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Resources – January 2016

Prison Justice Resources

  • “Million Dollar Blocks” (Radio Times, January 8, 2016) Marty Moss-Coaine with Clarence Smith, Christopher Moraff, and Eric Cadora (Philadelphia). “Million-Dollar Blocks” are areas where more than $1 million is being spent each year to incarcerate the residents of a single census block.
    Life on a Million-Dollar Block in North Philadelphia (nextcity.org).
    There are several “million-dollar blocks in the Lehigh Valley. For details, see justicatlas.org, a project of the Justice Mapping Center.
  • Sunday, Jan. 24, 6 pm: LEPOCO Potluck & Politics with Sheila Clever speaking on “Pipeline to Prison Learning Tour: A Report,” at LEPOCO 313 W. 4th St., (south) Bethlehem. In September 2015, Sheila Clever was one of 16 participants who spent six days visiting prisons and prison-related facilities in Pennsylvania. Sheila will report on what she learned about the impact of mass incarceration in our state. Please bring some food to share for the potluck dinner at 6 pm; presentation will begin shortly after 6:30 pm.

Immigration / Refugees

  • Clergy Sign-On Letter to stop ICE immigration raids (organized by New Sanctuary Movement, PICC, and other groups). With any questions or concerns, please contact Nicole Kligerman at Nicole@sanctuaryphiladelphia.org or phone at (215) 279-7060.
  • ICE Raids – “Know Your Rights” – Jan. 21, 2016, 6pm – St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church; 417 N 7th St., Allentown (484-664-3518). In light of recent ICE raids occurring across the nation since January 2, 2016, organizations in Pennsylvania are hosting Know Your Rights information sessions for undocumented immigrants – how to prepare for a possible raid, how to interact with law enforcement, and how to practice your rights. For more information and other meeting locations, see www.paimmigrant.org/paisready.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events: See Morning Call listing of Lehigh Valley events.
  • Muhlenberg College: The Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding’s “Journeys to Justice” program will begin with an opening forum on Jan. 20, 2016and close with a second forum on March 29. See Morning Call story.
  • Christian Unity Worship Service with Rev. James Forbes: “Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord” Jan. 24, 2016, 4-5pm at Dubbs Community Center.
  • Pennsylvania Budget Summit – March 3, in Harrisburg after Gov. Wolf’s February budget address. See pennbpc.org/2016budgetsummit.
  • Ecumenical Advocacy Days April 15-18, 2016 (Fri. evening – Mon.) Washington, DC area “Lift Every Voice! – Racism, Class & Power.” Workshops on U.S. domestic issues, ecojustice, Latin America, Jubilee economics, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East, co-sponsored by MCC Washington Office. See www.advocacydays.org
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