Chain-In 2017 Boston
We at Unchained At Last urge you to Chain-In with us on May 11, 2017, in Boston to protest child marriage and forced marriage in Massachusetts and across the US. We will wear bridal gowns and veils, with our arms chained and mouths taped, to send a powerful message to legislators: Pass S785/H2310 and end child marriage in Massachusetts.
Unchained is proud and grateful that the survivors, activists and allies who address the crowd at the the Chain-In will include:
- Rep. Kay Khan, Massachusetts
- Sen. Harriette Chandler, Massachusetts
- Amanda Parker, AHA Foundation
- Fraidy Reiss, Unchained At Last
- Kian Khadem, Brookline High School Students Against Child Marriage Club
Unchained also is proud and grateful that Girls Not Brides granted permission for protesters at the Chain-In to sing “We Are Girls, Not Brides,” a haunting song written by girls in Zambia. Click on the image below to watch the girls in Zambia perform “We Are Girls, Not Brides.”
Child marriage – or marriage before age 18 – is a human-rights abuse that undermines girls’ health, education and economic opportunities and increases their risk of experiencing violence. Often, too, child marriage is forced marriage: Children can easily be forced into or trapped within a marriage, because they cannot easily access legal and other resources.
Yet marriage before 18 is legal in all 50 US states, and many thousands of children were married in the U.S. in the last decade. In Massachusetts alone, some 1,190 children as young as 14 were married between 2000 and 2014 – mostly girls wed to adult men. And forced marriage happens to adults too, but the US has long lagged behind other countries in acknowledging and responding to this human rights abuse.
The solution? Unchained started and now leads a growing national movement to end child marriage in the US, state by state, by writing, introducing and passing legislation to eliminate marriage before age 18.
Join the movement. Chain-In with us to grab the attention of policymakers and the public, and help end child marriage in America.
Q: I don’t have a bridal gown and veil. What should I do?
A: No problem. Wear a white top, and indicate on your registration form that you want Unchained to provide you with a free veil and a “skirt” you can wear over your own clothing. (You are encouraged to wear a gown and veil regardless of your gender identity.)
Q: I prefer not to wear bridal clothing and/or not to chain my arms or tape my mouth. May I still join the Chain-In?
Q: Should I bring my own chains and tape?
A: No, do not bring your own chains and tape. Unchained will provide free plastic chains and comfortable tape.
Q: Is this legal?
A: Yes, the Chain-In is completely legitimate. Unchained has the backing of the First Amendment and confirmed that no permit is necessary for this event.
Q: How much does it cost to join the Chain-In?
A: Nothing. Joining the Chain-In is free – but please consider donating to Unchained to help offset the cost of the Chain-In and to help women and girls across the U.S. who are fleeing forced marriages.
Q: Where is the exact Chain-In location?
A: The Chain-In will be held on the front steps of the Massachusetts State House (24 Beacon Street in Boston).
Q: What time does the Chain-In begin and end?
A: Please arrive at 11:30 a.m. to sign in and get into Chain-In attire. The actual Chain-In will begin 12 p.m. and end around 12:30 p.m., followed by a march inside the State House for a press conference in Room 428.
Q: Will the Chain-In proceed in case of bad weather?
A: The protest will proceed unless officials declare a state of emergency.
Q: How else can I help end child and forced marriage?
A: Whether or not you can join the Chain-In, please take these steps:
- Spread the word about the Chain-In by emailing your friends and posting about it on social media using the hashtags #ChainIn and #EndChildMarriage.
- Urge key lawmakers to pass legislation to end child marriage. It’s easy to do: Just submit these pre-filled emails.
- Support Unchained financially. Even a small donation makes a huge difference to a woman or a girl fleeing a forced marriage.
- Stay updated on, and help spread, news about forced marriage in the U.S. Join the Unchained mailing list, “like” Unchained on Facebook, and follow Unchained on Twitter.
- Volunteer your time to help a woman or a girl who is facing a forced marriage. Unchained relies on the kindness of pro bono attorneys, psychotherapists and others.
ABOUT UNCHAINED AT LAST
Unchained is the only organization in the US dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. Unchained provides women and girls with free legal and social services and emotional support.
Unchained is also the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to ending forced and child marriage in America. Unchained started and now leads a growing national movement to write, introduce and pass legislation, state by state, to end child marriage in America.
Questions about the Chain-In? Contact Unchained here.