Today, a 90-mile march, the “Long March for No New Prisons and Jails,” ended at the Massachusetts State House with 100 abolitionists and supporters rallying and holding a press conference. The marchers demanded a moratorium on construction of new prisons and jails in the state. They called on people to support two bills in the House and Senate (H1905 and S2030) which demand this. “Build up people, not prisons!” the ralliers said.
The march from Springfield, Mass., to the State House, Sept. 7-13, was organized by Families for Justice as Healing, the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (NCIFIW), Justice 4 Housing, Mass Peace Action and others.