana Martina.