Montgomery News: Decarcerate PA rallies in Norristown to stop prison expansion

Protesters gather outside Montgomery County Courthouse during a rally organized by Decarcerate PA May 26. Photo by TONY FIORIGLIO

With chants of “Educate, don’t incarcerate,” Decarcerate PA, DreamActivist PA and local citizens gathered on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse May 26 to urge the local government to “Invest in the Future, Not Fear!” according to a press release from Decarcerate PA.

The rally was part of Decarcerate PA’s 10-day “March for a People’s Budget: Stop Prison Expansion Now!” The march began May 26 and is scheduled to take participants from Philadelphia to Harrisburg.

“This rally will provide a space in which the Norristown community, especially the undocumented community, can openly voice its opposition to the increasing investment in construction of prisons, which also function as detention centers,” Sheila Quintana of DreamActivist PA said in a statement.

“We’ve written letters, circulated petitions, held protests and even engaged in nonviolent acts of civil disobedience,” Leana Cabral of Decarcerate PA said in a statement. “Gov. Corbett and legislators like to talk about being prison reformers, but they don’t walk the walk. So we’re walking all the way to Harrisburg to make sure they know we won’t go away until Pennsylvania stops building prisons and starts reinvesting in our communities.”

Other stops along the march route will include Reading, Lebanon and Hershey before a scheduled march on the steps of the Capitol June 3.

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