Pennsylvania rally demands end to ‘death by incarceration’

first_imgHarrisburg, Pa. – More than three busloads of family, friends and human rights activists from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other cities gathered in Pennsylvania’s state capital on Oct. 18 to demand an end to “death by incarceration.”A rally on the steps of Harrisburg’s Capitol building featured speeches by mothers and sisters of life-without-parole (LWOP) prisoners, people who have lost loved ones to violence, formerly incarcerated people, members of the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI) and other groups.“Denying anyone the right to transformation and redemption is an affront to everyone’s humanity,” said Patricia Vickers of the Human Rights Coalition and CADBI. Representing a group of five Pennsylvania state representatives, Jason Dawkins spoke about House Bill 2135, a bill he has proposed, which would end death by incarceration and allow Pennsylvanians incarcerated for life to apply for parole after 15 years. (­decarceratepa.info)Cancellation of capacity to be redeemedTwenty-five countries have declared LWOP to be unconstitutional. Pennsylvania is one of only six U.S. states that deny parole to lifers. Prison rights activists call it the “other death sentence,” or “death by incarceration,” because a life sentence in these states means your entire life.Harsh sentencing tears communities apart and disproportionately impacts Black and Brown people and especially poor people. More than 5,000 prisoners are serving LWOP sentences in Pennsylvania. More than 65 percent of them are Black and 8.5 percent are Latinx, according to a Decarcerate PA factsheet.Not coincidently, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) incarcerates the second-highest number of elderly prisoners of any state. In 1980 there were 370 elderly prisoners. There are now more than 8,000 in Pennsylvania’s prisons, though not all are sentenced to LWOP. (PA DOC FY 2011-2012 Cost & Population Report)To make matters even more inhumane, the DOC refuses to treat almost 7,000 prisoners — including political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal — who have hepatitis C, even though medicines exist that would cure the deadly disease.Felix Rosado, currently serving LWOP at State Correctional Institute Graterford, said: “Death by incarceration is a cancellation of the distinct human capacity to be redeemed. It strips too many people of the opportunity to participate in the healing our communities desperately need.” (Decarcerate PA fact sheet)More than 480 people in Pennsylvania are serving juvenile LWOP — people convicted to life in prison as juveniles — more than any other state. (Juvenile Law Center) The U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences children to life without the possibility of parole. (­sentencingproject.org)At a rally on May 8 in Philadelphia, Movita Johnson-Harrell, whose 18-year-old son was shot and killed by two young men, described her decision to ask for mercy for the two. “We must realize that young people frequently make poor choices. … We must also realize that while they make poor choices they also have the capacity to grow and change. It is important to recognize that part of human development is making mistakes, but it is important to give young people the opportunity to redeem themselves. No child should live their entire life behind bars. …“I stand with the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration,” Johnson-Harrell continued, “because I understand that one bad decision and my son could have been on the other side of the gun. I also understand young people change and can contribute positively to society if given the resources and opportunity.” (decarceratepa.info)A sentence of death by incarceration at any age exacerbates the disparities of a systematically racist and anti-working class legal structure in the U.S.Prisons are concentration camps for the poor. Outlawing LWOP would be one step in freeing hundreds of people from the hellholes of this state’s prisons. HB 2135 should be supported, but true justice will only be won when the whole system of mass incarceration is overthrown.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Master Gardeners holding plant sale for Pioneer Museum

first_imgLatest Stories Book Nook to reopen Print Article You Might Like Skip Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Published 3:00 am Friday, May 5, 2017 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel DAY OF PRAYER: National Day of Prayer celebrated with Bible reading, prayer and song The 2017 Pike County Bible Reading Marathon on the square in Troy ended promptly at noon on Thursday, with the… read more For the second year, the Pike County Master Gardeners will have a hodgepodge of plants for sale as an event of Spring Plantin’ Day at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama on Saturday.Leigh Calk, Master Gardener president, said this year’s Pike County Master Gardeners Plant Sale will benefit the Pioneer Museum of Alabama. “The proceeds from the plant sale will be used for the renovation of the museum’s walking trail,” Calk said. “The Pike County Master Gardeners are proud to dedicate the funds from the plant sale to this very worthy cause.”Most all of the plants that will be on sale on Saturday at the Pioneer Museum are from the yards or greenhouses of the master gardeners. By Jaine Treadwell “These are plants that our master gardeners have either propagated or have grown from seeds,” Calk said. “We will have a large variety of plants – shrubs, annuals, perennials, house plants and herbs. Confederate Roses and Sago Palms will be among the plants on sale.“All the plants will be offered at good prices, from one dollar to $20 depending on the plant. Now is the time to get these plants in the ground so it’s a good time to buy.”The plant sale will be located next to the herb bed, which is up the steps at the left of the museum’s main building. There is an admission charge to Spring Plantin’ Day but admission to the plant sale is free. “Those who come Saturday just for the plant sale will get an arm band at the ticket gate that will admit them at no charge” Calk said. “We invite those who want ‘homegrown’ plants for their homes and yards to come to the Pike County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.”The Pike County Master Gardeners are longtime supporters of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama but work in partnership with other groups and organizations when requested.The 2016 Master Gardner Class had 18 members. The Pike County Master Gardeners have 20 active members. A new local Master Gardner Class will begin in the fall. The class will meet one day a week for 10 weeks. For more information about the 2017 Master Gardener Class or to register, call the Pike County Extension Office at 334-566-0985. By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Master Gardeners holding plant sale for Pioneer Museumlast_img read more