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October 2020

Thursday October 22

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
MCAN: Policing Reimagined
Join Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) via Zoom on Thursday, October 22nd, 6:30-8:00pm for "Commonwealth Conversations: Policing Reimagined," a conversation on reimagining policing. Our multiracial movement for racial justice will unpack the ways in which we see police and the criminal justice system as tools that reinforce inequality and racial and economic hierarchy. We'll also discuss alternatives that have made an impact for good in other states and countries. And we'll dive into the conversations that need to happen across the Commonwealth through our translocal work and the role that you can play in our strategy to create change. To RSVP, go to

Saturday October 24

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Community March for Malcolm Gracia
Temple Landing Basketball courts, Middle and Cedar Streets, New Bedford, MA
See event notice for details and directions:

Thursday October 29

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Election Eve: State of Democracy Report
Democratic backsliding has accelerated in the U.S. over the past four years under a presidential administration and congress that has worked diligently to reverse environmental protections, civil and reproductive rights, diplomacy, and welfare programs, to name a few. During a global pandemic and recession, millions more Americans have entered an indefinite state of precarity with inconsistent messaging, inadequate protections, and condescending treatment ranging from disinterest to contempt being delivered from on high.

Join PRA on the eve of the 2020 election for a comprehensive look at the last four years under President Trump and his administration and the “what-ifs” of four more years to come. Register:

November 2020

Wednesday November 18

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The “Camo Economy”: The Economic & Political Camouflage of Military Contracting
At least half of U.S. federal spending on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas in the “War on Terror” has gone to private contractors. Contracts have increased by 164 percent since 2001, particularly for services in or near the battlefield, including food, housing, and security services. Heidi Peltier, Assistant Research Professor in the BU Department of Political Science and a Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellow, will discuss the growth in what she calls the “Camo Economy,” attributable to ideological, political, and economic reasons, drawing on the findings of her recent report for the Costs of War Project. This includes the political camouflage of using contractors in place of troops, so that both financial and human costs of war are obscured. She will discuss the commercialization of the military and the implications for federal budgets and labor markets, as military contracting is both costly to taxpayers and extremely profitable to contractors, due in part to commercial monopolies and other features built into the structure of military contracts.