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Twelve Massachusetts state legislators are headed to Israel on Thursday for a ten-day, all-expenses paid tour of Israel paid for by the Jewish Community Relations Council, a pro-Israel lobby group that is currently pushing those same legislators to support an anti-boycott bill it crafted. A state …

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Massachusetts Peace Action board member Eva Moseley delivered testimony before the Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government regarding our March 2016 complaint that it should be deemed unethical for state legislators to take gifts of free trips to Israel funded by a lobby …

Once again this week, a group of Massachusetts legislators are enjoying lobbyist-paid trips to Israel, underwritten by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC), within months of having acted on amendments filed by JCRC last summer which sought to restrict the right to boycott.  “We object to …

Please consider the following scenario: Newlandia, an ally of the U.S., has many friends here in Massachusetts, including some well-connected organizations with hired lobbyists.  One of these organizations writes bills and resolutions useful to this foreign country (although opposed by many Massachusetts citizens), and arranges …

Originally published in the Dorchester Reporter, November 2015 What do Dorchester state Rep. Dan Cullinane, Boston City Councillors Timothy McCarthy, Josh Zakim, and Tito Jackson, Quincy state Sen. John Keenan, and US Representatives Seth Moulton and Katherine Clark have in common? They all recently accepted …

Boston, March 28, 2016 – Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA) has filed a Complaint with the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission against nine State Senators for accepting a December trip to Israel paid for by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston (JCRC).  The Complaint contends that the Senators …

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