#ShutDownDC call and email script

Picture of Mayor Jim Kenney and demand that he shut down the Detention Center

The Philadelphia budget is up for debate right now. Tell Mayor Kenney and City Council: show us that #BlackLivesMatter by Shutting Down the Detention Center

CALL SCRIPT:

Call Mayor Kenney and Council President Darryl Clarke to say that we could save at least $10 million dollars per year by closing the Detention Center - a decrepit building that houses incarcerated people in terrible conditions in dorm settings, ripe for COVID-19 transmission. Before budget season closes with the last amendments introduced by June 18th, call Mayor Kenney and Council President Clarke and tell them to #ShutDownDC!

You can try Mayor Kenney at (215) 686-2181, and if that doesn’t work, the Managing Director’s office at (215) 686-3480.  You can call Council President Clarke at 215-686-3442 or 215-686-3443.

“Dear _____________, my name is ______________, and I am asking you to close the Detention Center. We’ve lowered our jail population by half over the last 5 years. As people across the country demand an end to racism, the people held at DC - majority Black and Brown - deserve to be home with their families getting supports and services during this pandemic. Instead, they are locked in cages 23+ hours a day, many held in 30-person dorm-style cells ripe for COVID-19 spread. By closing DC, you could save over $10 million a year. In this budget process, please dismantle and #defundthepolice, #defundtheDA, and also #defundprisons by shutting down the city's oldest and most inhumane jail. Move the resources that keep DC open into the things our communities actually need to thrive. Thank you very much!”

You can also call your personal City Council Representative. Find your district here: https://live.cicerodata.com/.

    • Darrell L. Clarke (District 5), 215-686-3442 or 215-686-3443

    • Mark Squilla (District 1), 215-686-3458 or 215-686-3459

    • Kenyatta Johnson (District 2), 215-686-3412 or 215-686-3413

    • Jamie Gauthier (District 3), 215-686-0459 or 215-686-0460

    • Curtis Jones, Jr. (District 4), 215-686-3416 or 215-686-3417

    • Bobby Henon (District 6), 215-686-3444 or 215-686-3445

    • Maria D. Quiñones Sánchez (District 7), 215-686-3448 or 215-686-3449

    • Cindy Bass (District 8), 215-686-3424 or 215-686-3425

    • Cherelle Parker (District 9), 215-686-3454 or 215-686-3455

    • Brian J. O’Neill (District 10), 215-686-3422 or 215-686-3423

    Or you can call any or all City Council Members At Large:

      • Kendra Brooks, 215-686-0461 or 215-686-0462

      • Allan Domb, 215-686-3414 or 215-686-3415

      • Derek Green, 215-686-3450 or 215-686-3451

      • Katherine Gilmore Richardson, 215-686-0454 or 215-686-0455

      • Helen Gym, 215-686-3420 or 215-686-3421

      • David Oh, 215-686-3452 or 215-686-3453

      • Isaiah Thomas, 215-686-3446 or 215-686-3447

      EMAIL SCRIPT

      “Dear Councilmember [Last Name],

      I am asking you to shut down the Detention Center and defund the Philly jails, and to reinvest those savings in Black communities. We’ve lowered our jail population by half over the last 5 years, and we know it is finally possible now to shut down the Detention Center (DC) permanently. The Philadelphians held at DC - majority Black and Brown - deserve to be home in their communities getting supports and services during this pandemic, not locked in cages 23+ hours a day. In DC, many are held in 30-person dorm-style cells ripe for COVID-19 spread.

      By closing DC, you could save over $10 million a year. Our communities don’t need policing or jails: we need non-coercive community care resources like affordable housing for all, free healthcare, mental health treatment, harm reduction services, education & arts, and a Black stimulus and reparations to Black communities for generations of state violence. We call on you now to defund the prisons, the police, the District Attorney’s office, and the First Judicial District, and reinvest hundreds of millions in our people. 

      Will you defund the Prisons now by shutting down the Detention Center and moving those savings into the resources Black communities need to be safe and to thrive?

      Thank you for your consideration,”

      Instructions: Send this form letter to city council. You can copy and paste the following to send email to all Councilmembers:

      darrell.clarke@phila.gov, Mark.Squilla@Phila.gov, Kenyatta.Johnson@phila.gov, Jamie.Gauthier@phila.gov, curtis.jones@phila.gov, bobby.henon@phila.gov, maria.q.sanchez@phila.gov, Cindy.Bass@phila.gov, Cherelle.Parker@phila.gov, brian.oneill@phila.gov, Kendra.Brooks@phila.gov, allan.domb@phila.gov, Derek.Green@phila.gov, katherine.gilmore.richardson@phila.gov, helen.gym@phila.gov, david.oh@phila.gov, isaiah.thomas@phila.gov

      SOCIAL

      .@phlcouncil @phillymayor: #ShutDownDC, a decrepit jail filled with our loved ones and neighbors who need care, resources, and the healing of our communities -- not cages! #DefundThePolice #DefundThePrisons #FundBlackFutures

      There are 700 people in the Detention Center. As we fight to dismantle and #DefundThePolice, we also must #DefundThePrisons, return our people to our families, and invest in Black communities! @phlcouncil @phillymayor #ShutdownDC #FreeThemAll

      Our communities don’t need policing or jails: we need the budget to fund the schools, housing, and neighborhood services we need to heal and thrive.  #ShutDownDC and divert $10m/year to #FundBlackFutures! @phlcouncil @phillymayor

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