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 and individuals 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, community activist, and educator. She holds a Ph.D. in English with specializations in Asian American Literature, African American Literature, and 19th C. American Literature. As a founding member of the Asian American female spoken word poetry group Yellow Rage, she was one of the first Asian American women to appear on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. Over the past 20 years, Michelle has featured at hundreds of college campuses as well as at many distinguished venues around the country, including the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Japanese American National Museum. She has also received numerous grants and awards for her poetry and performances, including a Transformation Award (2014) and an Art and Change Grant (2011) by the Leeway Foundation. Michelle’s work has been published in Apiary Magazine, Title Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Brevity Magazine.
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.”
Professor Ron L. Shamwell Goal-oriented and skilled Learning Architect (Instructional Designer) who holds two Master’s Degrees
(MSW & M.Ed.) from Temple University and Capella University. Ron, in collaboration with SME’s, Technologists
Graphic Designers design and construct online learning environments including learning management systems. He currently facilitates and designs Sociology courses at 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions and is an
Adjunct Professor of Sociology at CCP, where he has been teaching online and blended courses over 15 years. Ron has just completed an anthology titled: Sociological and Instructional Design Readings: Two Appropriate Pathways
to Learning about Human Behavior (2021).
Ron is volunteer CEO of Collegefairmagazine (CFM), a 501c3 educational organization. CFM has an ambitious 2020/2021 program (starting Oct 2020) hosting an
online Speaker’s Forum (using Zoom), Online Magazine (Issue), College Fair (Zoom/Place), and Online
Training Workshops (Using Canvas/Zoom). You can contact CFM at 215-485-2851 and
firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure to include your focus in the email subject line).
Crystal Madison is a designer and illustrator who is enthralled by the ability to make thinking visual, telling stories through lines and shapes, brings the feel of emotion through color. She is an artist drawn to design and illustration that speaks to and engages the viewer. Crystal’s inspiration comes from those who have a true passion for their work and step outside of the box. She takes inspiration from not only designers and illustrators but also activists and those who challenge the status quo.
Crystal pushes herself to create artwork that engages the viewer and speaks volumes through shapes and colors. Crystal Madison is a partner of College Fair Magazine where she offers low cost online professional graphic arts training to help artist increase their worth.