Celebrate Prisoner Resistance!

August 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City School
614 Columbia Road
MA 02125
Ballots Over Bars

Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Massachusetts Prisoners Association Political Action Committee, with #BallotsOverBars and the Emancipation Initiative – Against Life Without Parole! On August 11, 1997, Massachusetts prisoners created a PAC with the aim of supporting candidates who ran on criminal justice reform platforms. The state came down hard on then, ultimately taking away the right to vote from all people incarcerated on felonies. #BallotsOverBars is committed to returning that right.

There is so much to fight against and for in the world right now. We want to create a space to celebrate the hard work people in prison do on a daily basis to inform us here on the outside what is really going on in there. Prisoners in Massachusetts have been fighting for more than 40 years to have their right to vote recognized, and this is a chance to renew our commitment to fight alongside them.

Free. Free food. All ages welcome!
Music. Balloons. All the essentials of a good party. Vegan friendly!

Come party, learn about the history and future of voting rights for people incarcerated in Massachusetts, and plug in! We will also provide space to talk about recent policy changes on the county and state level intended to harm incarcerated people.

Currently the MA Department of Corrections refuses to address the terrible water quality in prisons across the state, which is the worst at MCI-Norfolk. In June 2017, people incarcerated in MCI-Norfolk got a front page article in The Boston Sunday Globe about this! (Available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AWUba9UpCAFDroaiyn7xSMzK6SfX-2PCAbFiHpE01tM/edit?usp=sharing) Learn about a growing coalition to get clean water to the prisons and highlight that incarceration is not healthy or productive: #DeeperThanWater.

The DOC is also planning on limiting the number of visitors a prisoner can have, starting next month. We know that having strong connections to the outside world reduces the risk of recidivism, and limiting visits creates isolation.

Lastly, Bristol County is trying to take away in-person visits in their county jails. Don’t allow them to be the first jail in the state to do so! (http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/07/massachusetts_jail_following_n.html)