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Vigils planned for West Roxbury, Hyde Park

Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale is planning its second Monday vigil in support of Black Lives Matter starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Holy Name Rotary in West Roxbury (photos from last week's vigil).

In Hyde Park, Voices of Boston has announced a No Justice, No Peace rally at Kelly Field, 25 Turtle Pond Parkway in Hyde Park, at 2 p.m. on June 14.

Calendar of Boston-area rallies, marches and vigils.


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The event is sponsored by Progressive W Rox/ Roz.
Their FB cover photo is a sea of white faces.


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The word, that I just learned over the weekend is "baizuo" to describe these people. It's Chinese.

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to show that anti -Blackness and police brutality are not just issues that people of color care about. White community members can be progressive especially if they are taking a stand, and this event is an essential show of support. It's not the job of victims of racism to protest their own abuse all the time.

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Would be to elect someone other than Rep. Coppinger and Sen. Rush but I think that's not likely.

Related note - drove by the George Wright parking lot yesterday and it was full of guys that look like cops, all tail gating - that's who elects people in West Roxbury.

Edit - before someone comes at me, I don't think either is a bad person, just that they aren't suited to lead the state where it needs to go.

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I do think that movements like this, and organizing for it, are among the ways we can find new people to elect. West Roxbury has changed a lot, there are hordes of “new people” in the last ten years. No better evidence than the urgency and highly stressed behavior of the folks determined to stop any change. It takes time for people to realize what’s what and align behind new politicians. But it’s going to happen. WR isn’t a block of people that think the same anymore. Even if those representing that old mindset still have outsized visibility.

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The FaceBook cover photo of a group that claims to be progressive is all white. That's wonderful that they want to show support. However a group can't take the high road on diversity if they fail to attract anyone but white folks in a diverse city like Boston.

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Photos don't make claims, they illustrate. This group holds forums for voters to meet candidates and for candidates to debate. They organize around issues in front of local and state government. All are welcome to join.

The median age in West Roxbury is 40% higher than Boston. In West Roxbury 77.70% of the population is White.In West Roxbury 10.91% of the population is Black or African American.
In West Roxbury 6.88% of the population is Asian.

The median age in Roslindale is 24% higher than Boston. In Roslindale 59.70% of the population is White. In Roslindale 24.76% of the population is Black or African American.
In Roslindale 2.70% of the population is Asian.

Recent Issue:

MA House Votes Down Important Voting Protections

Yesterday, the MA House voted for a bill that took some important steps, but contained some glaring omissions. Here are some of the key parts of the bill.

* Sending an application to vote by mail to every registered voter for both the September 1 primary election and the November 3 general election
* Ensuring all applications and ballots sent by mail include prepaid return postage
* Ensuring that ballots postmarked by Election Day will be counted (but for the general election only)
* Allowing voters to apply to vote by mail through an online portal and enabling any voter who wants to vote absentee to do so this year
* Expanding early voting for the primary and the general

However, there were major omissions. And most reps passed on an opportunity to address them.
* As noted above, the requirement to count every ballot postmarked by the election only applies to the general, not the primary. (The House ruled an amendment to do so, filed by Rep. Maria Robinson of Framingham, as "out of order.")
* The bill reduced the 20-day voter registration blackout period to a 10-day blackout period. But with our primary happening on move-in day, housing instability high, voter registration drives impossible this summer, and physical voter registration forms hard to come by, that does not address the fundamental reasons why we need Election Day Registration. Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton) filed an amendment to authorize Election Day Registration and to create a streamlined online registration process, but the House voted it down.

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...that this is not a criticism made in good faith?

Tell us what you're doing to advance the cause of racial justice, Boston_Bloke. I'll wait.

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