End Mass Incarceration - Lehigh Valley: 2018 Events

  • December 20, 2018 (Thursday, 11:00am-1:00pm) Fireside Chat on Reentry
    "Restoring Community: Re-entry during and after Prison for our Incarcerated and Returning Citizens: Re-entry begins immediately after arrest."
    Invited guests are Charla Plaines, Re-entry Coordinator, Office of the Attorney General and Marsha Banks, Founder and Executive Director of a Miracle for Sure, Inc., with by Dr. Hasshan Batts as facilitator.
    Venue: Rodale Room at Symphony Hall, located at 23 N. 6th Street in Allentown.
    Lunch will be served, the program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more details and registration, see www.eventbrite.com/e/pnlv-fireside-chat-tickets-52329449793.

  • December 8, 2018 (Saturday, 5:30pm) Christ Church UCC, 75 E. Market St., Bethlehem.
    J. Jondhi Harrell, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC) in Philadelphia, will speak at the evening program and simple meal that concludes the annual Christmas Peace Pilgrimage. Free, but donations are welcome. (See www.peacewalk.org)

  • December 6, 2018 (Thursday, 2:00pm) Lehigh County Reentry Coalition
    Meets at Lehigh County Jail. (attendance by invitation only).
  • Trauma 101: Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma-Informed Care
    Location: Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, 601 South Queen St, Lancaster, PA.
    This 4-hour training is designed to provide a foundational overview and awareness of trauma and its connections to addiction, mental health challenges, risk-taking behaviors and criminal justice system involvement, as well as resilience, and trauma-informed care for anyone in the community who interacts with individuals and families who may have experienced trauma.
    December 2018 dates (choose one):
    Mon Dec 3, 8am-Noon; Mon Dec 3, 1pm-5pm; Tue Dec 4, 8am-Noon; Tue Dec 4, 1pm-5pm
    COST: $30 per person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required to secure a seat: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3820376.
  • November 16, 2018 (Friday, 5:20pm) ACLU-LV presents the movie "13th" (2016: 100 min.)
    "13th" deals with racism and U.S. criminal justice system. The title refers to the 13th Amendment to U.S. Constitution which freed slaves and prohibited slavery - except as punishment for a crime.
    Location: Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley, 1988 Schadt Ave, Whitehall, PA 18052.
  • November 14, 2018 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Northampton County Reentry Coalition
    Location: Northamapton Human Services Building, Conference Room 3, 2801 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18020
  • November 8, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration. We will meet in the library at Resurected Life Community Church, 9th and Turner Streets, Allentown, PA. Enter the church by the red door that faces Turner Street. (If door is locked, ring the door bell).
  • October 25, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • October 24, 2018 (Wednesday, 6-8pm) Imagining Philly without Cash Bail
    POWER Interfaith and Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Quakers) will host a panel discussion with representatives from the Defenders Association and the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, as well as a local resident who has experienced arrest, jailing, and the bail process.
    Location: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
    See powerinterfaith.org/calendar for more details.
  • October 23, 2018 (Tuesday, 6:15 potluck; 7:00pm program) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown
    Forum on Smart Justice, with Nick Pressley, director of the Smart Justice program for ACLU-PA. ACLU will release results of the candidate scorecards on District Attorneys and explain statewide efforts and strategies to pass legislation to end cash bail. Sponsored by ACLU Lehigh Valley, POWER Lehigh Valley, LWV Northampton County, Easton NAACP.
  • October 18 or 19, 2018 (choice of four sessions: 8am-12n Thurs. or Fri.; or 1-5pm Thurs. or Fri.)
    Trauma 101: Understanding Trauma, Resilience and Trauma-Informed Care. Organized by Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, Lancaster, PA. For details and registration, see www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3598669. Registration cost: $32.
  • October 5, 2018 (Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm) Philadelphia
    Beyond the Walls: Reentry Summit and Prison Healthcare is a conference that welcomes all people interested in learning more about the impact of mass incarceration and health disparities on our communities, with keynote presentations and workshops. Registration is free; breakfast and lunch provided.
    Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia).
    For more details and registration, see www.fight.org/prisonsummit/.
  • October 4, 2018 (Thursday, 2:00pm) Lehigh County Reentry Coalition (by invitation).
  • September 28, 2018 (Friday, 7:00-9:00pm) Lancaster,PA
    "Milwaukee 53206" - award-winning film, followed by a panel discussion, hosted by Melanie Snyder with Harold Dean Trulear. The film not only examines Milwaukee's ZIP code 53206, but also illuminates the story of people from across the United States who live with the daily effects of mass incarceration - including individuals and families in Lancaster County.
    Location: Lancaster Theological Seminary: Hafer Center, 555 West James St, Lancaster, PA
    Cost: Free - donations will be accepted at the door (cash or check) to support the RMO for Returning Citizens, Lancaster County's prisoner reentry coalition.
    Advance registration is required to guarantee a seat. More details and registration here: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3599123.
  • September 27, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • September 13, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm)
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration
    at Quaker Meeting House, 4116 Bath Pike (Route 512) Bethlehem, PA 18017
  • September 13, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00pm)
    Presentation by Malik Neal, co-founder and Vice-President of the Philadelphia Bail Fund.
    At Quaker Meeting House, 4116 Bath Pike (Route 512) Bethlehem, PA 18017
    Pre-registration at www.pym.org/fellowship/rsvp/ is requested if you plan to attend, and refreshments will be served. For additional details, see www.pym.org/fellowship/.
  • August 23, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • August 9, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration.
  • August 8, 2018 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Northampton County Reentry Coalition
    Location: Northamapton Human Services Building, Conference Room 3, 2801 Emrick Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18020
  • August 3-5, 2018 (Friday, 6:00pm -- Sunday, 12:00 noon) Quakertown
    Stations of Hope training: 10 hours includes Healing Communities and Restorative Justice training. Cost is $110.00.
    Location: Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Freier Rd, Quakertown
    (This is one of several workshops sponsored by by the United Methodist Church, but open to anyone.) For details and registration, see this announcement.
  • July 26, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is free off-street parking behind the building.
  • July 17-19, 2018 (Tues-Thurs, 9am-3pm) THINKING FOR A CHANGE
    (hosted by Pinebrook Family Answers)
    3-DAY TRAINING FOR RE-ENTRY PROVIDERS. Thinking for a Change is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral program aimed at changing one's behavior through addressing thinking errors and building social skills. The program was developed by the National Institute of Corrections and is used in nearly all 50 states and beyond with all populations. This training session is free. Participants will receive materials to print on your own in advance. You will also receive a certificate of completion. Class size is limited to 30 people, so register early.
    Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Correction, Bureau of Community Corrections.
    Location: Pinebrook Family Answers, 402 North Fulton Street, Allentown, PA 18102.
    Free Parking Available (around the building or in the lot directly behind the Wawa).
    For more information or to register, email Justin Harlan <jharlan@pa.gov>.
  • July 12, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is free off-street parking behind the building.
  • June 28, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is free off-street parking behind the building.
    Invited guest: Laura Savenelli, Reentry Coordinator for Northampton County Department of Corrections.
  • June 27, 2018 (Wednesday, 5:00pm) Allentown Public Library
    "Standing Up Against Mass Incarceration in the Lehigh Valley." Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA. Protest rally against Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin's refusal to uphold Allentown's recent decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Sponsored by NextGenAmerica.org. For more information, see www.facebook.com/events/1733883163314251/
  • June 23, 2018 (Saturday, 8:30am-4:00pm) - Healing Communities Training
    at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethlehem. Healing Communities is a national model created by the Annie E Casey Foundation and faith leaders from across the theological spectrum, to engage congregations in the restoration and healing of people who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. Registration, which includes training materials, is $40 per person, or $105 for 3 from the same congregation.
    For more details and registration, click here There's also a Facebook event here
  • June 21, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00pm) Conversation with Laura Kuykendall, Warden, Lehigh County Community Corrections Center, and chair of the Lehigh Country Reentry Coalition.
    Hosted by the Justice & Advocacy Committee of the Lehigh Conference of Churches.
    Location: Dubbs Community Center, 457 W. Allen Street, Allentown. Off-street parking is available behind the building. Enter by the red door at the back (north side) of the building.

