MBLLC and Other Elected Officials of Color Call for Reforms in the Wake of Anti-Police Brutality Protests
On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 the MBLLC and elected officials of color joined together to advocate for reforms in response to the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others, and the growing protests across the country. Electeds from all levels of government, including federal, state, county, and municipal, were present to share concrete and actionable steps that can be taken to combat systemic racism, police brutality, and various forms of injustice.
The full 10 point plan presented at the press conference is included below, along with a full video and press packet for the event.
6/4/2020 10:30:29 am
I am in full support all ten points of the NAACP's We are done dying campaign and all the reforms it calls for. This town councilor from Watertown stands behind you and is ready to help wherever I can.
6/6/2020 05:42:24 am
I applaud your efforts to make Massachusetts a leader in anti-racism work. I urge you to push forward Senate bill 1877 and House bill 2776 that will lead to changing our racist state flag. The Massachusetts state flag has an image of a Native American with a sword over his head. How can we say that we are a leader in anti-racist work when we refuse to change this demeaning and blatantly racist image? As the state seal, it is sewn onto the uniform of every police officer and forms a backdrop during the governor’s press conferences. This must change if we are to begin to undo the harmful effects of racism and white supremacy in our state. I also ask you to vote favorably on the bill to prohibit Native American Mascots (S.247 /H.443), as Native mascots have a very destructive impact not only on our indigenous students but also on their non-native classmates. Please vote these bills favorably out of committee and advance them so that they can pass this legislative session. This is of utmost importance in our anti-racism work.
6/26/2020 04:50:24 am
Thank you, Betsy, for this vital information! So important to learn specific ways we can act constructively.
6/8/2020 04:22:04 am
A review of police department job descriptions is needed to ascertain that they are.clear and behaviourally-based and interview training is needed to competently select new personnel who can meet the job description responsibilities. A probation period for new personnel is needed to assure they can and do meet their responsibilities.
6/13/2020 06:00:05 am
Greetings, Thank you for your antiracism work. I am writing to you because I understand there is a bill in the docket for a MA based Truth and Reconciliation commission. What is it's status and is it being pushed quickly through the channels to come before a vote? What can I do to help this process? I deeply believe that a national discussion MUST happen beyond the immediate to affect change in the minds of many people and in policies both local and national. Please don't let this bill die! Thank you.
6/22/2020 11:57:56 am
I wholeheartedly support the 10 POINT PLAN. Especially, certification, de-certification, public records review, requirement for officers to report abuse by fellow officers and de-escalation training hours requirements. However, I ask, implore you, that since Baker is too afraid of the Veteran's organizations and Corrections Officers Union, that you, PLEASE, target and include the MA DEPT OF CORRECTIONS systemic racism in your next session. And that you provide legislation that prohibits DOC from hiring (as liability prevention) of any law enforcement officer who has retired, fired or fled from previous jobs due to their documented misconduct be it racist, physically abusive and or criminal. The jails and prisons across America are the last vestiges of gainful employment for race soldiers. Let us all learn from those report authored by former AG Harshbarger's in 2004 and from former DOC Commissioner Kathleen Dennehy 2006 Improving Prison Safety: Breaking the Code of Silence. Here is where you will find evidence of why the continued non-transparency due to lack of oversight is a deadly mistake. Hiring flee officers will just compound that mistake. Thank you for your work.
7/4/2020 03:28:29 pm
Your 10-Point Plan simply placates the population and beats around the bush. It's like wagging your finger and saying, "Thou shalt not execute a choke hold." Create a commission. Study this and that. To what end? The major problems are all contained within the police contracts, which, according to the Herald, are all due for renewal. To start, give the Police Chiefs the right to hire and fire, as they determine appropriate. Next, change the rules to interrogation, so the accused are not able to formulate a story, after having studied the evidence and witness statements given to the prosecution. And be sure the public has the opportunity to examine those union contracts, before they are signed. Once they are signed, hold the signor for the state/city/town accountable.
8/2/2020 02:56:48 pm
Black supremacy is just as prevalent if not more so than white supremacy. And until the movement acknowledges and purges it's own racists like Monica Cannon-Grant, there is no hope of progress. Imposing racism systemically is not going to solve racism. It is making it worse. Many white, who were not racist before this movement began, are becoming more racist everyday. They are being told that no matter what they do they are racist, so many are giving up and embracing the hate they are being accused of constantly. Number nine on this list is a joke. Racism is a public health issue. If this is true, the public health issue is all the whites being attacked by blacks. This country is being set back 50 years on race relations by all this crap. Are we equal or not? According to the BLM movement all people are not equal. You have to acknowledge that blacks are different. That is so unhealthy for our society.
8/14/2020 08:20:37 am
It has taken an hour to realize that, though you are not my Uncle Bill, you are probably caught up in the same landscape of stereotypes that he was in the Reagan era.
8/28/2021 10:15:06 am
That is wonderful that you are doing this! The color-coding is great for their brain processing. Thanks for passing it on to the teachers. Everything is really challenging and overwhelming for educators right now, but hopefully over time as things slow down, they'll be able to look into it further and incorporate more of this. Best of luck to you with the homeschooling! :) Those two are lucky to have you!
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