Jail protester’s trial moved to February 26

Jan 8, 2020

The trial for protester Sherrie André has been moved from January 7 to February 26, according to activist movement the FANG Collective.

André is charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace after being arrested alongside fellow FANG Collective protesters outside the Bristol County House of Corrections in North Dartmouth in August 2018.

They were demonstrating against the county’s 287(g) agreement with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which allows the sheriff’s officers to act as federal immigration agents, as well as in support of a hunger strike by both inmates and detainees.

Federal detainees can also be held at the Faunce Corner Road facility under the agreement.

During the protest, members of the FANG Collective chained and cemented themselves to the jail’s gates.

The group organized a show of solidarity for André outside the New Bedford District Court on January 7. 

But during the proceedings, the trial was pushed back to February 26.

On January 8, the collective announced its members would march from the courthouse to the Ash Street Jail in New Bedford instead of holding another solidarity rally.

André’s charges carry a maximum sentence of 30 days and a $150 fine.