  • June 14, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00-9:00pm) - Criminal Justice Reform for Lifers
    Community Educational Forum: Pennsylvania HB-135 and SB-942 "Parole Eligibility for Life Sentences". Hear testimonies from returning citizens, community crime victims, and others.
    Ask your questions and get answers.
    Location: Lehigh Valley Active Life Center, 1633 West Elm Street, Allentown
  • June 14, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at 916 W. Turner St. in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is free off-street parking behind the building.
  • May 30, 2018 Lancaster County RMO tour (by invitation)
  • May 29, 2018 (Tuesday, 7:30pm) Webinar sponsored by UUA and UUSC
    The New Debtor's Prison: How to End Cash Bail. On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States who have not been convicted of any crime are locked up in jail simply because they don't have enough money to pay bail. Register here for the webinar.
  • May 24, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is free off-street parking behind the building.
    Invited guest: Joyce Dougherty, Pinebrook Family Answers consultant and Moravian College faculty - Sociology & Anthropology Department.
  • May 10, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) 916 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is free off-street parking behind the building.
    Invited guest: Melanie Snyder, Executive Director, Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO).
  • May 9, 2018 (Wednesday, 1:30-3:00pm) Bethlehem, PA
    The quarterly meeting of the Northampton County Reentry Coalition wilt be held at Emmanuel Evangelical Congregational Church, 75 E Union Blvd, Bethlehem, PA 18018 . The meeting is organized by Laura Savenelli, Reentry Coordinator for Northampton County Department of Corrections; and three presentations are lined up for the meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • April 26, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at 916 W. Turner St. in the meeting room downstairs. Enter the building from Turner Street entrance. There is off-street parking behind the building.
  • April 22, 2018 (Sunday, 9:00am) Bethlehem, PA - UUC-LV Breakfast Forum
    "Creating a Safe Place for Women Inside a County Jail," with Bonnie Winfield of The Journey Home program of DeSales University. Breakfast forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 424 Center St., Bethlehem. (For details, see www.uuclvpa.org/breakfastforum.php)
  • April 12, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration. This will be a planning meeting only (no invited speakers).
  • April 21, 2018 (Saturday, 8:30am-4pm ) Healing Communities Training for people supporting reentry from prison. Cost: $40 per participant or $100 for 3 people from the same congregation.
    Location: Lancaster Theological Seminary 555 West James St, Lancaster, PA
    Register at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3355956
  • April 20-22, 2018 (Friday-Sunday) Storytelling and Media Conference with several sessions (on Sat. April 21) that relate to mass incarceration/prison. See summary of mass incarceration sessions here or full conference program here. Pre-registration is requested.
  • April 19, 2018 (Thursday, 7:00-9:00pm) Congressional Candidate Forum for PA 7th District (Lehigh Valley), sponsored by Lehigh Valley for All. at Harvey A Neville Hall, Lehigh University, 6a E Packer Ave, Bethlehem, Pa. [Map]
  • April 18, 2018 (Wednesday, 7pm)ACLU-PA Campaign for Smart Justice webinar.
    For details and registration: go.peoplepower.org/signup/pa-smart-justice-webinar-rsvp/
  • April 18, 2018 (Wednesday, 8:30am-4pm) Healing Communities Training for people supporting reentry from prison. Cost: $40 per participant or $100 for 3 people from the same congregation.
    Location: Ebenezer Baptist Church, 701 North Lime St, Lancaster, PA
    Register at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3356277
  • April 15-16, 2018 (Sunday 1:30-5:30pm, Monday) Lancaster, PA
    The "Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: Principles and Practice" program will be held at Lancaster Theological Seminary on Sunday afternoon, and district lobby visits will be scheduled on Monday.
    April 15 (1:30-5:30 pm) location: Lancaster Theological Seminary, Hafer Center (above the library), 555 West James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
    April 16: (schedule based on legislative visits)
    Register here. ($20 registration fee).   Facebook event here.
  • April 12, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at 916 W. Turner St. in the meeting room downstairs. This will be a planning meeting only (no invited speakers).
  • April 4, 2018 (Wednesday, 4:45 pm) Bethlehem
    March to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Assemble at City Hall (Payrow Plaza), Bethlehem, for March starting at 5 pm. The March ends at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Park, Carlton Ave., south Bethlehem, where there will be a program of speakers. Organized by the Bethlehem NAACP, with other sponsors.
  • March 29, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm) Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at 916 W. Turner St. in the meeting room downstairs. This will be a planning meeting only (no invited speakers).
  • March 17, 2018 (Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm) Lebanon, PA     Healing Communities Training
    for people supporting reentry from prison. Event Brochure.   Register here. Cost: $25.
  • March 5, 2018 (6:00pm) Allentown, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration. Hasshan Batts will be with us for conversation about the challenges of Reentry from jail or prison. This meeting will be held at Dubbs Center, 457 W. Allen Street, Allentown. Off-street parking is available behind the building. Enter by the red door at the back (north side) of the building.

