"I support the demand of Decarcerate PA's march for a people's budget to create a humane budget that prioritizes human need-- social services, school funding, healthcare, and jobs-creation-- over the destructive system of mass incarceration in PA. PA is expanding prisons at a time we should be looking for new and better ways to deal with problems of public safety and inequality in society. The system of mass incarceration in the U.S.
I am a youth. I am a young African American lady with goals. I am surrounded by my community that is being destroyed by the governor, state legislators and more people who don’t care.
I am with a team that supports the things I’m fighting for called Decarcerate PA and the Youth Art Self & Empowerment Project (YASP). I am marching from Philadelphia to Harrisburg because it’s time to stand up and fight, end prison expansion and to help the next generation that NEEDS they education.
Today was our day of rest and outreach in Reading. We woke up and had breakfast with the wonderful Unitarians who put us up in their homes.
Then we headed in to Reading to hand out flyers, read statements and letters from people inside of Pennsylvania's prisons, and make more flags for our “Instead of Prisons... PA People's Budget” project.
We started out our morning early in Collegeville. We had an exciting moment early in the morning when we took a quick detour over an abandoned bridge to avoid a busy intersection. Here's us stopping by an abandoned bulldozer for a photo op.
We've had an incredible first two days on the March for a People's Budget - Stop Prison Expansion Now!
We kicked off our 100 mile march to Harrisburg with a mass rally in Love Park and a march to the Art Museum. Thanks so much to all the amazing speakers and organizations who spoke at the rally and marched the first mile with us! Check out two amazing videos of the kick off rally below:
Decarcerate PA and our allies are marching over 100 miles to the Capitol in Harrisburg to demand a budget that funds communities, not prison expansion. Every day from now until the march begins, we will be posting a photo of a different marcher and the reasons why they believe this action is necessary. Check back every day for new photos on our tumblr at http://decarceratepa.tumblr.com/