Paid Summer internships with Fight for Lifers West, a project of the Thomas Merton Center.
Fight for Lifers West is an advocacy group with a goal of ending the life sentence in PA. We advocate for lifer inmates and their loved ones, discuss ways to effect change and offer support. We believe that Life With-Out Parole is both archaic and inhumane. It violates Article 8 of the U.S. Constitution against cruel and unusual punishment. Therefore, changes in PA law need to be implemented. We try to recruit others, enlist public support and contact members of the PA Legislature when we feel laws need to be changed.
Over the summer we will be focusing on our Pittsburgh Public School Project. This project is a creative summary provided from our students regarding their district's disciplinary policies and how it affects them.
Our secondary focus of the summer are our commutation information trips in which we provide presentations about shortening sentences at our state's institutions. We emphasize the importance of solidarity within all movements and strengthening the bonds between the black and brown communities in Pittsburgh.
Interns will receive a stipend of $110 per week for up to five weeks. This position offers interns a chance to gain experience in legislation, delegation, creative expression regarding social change, and possible travel to Harrisburg or Philadelphia.
To apply, complete this form. Contact Gabriel@thomasmertoncenter.org with any questions.