Decarcerate PA and a diverse coalition of supporting organizations announced today that they will march over a hundred miles from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to demand a budget that invests in Pennsylvania’s communities and not in unnecessary, unwanted prison construction. In order to emphasize their call for smarter funding priorities, speakers “broke ground” on a better Pennsylvania.
Statements from a solidarity protest with California women prisoners at Chowchilla on January 26, 2012, linking in prison overcrowding in Philadelphia jails to prison expansion, poverty and solitary confinement.
Check out this great video of Decarcerate PA members J. Jondhi Harrell, Anthony Dickerson, Joshua Glenn, and Thomas Ditcher speaking on a panel about mass incarceration after a screening of Broken on all Sides:
Decarcerate PA puts the prison system on trial! Check out these great interviews conducted by Thomas Ford from Exit-Us Reentry and filmed by Alicia Dorsey from PhillyCAM. Appearing in the video are Jerry Jordan, head of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Dana Lomax-Williams from the Human Rights Coallition, Romeeka Williams from the Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project, and Malissa Gamble from the Returning Citizens Voters Movement. Big thanks to all the organizations and individuals who participated in the tribunal. Together we can decarcerate PA!