PROJECT 2013: DECARCERATE
*documentation compiled by Althea Baird, ArtFactory
This summer, Art Factory collaborated with Decarcerate PA and PhillyCAM for six weeks to make three short stop-motion videos to help people realize the grand actuality of the Prison Industrial Complex. PhillyCAM was gracious enough to let us use their equipment and their space while we planned,
filmed, recorded and edited our 3 videos. Decarcerate PA helped us clear up the clouds by telling us more about what they do as well as the political and community results and consequences of mass incarceration. We hope that these pieces will shed light on the current situation, and inspire people to join the movement to stop the prison industry and reinvest in the community.
1. EVOLUTION OF PRISON: THE BACKGROUND FOR DECARCERATE PA
2. WHAT WE WANT: THE PLATFORM OF DECARCERATE PA
3. PLASTIC UPRISING:
THE WORK OF DECARCERATE PA
Prior to the completion of these 3 main projects, ArtFactory worked in 3 teams to create ‘animation in a day’ projects, practicing their techniques! Enjoy:
LINKS AND RESOURCES on the Prison Industrial Complex
Decarcerate PA —http://www.decarceratepa.info Decarcerate PA is a grassroots campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania. We demand that PA stop building
prisons, reduce the prison population, and reinvest money in our communities.
Youth Arts and Self Empowerment Project (YASP) http://www.yasproject.com YASP conducts art, poetry, music, and empowerment workshops at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (P.I.C.C.) and Riverside Correctional Facility (R.F.C.) every Saturday with young people under 18 who are being tried as adults. We also show our documentary and do leadership building workshops at schools and colleges to teach youth about the flaws of the criminal justice system and how
to avoid a life of crime. YASP participates in rallies and demonstrations, and conducts door knocking campaigns for our petition to repeal or amend Act 33, the law that allows youth to be automatically charged as adults in PA.
PCAPS Coalition —http://wearepcaps.org
The Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS) is comprised of students, parents and teachers with an unwavering commitment to improving Philadelphias school system. At its heart, this discussion about the future of our schools is a discussion about fairness. We want all Philadelphia schools whether public or charter to be adequately funded based on their need. PCAPS believes this is an opportunity for everyone with a stake in Philadelphias public education system students, parents, teachers, advocates, charter operators, elected officials, the SRC and others to refocus on a single goal: improving every school.
Reconstruction Inc. http://www.reconstructioninc.org
Reconstruction was incorporated in 1992 by a group of activists involved in political struggle around community issues in general and criminal justice issues in particular. Initially, the organization sought to reduce the number of repeat offenders and to assist ex-offenders in their effort to become constructive contributors in their family and community. As the organization developed its scope was broadened
to include activities geared toward prevention, with members creating methods by which youth and families committed to our
mission could join and participate. Reconstruction also envisions neighbors in the greater Philadelphia area working together to acquire, maintain and add value to their homes, while building valuable relationships with others in the process. Reconstruction provides neighbors with the skills necessary for political, social and economic development which, in turn, supports the revitalization of the entire neighborhood and healthy relationships between neighbors.
The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) —http://www.tcrcphilly.org/default.html
If you are tired of the criminal justice system, determined to never live in a cell again, focused on life, family, and community, then you are a potential TCRC client. If you are interested in living a life free from drama, if you never want to feel the click of steel bracelets around your wrists again, if you never want to look at your loved ones through a glass, talk on a monitored phone, if you never want to stand in line or eat commissary food, then you are ready to be a TCRC client.
A great book on the prison industrial complex:
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander —http://newjimcrow.com
and of course: Art Factory http://artfact215.tumblr.com Norris Square Neighborhood Project http://www.myneighborhoodproject.org/site/ PhillyCAM —https://phillycam.org