MAAPB Events 3/31 & 4/4 #NotOneMore

(Posted in solidarity with maapb617)

Postermaking & Chantbuilding Workshop
Saturday, 3/31 2-4:30pm
at Grove Hall Library

4/4 #NotOneMore!!!!
Boston to Sacramento… Justice for Stephon Clark, Justice for Terrence Coleman
50 Years Since the Murder of MLK

MAAPB Rally for Justice

Wednesday, 4/4 6pm
1 Schroeder Plaza, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
(near MBTA Ruggles Station)

Hundreds of thousands of took to the streets in recent weeks protesting gun violence in America. Largely left out of the discussion however, is the fact that police violence is gun violence. Once again this was underscored dramatically with the shooting of 22 year old black man Stephon Clark in his grandma’s backyard in Sacramento, California.

Police on the scene did not identify themselves and shot Clark 20 times within 20 seconds of their arrival. They waited 5 minutes to administer first aid while Clark’s lifeless body bled out. They claimed Clark had a weapon. All that was found on Clark was his cell phone. The Sacramento community has been enraged and numerous protests have found their way into the headlines and across the internet demanding justice.

Just nearly a day after this event took place mothers in Boston who lost their loved ones to police violence held a press conference in front of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office demanding justice and speaking out against recent police abuse in the Boston area. Rahima Rahim, mother of Usaamah Rahim, who was killed by FBI and Boston police in Roslindale on June 2nd, 2015 demanded her son’s case be reopened. Hope Coleman, the mother of Terrence Coleman who was killed by two Boston police officers Garrett Boyle and Kevin Finn on October 30th, 2016 demanded the same. Neither are giving up on the criminal prosecution of the police who killed their sons. Also Rahim spoke out against state trooper Matthew Sheehan who is being investigated for shooting an unarmed Cape Verdean ATV Driver during arrest. Sheehan was exposed for posting many racist comments online including celebrating the death of her son. Mass Action Against Police Brutality also spoke in support of the mother’s quest and announced a rally to take place onApril 4th, in front of the Boston Police HQ near Ruggles station to amplify these demands.

Come out on what is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King to commemorate his legacy and underscore that the struggle still continues and that equality is far from a reality in America. Don’t let supporters of this tyranny get away with sweeping these crimes under the rug. We demand justice now and we will continue to take the streets until we get it. Join us in demanding:

  • Immediately indict and arrest the police who killed Stephon Clark!
  • Stop any police harassment of witnesses, family, or protesters of this outrage!
  • Immediately indict and arrest state trooper Matthew Sheehan for the shooting of an unarmed Cape Verdean ATV driver!
  • Attorney General Maura Healey immediately appoint a special prosecutor to reopen the cases of Terrance Coleman, Usaamah Rahim, Burrell Ramsey-White, Ross Batista, Santos Laboy, Michael McInness, Randolph McClain, Denis Reynoso, and Daniel Gillis!
  • Immediately fire Boston Police Officer Zachary Crossen, who was recently seen harassing and racially profiling a Black resident who was not engaged in any criminal activity in a viral video!
  • Immediately fire and convict Off-duty Boston Police Officer Domenic A. Columbo, drunk and speeding, caused life threatening injuries to Dorchester resident Jose Teixeira on New Year’s Day!
  • Fire state trooper Sheehan for racist online postings! Fire BPD officers Garrett Boyle and Kevin Finn!

No one is Illegal! Join us Tuesday @ 4- 6 PM, JFK Federal Building

The Boston May Day Coalition is encouraging folks to join with us on Tuesday for an action organized by Boston Educators for immigration rights. The action is described below:

No One is Illegal!

Educators in Boston and beyond are standing in solidarity with their immigrant students, colleagues, and friends in the face of xenophobic, racist, and anti-immigration policies. We stand for immigration rights, for the rights of our DACA students and their parents, for TPS workers and their families, and for fair, equitable and non-discriminatory immigration policies. We stand for a safe and just environment for Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Queer communities in this country. We stand against racism, colonialism, xenophobia, and discrimination and the political games played at the expense of the most vulnerable amongst us.

Tuesday, March 27
4:00 – 6:00 PM

US Immigration Courts at
JFK Federal Building
15 Sudbury Street, Boston, MA

RESCHEDULED: Boston Socialist Unity conference for March 17 is being postponed

Dear Boston area activist community,

The Boston Socialist Unity Project has decided to reschedule its third annual conference, originally scheduled for March 17 at MIT. Charges of sexual misconduct have been made in relation to one of the presenters, and significant concerns have been expressed by some of the participating organizations. BSUP cannot sponsor a conference with the mission of promoting unity until this issue has been addressed.

Rather, BSUP is organizing a public town hall meeting in the near future about sexual misconduct in the movement and related issues, which are an obstacle to unity. We will reach out broadly to different constituencies and resources to develop this program. Our goal will be to work towards a credible process by which BSUP and the broader Left movement can handle these situations. As we focus on unity and healing, we should remain concerned about justice for all parties, recognizing the process and its outcomes may not fully satisfy everyone.

We apologize for the inevitable inconvenience, especially to those volunteers who have spent much time working to build this conference. Information about the upcoming program will be sent as soon as it is final.

This conference was organized to oppose and help heal the divisions in our society, which the ruling class uses as tools to fragment the Left. There is much work to do in combating this, and BSUP hopes you will return in the future to further our focus on unity. A better world is possible!

In solidarity,

Organizing Committee, Boston Socialist Unity Project