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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.

History

Racial Justice and Indigenous Solidarity 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

2022 Work Plan

Get Involved

The Racial Justice and Decolonization Working Group meets monthly. 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, Claire Gosselin, claireg53@gmail.com; Indigenous solidarity – Craig Simpson, cs4202144@yahoo.com.

Videos

Events

An introduction to the Baystate Reentry Network

An introduction to the Baystate Reentry Network

Tue Feb 7 6:30 pm EST
Reintegrating a despised population into our communities under the banner: "No more victims of sexual offenses" An introduction to the ...
The Plight of Haitian Migrants

The Plight of Haitian Migrants

Sun Feb 12 4:00 pm EST
Join this online event on Sunday, February 12 at 4:00 PM for an important discussion on The Plight of Haitian ...
Black Religion in the Public Square

Black Religion in the Public Square

Fri Feb 17 6:00 pm EST
A Conversation with Dr. Earle J. Fisher on the Rev. Albert Cleage Jr. & the Black Messiah ...
None of Us Is Free Unless All Are Free: Anti-Imperialism and the Black Radical Tradition

None of Us Is Free Unless All Are Free: Anti-Imperialism and the Black Radical Tradition

Thu Feb 23 6:00 pm EST
Bill Fletcher Jr. Principal at Common Forces, LLC, former president of TransAfrica Forum, longtime trade unionist and writer The James ...

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