Sitters Statement at Nov 19 2012 Direct Action at SCI Graterford





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Published on Nov 19, 2012

Early in the morning on November 19th, seven members of Decarcerate PA set up school desks, banners, and a little red schoolhouse to block the entrance to a prison construction site just outside of Philadelphia. They then sat at the desks, linking arms and refusing to move or allow construction vehicles onto the sight. Construction was delayed for over an hour before all seven protesters were arrested and taken away.

The seven people who were arrested are currently charged with three misdemeanors each: Defiant Trespass, Failure of Disorderly Persons to Disperse upon Official Order, and Persistent Disorderly Conduct. All were released fairly quickly on bail from donations and loans, however we need to pay people back for those initial loans and we are expecting more legal costs and court fees as our arraignment and further legal next steps unfold. It would be great if you could help out! Here's how:

1. If you can, make a donation to our legal fund. You can donate through our website at http://decarceratepa.info

2. Spread the word!! We want to keep this incredibly successful and energizing action active and relevant! Please, talk about this on facebook, talk about this in real life, write about it and repost the media that came from the action.

3. Sign on to Decarcerate PA's three point platform to petition the government of PA to halt construction of new prisons immediately: https://www.change.org/petitions/no-m...

This action was part of Decarcerate PA's campaign to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. We are demanding that Pennsylvania stop building prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in our communities. If completed, the two new prisons outside of Philadelphia will cost $400 million and house 4,100 people. We believe these prisons must be stopped, and that the money should be reinvested in our schools and communities.

Please help us spread the word and forward this along to anyone you think might be interested.

For more info see: http://decarceratepa.info or check us out on facebook at www.facebook.com/decarceratepa

Thank you so much for your support!


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