Events

 

BEYOND BARS: CONQUERING THE STIGMA OF CRIMINAL RECORDS

Tuesday, June 28, 5pm-8:30pm

Location: Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St, Phila PA 19102

Beyond Bars event

In the age of Mass Incarceration, if you don’t have a criminal record chances are you know someone who does. It is estimated that somewhere between 300,000 and 500,000 Philadelphians have a criminal history record. Due to the stigma that surrounds these records, they are often used to deny people the opportunity to participate fully in our society. As a result, we often deny our neighbors the chance to fully contribute to the detriment of our own communities.

On the evening of June 26th, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity will host an event to highlight what returning citizens and those with criminal records have to offer when given the opportunity.

The event will include:

    – An address from former Juvenile Lifer Luis “Suave” Gonzalez (YouTube)
    – Panel of our neighbors who continue to succeed in spite of their records
    – A pop-up art exhibit featuring artwork by individuals currently and formerly incarcerated artists
    – Informational tables featuring organizations that provide opportunities to those with criminal records

Please join us to hear from the people and organizations breaking down the stigma surrounding criminal records. This event is free and open to the public. You can RSVP via Eventbrite here. More details and updates will be posted on our Facebook page here.

 

DIY EXPUNGEMENT CLINICS

Saturday, 11am-1pm: May 26, June 30, July 14

Thursday, 6pm-8pm: August 2, August 23

Location: 3939 Warren St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

DIY Expungement Workshops

 

This Summer Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) is partnering with The People’s Emergency Center to offer Do It Yourself Expungement Clinics. At these clinics, interested community members affected by the maintenance of criminal history record information will join PLSE staff and volunteers to learn about the creation, dissemination and destruction of criminal records. Participants will create expungement petitions, which can be filed in court to destroy these records and the barriers they create to employment, education, housing, volunteer opportunities, and any other opportunity that one can imagine.

Too often criminal history record information (a record of the actions that the criminal justice system has chosen to take against a person) is used to replace personal history (who someone is as a person). Our DIY Expungement Clinics are designed to assist people in creating the expungement petitions necessary to liberate them from the long lasting burden of a criminal record. However, our goal goes well beyond simply destroying harmful records. Our mission is to empower people by giving them knowledge they can share with family, friends and acquaintances who are similarly affected, while connecting people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds to create a greater sense of shared community. In this way, we hope that the impact of these clinics will reach well beyond the classrooms and computer labs in which they are held.

This event REQUIRES registration. Please fill out the registration form here.

 

EXPUNGEMENT ELIGIBILITY INTAKE CLINICS

Our public clinics will be returning in September! Please continue to check the website for updates and finalized clinic dates.

 

Feb
11
Sat
Criminal Record Expungement Clinic @ PEC Families First building
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join PLSE along with the Penn Law Criminal Record Expungement Project (C-REP)  for a conversation about the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records, as well as the impact of a criminal record on employment. Then sit down for a one-on-one expungement eligibility intake interview and see how Pennsylvania state law impacts you.

Free and open to the public

Space generously donated by the People’s Emergency Center located at  3939 Warren St. Philadelphia, PA 19104. We hope to see you there!

Feb
13
Mon
Pathway to Pardons Opportunity Fair @ Murrell Dobbins CTE High School
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Mar
3
Fri
Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships @ Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please note, Intakes at the Dornsife Center are reserved for residents of the Promise Zone Initiative.  Please visit us at one of our other locations if you live outside this area.

Mar
18
Sat
Criminal Record Expungement Clinic @ PEC Families First building
Mar 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join PLSE along with the Penn Law Criminal Record Expungement Project (C-REP)  for a conversation about the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records, as well as the impact of a criminal record on employment. Then sit down for a one-on-one expungement eligibility intake interview and see how Pennsylvania state law impacts you.

Free and open to the public

Space generously donated by the People’s Emergency Center located at  3939 Warren St. Philadelphia, PA 19104. We hope to see you there!

Apr
7
Fri
Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships @ Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please note, Intakes at the Dornsife Center are reserved for residents of the Promise Zone Initiative.  Please visit us at one of our other locations if you live outside this area.

Jun
16
Fri
Juneteenth Liberation Celebration @ The Institute for the Development of African American Youth
Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Juneteenth Liberation Celebration @ The Institute for the Development of African American Youth | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

 

 

 
Read by General Gordon Granger “19th of June”, 1865 Galveston, TX

General Order #3

“The people are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them, become that between employer and hired labor. The freed are advised to remain at their present homes, and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

 

Join PLSE and our community partners the Institute for the Development of African American Youth and Determined Women of God Community Group for a special criminal records event on June 16th as we recognize the importance of General Order #3, and the continued need for absolute social equity.  

This criminal record evaluation is limited to adult arrests that occurred in Philadelphia County. 

