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UptownSerg Philadelphia

Accountability is necessary;

pointing fingers is not." - Sergio Hyland


Sergio “UptownSerg”  Hyland's journey is a testament to the human spirit's resilience and strength. His story is one of overcoming immense adversity and transforming his life. Today, Sergio is a writer, speaker, and political organizer in Philadelphia, PA. 

He spent nearly 22 years in state prison - over five

of those years in solitary confinement. During his time in prison, he was mentored by former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member, Russell Maroon Shoatz, whose mentorship politicized Sergio. As a result, he began to write and speak publicly. In addition to his activism, he also maintained a regular correspondent position with PrisonRadio - all while still incarcerated (most of which was done in solitary confinement).

UptownSerg has authored several articles on the importance of abolishing the “punishment clause” in the 13th amendment of the United States Constitution. His work on this issue has been published in the San Francisco Bay View newspaper, THE MOVEMENT magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and more. Sergio Hyland is an abolitionist, and Editor-in-Chief of THE MOVEMENT Magazine, the official magazine of the Human Rights Coalition in Pennsylvania. He also works for the Abolitionist Law Center.

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UptownSerg is a professional and experienced speaker who offers engaging and thought-provoking presentations tailored

to your unique needs. From educational lectures to motivational talks, he can provide the perfect presentation for your

special occasion or corporate event. With a variety of services ranging from one-on-one coaching to facilitated

workshops, you're sure to find the right solution to meet your needs.

Speaking Engagements

Serg can provide engaging speeches for conferences, seminars, workshops, and other occasions. He will bring insight, knowledge, and enthusiasm to your event, helping to create an unforgettable experience.

Criminal Justice Consultations

This specific consultations is designed to provide clients with guidance on criminal justice matters with the hopes of them navigating their way through the process with confidence.

Harm/De-escalation Tactics

(Violence Reduction/Prevention)

Our Harm/De-escalation Tactics service provides a comprehensive approach to managing difficult situations. Our goal is to help individuals, families, and communities learn to better manage difficult conversations, reduce stress and anxiety, and create an atmosphere of understanding and respect.

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