Demonstrators gather to protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd, in Franklin Park, Boston, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Demonstrators gather to protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd, in Franklin Park, Boston, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Our Mission

We believe that racism and white supremacist ideology are operative in the US government and society at large. We educate and agitate to raise the consciousness of Massachusetts Peace Action members and the broader society of the relationship between white privilege and structural racism. Our goal is to transform Massachusetts Peace Action, our Greater Boston society, and Massachusetts into an actively anti-racist Commonwealth.

 

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Racial Justice and Decolonization are Peace Issues

Police violence is one overt manifestation of deep ills in our society – a deliberately unfair economic system, a shredded safety net, racism in all our institutions and a government moving ever closer to authoritarianism. The movement is strong but so are the entrenched purveyors of the status quo. We must gird ourselves for the long, hard road ahead.

The same militarism and systemic racism that have been turned against our communities of color have been deployed against black and brown populations abroad for decades. We call for an overhaul of our domestic and foreign policies to end police violence at home and war abroad, and to move toward a peaceful and just future. As steps toward these goals, Massachusetts Peace Action calls for:

  • Defunding the Police and Investing in Our Communities
  • Demilitarizing the Police
  • Repealing Qualified Immunity and Ending Chokeholds and Excess Force
  • Ending Use of Military Within US Territory
  • Restorative Justice, Not Mass Incarceration

Get Involved

The Racial Justice and Decolonization Working Group meets monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month from 2:00-3:30pm. If you’d like to get involved please email Rosemary Kean at rosemarykean510@gmail.com or Claire Gosselin at claireg53@gmail.com.

The RJDWG currently has two sub-teams: racial justice, Yoav Elinevsky – ysky28@gmail.com; Indigenous solidarity – Craig Simpson, cs4202144@yahoo.com.

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Events

Hype Man

Hype Man: Film and Panel Discussion

Sat Dec 11 7:00 pm EST
The Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series presents Hype Man, the film based upon Idris Goodwin’s acclaimed play which was originally ...

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