Time to Turn Out! Municipal Mediation bill hearing at the State House tomorrow morning, Tuesday the 16th!
10:00am-1:00pm Tuesday, August 16th Room B-2 Massachusetts State House
MAAPL’s late-file, legislative bill permitting towns and cities to run their own Municipal Mediation and other foreclosure-related safety programs is scheduled for a hearing. We need you to come and testify how this legislation helps your town or city!
Bill H.4553 An Act to minimize foreclosures and their harm
By Mr. Tosado of Springfield, a petition of Jose F. Tosado and others relative to foreclosures and vacant properties.
Sponsors: Jose F. Tosado
Except where explicitly denied by the General Laws, municipalities shall have authority to enact laws for the purpose of ensuring the safety and security of residents by minimizing foreclosures and ensuring the upkeep of vacant properties and those in foreclosure.
Ferguson 2 Fields Corner: Mike Brown Unity March Against Police Terror
Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Fields Corner, Doherty-Gibson Playground, Corner of Dorchester Ave and Park St , MA
On August 9, 2014, a movement was born when a community rose up in protest of the killing of Black teenager Michael Brown in the Canfield Apartment complex of Ferguson, MO by police officer Darren Wilson. Since that moment, the awareness of the all too pervasive and frequent deadly use of force by police officers, especially against Black people has dominated the public discourse. In protest after protest, killing after killing, in city after city, this conflict has been raging.
On July 5th 2016 Alton Sterling was pinned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by two white police officers, Blaine Salamoni and Howie Lake, and shot to death. Less than 48 hours later in Falcon Heights, Minnesota another Black man, Philando Castile was shot by police officer Jeronimo Yanez 4 times during a traffic stop in front of his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds and her 4 year old daughter. And on July 20, 2016, police officer Jonathan Aledda shot behavior therapist Charles Kinsey while he was taking care of autistic patient in his care.
The world has seen yet again what the police in the U.S. do as routine to Black people: they murder them in cold blood. Since 2014 a little over 3,000 people have been killed by the police and less than 1% of these officers get indicted, let alone convicted and sent to jail for their crimes.
On July 13, Mass Action Against Police Brutality called a Unity March Against Police Terror to protest these most recent killings and highlight many of Boston’s and Massachusetts’ own victims of police violence. This march of 4,000 was diverse, disciplined, loud, but peaceful, resulting in no arrests. It started at the Boston Police HQ and marched through neighborhoods in Roxbury to an enthusiastic response.
In a follow-up meeting of about 200 people, recognizing the need to amplify our voices, Mass Action Against Police Brutality has called another unity march this August 9 on the 2nd anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown.
This is an appeal for your solidarity and participation in a major mobilization on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016. This will be another important step in building a broad movement of all walks of life to demand the end of racist police abuse and murder from our society as well as racism in our courts that allow these murderers to go free. We hope you will be among the many that will stand up and be counted during this moment of truth.
Contact maapb.617(AT)gmail.com or 617-858-0104 for more info.
Mass Action Against Police Brutality
A campaign to prosecute the police and jail those who are guilty; open all past cases of police brutality; end the harassment of victims and witnesses
Corporations are not People. Money is not Speech.
UPDATE – PMA Files INITATIVE PETITION to the Office of MA Attorney General
PMA has, once again, filed a statewide ballot initiative to the Commonwealth for this year’s petitioning period which begins mid-September and extends for 9 weeks, until mid-November. PMA needs ALL HANDS ON DECK to collect and submit the required number of certified voter signatures on the petition from all over this commonwealth, in order to challenge money in politics and corporate infringement on individual rights.
Be a part of the petition drive by contacting us here: PassMassAmendment (AT) gmail.com
IT IS HIGH TIME to
“GET BIG MONEY OUT of POLITICS”
We’ve heard Bernie say it, the Donald say it, Jill say it, and Hillary say it!
NOW MASSACHUSETTS MUST TAKE ACTION THAT LEADS TO REAL CHANGE!
We know that YOUare as passionate about getting BIG MONEY OUT of POLITICS as we are; and NOW, we are asking YOU: showyour passion and join the effort!HELP PMA this September, October, and November! PassMassAmendment (AT) gmail.com
PassMassAmendment is working to amend clarify the Massachusetts Constitution based on “Corporations are not People, Money is not Speech”. We consider our effort as a start in the process of getting the corrupting influence of corporations and big money out of the political process to restore a system in which the People’s voices are heard and acted upon.
PassMassAmendment has a two pronged approach. 2016 will be the fourth year of our both promoting a statewide ballot initiative (for which the number of signatures gathered has increased by 50% each year) and concurrently advocating for two legislative bills in the MA State House (which are based on PMA’s petition language.)
PassMassAmendment considers each petition signature gathered for the citizen ballot initiative to put added pressure on the State House to move forward on either a citizen or legislative Amendment to the State Constitution. Sign up to help – PassMassAmendment (AT) gmail.com
If you are currently on the Announcement List and wish to get more
frequent updates during PMA’s petitioning period, consider signing up
for our ACTION LIST: passmassaction(AT)googlegroups.com
Next PMA Monthly MeetingSunday, August 14, 2016, 1:30-4:30PM,
Watertown Public Library,
Mastrangelo Room, 123 Main St., Watertown, MA (MBTA & Free Parking)
End of August PMA 2^nd Meeting
Sunday, August, 28, 2016, 1:30-4:30PM,
Eastern Savings Bank, Community Room, 1 Church St. Watertown, MA
(Behind the Armenian Museum on Main St., across Church St. from
Santandar Bank; MBTA & Free Parking)
PMA September Monthly Meeting
Sunday, Sept 11, 2016, 1:30-4:30PM,
Watertown Public Library,
Trustees’ Room, 123 Main St., Watertown, MA(MBTA & Free Parking)
STATE HOUSE ACTION WORKING GROUP
Be a part of the NEW PMA SHAWG (State House Action Working Group) Keep those cards and letters coming!!!
We are asking you and your friends, to please call/e-mail both S-53 Lead Sponsor Senator Donnelly (617-722-1432) and your Senator & Rep Tell them that you support these two MA Constitutional Amendments, and that you would like the PMA friendly Amendments to be brought to a vote.
1-2-3 Action-Steps to MOVE Bills S-53 and H-933 to a VOTE
1- Save the Date: 1 pm; Tuesday Jan 3^rd 2017
Public Event – MA State Constitutional Convention – 1 pm;
Tuesday Jan 3^rd 2017, House Chambers
Re-convening of the State Constitutional Convention (Part VII)
2- Call or e-mail the officials in your district Find your elected
officials by city-town here: https://malegislature.gov/People/CityList
3- Share this announcement and your action with your friends and
Thank you for being a part of this critical grassroots movement,
Friday 7/29 6:30pm
@SEIU 32BK, 26 West Street, Boston
Tuesday 8/2 6:30pm
Film Screening: Slavery By Another Name + Postermaking & Chantbuilding
@1050 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing
STREET OUTREACH – EVERY DAY!!!
Join Mass Action Against Police Brutality
You can help build community awareness with our grassroots campaign.
- join our street outreach team as a volunteer for 1-2 hours
- donate to print materials for our newsletters
- come to our community events (& bring a friend) to listen & speak your mind!
- pack the courthouse to show strong support for a victim of police brutality
- volunteer to share your special skills or develop your interests for an important cause
Mass Action Against Police Brutality
maapb.617 (AT) gmail.com