MASS RALLY TO END INCARCERATION AND FUND HEALTH SERVICES, HOUSING, EDUCATION, AND JOB CREATION!
$2 BILLION DOLLARS FOR JOBS, NOT JAILS!
April 26th: Boston Common.
WHAT: On April 26th, thousands will gather at the Boston Common Bandstand to call for an end to prison expansion in Massachusetts. The Jobs Not Jails coalition, including over 100 organizations from across the Commonwealth, are demanding that $2 billion be put into creating meaningful, long-term, living wage jobs. The coalition is bringing together organizations of formerly incarcerated people, organized labor, faith-based communities, LGBT organizations and youth groups among others. The Patrick Administration estimates that if current criminal justice policies are not changed dramatically, Massachusetts will spend $2 billion in the next seven years to build 10,000 new prison and jail units and $150 million more each year to fill them.
WHO: Speakers will include: Warren Tolman, candidate for Attorney General; Rev. Paul Robeson Ford, Union Baptist Church; CeCe Mcdonald; Manny Gines, Carpenters’ Local 107
WHEN: Saturday, April 26th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
WHERE: Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common
WHY: Massachusetts is behind most of the nation in pushing forward criminal justice reforms. For the last 40 years, we have been steadily and rapidly increasing the number and percentage of our people that we incarcerate, both in the United States as a whole and here in Massachusetts. According to a recent report published by MassINC, the incarceration rate in Massachusetts has tripled since the 1980’s and the impact of racism within the Massachusetts system is even worse than in other states. According to the report, “The most recent data, published in 2005, revealed that incarceration rates for African-Americans in Massachusetts were eight times higher than for white residents. For Latino residents, the state’s incarceration rate was six times higher than for whites”.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
* Download and Sign/Share The Petition
[Petition in English] [Petition in Spanish]
* Share The Flyer for the 4/26 Rally [PDF]
* RSVP & Get Bus Info from other parts of MA [click here]
* Use our Pledge Form to pledge to be there on April 26th!
* Add your name to the cause Endorse The JNJ Campaign
* View JNJ’s Priorities for Criminal Justice Reform
* View JNJ’s Priorities for Job Creation and Improvement
* Stay Engaged: Join Us Wed. April 30th for the State House Day of Action 11am – 1pm Stay tuned to Jobs Not Jails website for details.