Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for our three part march to demand that Pennsylvania 1) stop building new prisons, 2) let people out of prison, and 3) reinvest money in our schools and communities.
And special thanks to all the amazing groups who spoke at the rally, including the Human Rights Coalition, the Returning Citizens Voters Movement, Fight for Philly, And Justice For All, No Time-Bar 4 Innocence, the Anti-Curfew Committee, the Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project, Ex-Offenders For Community Empowerment, ACT UP, Youth United For Change, the Media Mobilizing Project, the One Love Movement, the Teacher Action Group, Reconstruction Inc., and International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Also big thanks to Spiral Q for helping us make the props!
Big thanks to everyone who came out and helped make the platform launch party a huge success! We estimate that about 200 people came through over the course of the night and we are now up to 70 platform endorsers! Thank you especially to all the speakers, performers and poets, and to Liberty Resources for donating the space. Also thanks to Philly Community Access Media for broadcasting the event! Some pictures of the party are below, with more to come.
Join Decarcerate PA on Friday, March 30th to celebrate our campaign, and on Thursday, April 5th for a march to demand that Pennsylvania build communities, not prisons!
Now is a critical moment in the campaign to bring real justice to Pennsylvania. Decarcerate PA recently released a three point platform calling on the governor and the legislature to 1) stop building new prisons, 2) reduce the number of people in prison, and 3) reinvest money in our schools and communities. Over fifty organizations from across the state have come together to endorse this platform. These organizations work on a wide variety of issues, including creating quality public schools, fighting for workers’ rights, protecting civil liberties, advocating for quality healthcare and housing for people with HIV/AIDS, fighting deportations, and developing methods of transformative justice. While we work on different issues, we all recognize the need to stop the state’s massive prison expansion and reinvest money in our schools and communities.
On Friday, March 30th, Decarcerate PA is hosting a party to celebrate the launch of the platform. Please join us for free food, music, poetry, and the opportunity to meet other organizations working for positive change in Pennsylvania.
We also want to make sure Governor Corbett gets this message loud and clear, so on April 5th we are taking our demands to the streets! School reformers, AIDS activists, workers, civil libertarians, immigrants, lawyers, service providers, prisoners and formerly incarcerated people, queers, transformative justice practitioners, parents and families: this is our mass movement against mass incarceration. We hope you will join us!
When: 3-6pm on Thursday, April 5
Where: Governor Corbett’s Philly office (200 S. Broad St.) at 3pm Criminal Justice Center (1301 Filbert St.) at 4pm Love Park (15th St. & JFK) at 5pm
We will start at 3pm at Governor Corbett’s Philadelphia office (200 S. Broad St.) to demand an end to prison expansion. At 4pm, we will march to the Criminal Justice Center (1301 Filbert St.) to demonstrate real solutions to reduce the number of people in prison. At 5pm, we will march to Love Park (15th and JFK) to symbolically break ground on the caring, healthy communities we want to build.
Also if you are in Pittsburgh, don't forget about Decarcerate PA's free spaghetti dinner on March 16th:
Free Spaghetti Dinner!!!!
Friday March 16th 2012
6pm to 8pm
Bidwell Presbyterian Church---North side
1025 Liverpool Street Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Contact Decarcerate PA- - 412-945-0664
Join Decarcerate PA for a free spaghetti dinner at Bidwell Presbyterian on the North Side and a discussion of prison expansion in Pennsylvania.
Decarcerate PA is a statewide campaign of concerned people, organizing to stop the 685 million dollar plan to expand and build new prisons in PA over the next 4 years. There are over 52,000 people in state prisons in PA and more in county jails and federal pens. We see schools closing, cuts to public and social services and public transit, but the prison budget remains intact.
It's well past time for alternatives! It costs over $30,000 a year to house someone in prison. We are organizing to stop the expansion of the prison industrial complex, to stop the school to prison pipeline, and to use government money to work for the people not to warehouse them.
Please join us for a discussion and call to action. Families welcome! Donations welcome!
Friday March 30th from 5:30-8:00 at Liberty Resources, Inc in the Wade Blank Room, onthe fifth floor the 714 Market St. offices
No New Prisons! Decarcerate Now! Build Communities Not Prisons!
Please join us on March 30 to celebrate the launch of the Decarcerate PA campaign and three-point platform! The prison industrial complex impacts us all: we all lose by a system that prioritizes policing and punishment over justice and liberation. As Governor Corbett seeks to expand the state's prison system, we work to build communities instead of prisons. We work for decarceration and community reinvestment.
February 20th is National Occupy Day in Support of Prisoners and Decarcerate-PA Pittsburgh is organizing a rally in solidarity with those behind prison walls, their loved ones, and formerly incarcerated people. Join us Monday, February 20th at 227 Fort Pitt Boulevard Pittsburgh, PA 15222 at 1pm for a rally to protest the immoral, budget-draining prison expansion plans of Governor Corbett as we gather outside of Astorino, an architectural firm who has been awarded millions of dollars to help build new prisons. Astorino is profiteering off of race and class-based mass incarceration at a time when money for education, health programs, and social spending is being slashed to the bone. Check it out on facebook HERE and help spread the word!