Opinion: JP Progressives’s Statement Concerning Negative Campaigning in District 6

A few days ago, a mailer arrived in the mailboxes of some voters in District 6. A composite photo of the D6 city council candidates showed Mary Tamer on one side, in color and light, and Kendra Hicks on the other side, in darkened black and white. This kind of image manipulation is a known racist tactic used to make Black candidates appear menacing, and it is entirely unacceptable. It is difficult to believe that the Tamer campaign was unaware of this trope in the year 2021. On Monday morning, after several days of outrage and pushback from the D6 community, the Tamer campaign released a statement noting that the mailer “did not set the right tone.” We call this a statement and not an apology because nowhere in it was an expression of regret, an acknowledgement of the harm caused, or the word “sorry.”
The mailer also commented on Kendra Hicks’ voting record.


City Council At-Large Candidate Forum on May 17 Hosted by JP Progressives

At least 12 at-large Boston City Council candidates will participate in an online forum hosted by JP Progressives on May 17. JP Progressives is hosting the forum with Mijente, NAACP, Right to the City Vote, and BEJA. The forum will be at 7 pm and on Zoom. Spanish translation and closed captioning will be enabled on Zoom for the forum. You can register here to attend the forum.


District 6 City Council Candidates Forum on April 28

There will be a candidates forum for the Boston City Council District 6 race on April 28. The three declared candidates are all expected to participate: Kendra Hicks, Kelly Ransom, and Mary Tamer. The District 6 seat is open because current councilor Matt O'Malley chose not to run again. JP Progressives, Mijente, and NAACP Boston Branch are hosting a candidate forum for the District 6 City Council race. The forum will be on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 pm.


How Blue Is Massachusetts on Immigration Policy?

The Biden administration’s efforts to reverse Trump’s damaging immigration policies are hopeful --but what are our elected state officials doing to protect undocumented residents in MA? When it comes to safeguarding the health, safety, and legal rights of front-line immigrant workers and families, including those hit hardest by the pandemic, Massachusetts falls far behind many other “blue” states. Join JP Progressive’s Immigrant Rights Action Group (IRAG) to explore the history of immigration policy in Massachusetts with Gabriel Camacho, Political and Organizing Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers' Union Local 1445. Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, 3rd Berkshire, and a lead sponsor of the Work & Family Mobility Act (WFMA), will give us a legislative forecast for 2021. The WFMA – first filed in 2004 – would ensure that all immigrants, regardless of status, have access to a driver’s license. This event will benefit the Driving Families Forward Coalition, a broad coalition of businesses, community organizations, faith groups, labor unions, law enforcement, legal/civil rights groups and mayors uniting to pass the WFMA. Register here to receive a link to the event.

JP Progressives Forum: Policing in Boston

Join JP Progressives for a discussion with Bostonians who are working to achieve police reform and fighting against police misconduct. We’ll discuss the history of police violence in our city, the current debate around police abolition, and possibilities for the future. Panelists:

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Suffolk 2nd District
Carl Williams, Activist and movement lawyer
Fatema Ahmad, Executive director of Muslim Justice League
Rahsaan D. Hall, Director, Racial Justice Program, ACLU Mass

People can register here: tinyurl.com/Policing-In-Boston