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Ok we are headed to the Behan. Many people on this website were involved in making this happen. Come join us at 5:30 for an outdoor toast.
Today's news that Boston passed a law to require community control over police surveillance is an important win. Congratulations to all the advocates who worked tirelessly for this change. twitter.com/ACLU_Mass/stat…
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What’s a good place to watch the Sox game tonight? I want to buy a round for every person involved in passing the surveillance ordinance today.
We are grateful to our community partners for putting in the work these past four years. Thank you to everyone who played a leadership role in getting this done! Now it's time to mobilize! Boston, this ordinance works when people work to make it work. Get involved!
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Kade Crockford, @onekade, #TechnologyForLiberty program director, sharing a few words about the importance of passing an ordinance today that will require community control over police surveillance (CCOPS). Learn more! aclum.org/en/news/boston… twitter.com/ACLU_Mass/stat…
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Congratulations @RicardoNArroyo & @wutrain on passage of the Ordinance on Surveillance Oversight and Information Sharing! Thank you to the countless advocates who helped get us to this point over the last few years! #bospoli #mapoli twitter.com/onekade/status…
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Unanimous vote! City Council passes the ordinance 12-0
Councilor Edwards rightly thanks Christine O'Donnell, who has been working on this issue at central staff for years now. Thank you to Christine and everyone at City Hall who has been working on this and many other issues for years!!!
Now @wutrain is up, reminding folks that this work actually started close to four years ago. Thank you Councilor Wu for sticking with us for all this time, and for your commitment to getting this over the finish line, no matter how long it takes!
Councilor @RicardoNArroyo is speaking now. Councilor Arroyo was absolutely vital to the transformation that is occurring here. Thank you for your leadership on this, Councilor!
I really can't overstate how much work @LydiaMEdwards did on this ordinance. It's a 25 page ordinance, and it took so much time to go through every single word, over and over, with so many stakeholders. Councilor Edwards is a real one. Thank you!
I made this last night. Unexpectedly fantastic. Flipped the proportion of pasta and cabbage, to make something totally unhealthy a little healthier. Delicious. cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/101987…
Thank you also to @digital4th, extremely committed and informed advocates who have been with us every step of the way and have fought alongside us for four years to get to this point!
Is there clearly established case law saying the police cannot sneak up behind you and inject you with a COVID-19 vaccine, because if not I have an idea for building more support for qualified immunity reform.
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The City Council is meeting right now, and they will vote on this ordinance, finally, today. Please tune in and join us in this historic moment for Boston! boston.gov/departments/ci…
I also want to give a special thank you and shout out to @YasmineRaddassi, without whom this ordinance would not exist. Thank you Yasmine for endless calls, meetings, check ins, document reviews, back and forths. You don't see it but staff makes the world go round!!
Thank you to @LydiaMEdwards, whose leadership of the Committee on Government Operations has been stellar, and whose commitment to the core issues at the heart of this ordinance has ensured our success.
I'm grateful to @Kim_Janey, who filed the ordinance when she was D7 Councilor, @RicardoNArroyo, who has fought side by side with us advocates for many months to make sure the ordinance does what it must do, and to @wutrain, who has been working on this issue with us for 4 years.
It has taken literally years of work to get us to this vote. I am so grateful for the partnership of @Join_SIM and @UnafraidBTU, who have worked tirelessly to see this through.
Second, the ordinance stops most information sharing between Boston Public Schools and the Boston Police Department. Too often, information has been shared when it's totally unnecessary, and this has led to serious harm for students, including deportation.
First, it subjects police surveillance technology and data use to City Council control and public oversight, accountability, and transparency. This is a major victory, because it takes power from the police and puts it in the hands of the City Council.
At noon today, the Boston City Council will meet and vote on an ordinance we at @ACLU_Mass and our partners @Join_SIM and @UnafraidBTU have been working on for no joke close to four years. The ordinance does two primary things.
Public radio has started doing this with Trump related stuff. Like they will report that he said "The election was stolen," and then say "There is no evidence the election was stolen, and lots of evidence to show it was free and fair." This should be the norm.
Reporters owe it to their viewers, readers, and listeners to tell us the ground truth of a situation, not just to give us a context free he said she said rerun of a political disagreement. Please do better!
Was really disappointed to hear @WBUR play the clip of AEG claiming a fare free T would cost the city of Boston $2.3 billion per year, and then letting that completely false statement hang in the air without a correction. WBUR is better than view from nowhere reporting.
