Approximately 50 people marched 113 miles from Philly to Harrisburg to demand a people's budget, not a prison budget. Why did they do it? Listen to the audio to hear from each marcher explain in their own words.
Joshua Glenn and Sarah Morris, from Decarcerate PA and the Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project, discuss opposition to HB2331 on Rustbelt Radio. House Bill 2331 would create a five year mandatory minimum sentence for people with felony convictions on their record who are caught with an unregistered gun. We believe that HB2331 and mandatory minimums in general increase the prison population, have no impact on recidivism, and do nothing to address the root cause of gun violence in
Big thanks to everyone who listened and called in to today’s Radio Times debate between Decarcerate PA’s Sarah Morris and Department of Corrections head John Wetzel. If you missed the show you can listen to the audio below.
If there is one thing we want people to take away from today’s debate: it is not too late to stop these prisons from being built. Construction is just beginning on two new prisons in Montgomery County. Governor Corbett could cancel these projects and save Pennsylvania millions of dollars. That money could be used to fund schools, to reinstate General Assistance, to provide jobs, healthcare, and reentry support.
We believe that we can stop these prisons. But we can’t do it alone. We need all of you to get involved. Call Governor Corbett and Secretary Wetzel and demand that they cancel the prison projects. Write your legislators and demand that they pass real reforms that repeal harmful sentencing laws. And get involved with Decarcerate PA!
On October 28th 2011, radical anti-prison activist, scholar and former political prsioner Angela Davis came to Philadelphia to speak at the University of Pennsylvania and at Occupy Philly. In both of her talks she gave powerful shout outs to decarceratePA! You can check out the clip in the audio below