Category Archive: Law & Policy

Nov 08

No Human Being Is Illegal – Wrap Up

[Via Scope Apparel] THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to / came through and participated in the No Human Being Is Illegal Exhibition and Closing Reception last weekend! It was a beautiful, powerful weekend and none of it would have been possible without the support of you all. Thank you to Haymarket People’s Fund for …

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Apr 07

Black & Blue pt. II – Town Hall Forum on Policing – Thursday April 16 – 5PM @ Dudley Library

RSVP Via Facebook Black & Blue pt. II Examining the Relationship between Communities of Color and the BPD Town Hall Forum on Policing Topics: – State Legislation – City Proposals – DOJ Investigation – Police Misconduct – Police Killing Of Civilians – CO-OP – Civilian Review Board – IAD Process – Police Decertification Info Session …

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Jan 20

Letter to DOJ: Investigate and help reform BPD

[Via Blackstonian] Please sign on to and spread the word about this letter urging the US Department of Justice to help investigate and reform the Boston Police Department: Letter to DOJ: Investigate and help reform BPD January 15, 2014 The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr. The Honorable Loretta Lynch Attorney General of the United States U.S. …

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Oct 13

EPOCA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Come and celebrate ten years of action with EPOCA! Saturday, October 25, 2014  6 – 8 p.m.  Commemorate these past ten years with us in a night to remember  of tasty food, fun, music and discussion with your friends and family Hosted by our friends and allies in the campaign for Jobs NOT Jails: Mass Incarceration …

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Aug 14

National Moment of Silence for Victims of Police Brutality (Boston)

On 8/14, people will gather in cities across the country to take part in a national moment of silence for victims of police brutality. Please join us INSIDE BOSTON COMMON in front of the Massachusetts State House at 7:00 PM this Thursday. We will be gathering to stand in solidarity with recent victims of police …

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Jul 15

URGENT ACTION NEEDED – Keep the Charter School Cap

[Via SOS] Dear friends, This coming Wednesday, July 16th, the State Senate will vote on the “Charter Cap Bill” (S2262), legislation that will have long-term and harmful effects on public education in Massachusetts. As a supporter of quality education for all, your voice is needed once again. Please join QUEST in signing a new petition urging Senators to …

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Jun 06

FREE HER Rally 6/21

Free Her Rally 6/21/14 10am-2pm, National Mall, D.C. Calling all women and supporters to (1) raise awareness of the increase in the rate of incarceration of women in the United States and the impact on our children and communities, (2) Demand an end to voter disenfranchisement for people with felony convictions and (3)  Insure President Obama commutes the sentences …

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May 16

An Important Message from CWU about the SWM FY15 budget

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (SWM) released its $36.2 billion FY15 proposed budget yesterday. While they increased funding for critical programs like housing and child care, programs that provide education and training and cash grants to welfare recipients were drastically cut. You can help low-income families working to become economically stable by calling your …

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Apr 20

Jobs Not Jails

In Solidarity with Jobs not Jails $2 billion for JOBS, not JAILS! The Patrick Administration has estimated that, if current criminal justice policies are not changed dramatically, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will have to spend $2 billion in the next seven years, to build 10,000 new prison units, as well as $150 million more each …

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Apr 18

237 Shot in Boston in One Year Since 2013 Boston Marathon – Final Report

Via Blackstonian Over the last year we have kept track of each and every shooting that has been reported in the city of Boston since the Boston Marathon. As of April 15, 2014 there were at least 237 shootings in the city in the one year since the 2013 Boston Marathon (4/15/13) and out of …

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Apr 03

Youth Lead the Change

In January 2014, the City of Boston launched a groundbreaking participatory budgeting (PB) process to engage Boston youth in directly deciding how to spend $1 million of the city’s capital budget. Through participatory budgeting, young Bostonians will identify projects to improve their communities, vet those projects, consider trade-offs, and vote on how to spend the …

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Oct 20

Organize the Hood Boston / 2 Year Anniversary of Occupy the Hood

Organize the Hood Boston Monday October 21st 2013 5PM – 7:30PM in Grove Hall @ Warren st. & Crawford St. (Lot Next to the Post Office) 2 Year Anniversary of Occupy the Hood Boston In Honor of: Trayvon Martin For: Mark McMullen, Burrell Ramsey, Ahmir Lee and all victims of violence and survivors of lost …

