FANG Collective Protests ICE and 287g Agreements in Plymouth and Bristol Counties, MA

The bravery in these activists is awe inspiring...


Andrew Stewart here: In the past two months, I’ve had the tremendous privilege and honor to witness direct action protests by the Fight Against Natural Gas (FANG) Collective, inspired by extraordinarily brave working class organizers/freedom fighters of color. Here we are going to syndicate media releases for your personal amazement. All media credits to FANG Collective. If you have the ability, please consider donating to support their efforts.

March 14

We just carried out two disruptions at Plymouth County’s annual 287g steering committee meeting in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

287g agreements allow police and ICE to collaborate, and contributes to the separation of families via detention and incarceration. We demand that Plymouth County end their 287g agreement with ICE!

To pledge your support and to get involved in our efforts to #ShutDownICE, visit

#AbolishICE #End287g

April 10
Video by FANG, compilation edited by Steve Ahlquist.

On Wednesday evening two people were arrested while disrupting a public meeting held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson regarding Bristol County Sheriff’s Office’s 287(g) agreement with ICE. The two disruptors carried a banner that read “Bristol County End Your Agreements with ICE.” As they walked to the front of the room and began to speak they were forcefully arrested by six officers, who used pain compliance tactics during the arrest.

Bristol County Sheriff’s Office’s 287(g) agreement with ICE empowers sheriffs to detain people on immigration charges. The Bristol County House of Corrections also has an agreement with ICE to hold detainees at their facility.

In recent months, multiple protests and lawsuits have targeted Sheriff Hodgson and the BCSO. This past summer, in response to deplorable conditions at the Bristol County House of Corrections, including inedible food, nearly nonexistent medical care, and abuse from facility employees, ICE detainees launched a hunger strike that soon spread to the general prison population.

In August, members of The FANG Collective, a Rhode Island community-based direct action group, announced the #ShutDownIce campaign to pressure counties in Massachusetts to end their 287(g) agreements. The campaign was launched with an action that blockaded all entrances of the Bristol County House of Corrections. Four people were arrested as part of the action, two of whom suffered injuries due to Sheriff Hodgson’s aggressive response.

Sheriff Thomas Hodgson/Public Domain photo

Sheriff Hodgson has also faced criticism for his relationship with President Trump. He recently appeared at the White House with the President to announce an online fundraising campaign to “build the wall” across the United States’ southern border.

“All agreements between local law enforcement and ICE must end, as well as the detention and incarceration of our communities, if we want to truly end family separation. We must look beyond punitive measures and think critically about what community accountability could be if we ever want to end the cycles of violence that impact our most vulnerable communities.” Lee, who was arrested as part of the action.

“I am acting in support of the leadership of undocumented people here in Bristol County and everywhere, who resist the everyday surveillance and brutality of the detention and deportation industrial complex.” Max, who was also arrested as part of the action.

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