Past Actions and Events

2015

 

Thursday May 31st at Clay Park

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Do you believe in ending cash bail, getting youth out of adult jails, kicking ICE out of Philly, and investing in people over police and prisons? Are you ready to turn up and take action?

PA Student Power Network presents…

Rise Up! Mass Incarceration Teach-In and Artist Showcase
* Thursday, May 31, 4-6pm
* Clark Park (north side, near Baltimore Ave)
* Free food and musical performances!

Join students and young people from across Philly to talk about the issues, the movement that’s growing, and what we can do!



JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON

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Monday June 4th 2018 in Harrisburg

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11:00 a.m. − 11:20 a.m.
Brad Winnick, Dauphin County Public Defender’s Office, on behalf of PACDL

11:20 a.m. − 11:40 a.m.
Danielle Whiteman and Brooke McCarthy, Juvenile Law Center

11:40 a.m. − 12:00 p.m.
Danny Peters, convicted of M2 as a juvenile and served 35 years before his sentence was commuted by Gov. Wolf

12:00 p.m. − 12:20 p.m.
Liz Geyer, testifying on behalf of George Trudel who is currently serving LWOP for M2

12:20 p.m. − 12:40 p.m.
John Adams, President of PDAA

Click below for live stream at 11:00 am on June 4th

Live Stream!




Friday June 8th 2018

The 2018 Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence

The 2018 Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence is taking place June 8th-11th at University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Building, and will include speakers, panels, workshops, protests and cultural activities exploring the intersections of anti-prison and environmental struggles. We are currently confirming speakers for the conference and are excited to share updates with y’all in the coming months. We maintain a commitment to creating a space in which those most directly impacted are centered.

For more information Click below to show your support, add the event to your calendar and join their Facebook page.

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June 29th in Harrisburg

 

William Smith .. has been granted Board of Pardon’s reconsideration of his appeal for commutation, hearing to be held on June 29th in Harrisburg. “Smitty” is 76 years old, has been incarcerated on a DBI sentence for many decades suffering from severe chronic medical conditions. Having spent considerable time in Graterford’s infirmary, he recently has returned to general population where is health status is stable. A post card campaign has begun to support Smitty’s commutation. Along with CADBI, Smitty’s family and friends are also sending postcards of support. Smitty wrote much of what is said on the card. Please see the attached “post card”; you can print it as is and mail it in an envelope if that is easier. Please make sure to sign and date your card and include your name and address on the envelope

Address: PA Board of Pardons 333 Market Street, 15th Floor Harrisburg PA 17126

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July 23

9:30-12:30

Hosted by CADBI

Miguel Martinez

“Support Miguel Martinez At His Re-sentencing”

 

“Mrs Dee Dee is calling on everyone who is available to support Miguel Martinez at his re-sentencing at 9:30 AM on Monday July 23rd in Room 702 of the CJC (13th and Filbert). Miguel doesn’t have a lot of family in the area (his mother is taking a bus from NYC) and Mrs Dee Dee wants his movement family to support him as he appears before the court to take responsibility for a crime he committed when he was still a child. Let’s show him and the court that people in Philly support second chances for redeemed lifers.”

Click here for more info on Facebook

 

August 4th 2018- Upcoming Rally

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State Rep. Jake Wheatley Jr., & State Rep. Ed Gainey, are working with Senator Sharif Street to Promote the SB942 Rally, Press Conference, and Panel Discussion coming to Pittsburgh, PA., on August 4th! #PassSB942 #RedemptionNOW Passsb942.com

The Chair of The Harambee Ujima Black Art and Culture Association, will have a SB942 Press Conference and Rally from 10am-11am @ The Community Empowerment Association- located at 7120 Kelly St. Pittsburgh, PA. 15208, on Saturday, 8/4/18!

Followed by a Panel Discussion from 2-3pm.

Representatives from PA Senate Bill 942 will host an information table during the Harambee Festival from 11am-2pm! Please Come Out and Support SB942- Granting Eligibility for Parole of Lifers in PA!