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Oct 11

WED. 10/18 & MON. 10/28 – *Multi-Issue Youth Mayoral Forums*

PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY. And to help plan the forums, come to our planning meeting *today* (Thursday, October 10) from 4:00-5:30 at Dorchester Bay, 594 Columbia Rd, 4th floor (buzz #8/#9). PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY TO YOUR NETWORKS: These are the TWO YOUTH ORGANIZING EVENTS this fall that YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS! Wednesday, October 16 – …

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Oct 06

State Rep Convenes Community Meeting on Public Safety, Gun Violence and Trafficking


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Aug 13

Boston’s Unfinished March for Jobs, Freedom & Justice

Boston’s Unfinished March for Jobs, Freedom & Justice An Event Marking the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington The Boston Workers Alliance, Inc. has issued a clarion call for a mobilization in Boston on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.  A coalition of neighborhood organizations, base building community organizing groups, labor unions, …

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Aug 06

Rally for Solutions on City Hall Plaza – Report Back

Via Yesterday, as many of you who joined us know, the Blackstonian organized a “Rally for Solutions” at City Hall Plaza to address violence in the city. We were motivated by our count of the shootings since the Boston Marathon passing the tragic milestone of 100 since April 15, 2013. Over 100 people joined …

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Jul 26

Haymarket Community Dialogue: Where Do We Go From Here

HAYMARKET COMMUNITY DIALOGUE Save the Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013 11:00am-2:00pm The Trayvon Martin Verdict WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Jun 17

Petition “President Barack Obama: Remove Assata Shakur from the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” List

Sign the Petition Dear President Obama: We write to urge you to overrule the FBI’s decision to put Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, on the “Most Wanted Terrorists List, with $1 Million FBI Reward Offered for Information Leading to Her Capture and Return,” as phrased by the FBI’s May 2, 2013 announcement. This $1 million …

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Mar 17


This is a REALLY critical action day – can your organization PLEASE prioritize it & participate? Also, please forward this e-vite WIDELY & bring your own people?! YAC CALL THE STATEHOUSE ACTION DAY Wednesday, March 20th Central Event @ CYI, 3-7p (calls 3-5p) [28 Ash St Boston, MA 02111 / Next to Tufts Medical Orange Line Stop] We have NEVER been this …

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Mar 13

Sat. 3/16 Forum on Sagging Pants & The Criminalization of our Youth

Community Town Hall Forum Saggy Pants & The Criminalization of our Youth Saturday March 16th 2-5PM Dudley Library 65 Warren St. Roxbury (Dudley Sq.) RSVP on Facebook Recently, in MA an organization has circulated a video about “sagging pants” which details punishments of arrest, fines, and up to 3 yrs in jail.  This forum …

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Jan 24

Film Screening: The House I Live In

RSVP via FB Film Screening: The House I Live In Sundance 2012 Winner Grand Jury Prize Documentary Executive Producers: Danny Glover, John Legend & Russell Simmons Monday Feb. 11, 2013 @ Hibernian Hall 184 Dudley St. (Dudley Sq.) Roxbury 6:30 pm Doors Open 7:00 pm Screening 8:00 pm Q&A Discussion with Special Guests Dir. Eugene …

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Jan 15

Justice for Mark Fernandes McMullen

A message from Karen McMullen, the sister of Mark McMullen who was shot and killed by the BPD last September regarding the recent award given to BPD Officer Chris Carr for his actions in the out of district chase and subsequent shooting of Mark: Thank you all for supporting us as we try to get …

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Jan 09

Shame on the BPD! Awards for Officers Involved In Controversial Cases of Police Brutality Spark Outrage

The Boston Police Dept., with its characterless disregard for the people and communities of color they are supposed to serve, have decided to award three officers involved in controversial, racially charged, high profile cases of police brutality, as part of this years annual performance awards. In recognizing officers Brian R. Dunford, Michael T. McManus, and Christopher …

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Sep 27

Thursday rally at State House for inquest into death of Mark Fernandes McMullen killed by BPD

Thursday rally at State House for inquest into death of Mark Fernandes McMullen Commemorating first anniversary of police shooting, advocates will repeat call for independent investigation. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 26, 2012 CONTACT: Christopher Ott, Communications Director, 617-482-3170 x322, King Downing,, 212-534-1081 BOSTON — On Thursday, Sept. 27, the family of police shooting victim Mark Fernandes …

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Jun 19

25 Years After CRACK – Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 6:00pm – 8:30pm

25 Years After Crack Part Two: A Retrospective Discussion on the Effects CRACK COCAINE on Boston’s Black Community Join us in our follow up retrospective discussion on CRACK COCAINE and its effect on Boston’s Black Community twenty five years later. This discussion will include community members, police officers, judges, social workers, former crack dealers, former crack users, court officers …

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