Advocates: DOC Lied to Justify New Prisons, Legislators Refuse to Take Action
For Immediate Release: February 12th, 2014
Harrisburg, PA – At 1PM today, members of Decarcerate PA and their allies are gathering at the State Capitol for a “People’s Hearing on Prison Expansion.” The protest coincides with the House Appropriations Hearing for the Department of Corrections, who, according to Corbett’s budget proposal, will receive an additional $78 million in the 2014-2015 budget.
Members of the Books Through Bars collective came on the show to talk about the amazing work they do providing reading material to people incarcerated across the Mid-Atlantic region. To learn more about their organization or to get involved check out their website or stop in any Tuesday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the A-Space (4722 Baltimore Ave).
On February 12th, Decarcerate PA and our allies are traveling to Harrisburg to hold a “People’s Hearing” about the impacts of prison expansion in PA. Instead of investing in mass incarceration, we will be demanding investment in education, healthcare, jobs, community-based reentry, and social services.
We are pleased to announce that our Winter 2014 Newsletter is now available!
Decarcerate PA puts out a quarterly newsletter, which we send for free to anyone who is incarcerated in Pennsylvania who requests it. We envision this humble publication as a space to keep incarcerated people updated on critical prison issues here in Pennsylvania and the organizing efforts that Decarcerate PA is putting forth to address them. We also envision this as a space to communicate and reflect together upon how we can all be involved in building this movement together across prison walls.
If you know people who would also like to receive this newsletter, please let us know. Our mailing address is Decarcerate PA, PO Box 40764 Philadelphia, PA 19107
G-LAW is a powerful activist who uses various kinds of street theater and dramatic actions to call attention to the ways mass incarceration impacts people, particularly young people in Philadelphia. This February, for the 4th year in a row, G-LAW is attempting to build a prison cell and live in it for the month of February to call attention to these issues
Nicolas Lampert, member of the Justseeds collective visited Philly on a tour presenting his book People’s Art History of the United States: 250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements.
Due to an ice storm, the People's Hearing is rescheduled for 1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 12th. This is the date of the Appropriations Hearing for the Department of Corrections, who, according to Corbett’s budget proposal, will receive an additional $78 million in the 2014-2015 budget.
Thank you to all of you who participated in and supported Decarcerate PA’s “100 Days Instead of Prisons” campaign by creating flags, sharing the photos, and helping us craft a vision for the Pennsylvania we’d like to build.
The "100 Days" campaign is a social media effort designed to help us envision a world where resources are directed towards community needs and away from mass incarceration. Over the course of one hundred days, beginning on September 23rd and culminating on December 31st, we posted one photo each day on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.