Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia
"Dignity and Worth in the
Era of Mass Incarceration"
The Art for Justice exhibit Dignity and Worth in the Era of Mass Incarceration was held at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, from April 20 – Sept. 21, 2014. The Center City Philadelphia location provided the opportunity for a several events including an Exhibit Opening on April 20, a Platform Talk by Director, Ann Marie Kirk on May 7, and a Public Reception with Speakers & Spoken Word on June 6.
On Sept. 7, 2014 Art for Justice and the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia cosponsored the Criminal Justice Reform Summit. The Summit brought together community groups, advocates and individuals from across Philadelphia to hear and talk with dynamic speakers.
The Summit Keynote Speaker was Harold Wilson, member of Witness to Innocence, who was exonerated in 2005 after spending 17 years on death row in PA. Other Speakers included:
Tyrone Werts: Soros Fellow, PA Lifer commuted by Gov. Rendell
Dr. Jill McCorkel, Villanova Professor, Author of “Breaking Women”
J. Jondhi Harrell: Founder of the Center for Returning Citizens
Pam Superville: Manager of the Mayor’s Office of Reintegrative Services
Reuben Jones: Founder and Director of Frontline Dads
Producer, Matt Pillischer showed excerpts and discussed his documentary, “Broken on All Sides”. Ann Schwartzman, Director of the PA Prison Society, and LaTasha Williams, Research Analyst for the PA Legislature, led a discussion of venues and avenues for Criminal Justice Reform in Harrisburg and Washington.
The Summit concluded with entertainment, networking and inspired activism. As guests signed petitions for an array of issues, Hugh Taft-Morales & Laura Jimenez shared their music. AM Kirk read poetry by Art for Justice artists. The lobby was filled with conversations and delicious refreshments - provided by Art for Justice Board Member, Dr. Rhonda Mordy.
Art for Justice - Shows the humanity behind bars. Brings awareness to systemic flaws in the criminal justice system. Seeks solutions to eliminate injustice.
* Artworks are either privately owned or have been donated to Art for Justice.
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