For Immediate Release
Monday, June 3, 2013
Fight for Philly and others travel to Harrisburg to greet Decarcerate PA members at completion of 113 mile march against new prison construction
Philadelphia, PA – On Monday, June 3, Fight for Philly will be traveling with activists, parents, and community members to Harrisburg to greet marchers from Decarcerate PA at the end of a 113-mile march. Protesters will hold a rally on the steps of the state capitol at noon. Fight for Philly members board buses at the Fight for Philly offices at 9am.
Over the past ten days, marchers walked from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, holding community events in Haverford, Norristown, Collegeville, Pottstown, Reading, and Womelsdorf. Marchers left Philadelphia on May 25 and arrive on the Capitol steps on June 3rd to deliver a message directly to lawmakers with hundreds of flags from people across the state showing what a true “people’s budget” would look like. Protesters are demanding funding for education, not incarceration. Two long-time Fight for Philly members, including a parent of Philadelphia public school students, joined the entirety of the march.
Year after year, Governor Corbett cuts funds from education, healthcare, environmental protection, and social services. Yet he continues to spend millions on locking people up. Right now, the Corbett 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, even as his administration claims the prison population is going down.
The march has been endorsed by over thirty co-sponsoring organizations, including Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Jobs with Justice, the Community College of Philadelphia’s Faculty and Staff Federation and the Support Center for Returning Citizens.
For more details about the march: http://decarceratePA.info/march
Fight for Philly, Decarcerate PA, and co-sponsors
||Rally to demand a people’s budget. Fund education, not incarceration!
||Monday, June 3, leaving at 9:15am, rally at noon in Harrisburg
||Leaving from 846 N. Broad St., protesting on steps of Capitol building
||Activists boarding buses, diverse crowd of protesters, colorful signs, shirts
Fight for Philly is building a grassroots coalition of residents, community groups, neighborhood associations, faith organizations and labor groups united in the fight for good jobs, corporate accountability and strong communities.
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