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.

 

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.

Nov
11
Sat
Expungement Clinic – West Philadelphia
Nov 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join PLSE at the oldest community based expungement clinic. along with the Penn 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 People’s Emergency Center.

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

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
19
Fri
Expungement Clinic – West Philadelphia @ Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Parnerships
Jan 19 @ 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This clinic is only open to residents of the Promise Zone. You do NOT need to register in advance. Please bring a valid Photo ID and a little patience.

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
2
Fri
Expungement Clinic – West Philadelphia @ Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Parnerships
Feb 2 @ 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.

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.

Feb
16
Fri
Expungement Clinic – West Philadelphia @ Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Parnerships
Feb 16 @ 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.

Mar
2
Fri
Expungement Clinic – West Philadelphia @ Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Parnerships
Mar 2 @ 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.

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
8
Fri
Resource & Reentry Job Fair @ Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

OIC of America, Inc., is celebrating reentry month and one year of service to the community via their SOAR program. Their reentry program, SOAR (Skills and Opportunities for Achievement & Responsibility), serves young adults between the ages of 18-24 who have been involved in the juvenile or adult justice system to make a successful transition back to their communities. Reentering society can be very tough for someone once incarcerated and OIC of America in partnership with the Philadelphia OIC wants to help. OIC of America is hosting a Community Job/Resource Fair to bring more than 20 organizations who believe in second chances to people who need one. The event will include employers, community service organizations, justice partners, and more. The Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity will be there all afternoon providing information on expungement eligibility and upcoming clinics to begin the expungement process.

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.