August 5th 2018

MOVE9 40 YEAR COMMEMORATION

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The National Prison Strike taking place August 21-September 9th 2018 has been organized by people who are incarcerated across the nation and they have 10 formal demands

We intend to draw attention to these demands while spreading word of the strike to those incarcerated in Philadelphia by hosting a noise demo at the Juvenile Justice Services Center on August 21st at 7pm.

Click here to find more Info !!



August 31st at 11am-1pm

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Rally for Omar at the DA’s Office – On August 31st at 11am-1pm, there will be a Rally outside DA Krasner’s office (3 S Penn Square, Philadelphia, PA 19107). We want Krasner to reopen Omar’s case, investigate his wrongful conviction, and let an innocent man come home to his family.



 

September 6th 2018 @ 9:30

1301 Filbert Street in room 507

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Clinton “Nkechi” Walker was sentenced to die in prison when he was only 17. Despite being forced to grow up behind the walls, Nkechi is an amazing poet, activist, mentor, and a dear friend to many of us. Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that established that mandatory Life Without Parole (also known as Death By Incarceration) is unconstitutional, Nkechi and 500+ other juvenile lifers in Pennsylvania are now being resentenced.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office offered Nkechi a deal of 25 to life, which he accepted. But the judge presiding over that phase of his resentencing arbitrarily and unfairly rejected the deal, forcing him to go to a contested resentencing, which will take place on September 6th. The judge in that resentencing hearing has an incredible amount of power. She will decide if and when Nkechi will ever have the opportunity to walk out of prison and rejoin a community of family and friends who dearly want him home.

In order to show the judge that Nkechi has community support — and show Nkechi we have his back! — we’re asking folks to join us in the courtroom for his resentencing hearing.

The hearing will take place at CJC, at 1301 Filbert Street in room 507 in front of Judge McDermott. Nkechi will be represented by lawyers and legal workers from Amistad Law Project and Abolitionist Law Center. We don’t have any way of knowing when, exactly, the resentencing will start — it could be as early as 9:30 or as late as noon. So if you can come right at 9:30 that’s ideal in case it’s early, but if you can’t drop by until later, still please come.

Want to support but can’t make it on Thursday? It’s not too late to donate to his legal defense fund at: Click here to Donate

Hope to see you in court. And many thanks to so many of you for the love and solidarity you’ve already shown Nkechi through this process.

 

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Come out to Ubuntu Philadelphia. Saturday, September 8 – 12:30 – 6:00 pm.

 

“Come out to Ubuntu Philadelphia. Saturday, September 8 – 12:30 – 6:00 pm. St. Joseph’s University – Foley Campus Center (near the intersection of City Ave. and Cardinal Ave.) Let us… Dare to come together. Dare to communicate. Dare to connect. Dare to eat together. Dare to imagine together healthier and safer communities, and the kind of justice that helps to bring that about. Then let us dare to work together to create something new; to create something beautiful; to create a city in which our children can thrive, maximize their potentials, and reach higher destinies.” please put out that R2R member is organizing




Sept 15, 1:30 pm

CADBI

CADBI Harrisburg Meeting; Saturday, Sept 15, 1:30 pm;

The Quaker Meeting House,

1100 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17102



On Saturday, September 22

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Reclaim’s Mass Liberation committee will be holding a BBQ in Malcom X Park from 12-6. As Reclaim’s Mass Liberation Committee recently came on board to promote SB 942/HB 135 and is also working closely with Saleem and Patricia it would probably be a good place for us to show up and meet some of their folks and also promote the October 2nd.





 

The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP) to invite you to the cookout we’re having in honor of T.A., our leader who was killed this past December. We’d love for you to join us in celebrating his life and legacy on Sunday, September 30, at Life Do Grow Farm (2315 N 11th st.) from 3 to 7PM.

 




Tuesday, October 2nd 2018 @ 11:30am

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Join us for a third mass call-in on Tuesday, October 2nd as we take the capitol for Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration’s ‘Day of Action Against Death By Incarceration’ where we will speak out for parole eligibility for lifers and against these horrible policies.

