MAY 25 – JUNE 3

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Year after year, Governor Corbett cuts funds from education, healthcare, environmental protection, and social services.  Yet he continues to spend millions on locking people up.  Right now, the Corbett administration is spending over $400 million to build two new prisons in Montgomery County, while 23 schools in Philadelphia will be closing next year due to funding shortages. His proposed budget for 2013 includes a $68 million increase for the Department of Corrections, even as his administration claims the prison population is going down. 

Many of our lawmakers talk the talk about the need for prison reform and increased education funding, but they refuse to walk the walk.  So Decarcerate PA and our allies are going to walk all the way from Philly to Harrisburg to tell them the time for change is NOW.  

On May 25th to June 3rd, we are marching from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to demand that 2013 be the year of a People’s Budget, Not a Prison Budget. The march will start with a huge rally in Love Park at 12:00 on Saturday, May 25th and stop in towns and cities across the state, landing in Harrisburg on the same day the General Assembly will be reconvening to discuss the budget.  Join us to demand legislators reject Governor Corbett’s prison budget and invest in communities, not prisons.

Join us to demand:

  • Legislators vote NO on an increased prison budget
  • The immediate cancelation of new prison construction in Montgomery County
  • Full funding for education, healthcare, and social services

How to join the movement:

  • March with us!  Register for the march by CLICKING HERE
  • Mobilize members of your community to come out for the May 25th rally in Philadelphia, participate in segments of the march to Harrisburg, or join us at the Capitol on June 3rd to bring our message directly to the lawmakers. 
  • Help us find folks who can shelter and/or feed marchers, or host awareness events across the state.  If you can help house or feed marchers, email us at
  • Call and/or write your legislators and ask them to refuse to pass any budget with increased DOC funding as long as the Department continues to waste taxpayer money on unnecessary new prisons.  For more info and sample letters, check out
  • DONATE! Help us fund this effort my making a donation at

Schedule of Events:

  • Saturday May 25th           Kick off rally and march at 12:00 pm in Love Park in Philadelphia. March will end with a rally at the Art Museum and those marching to Harrisburg will continue on to Haverford.
  • Sunday May 26th            March from Haverford to Collegeville
  • Monday, May 27th          March from Collegeville to Pottstown
  • Tuesday, May 28th         March from Pottstown to Reading
  • Wednesday, May 29th    Stay in Reading
  • Thursday, May 30th       March from Reading to Womelsdorf
  • Friday, May 31st            March from Womelsdorf to Lebanon
  • Saturday, June 1st         March from  Lebanon to Hershey
  • Sunday, June 2nd          March from Hershey to Greater Harrisburg
  • Monday, June 3rd          March into Harrisburg and rally at 12:00 pm at the Capitol!



1 Love Movement



Books Through Bars

Broken On All Sides movie project

Campaign for Nonviolent Schools

The Center for Returning Citizens

Coalition of Labor Union Women

DreamActivist PA


Faculty and Staff Federation at the Community College of Philadelphia

Fight for Philly

Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia

Hearts on a Wire

Human Rights Coalition

International Action Center

International Socialist Organization

Jobs with Justice


Mishkan Shalom

NAACP Graterford Branch

New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

Noble Pillars

Occupy Trenton

Parents United for Public Education

Philadelphians Allied for a Responsible Economy

Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

Philadelphia Student Union

Philly Survivor Support Collective

Point Breeze Organizing Committee

Reconstruction Inc.

Students Organizing for Unity and Liberation

Support Center for Returning Citizens

Teacher Action Group

Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project

Does your organization want to co-sponsor the March to Harrisburg?  Let us know by giving us your info here:">

To learn more:  Check out Decarcerate PA’s platform and other materials on our website, email us at or call us at (267) 217-3372.

Decarcerate PA is a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania.  We demand that PA stop building prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in our communities.