Monthly Archives: September 2020

Final push to pass police accountability bill

I am forwarding a message from Ending Mass Incarceration Together. Sent: Monday, September 28, 2020 8:31 AM To: Subject: A phone call to your legislators is crucial for reforming police practices in Massachusetts Dear Participants in Ending Mass Incarceration Together, I urge you to call your State Representative, your State Senator, Speaker DeLeo, and… Read More »

Final push to pass mascot bill in MA legislature

Those who disrespect Native Americans also make asses of themselves. I am passing along this message from the Mass Mascot Coalition ——– Forwarded Message ——– Subject: Re: Request for Action (that will not take you long) Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 12:26:39 -0400 From: Mass Mascot Coalition <> Hello those working to eliminate Native mascots… Read More »

School Resource Officers harm kids, do little to avert mass shootings

Let’s look at the science for a change Police in schools are not a new phenomenon. Apparently the first school police were used in the Fifties in Flint, Michigan. In the 1990’s the Clinton administration created the COPS program which expanded and militarized the police, deepened mass incarceration, and put police in schools to wreak… Read More »

Years after Malcolm Gracia’s murder, questions remain

Introduction On May 17, 2012 15 year-old Malcolm Gracia was shot by New Bedford police. The circumstances of the killing are something that today would receive a more thorough investigation than the Gracia family got in 2012. Following a $500K settlement for the unconstitutional stop that triggered Gracia’s murder, police and DA reports which exculpated… Read More »

New Bedford Commission on Police Use of Force Policies Report

The New Bedford Commission on Police Use of Force Policies just issued its four-and-a-half page 60-day findings. Aside from three pages of bureaucratic blather about its mandate and a rather defensive section on its compliance with Open Meeting laws, the report was short on both analysis and prescription. The only real substance to be found… Read More »

Vote Yes on Question 1: Right to Repair

In November each Massachusetts voter will elect a President, Congressman, Senator, state representative, state senator, and a member of the Governor’s Council. Each voter will also be asked decide two ballot questions. Ballot Question 1 “would require manufacturers of motor vehicles sold in Massachusetts to equip any such vehicles that use telematics systems — systems… Read More »

George Floyd’s killing happens right here too

Police Accountability legislation, which was expected to die in the Massachusetts legislature this Summer, has been given a surprising reprieve. In the wake of George Floyd’s asphyxiation murder by a Minneapolis cop, while three others stood around watching Floyd die, the Massachusetts House has been unable to pursue its usual tactics of deep-sixing progressive legislation.… Read More »

An easy choice

After decades of shielding police from prosecution for the murders of Black and Brown people, and four centuries of systemic racism, many Americans have had enough of police impunity. But state violence is just one symptom of a society founded on white supremacy. The upwelling of protests demanding police reform is not simply about the… Read More »