“MISSING” is a visibility project, a public art project to create life size silhouettes to be placed on walls, used as signs, props, etc. to create awareness of those who have been stolen from our communities by the criminal justice system. Over 2.5 million are currently in prisons, jails and detention centers in the United States - more than any other country in the world. Each silhouette represents a missing member of our community, no matter the legal status, residency, or citizenship of the person who has been removed and sent away, leaving their families and loved ones behind.
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