Boston March Against Cages

August 4, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St
MA 02116

The American Correctional Association (ACA) annual conference is in Boston August 1-6.

The ACA is the largest accreditor of prisons, ICE facilities, jails, and concentration camp administrators – their annual conference is the belly of the beast where thousands of guards, wardens, ICE/Border Patrol, jailers, weapons companies, prison profiteers and more gather to make connections and build their bonds.

As abolitionists, we recognize such accrediting bodies lend legitimacy to unconscionable abuses such as institutionalized sexual violence, toxic water, extreme heat and cold, and much more. Wherever the ACA goes, abolitionists will gather to confront and hold them accountable for their role in holding up the atrocities of caging our fellow human beings.

We say no cages for anyone and no credentials for camps! Join us for

Boston March Against Cages
Sunday, August 4
Start: Boston Public Library steps

We demand of the ACA:
– Do not certify OR rescind certification of prisons and detention facilities with documented human and environmental abuses
– End all involvement with ICE/CBP.
– Make all aspects of certification process and results easily available to the public

We demand of the state of MA:
– drivers license for all in MA
– decline to prosecute immigration “offences”
– end the use of solitary confinement/administrative segregation in MA
– decline to prosecute “crimes” related to mental illness and substance use disorder
– unequivocal support for transgender prisoners medical, social, and safety needs without retribution or punitive action (e.g., administrative segregation)
– no new prison construction, depopulate prisons through furlough, parole, and decarceration
– end the use of CVE and do not cooperate with ICE/CBP

Endorsing organizations:
Deeper Than Water
Black and Pink Boston
Black Lives Matter Boston
SURJ Boston – Showing Up for Racial Justice
Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice!
Jewish Voice for Peace Boston
Love Resists
ABC Lowell/Lawrence
UU Mass Action
Worth Rises
Freedom to Thrive
Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW)
Great Falls Books Through Bars
Boston Liberation Health
Lucy Parsons Center
Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

If your organization would like to endorse this event, we ask that your organization READ the criteria below and EMAIL nomorecages[at]protonmail[dot]com

– send at least 4 people unless you are less than 4 people as a group
— for the purposes of this action, agree to hold an abolitionist line (no cages for any one)
– share the event, call to action, phone zaps, etc through your – – share the press release (forthcoming) with any traditional media contacts

– this will be an outdoor, standing and walking event for less than a mile, we will work to go slowly
– please let us know ASAP if you need ASL interpretation
– we will have medics, legal observers, and jail support people ready
– we are not seeking a permit
– we anticipate this to be a low risk action, but as you know we cannot control the actions of the police or immigration officials; we will protect and defend our people as much as possible