Amistad Law Project (ALP) is a West Philadelphia-based public interest law center founded in October 2014. The two attorneys who currently make up ALP are also committed activists and organizers. We are prison abolitionists who view the prison industrial complex as directly related to the massive divestment from our communities of the things that make them safe and strong.
On May 4th, Decarcerate PA and our allies will travel to the Capitol in Harrisburg for a 24-hour protest against the Revictimization Relief Act, a law designed to silence incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.
Over the past six months, from Ferguson to Staten Island, Cleveland to Philadelphia, people have been coming together in meeting spaces, public forums and the streets to express their outrage at police abuse and killings of Black men and women all over the country.
Pennsylvania prisons hold over 5000 people serving life sentences without the possibility of parole. In PA, a life sentence means your natural life--it is a sentence that condemns you to die in prison--which is why many choose to call it Death By Incarceration (DBI).
February 15th marks two months in which the family of Brandon Tate-Brown has gone without receiving any clear explanation of what happened on December 15th, when the 26-year-old Philadelphia resident was shot in the back of the head by a Philadelphia police officer during a traffic stop in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philly. The PPD claim that it was a “justifiable homicide” yet have failed to produce a shred of evidence to back up their claim.
On January 19th, thousands will converge on the streets of Philadelphia to demand a living wage, a fully funded democratically controlled school system, and an end to police brutality. The systems that perpetuate racist police violence are the same systems that funnel poor people of color--and young black people in particular--into Pennsylvania’s prisons and jails. That’s why Decarcerate PA has endorsed the MLK D.A.R.E.