Lifer Essay Winner Reveal
7:00 PM19:00

Lifer Essay Winner Reveal

  • 5120 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA, 15224 United States (map)
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Earlier this year, we put out a lifer essay contest. We did this so the general public could be enlightened on the issue of a life sentence, how it effects those incarcerated, their families, and their communities at large. Some general focus points include the fact that:

-          PA has the second highest amount of lifers in America,

-          PA has over 500 individuals given a life with-out-parole sentence as juveniles

-          Programs for education, therapy, and general self-improvement are diminishing exponentially

-          Wardens and prison guards neglecting and abusing those inside

-          The general physical, emotional, psychological, fiscal, intellectual decay that is brought on by a life sentence

-          Sentencing reform; finding humanity in those who the system dehumanizes.


All of our essays have been submitted and judged, so let’s have a party to celebrate the winners and celebrate the legislative and humanistic progress made by all those in the movement inside and out.



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4:30 PM16:30

Lifer Essay Contest Due Date

Lifers Essay Contest

Fight for lifers would like you to submit an article about your experience as a lifer in Pennsylvania. The first place writer will be published in the Thomas Merton Newpeople newspaper, as we aim to alert the public of the cruelty and depravity of our prison system. Please note the subject matter, and the guidelines. We look forward to hearing from you. The deadline is labor day.


- Prizes

1st place: $100

2nd place: $75

3rd place: $50


Subject Matter:

•   Do you think Life without parole is fair?  Should PA change the Law?

•   Are there meaningful classes for lifers?

•   Families: What are the consequences for the families of lifers?

•   Is the commutation system working in Pennsylvania?



•   750 word Max

•   No Profanity

•   Must be your own, real life experience.

•   Must be typed

•   Single Spaced

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to Jun 13

Converge Against Toxic Prisons



From June 11-13 RTNA friends and allies will be converging in DC to help in the fight against toxic prisons. The convergence is centered around the Environmental Justice Rights of all prisoners as well a s a demand to halt the construction of a new federal prison in Letcher County, KY.  

From the Campaign to fight Toxic Prisions:

"We will converge on DC to put dual pressure on both the BOP and the EPA to stop this prison, and highlight environmental justice issues related to prisoners in general, while continuing to fight for the release of eco-prisoners in the spirit of June 11th. We hope to see this effort build stronger bonds between the eco-defense movement and the movements against police and mass incarceration.

We’ll bring the momentum of the weekend convergence into the streets on Monday June 13 to take direct action against the Bureau of Prisons’ plan to build their new maximum security prison in the coalfields of KY; and let those locked up for defending the Earth know they are not forgotten. Bring your affinity group, crew, friends, banners, noisemakers and your desire for disruption."

We invite you to join us!

Please Register!



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