Decarcerate PA is pleased to announce that today we are launching the “100 Days Instead of Prisons” Campaign. 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. Each day from now until December 31, we will post an image from our collective imagination of what we would build instead of prisons.
Decarcerate PA has just released the fall issue of our quarterly newsletter!
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.
It's been an exciting few months for the campaign to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. We want to fill you in on our recent 113-mile march from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, and to let you know what's up next for DPA!
Decarcerate PA is in the running to have some of our artifacts preserved as part of Temple Contemporary's "Restoring Ideals" Project. Follow the link below to vote for Decarcerate PA to be one of the organizations profiled in this project. You can vote every day until the voting is over:
July 2, 2013 For Immediate ReleaseAttention: News Desk
Harrisburg, PA – Despite statewide opposition, on Sunday, June 30, the Pennsylvania General Assembly approved a budget for FY2013-2014 that provides a $75 million budget increase for the Department of Corrections (DOC). Despite massive protests and hundreds of calls, postcards, and emails from constituents in districts across Pennsylvania, legislators inexplicably gave the state prison system an even larger budget increase than Governor Corbett initially requested.
This expansive increase flies in the face of efforts by grassroots groups like Decarcerate PA, who recently marched from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to demand that the legislature vote no on an increased prison budget, cancel ongoing prison expansion projects, and invest in creating strong communities instead.
ON SATURDAY, May 25, 45 people set off on foot from the steps of Philadelphia's Art Museum on a 113-mile mission to build a different future for Pennsylvania. Over the next 10 days, members of Decarcerate PA and ally organizations marched from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to demand "a people's budget, not a prison budget."
This diverse group of marchers - students, teachers, parents, organizers, and men and women who have spent decades in prison - demanded that Gov. Corbett and the state Legislature cancel the unnecessary $400 million prison-construction project in Montgomery County and invest those resources into fully funding public education, maintaining much-needed social services and helping people across the state access quality, affordable health care.
On May 25th - June 3rd, Decarcerate PA marched 113 miles from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to demand a people's budget, not a prison budget.
Now we need your help to move the campaign forward.
On June 26th, we are calling on people across the state to call your legislators and demand that they vote NO on any budget with increased funding for the Department of Corrections while the DOC continues to build unnecessary new prisons.