  • February 24, 2018 (Saturday, 8:30-10:00am) Harrisburg, PA
    "Equipped to Serve: Reentry Ministry Info Breakfast"
    From Christian Churches United: Learn more about how CCU volunteers work with people transitioning back into our communities after prison.
    Location: St. Andrew's in the Valley, 4620 Linglestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112
  • February 22, 2018 (Thursday, 6:00pm) Bethlehem, PA
    The Lehigh Valley working group to End Mass Incarceration will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 424 Center St., Bethlehem PA, in the FMK room on the ground floor. Enter the building from the Wall Street side entrance.
  • 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. There is also a handicapped entrance in the alley behind the church.
    After the Smart Justice presentation / discussion we may leave the ACLU for a brief meeting in another room at the Unitarian Church.
  • January 30, 2018 (Tuesday, 6:00pm) Allentown, PA
    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.
  • January 24, 2018 (Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm) Allentown, PA
    "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.
  • Faithful Advocacy for Criminal Justice Reform: Principles & Practice
    This is the last of three events in different locations on the "Clean Slate" legislation that has passed the PA Senate. Events are organized by Pennsylvania Council of Churches with Mennonite Central Committee. ($20 registration fee).
    Jan. 13, 2018 (Saturday, 1:30-5:30pm), Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church, 1865 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.
    Jan. 19(Fri. 9am) - Legislative visits
    For details and registration, see www.pachurchesadvocacy.org/events


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