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Plug In! A Gathering to Change the Things We Cannot Accept

You’ve learned all about the injustice of mass incarceration — now spend an evening with local and statewide organizations working to change it!  At this interactive community forum, plug in to advocacy, engagement, support, organizing, and dialogue work that matters.

This event will include participatory workshops with the following grassroots community organizations: Black and PinkEPOCA, Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community AdvancementGreat Falls Books Through BarsSpringfield Jobs not JailsPa’lante Restorative JusticePioneer Valley ProjectPrison Birth Project, Elm Street Thnk Tank, and Voices from Inside.

Everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

Free Community Buses
Free community buses will be provided from Amherst. Buses will depart from UMass Amherst Haigis Mall at 4:30pm and will return from Holyoke at 7:00pm, arriving in Amherst at approximately 7:30pm.

Accessibility and Registration
City Hall Ballroom is wheelchair accessible. If you have additional accessibility needs, please contact us at If you are a student, we ask that you please register in advance. Register here.

Young People Welcome!
This is a family-friendly event and young people of all ages are welcome. Loosely supervised activities for kids will be available. 

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This event is hosted by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation. It is sponsored by the 2016-2017 UMass History Department Feinberg Series and co-sponsored by the UMass Department of Anthropology.


This event is offered as part of the Department of History's 2016-17 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, titled "The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration." This year's series explores how state violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization have transformed the U.S. economy, culture and society. It features more than a dozen panels, performances, gallery exhibitions, and lectures by the nation's leading scholars, artists and activists. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.

This event is being offered in conjunction with the national traveling exhibition, States of Incarceration, which is currently on display at Forbes Library and Historic Northampton. Participants are encouraged to visit the exhibit in advance. More information: and States of Incarceration was created by the Humanities Action Lab and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and many additional partners.