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This Tuesday, January 21st, we will join with Restore the 4th Massachusetts to lobby for S.899 (An Act relative to forfeiture reform). We want you to join us and encourage others to support this important bill. Civil asset forfeiture laws harm our 4th Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizures of our property. It is most often directed at poor people and people of color. While it is justified as a measure to fight crime, it really helps pad police budgets in a manner that is una...
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On January 21st, we will help Restore the 4th Massachusetts organize a lobby day for S.899 (An Act relative to forfeiture reform). We want you to join us and encourage others to support this important bill. Civil asset forfeiture laws harm our 4th Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizures of our property. It is most often directed at poor people and people of color. While it is justified as a measure to fight crime, it really helps pad police budgets in a manner that is unaccou...
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We are helping Restore the 4th Massachusetts organize a lobby day for S.899 (An Act relative to forfeiture reform) and want you to join us. Civil asset forfeiture harms our 4th Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizures of their property. It is most often directed at poor people and people of color. While it is justified as a measure to fight crime, it really helps pad police budgets in a manner that is unaccountable to elected oversight. The lobby day is Tuesday, January 21st,...
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There is a No War in Iran protest today from 2pm to 4pm. It is outside the Massachusetts state house at 24 Beacon Street near the Park Street MBTA station in downtown Boston.  It is initiated by Codepink and the ANSWER Coalition and endorsed by Massachusetts Peace Action. We haven't endorsed it, but ending our forever wars is an issue we have long advocated. I hope some of you will join me. There is another protest outside the Rhode Island State House in Providence. It starts a...
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We are advocating for a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in Massachusetts and the recent hearing at the state house demonstrated that there is a lot of support for it. However, efforts to adopt this technology by police often goes unnoticed or is hidden from public view.  Thankfully, MuckRock and Open the Government have setup a system to use FOIA requests to find out whether police are using facial recognition technology and how. Only four requests have been filed in M...
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Today at 6pm the Brookline's Advisory Committee is holding a meeting of its Public Safety Subcommittee to consider its recommendation on regulating law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in Brookline. The public is invited to attend and participate.  If this recommendation passes, Brookline could be the next municipality in Massachusetts to ban or limit governmental use of facial recognition technology. The meeting starts at 6pm and is scheduled to end at...
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Quick reminder that today is the State & Local Facial Recognition Tech Moratorium (S.1385 & H.1538) hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. That hearing will start at 1pm, and will be in Room A-1 at the State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston. It is vital to have as many Pirates attend the hearing as possible. Even if you choose not to testify in person, your presence there will demonstrate to the committee that we need a facial recognition tech moratorium. The ACLU will h...
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Thanks to everyone who came out to the Digital Right to Repair (S.107 & H.218) hearing at the State House and to the organizers and people who gave testimony.  The committee asked a lot of good questions and we are encouraged that these bills may get out of committee.  It isn't too late to submit written testimony and we posted our notes on what your testimony should focus on and where to email it.

 

Just a quick reminder that the Digital Right to Repair (S.107 & H.218) hearing before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure is today. It starts at 1pm and will be in the Gardner Auditorium at the State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133. Tuesday is the State & Local Facial Recognition Moratorium (S.1385 & H.1538) hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. That hearing will also star...
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Wednesday, Brookline's Advisory Committee is having a meeting of its Public Safety Subcommittee to consider its recommendation on regulating law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in Brookline. The public is invited to attend and participate. If this recommendation passes, Brookline could be the next municipality in Massachusetts to ban or limit governmental use of facial recognition technology. The meeting starts at 6pm and is scheduled to end at 8pm. It will be in the School ...
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