We are asking everyone to make FIVE calls: Governor Wolf, Your State Senator, Your State Representative, Lt. Governor Candidate (and Gov. Wolf’s Running Mate) John Fetterman and DOC Secretary Wetzel. Governor Wolf: 717-787-2500 Lt. Governor Candidate John Fetterman (currently Mayor of Braddock)- 412-654-4041 (Phone Number to the Mayor’s Office)

Your State Representative and Your Senator Senator: Find your State Legislator

 (717) 728-2573

Click here to let us know your interested & get more information



Wednesday October 3rd

Join CADBI in their next planning meeting on protesting DOC policies.



Wednesday October 10th 2018

All out to protest Governor Wolf’s dehumanizing prison policies

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Last month, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and Governor Tom Wolf rolled out some of the most punitive anti-prisoner policies in the country.

Next week we have an opportunity to confront them both and demand the immediate repeal of these harmful policies.

On Wednesday October 10, Wolf will be appearing at a campaign fundraiser at the Yards Brewing Company at 500 Spring Garden from 6:30 to 8:30. We’ll be out front with signs and banners to show him the devastating impact these policies have on his constituents and to demand he repeal these policies immediately. Join us to demand that Wolf do the right thing!

Click here to mark your calendar and get more Info!!





Tuesday, October 23rd at 9:30 a.m.

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court has scheduled en banc (meaning the full court, i.e. 9+ judges) oral argument in the case of Avis Lee for Tuesday, October 23rd at 9:30 a.m. at in Philadelphia, address: 17th Floor, 530 Walnut St. The issue in this case is whether Avis is permitted to challenge her mandatory life-without-parole sentence as excessive in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment due to her being only 18 years old at the time of the offense. Avis raised a claim that she had the same characteristics of youth and immaturity that the U.S. Supreme Court found relevant in striking down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children younger than age 18 in Miller v. Alabama, then applied retroactively to older cases (like Avis’) in Montgomery v. Louisiana.

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Yesterday Abolitionist attorney Bret Grote handled oral arguments in the Pennsylvania Superior Court in Com. v. Avis Lee. The case will determine whether Lifers over 18 years old will have the opportunity to benefit from the Supreme Court ruling Miller v. Alabama. Bret crushed it! The state was reduced to arguing jurisdiction not merits. Although its possible the court will rule against us on the issue of whether it has jurisdiction to hear the case, the fact is we won the argument and this issue has gained strength and more momentum. Over a hundred family members of Lifers attended the hearing, packing the courtroom. The halls were standing room only. The sheriff’s shut down the elevators because the floor was packed to capacity. CADBI members represented their loved ones. This is what movement looks like. We ain’t hoing nowhere! The hearing will be aired on Pennsylvania News Cable (PNC) on November 1st. Meanwhile read the article by Samantha Melmad published 10/23 in the Philadelphia Inquire.



Supporters of sentencing reform say next year, they may see success

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Written by Katie Meyer, Capitol Bureau Chief | Oct 2, 2018 9:47 PM

(Harrisburg) — A bill that would end Pennsylvania’s frequent use of mandatory life-without-parole sentences has hit a wall in the state Senate

The night before the bill was set to be voted out of committee, sponsor Sharif Street–a Democratic Senator from Philadelphia–got word it didn’t have enough support.

The committee didn’t ultimately hold a vote.

“There was an inundation of suggestions from the Office of the Victim advocate that victims had a problem with the legislation, and in fact that I myself, and Representative Dawkins [the sponsor of the House’s version of the bill] were not appropriately sensitive to the concerns of victims,” Street said.

The Office of the Victim Advocate didn’t return a request for comment.

Street argued, the very communities pushing for sentencing and parole overhauls are the same ones so often impacted by violence.

Street said four of his five children have friends who were recently shot, and his oldest daughter’s boyfriend was killed.

“Injustice cannot drive out injustice,” he said. “Only justice can do that. And the justice that we’re asking for comes in the form of allowing the system to do what it should do, which is allow these cases to be reviewed.”

