Discussion on Women, Poverty & Incarceration (video)

(Video by Eric Gjertsen of Payday)

Mothers, other caregivers, and all women are hit hard by poverty, mass incarceration and cutbacks. A group met on September 28th at the new Crossroads Women’s Center in Germantown to discuss issues related to women, poverty and incarceration with district attorney candidate Larry Krasner.

In this series of six videos, you will hear stories from women and men who have been deeply affected by the criminal justice system and hear them question Larry about his plans for reform should he be elected Philadelphia's next DA.

Watch all six videos in the playlist above or on YouTube:

1. Introduction by Theresa Shoatz; Larry Krasner's opening statement
2. Patricia Vickers, Human Rights Coalition: Incarceration of women heads of family
3. Pat Albright, Global Women's Strike: Criminalization for survival and crimes of poverty
4. Carolyn Hill, Women of Color in the GWS: Loss of custody of children
5. Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Justice 4 Tyree Carroll: Police and electoral corruption
6. Comments and questions from the floor, including:
    Prosecution of prostitution  
    Reviewing questionable convictions
    Opening up old cases with new evidence (PCRA) 
    Women lifers
    Fraud, bias and perjury in Family Court
    Prosecutorial misconduct
    Advocacy and support for victims of crime
    Reopening cases tainted by police corruption
    Adopting out of children by DHS
    Holding judges accountable
    Trauma training for law enforcement personnel
    First thing to do to make a difference as DA
    Protecting Philadelphia as a sanctuary city
    The prison-industrial complex; excessive sentencing
    How to support the campaign; closing statement

The event was hosted by Global Women’s Strike, the Human Rights Coalition, and Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike. Co-sponsors included Every Mother is a Working Mother NetworkPaydayNational Welfare and Caregivers Working Group. Larry thanks all of these groups and all of those who attended.