If you’re busy with school, work, or both, live far from Philadelphia,
Pittsburgh, or Harrisburg, or a stay at home dad and simply don’t have
time to spare, there are still plenty of things you can do to advocate
for the Project. Many of which you can do directly from your smartphone,
tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Check out the options
#Act4Innocents and get involved on social media.
You can follow us on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and YOUTUBE for quick updates, articles about our cause, photos of our team, and informative videos featuring our staff, volunteers, and interns. On each of these platforms, you can follow, retweet, share, comment, post and use hashtags to raise awareness about wrongful convictions.
Host a Community Event or Fundraiser.
The Pennsylvania Innocence Project will work with you to put together a program for your religious institution, community group or school. We have Power Point presentations, videos, and other interactive ways to present on issues related to wrongful convictions.
To have the Project staff help you put together an informative and interesting presentation, contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (215) 204-4255.
Build Relationships with your Elected Representatives.
We engage in active legislation campaigns to make it easier for those convicted innocent to access the courts, to improve criminal justice systems, and to better exonerees’ transitions after release. You can help by tweeting, calling, or meeting with your local representatives to discuss your concerns about wrongful convictions. Simply introducing yourself and voicing your concerns about innocence-related policy issues, you can help establish useful relationships to help them see the value of supporting progressive legislation. Use our LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER to know the issues we are working on, and how your voice can be heard to change the laws to make it easier for the convicted innocent to access the courts.
Reach out to the media and write for local papers to spread awareness.
Host a letter writing party with friends!
When composing letters to the media, keep your message brief and focused. Most papers only consider pieces around 200 words. Please do not blame individuals or groups for misconduct, simply advocate for change to improve old or bad practices. You can also point readers to the Pennsylvania Innocence Project website for more information.
It’s best to email your piece in the body because attachments are generally ignored.
Your subject line should read: “Letter: your topic or article name.”
Include your address and daytime phone number for verification.
Many papers prefer on-line submissions, so visit different papers’ websites for more information.
Here are a few pointers to help you or your friends construct your submissions:
Click here for a complete list of Pennsylvania newspapers or look below for some examples of papers that have online submission forms:
- HARRISBURG PATRIOT NEWS
- PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE
- ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL
- STATE COLLEGE DAILY CENTER TIMES
After submitting your piece, send a professional follow up email within a week. If the letter is published, please let us know via Facebook, Twitter, or email! We’d love to feature your work.