A private school in Massachusetts, Middlesex School, invited Nikole Hannah-Jones to speak during Black History Month, and then cancelled it. The school’s reasoning? They didn’t want to deal with backlash from organized racists. Cowardly and shameful. bostonglobe.com/2021/10/19/met…
In one of the most important reforms happening anywhere in the country, New Orleans District Attorney Jason Williams is using his power to petition courts to release aging lifers. This man served *57 years in Louisiana prison before being released today. twitter.com/paroleproject/…
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If I were the president I would simply never restart student loan repayments
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Johnson & Johnson filed in court last week to split its Baby Powder from the rest of the company. Why? J&J knew asbestos laced some bottles but kept it a secret for decades. Tens of thousands of women with ovarian cancer are suing, and the company wants to shield its assets.
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“No one wants to work.” In related news, more than 700,000 people died and countless more were disabled. twitter.com/maosbot/status…
Michelle's points about the need to use city-owned property for transitional housing and to have a "czar" to handle Mass & Cass for better coordination are good, but I'm disappointed no one on stage pushed back against the sweeps and their negative impact. #bospoli
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$2.3 billion to make the T free per year? @AnnissaForBos that's not even close. The T's revenue was $660m per year. Bus fares only account for about $30 million of that. Making buses—which mostly serve low income Black and Brown people—free is a good first start.
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Again, I like how @wutrain frames housing policy: we need more investment for affordable supply & home ownership, zoning changes to simplify the process, and tenant protections like rent stabilization to fight displacement now. #bospoli
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Everyone is gonna continue to call it Facebook, just like everyone continues to call Google Google. Also “Mark Zuckerberg wants to be known for building the metaverse” is a sentence that makes me want to throw up. twitter.com/alexeheath/sta…
As wiser people have said, a lot of the city’s energy is going into this plan. We should demand better from all of that coordination and those public resources.
“Cleaning up” the streets in this manner is politically popular, but it won’t help the people living on the street, and it won’t help the larger community in the long run, because it doesn’t address the root causes.
The truth that most people do not want to hear is that the problems that result in people living on the streets at Mass and Cass will not be solved quickly, or by the city government alone. There’s more the city can do though, and this isn’t it.
I genuinely feel for municipal officials, who are held responsible for human suffering caused by decades of Reaganite policies that have eliminated most of the social safety net. At the same time, the response cannot be to violate people’s rights or imperil their health. twitter.com/tori_bedford/s…
Would love to see this all over Boston, but especially in District 5! twitter.com/realroborthman…
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A “plan” that hand-waves over the need to create supportive housing is not really a plan. & using criminal enforcement as a “pathway” to treatment inflicts the collateral consequences of a criminal record, which make it harder to get jobs & housing later. wgbh.org/news/local-new…
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If 56% of the people say “I’m against defunding the police I just want to cut their funding and reallocate it to other arms of government to deal with social needs in a non-cop, non-punitive way” that means the slogan is winning, bigtime twitter.com/skoczela/statu…
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1/ Let's talk about my actual policy stances! This is the second installation of the six-part #PersonalIsPolitical policy series, where we reintroduce our collective vision for a more equitable District Six. Today we'll talk about fair wages and an equitable economy. #bospoli
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Among city workers, cops are backing Annissa while teachers overwhelmingly support Michelle. bostonglobe.com/2021/10/19/met…
Very weird for AEG to say she’s running for every immigrant in this city while she also implies that Michelle is unqualified to be Mayor bc she wasn’t born here. #bospoli
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The sound you hear is the city of Boston changing for the better. twitter.com/jimaloisi/stat…
Projected MBTA fares for FY22 are about 0.4% of the state budget. I promise we can afford this 😂twitter.com/onekade/status…8
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Political demands are how we get things. By making the T fare free we are expanding ridership, which will directly translate to more political support for fully funding the MBTA using regional local, state, and federal tax dollars. It would help us raise taxes on the rich, too.
A final thought about the nay saying, led by mayoral candidate AEG, that we can’t have a fare free MBTA. One of her arguments is that it would make service worse. WRONG. More people would use it, which would rapidly increase the political demand for more state/fed MBTA funding.
One of the things I absolutely love about @wutrain, that has had me on the doors for her for an entire year, is that she has no interest in continuing to do Ronald Reagan politics. She’s asking what our government can do for us, and she’s fighting for it—with us. #bospoli
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