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Take Action this July 4!

Fellow Engagers -

July 4 weekend is upon us. Of course, it'll be a little different this year without the parades, fireworks and massive barbeques. A good opportunity to take a step back from the patriotic narrative and examine whether this country was really ever about "freedom and justice for all".

You probably already know there was a caveat - that "all" referred to landowning white men. And you might have heard the 13th amendment, supposedly ending slavery in 1865, was filled with loopholes that continue enslavement of minorities and the poor through the modern-day prison-industrial complex. (If not, check out the documentary 13th for free on Netlfix!)

So let's reinvent July 4 this year. Declare independence from white privilege. Have a conversation with someone who might be new to these ideas. Write an email to your representative, sign a petition, or put up a sign. However you celebrate, let's remember the words of the great civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer: “nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

Exercise that democracy muscle.

An Act to Save Black Lives

(HD5128, filed by Rep. Liz Miranda & SD2968, filed by Sen. Cynthia Creem) 
 
These bills in the MA House and Senate would re-write the rules on police use of force and establish serious, enforceable consequences for violations. It would reduce the role of police in situations where social interventions are safer and more effective; require police to use de-escalation techniques and tactics; limit force to the minimum amount necessary to accomplish a lawful purpose; require that any use of force be proportional; require other officers to intervene if they witness an excessive use of force; and ban police use of choke holds, rubber bullets, tear gas, attack dogs, and no-knock warrants. It would also mandate data collection on injuries and deaths caused by police and other law enforcement officers, make records of police misconduct public, and explicitly recognize that police violence is a danger to public health.

As of today, Rep. Dave Vieira (R-Falmouth, Bourne & Mashpee) is not a co-sponsor. Let him know you want him to support real police reforms! (Rep. Dylan Fernandes and State Senator Su Moran co-sponsor the respective bills.)

Are you part of an organization that would like to endorse these bills, as well as H.3277, An Act to Secure Civil Rights? Sign up here to join a growing list of supporting organizations put together by the MA ACLU.

Solidarity Opportunities

(borrowed from 350MA)

Ask Governor Baker for an Equitable Reopening Response:
The Governor's reopening policies have shown disregard for the health of Black & Latinx residents, low-wage workers, and those hardest hit by #COVID19. #StopTheClock & act now to implement policies that value the lives of those most impacted! Learn more here.

M4BL Petition for an Equitable Recovery: The Movement for Black Lives and Black organizations from across the country are demanding a stop the spread and lasting harm of COVID-19 but also a recovery that benefits everyday people, not just big corporations. Sign the petition here.

Petition to Defund the Police & Fund Youth Jobs: Sign the Youth Justice & Power Union's petition to defund the police, invest in youth jobs, and reinvest in Black and Brown communities.

Save the Date!

Saturday, July 11 @ 2PM

Hyannis Village Green (367 Main Street)
 
Have a story to share? Send speeches or inquiries to capecodvoices@gmail.com. All speeches must be submitted in writing beforehand, at most 6 minutes long, and without profanity. Speakers the option to tell their stories anonymously through guest presenters. Wear a mask, bring a chair, and listen up!

 

Positive signs!


We have received your requests for Black Lives Matter signs and have contracted with local photographer Robert Manz to print them at cost. They are water resistant, 18x24 (standard lawn sign size) and printed on heavy card stock paper. A contribution of $3 each will help defray ink, paper and machine maintenance costs. If you want to put these up as lawn signs and need the hardware, Robert can provide you with metal stand, plastic backboard and some Velcro at cost.
 
Please DM or text (774-269-6846) or email (rmanzpho@gmail.com) Robert to arrange a time to pick up your sign(s) at 1 Jonathan Bourne Drive, Suite 6.  Please do not just drop in. Although this is a place of business, Robert is not always there… sometimes he is out taking pictures.

Engage has also ordered signs and will make them available next week for pickup in Falmouth. Your contributions will make it possible to donate the signs to people who have had theirs stolen or received hate flyers.
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