ALC BLOG

Prisoners’ Rights Advocates File Class Action Lawsuit Against Allegheny County Over Failed Mental Health Care System at ACJ.

The lawsuit alleges severe and systemic constitutional violations, as well as violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, for the jail’s failure to provide adequate mental health care and its discriminatory and brutal treatment of people with psychiatric disabilities.

ALC'S NEXT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: ROBERT SALEEM HOLBROOK

The Abolitionist Law Center's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has selected Robert Saleem Holbrook as the organization's next Executive Director.

PITTSBURGH'S SECRET POLICE

Portland is not unique. Peduto's police are no different from Trump's gestapo. Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh allow their robocops to hide their identities and refuse to identify themselves to community members when asked. Peduto says he "opposes" Federal agents in Pittsburgh – which makes sens...

LDF and Co-Counsel File Lawsuit on Behalf of Black West Philadelphians Who Experienced Police Terror on May 31

Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the Abolitionist Law Center, and the law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents in a predominantly Black neighborhood in West Philadelphia, challenging the Philadelphia Police Department’s (PPD) excessive and unwarranted use of militaristic force during a peaceful protest.

People Serving Mandatory Life Without Parole Challenge Death-By-Incarceration Sentences as Cruel and Unconstitutional

July 8, 2020, Harrisburg, PA – Today, people in Pennsylvania serving Death-By-Incarceration sentences, commonly known as Life Without Parole, filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s prohibition on parole eligibility for those serving life sentences after convictions under the felony murder rule. In Pennsylvania, people convicted under that rule are mandatorily sentenced to life imprisonment, even though they did not take a life, or did not intend to take a life in the course of the crime. A separate provision of the law prohibits parole eligibility for any individual serving life.

PROTESTERS FILE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST PITTSBURGH POLICE AND CITY OFFICIALS FOR POLICE ATTACKS ON EAST LIBERTY PROTEST

To view the complaint and videos of the June 1 police attack on peaceful protestors in East Liberty visit: bit.ly/eastlibertypoliceattack If you were at the protest and think you might be a class member, please fill out this form at bit.ly/intakeeastlibertypoliceattack and email to: info@obrienla...

From Vision to Practice: Police Abolition in PA (Zoom Recording)

Recorded community conversation From Vision to Practice: Police Abolition in PA live on Zoom from Thurs May 28th. Feat ALC's Director of Organizing, Robert Saleem Holbrook. </li>...

We Want Freedom – Statement from Black Philly Radical Collective

Read the full statement We Want Freedom: End the War Against Black Philadelphians NOW! from Black Philly Radical Collective. The statement was co-written by Robert Saleem Holbrook, ALC's Director of Community Organizing alongside Black Liberation movement groups and leaders of Philadelphia: Mobiliza...

POLICE TERROR at EAST LIBERTY PROTEST 06/01

Abolitionist Law Center posted this statement to Facebook on the June 2nd, in the early morning following the Pittsburgh Police's violent descent upon peaceful protestors, terrorizing them with tear gas and excessive force in East Liberty. The post reached over 55,000 views and over 700 shares – a...

WE ARE ABOLITIONISTS. Solidarity in the Struggle to End Police Terror and State Violence

“I may be doomed to the stake and the fire, or to the scaffold tree, but it is not in me to falter if I can promote the work of emancipation.” – David Walker, 19th Century Radical Black Abolitionist The Abolitionist Law Center extends our unqualified support to those in the struggle agai...