Thanks for joining Pa. Voter Court Watch zoom to social media platforms live conversation on Compassion to Build Humanity. I alica dorsey founder of Pa. Voter Court Watch created the platform to help us come together and address the criminalization of vulnerable people in our communities. Debunking capitalistic stereotypes of vulnerable communities. My hope is together we can become vested to address the various forms of systemic racism taking place in our society. With focus on erasing the image of criminalizing communities. To the image of human beings who deserve a chance to live in safe productive communities of their culture not a forced black white mentality.
Building Compassion 4 Humanity looks to address various concerns oppressing our voices. From manipulation of our votes and resources to the erasing of cultures with the whip of black and white divide and conquer mentality. The recent political attacks are quite brutal towards our communities and pushed the demand to defund the police. Defunding the police is another way of asking for alternative justice models that partner with our communities to help with creating a safe and productive community versus prison communities.
Pa. Voter Court Watch has partner with several grassroots organizations, artist, individuals and the Pennsylvania Attorney:s General Office to produce conversations and transformative art projects that help build compassion 4 humanity. Please plan to join our zoom to social media live healing conversations and transformative art projects.
Compassion 4 Humanity Team
Alicia Dorsey Family Community Advocate and Founder of Pa Voter Court Watch created the platform to help us come together and address the criminalizing of vulnerable people in our communities. Debunking capitalistic stereotypes of vulnerable communities. My hope is together we can become vested to address the various forms of systemic racism taking place in our society. With focus on erasing the image of criminalizing communities. To the image of human beings who deserve a chance to live in safe productive communities of their culture not a forced black white mentality.
Michelle Myers is an award-winning poet, activist, and educator. She has performed at many distinguished venues, including the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bowery Poetry Club, and Japanese American National Museum. Through her writing, Myers draws from her experiences as a biracial Korean American woman and hopes to take audiences on a journey that educates, inspires, and transforms.
Merlin Wahyudi-Lamson is an immigrant from Indonesia and has an 18-year-old daughter. She is very active in the community, volunteers in many organizations around the city, and turns to her strong faith in God to get through difficult times. Merlin and her daughter love to rescue animals and find them good homes.
Kao Nhia Kue is a Hmong American Philly poet and educator. She works to bring communities together, and to advocate for just educational, health, and social resources and policies for all communities.
Sovannary Heang is an immigrant from Cambodia. She is a self-employed entrepreneur and a mom of three daughters. In her own words, she would like to share that “I always try to live my life to be useful to others, and I try to give back to the community and society to the best of my ability. Compassion has always been important to me, but lately I am finding ways to practice it and develop it more into my daily life. I hope compassion becomes more natural in my consciousness every day because our world needs people to show more love and kindness towards one another.”
“Aaron Appel has been a member of the Human Rights Coalition since he moved to Philadelphia in July 2019 and has supported their campaigns against solitary confinement and to shut down SCI-Fayette, a toxic prison. In May 2020, he joined the Free People Strike as a hunger striker and member of their striker onboarding team. Aaron came to this struggle through an Inside Out program at Riverside Correctional Facility in 2015 and through six years of community-based, self-determination work in Detroit.”
Mrs. Dee Dee:”As the mother of an only child serving a life sentence, Lorraine Haw (better known as “Ms. Dee Dee”) has been in this fight against incarceration for over 20 years. Initially the fight was a solitary one with her and her family doing their best to support her son. Since joining the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI) at their very first meeting, Ms. Dee Dee has become a community-wide advocate for ending mass incarceration and freeing the vulnerable from prison. Ms. Dee Dee identifies as a dual victim, with her son incarcerated and her brother lost to gun violence, and she sees all too well how little our criminal justice system does to support her and others in her situation.”
(pictured with her son)
“Yusef Jones sees himself as a foot soldier and support member of every progressive organization in the world engaged in human emancipation from man-made oppression. He is an active organizer with the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI).”
(pictured speaking at Poor People’s Campaign June 14 event in Harrisburg)
“Kavita started learning about the work to shut down the prison industrial complex in 1998 when she attended the Critical Resistance conference with some of her students who led walk-outs of Oakland public schools. She joined the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI) in 2014 when it formed to help bring home loved ones who have been incarcerated with no chance for parole regardless of personal redemption and transformation. She believes that the so-called justice system that keeps powerful people in power needs to be dismantled so that communities can use their own power to define what justice should look like in their neighborhoods.”
Hillary Kane is the Director for the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND). PHENND is a consortium of over 25 institutions of higher education in the Greater Philadelphia region that seeks to help campuses connect to their communities through mutually beneficial service and service-learning partnerships. Since Ms. Kane joined PHENND in 1999, the organization has increased its membership, developed new multi-university programs and partnerships, and become a leader in the field of service-learning. Hillary is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies. She is also active in local politics and is a proud School District parent.