March for a People’s Budget: Stop Prison Expansion Now!
What: Community Roundtable Discussion on Mass Incarceration with Decarcerate PA
When: Monday May 27th from 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Pottstown, 1565 S. Keim St., Pottstown, PA 19465
Why: On May 27th, members from Decarcerate PA and our allies will be stopping in Pottstown on a 100 + mile march from Philadelphia to Harrisburg to demand that 2013 be the year of a People’s Budget, Not a Prison Budget.
Pennsylvania lawmakers talk the talk about the need for prison reform and increased education funding, but they refuse to walk the walk. Right now, Governor Corbett’s administration is spending over $400 million to build two new prisons in Montgomery County, while 23 schools in Philadelphia will be closing next year due to funding shortages. His proposed budget for 2013 includes a $68 million increase for the Department of Corrections (DOC), even as his administration claims the prison population is going down. That’s why we’re walking to Harrisburg to tell lawmakers that the time for change is now.
During our stop in Pottstown, we want to hear how Pennsylvania’s prison budget has affected your community and discuss ways that we can work together to build a stronger and safer Pennsylvania. We hope to see you on Monday the 27th!
Decarcerate PA is a coalition seeking an end to mass incarceration and an expansion of mechanisms that maintain whole, healthy communities. We believe that imprisonment exacerbates the problems we face. Decarcerate PA seeks 1.) an immediate and lasting moratorium on all new prison construction, 2.) policies that shrink the prison system, and 3.) reinvestment in our communities. Such steps are necessary to secure socially responsible, personally secure, and economically viable communities in our state.