Street said this isn’t a death knell–the bill probably wouldn’t have passed this session anyway. He said he intends to work through any disagreements with the OVA and come up with a plan next year that can get the broadest possible support.

Apart from the Victim Advocate’s concerns, support is broad. Organizations that are usually at odds–like the often left-leaning ACLU and the conservative Americans for Prosperity–both appeared at a press conference supporting the measure.

AFP’s Beth Anne Mumford said for her group, it’s just practical.

“We are needlessly imprisoning people at cost to taxpayers,” she said.

Life-without-parole is currently the only possible sentence for people charged in Pennsylvania with non-capital first-degree or second-degree murder. And that can include people who never actually killed or intended to kill another person; they just need to have been involved in a felony in which someone died.

A recent study from the Abolitionist Law Center found that that’s one of the reasons Pennsylvania sentences more people to life in prison without the possibility of parole than any other state–and indeed, any other country–per capita.

Street’s bill would make those inmates eligible for parole after 15 years–though that doesn’t mean the Board of Probation and Parole would necessarily grant them freedom.



2,700 Philadelphians are serving life without parole. Will they get a chance at redemption?

Supporters compared life sentences to “death by incarceration.”

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HARRISBURG — Hundreds of people who support legislation that would give Pennsylvanians sentenced to life without parole a chance at release came to the capitol this week, expecting a victory. They didn’t find one.Sen. Sharif Street of North Philadelphia asked the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday not to vote on his bill, after working for months to get it on the agenda. In the end, the senator believed he was one vote shy of getting SB 942 out of committee.

He placed the blame on the Office of the Victim Advocate, which he said emailed its concerns to committee members a few days before the vote. Street said the implication that he and the bill’s supporters didn’t sympathize with victims was wholly inaccurate. The boyfriend of his eldest daughter, he noted, was murdered within the past year.

The state’s official advocate for crime victims, Jennifer Storm, doesn’t show up in North Philly when there’s a shooting, Street pointed out. She “doesn’t understand our plight,” he said.

Not unexpectedly, Storm disagreed with that assessment.

“When he introduced this bill, we made it very clear to him we didn’t support it for numerous reasons,” Storm said by phone Tuesday. “It shouldn’t have come as a surprise.”

Storm said the bill would provide a blanket opportunity for release to people convicted of first- and second-degree murder, regardless of how “brutal” or “horrific” the crime was, after 15 years. She called that number “completely insensitive” to crime victims and said there research to support it was lacking.

The bill is now on ice until it can be reintroduced and relitigated next session. Its future is somewhat unclear because of the retirement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart Greenleaf, a pro-reform Republican.



 

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Wednesday October 10th 2018

All out to protest Governor Wolf’s dehumanizing prison policies

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Last month, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel and Governor Tom Wolf rolled out some of the most punitive anti-prisoner policies in the country.

Next week we have an opportunity to confront them both and demand the immediate repeal of these harmful policies.

On Wednesday October 10, Wolf will be appearing at a campaign fundraiser at the Yards Brewing Company at 500 Spring Garden from 6:30 to 8:30. We’ll be out front with signs and banners to show him the devastating impact these policies have on his constituents and to demand he repeal these policies immediately. Join us to demand that Wolf do the right thing!

Click here to mark your calendar and get more Info!!





Tuesday, October 23rd at 9:30 a.m.

avis lee

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has scheduled en banc (meaning the full court, i.e. 9+ judges) oral argument in the case of Avis Lee for Tuesday, October 23rd at 9:30 a.m. at in Philadelphia, address: 17th Floor, 530 Walnut St. The issue in this case is whether Avis is permitted to challenge her mandatory life-without-parole sentence as excessive in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment due to her being only 18 years old at the time of the offense. Avis raised a claim that she had the same characteristics of youth and immaturity that the U.S. Supreme Court found relevant in striking down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children younger than age 18 in Miller v. Alabama, then applied retroactively to older cases (like Avis’) in Montgomery v. Louisiana.

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