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.
This holiday season marks the six-month anniversary of the historic Coal Township Dining Hall Boycott, when 1,300 prisoners at SCI Coal Township refused to go to the dining hall for a week to protest food cutbacks and denials of their basic human rights. At the end of the boycott, prisoners released a list of 22 demands.