Early morning November 19, seven members of Decarcerate PA set up school desks, banners, and a little red schoolhouse to block the entrance to the prison construction site in Montgomery County. They then sat at the desks, linking arms and refusing to move or allow construction vehicles onto the sight. Construction was delayed for over an hour before all seven protesters were arrested and taken away. The new prisons are being built on the grounds of SCI Graterford in Montgomery County. If completed, they will cost $400 million and house 4,100 people. We believe these prisons must be stopped, and that the money should be reinvested in our schools and communities.
Later in the day, after those participating in the civil disobedience were released, we held a tribunal to put the prison system on trial. The action in the morning was intended to bring attention to those in our network who are formerly incarcerated and their families.
Checks can be made out to Decarcerate PA and mailed to PO Box 40764 Philadelphia, PA 19107