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Erie PA Launches Peace Week with Vigil for Racial and Economic Justice

Posted by Ryan Hall
09.15.18

From Anne McCarthy, OSB with Erie Benedictines for Peace

On Sept. 12 eighty people attended a vigil for Racial and Economic Justice after the death of Felix Manus, who died after suffering an asthma attack while he was an inmate in the Erie County Prison’s Work Release program.

This 48 year-old father of six was incarcerated as the result of a debt of $750.00 in child support, not for a violent or even petty crime. He was one of many black men who are incarcerated at a stunningly high rate in our nation. He was one of the many struggling in poverty who are incarcerated at a higher rate than the more financially secure. Concerns have been raised nationally about the quality of health care provided to those in custody.

Cosponsored by: Benedictines for Peace, Erie NAACP, Sisters of Mercy, Erie’s Justice Committee.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2059489544380365/ 

News coverage here: http://www.goerie.com/news/20180912/vigil-honors-erie-work-release-inmate-in-asthma-case

Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2018

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