Join Us at our next General Meeting:
POWER General Meeting
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:00 – 6:50 PM: All are welcome to General Meeting of Power Lehigh Valley. Updates on critical issues, and meet Jaisy Omollo, our new Community Organizer! (Pot-luck Supper — bring some food to share; we will provide paper plates, cups, and napkins, and plastic tableware.)
6:30 PM: Doors open for 7:00 PM reading of Beyond Bars, a social justice theatre piece based directly on experiences of those who have been affected by the criminal justice system. This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is requested. Please register here.
Beyond Bars is a social justice theatre piece based directly on the experiences of those who have been affected by the criminal justice system. Lehigh University students Kalyani Singh and Henry Fisher created the piece over the summer of 2018. During a five week period, they conducted interviews with formerly incarcerated people from Lehigh County Prison, Northampton County Prison, and Rikers Island, as well as people who have worked within the system as administrators or as advocates for reform. Using these interviews, Singh and Fisher then created a documentary theatre that explores connecting themes between individual stories and perspectives. In August, the students produced the first reading of their piece with the Allentown Public Theatre at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church where they drew an impressively diverse turnout of students, activists, artists, community members, and directly impacted individuals. Since then, Singh and Henry produced readings at Lehigh University and The Ice House in Bethlehem. Through these presentations, these student playwrights aim to motivate a social change in communities through storytelling that inspires greater empathy and understanding.
The performance at Grace church will be followed by a time for reflection, discussion, and sharing information about opportunities for action.
For more information, contact Julie Thomases at 484-358-1200, firstname.lastname@example.org or Hillie Cousart, Grace Episcopal, at (610) 435-0782.
Allentown Coalition for Economic Dignity
usually meets Mondays at 7:00pm
Health Care Committee
usually meets 3rd Tuesday each month at 6:00pm
Ending Mass Incarceration Committee
usually meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6:00pm
About POWER Lehigh Valley
Faith-based but not faith exclusive, POWER (Pennsylvanians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild) Lehigh Valley is a local citizens group committed to interrupting oppressive and inequitable systems that have historically, negatively impacted Black, LatinX, poor and working-class communities in the Lehigh Valley.
Our work focuses on both short-term and long-term solutions, aimed at disrupting the status quo through effective grassroots organizing rooted in both personal and collective transformation. Our mission is to foster truly healthy, inclusive and just communities across the Lehigh Valley, by building a multi-racial justice movement that is predicated on a clear understanding of both how white supremacy operates at a systemic and individual level, and how oppression negatively impacts us all. To accomplish that mission, our work is focused on:
- improving race relations through community dialogues and educational forums
- advocating for economic justice and a living wage
- campaigning for equity in education and fair funding
- promoting civic engagement in marginalized communities, and
- ending mass incarceration as we know it, by:
- holding prosecutors accountable
- challenging inequitable policies that disproportionately impact the poor and People of Color, and advocating for common sense solutions that truly provide second chances
- engaging those closest to the pain—the formerly incarcerated and their families—and providing them with stigma‐free opportunities that develops them as leaders in the movement
- advocating for healthcare for all
- empowering both our people who live at the margins, and the privileged to walk together to challenge and undo the barriers that have kept us all isolated and powerless.