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Cancel Governor Wolf’s new dehumanizing prison policies

Friday, October 19th, 2018

  Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) policies instituted in September in response to the drug crisis in prisons have violated prisoners’ rights, restricted access to educational materials, and delayed people’s correspondence with loved ones on the outside.
  On October 19, partly in response to public feedback, the DOC announced changes to some of the offensive policies listed in this on-line petition to Governor Wolf and described in news reports (below). A summary of recent DOC policy changes is posted here, and there is additional information linked to the DOC homepage: www.cor.pa.gov. (more…)

Hazleton Integration Project

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Healing Communities Training – Lehigh Valley

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Healing Communities

June 23, 2018 (Saturday, 9:00am–4:00pm) – at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem, PA

There are many ways groups and congregations can engage in creative prison and restorative justice ministry, not only inside prison but in churches and communities, too. With scores of inmates being released and returning as citizens every day, the need is urgent for churches to reach out to them–and also to victims–to offer help, hope and restorative healing. A valuable ministry that has seen success nationally is now coming to Pennsylvania to help churches respond to this need. (more…)

End Mass Incarceration – Lehigh Valley

Friday, April 6th, 2018

POWER Northeast – End Mass Incarceration Lehigh Valley working group
meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month, 6-8pm at 916 W. Turner St., Allentown. For more details and other events related to Mass Incarceration, see justice.ppjr.org .

“Reclaiming Our Democracy: Rally to End Gerrymandering” – April 16

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Fair Districts Pa – Thursday, April 16, 2018 – State Capital Building
There will be buses from Lehigh Valley and other parts of the state.
Bus fare is $20. For details, see www.fairdistrictspa.com/events

2018 Pennsylvania Budget Summit Resources

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Includes resources and presentation slides from the March 6 program about Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal.

Lehigh Valley – End Mass Incarceration

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
February 8, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00pm) Bethlehem, PA
The Lehigh Valley working group to end mass incarceration is invited to attend the next Lehigh Valley ACLU meeting which will begin with a preview of the ACLU-PA Smart Justice campaign. The meeting will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 424 Center St., Bethlehem PA, in the main fellowship hall on the ground floor. Enter the building from the Wall Street side entrance. (more…)

Lehigh Valley – End Mass Incarceration

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
January 30, 2018 (Tuesday, 6:00pm)
Organizational meeting for Lehigh Valley working group to end mass incarceration.
Location: RCDC Education Building, 916 W. Turner St., Allentown.
(Off street parking is available behind the building; enter parking lot from 9th Street)
For more information, see justice.ppjr.org
Sponsored by POWER NE, TLCC Justice & Advocacy, and partner organizations.

Pull of Gravity

Thursday, January 18th, 2018
January 24, 2018 (Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm)
“Pull of Gravity” – film screening and panel discussion:
What happens when people come home after incarceration?
Free, Non-Ticketed Event/Open to the Public.
Location: Civic Theatre, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown, PA 18104
For more information: Lehigh University, Office of Interdisciplinary Programs, 610-758-3996, incasip@lehigh.edu.

June 5, 2017 – Harrisburg Lobby Day for a Fair Budget

Friday, May 19th, 2017

On Monday, June 5, PA legislators will be heading to Harrisburg to get serious about a new budget for Pennsylvania. Come join the budget rally, lobbying events, and issue-specific events.
Also, on Thursday, June 1, at 7:15pm there will be a tele-town hall, presented by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Learn more here: www.pachoice.org/BudgetAction/   or   the Facebook event page.
There will be a bus from Lehigh Valley to Harrisburg for June 5th lobby day activities – rally and visits with legislators. The bus is free. Register at http://bit.ly/2pw2g3v.
Sponsoring organizations include SEIU, Pennsylvania’s Choice campaign, POWER, PA Budget and Policy Center, and others.