RELEASE Town Hall on Gender Justice and Mass Incarceration March 25

release town hall

We invited people organizing to end mass incarceration, detention, and deportation. We invited people organizing to end violence against women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people. And we invited all those people whose lives demand that we organize to end all these systems of oppression at the same time.

In this town hall event, we used art, music, storytelling, and small group discussions to reflect honestly together on the fears that divide us and to build a shared vision for community safety and individual safety that doesn’t rely on imprisonment.

Watch a video recorded at the event by PhillyCAM:


Wednesday, March 25, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street
The space is fully wheelchair accessible.
Childcare and food will be provided.
Questions?  Contact Aarati Kasturirangan, 215.731.1107 ext. 206,

This town hall is part of RELEASE, an ongoing exhibition and program series that explores the intersection of gender justice and mass incarceration. RELEASE is co-presented by Bread & Roses Community Fund and the Leeway Foundation. RELEASE aims to provide shared spaces for women, transgender, and gender non-conforming survivors of the prison industrial complex, local artists, cultural producers, and activists to critically reflect and build power for change.

Planning Committee Members:

Mia-Lia Kiernan, 1 Love Movement
Lori Waselcheck, Artist
Rev. Rhetta Morgan, Artist
Michelle Ortiz, Bartol Foundation
Carol Anne Ferlauto, Bread & Roses Community Fund
Aarati Kasturirangan, Bread &Roses Community Fund
Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Documentary Film Maker
Clarice Bailey, Girls Justice League
Denise Beek, Leeway Foundation
Irit Reinheimer, Leeway Foundation
Laura Sorenson, Morris Home
Faith Bartley, People’s Paper Coop
Elizabeth Long, Philadelphia FIGHT
Beth Patel, Philly Student Union
Antoine Haywood, PhillyCam
Tyson Smith, Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative
Hakim Ali, Reconstruction Inc.
Peggy Simms, Sisters Returning Home
Reverend Michelle Ann Simmons, Why Not Prosper?
Debasri Ghosh, Women’s Way