“The government is investing millions to build 9 mega prisons by 2020 to further criminalise women, people of colour and working class communities. At the same time they’re cutting the vital services like healthcare, refuges, benefits, legal aid and social housing that we need to survive.

It’s clear what’s happening: the government would rather deal with our social issues – like poverty and ‘crimes’ of survival – by locking people away, instead of funding the services we need to survive. And the people that suffer most from cuts and criminalisation are women, people of colour, those with disabilities, sex workers, trans folk and working class folk.

Prisons should be shutdown and replaced with the services and community support that we need to get by. Our protest on Wednesday was only the beginning.”

Sisters Uncut organised this action as part of the Women and Trans* Week of Action Against te Prison Industrial Complex.