Sep
22
Fri
Criminal Record Expungement Project Eligibility Clinic @ Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerhsips
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join PLSE along with the Drexel Law Criminal Record Expungement Project for an Expungement Eligibility Intake Clinic. Participate in a Know-Your-Rights training about criminal records and sit down for a one-on-one expungement intake.

Graciously hosted by the Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

Sep
23
Sat
Criminal Record Expungement Project Eligibility Clinic @ People's Emergency Center
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We’re back!

Join the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity as we return to West Philly for an expungement clinic.

Saturday September 23, 2017

3939 Warren Street, Philadelphia, Pa, 19104

12pm – 2pm

We will cover the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records in Pennsylvania during a Know Your Rights sessions.

Sit for a one-on-one expungement eligibility intake session to see if you have charges from Pennsylvania arrests that are eligible for an expungement.

Dec
8
Fri
Pop-up Criminal Record Screening @ United Bank
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PLSE is happy to partner with Art place Safety & Community Initiative in collaboration with the People’s Emergency Center, 16th District Police, Community Education Center, Traction Company and New Africa Center.
We would like to bring out the Phl Assembled PMS Exhibition Futures Bus for a one-time only Pop-Up criminal record screenings. 
art place clinic flyer
Jan
20
Sat
Criminal Record Expungement Project Eligibility Clinic @ People's Emergency Center
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We’re back!

Join the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity as we return to West Philly for an expungement clinic.

Saturday January 20, 2018

3939 Warren Street, Philadelphia, Pa, 19104

12pm – 2pm

We will cover the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records in Pennsylvania during a Know Your Rights sessions.

Sit for a one-on-one expungement eligibility intake session to see if you have charges from Pennsylvania arrests that are eligible for an expungement.

Feb
10
Sat
Criminal Record Expungement Project Eligibility Clinic @ People's Emergency Center
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We’re back!

Join the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity as we return to West Philly for an expungement clinic.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

3939 Warren Street, Philadelphia, Pa, 19104

12pm – 2pm

We will cover the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records in Pennsylvania during a Know Your Rights sessions.

Sit for a one-on-one expungement eligibility intake session to see if you have charges from Pennsylvania arrests that are eligible for an expungement.

Mar
17
Sat
Criminal Record Expungement Project Eligibility Clinic @ People's Emergency Center
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We’re back!

Join the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity as we return to West Philly for an expungement clinic.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

3939 Warren Street, Philadelphia, Pa, 19104

12pm – 2pm

We will cover the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records in Pennsylvania during a Know Your Rights sessions.

Sit for a one-on-one expungement eligibility intake session to see if you have charges from Pennsylvania arrests that are eligible for an expungement.

Mar
30
Fri
Expungement Clinic – West Philadelphia @ Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Parnerships
Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join PLSE along with the Drexel Law Criminal Record Expungement Project for an Expungement Eligibility Intake Clinic. Participate in a Know-Your-Rights training about criminal records and sit down for a one-on-one expungement intake.

Graciously hosted by the Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

You do NOT need to register in advance. Please bring a valid Photo ID and a little patience.

May
26
Sat
DIY Expungement Clinic @ People's Emergency Center
May 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

DIY Expungement Workshops

This Summer Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) is partnering with The People’s Emergency Center to offer Do It Yourself Expungement Clinics. At these clinics, interested community members affected by the maintenance of criminal history record information will join PLSE staff and volunteers to learn about the creation, dissemination and destruction of criminal records. Participants will create expungement petitions, which can be filed in court to destroy these records and the barriers they create to employment, education, housing, volunteer opportunities, and any other opportunity that one can imagine.

Too often criminal history record information (a record of the actions that the criminal justice system has chosen to take against a person) is used to replace personal history (who someone is as a person). Our DIY Expungement Clinics are designed to assist people in creating the expungement petitions necessary to liberate them from the long lasting burden of a criminal record. However, our goal goes well beyond simply destroying harmful records. Our mission is to empower people by giving them knowledge they can share with family, friends and acquaintances who are similarly affected, while connecting people from different neighborhoods and backgrounds to create a greater sense of shared community. In this way, we hope that the impact of these clinics will reach well beyond the classrooms and computer labs in which they are held.

This event REQUIRES registration. Please fill out the registration form here.

Jun
12
Tue
Expungement Clinic & Resource Fair w/ Rep. Cherelle Parker @ Philippian Baptist Church
Jun 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rep. Cherelle Parker, Councilwoman for the 9th District, will be hosting a criminal record expungement clinic and resource fair. The Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, alongside the Defender Association of Philadelphia and Community Legal Services, will be there to provide information on the creation, dissemination, and destruction of criminal records. We will be reviewing individual’s criminal records and their eligibility for an expungement. While registration is not required, it is encouraged. You can pre-register by calling Rep. Cherelle Parker’s office at 215-686-3455.