Thank you so much for supporting Decarcerate PA! We’ve done a lot in a short time, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you to all of you who have attended rallies and meetings, made phone calls, and helped get the word out about our campaign. We’re writing today to ask if you would consider making a donation to help Decarcerate PA continue to grow.
2012 was a big year for us. We launched our three point platform demanding “no new prisons, decarceration, and community reinvestment,” which has been endorsed by 85 organizations across the state. We held protests at corporations who are profiting from the prison expansion, and we rallied near the prison gates. We’ve worked with allied groups to protest governor Corbett’s appearances in Philadelphia, we started a social media campaign to outline the real cost of prison expansion and Corbett’s budget priorities on schools, healthcare, social services and the environment. We’ve debated Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel on WHYY, the local NPR affiliate, and we’ve had letters and opinion pieces published in all four of the state’s largest newspapers. We launched the “Missing” campaign to highlight the connections between incarceration and immigrant detention, held multiple call-in days to flood the governor’s office with phone calls demanding meaningful sentencing reform and an end to prison construction, spoken at dozens of events, rallies and meetings, gotten hundreds of petitions signed, and appeared on the radio and on TV news. We held a public tribunal to put the Pennsylvania Prison System on trial, where people gave testimony about the negative impacts of the prison system on themselves and their families and communities. And on that same day, seven members of Decarcerate PA staged an act of civil disobedience to block the entrance to the prison construction site, stopping prison construction for over an hour. And we’ve had some major victories. Just this January, the Corbett administration announced they are planning to close two prisons in the western part of the state.
We could not have done any of this without your help and support. But there is still a lot of work to be done. Construction is moving forward on the two new prisons being built in Montgomery County. Money is still being stripped from education and social services. And the Corbett administration has made little progress on reducing the prison population and bringing people home.
Decarcerate PA is an all-volunteer campaign with very little money. But as our movement grows we need money to cover our basic operating expenses, as well as for legal fees and other costs related to the civil disobedience arrests. We are writing to ask if you would consider making a donation to help us continue the fight against mass incarceration and prison expansion in Pennsylvania.
You can donate via our website at http://decarceratepa.info/donate. Or you can mail us a check at:
PO Box 40764
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Thank you so much for your support. Here’s to no new prisons in 2013!