By Anonymous Contributor -June 6, 2019
Support Holly as she beings a short stink in jail for taking action against ICE.
On Monday afternoon multiple blockades were erected to obstruct the entrances of the Bristol County Jail and House of Corrections. The facility also hosts an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility. At one entrance two 24 foot tripods were set up, that were then scaled and occupied by two demonstrators.
At the other entrance two people locked their bodies to a concrete blockade, shutting off all vehicle access to the facility. Banners were displayed, reading: “End Incarceration & Deportation STOP Family Separation AHORA!” And “ABOLISH I.C.E. NOW!”…
Holly went to jail on the 4th, and she will be locked up until the 12th. If you want to read about the day she went to jail, check out this article: https://upriseri.com/2019-06-04-fang/
From the above article:
“About thirty people were outside the New Bedford District Courthouse Monday morning in support of Holly Stein, one of the four people arrested last August for blocking the entrance of the Bristol County Jail and House of Corrections in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. For over a year year The FANG Collective has been organizing to end the 287(g) agreement between United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. This agreement allows for Sheriffs to be able to carry out the duties of ICE officers and detain people on immigration charges.”
If you write Holly, it would make her feel real good if you would also write to another prisoner as well. While Holly is not syked about being locked up, she also understands her privilege as a white, middle class, cis-lady with lots of support. She knows she will likely be treated differently while she’s inside, and she carries around a ton of privilege on the outside. She’s down for us to support her, although she also really wants us to remember why she is inside and support directly affected people who don’t have the resources and support that she has.
Here is a website where you can sign up to be a pen pal with someone in detention: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: https://www.lirs.org/connect-with-a-pen-pal-in-detention/
Here’s Black and Pink’s letter writing info. Black and Pink’s mission is to abolish the criminal punishment system and to liberate LGBTQIA2S+ people/people living with HIV who are affected by that system, through advocacy, support, and organizing.: https://www.blackandpink.org/penpal-newsletter
Please also consider donating money or time to AMOR (Alliance to Mobilize our Resistance). AMOR is based in Rhode Island and Southern New England, and is an alliance of community based grassroots organizations mobilizing and organizing rapid response to resist increased instances of individual and state sponsored violence. AMOR is led by directly affected people.
Finally, Holly’s address! Holly Landowne Stein, #193409 Women’s Center, cell B3 Bristol County House of Corrections 400 Faunce Corner Rd. North Dartmouth, MA, 02747
Holly loves kids so I’m sure she would love to get a letter from the kids in your life. If you need tips on writing people in jail, you can go here: https://itsgoingdown.org/bloc-party-writing-to-prisoners/
Typically you cannot send pictures drawn with anything other than markers, Polaroid photos, or cards that have glue or glitter on them. If you want to learn more about FANG: http://thefangcollective.org/