Make Your Voice Heard on MA Police Reform

The Massachusetts state House and Senate passed a sweeping police accountability bill and the Governor sent it back with amendments changing some of the most important aspects of the bill! (What nerve, right?)  Click Here to Read More.

Progressive groups across the state, including the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, are asking you to oppose the governor’s changes. Please could you:

Call or email the Governor, House Speaker and Senate President, using the scripts below, and then let the GBIO know that you’ve weighed in.

Phone Script

(You must include your name and full address in your message)

Governor Baker:    (617) 725-4000

Speaker DeLeo:        (617) 722-2500

President Spilka:    (617) 722-1500

“Hello, my name is _____ , a member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) and I live at <your full address>.

I am calling to thank you for your strong leadership in prioritizing police reform, with full accountability and transparency. I urge you now to act on your commitment by passing the strongest police accountability bill before you (S.2963). The final bill must retain strong limits on the use of deadly force by police, strong definitions of bias-free policing, a timely enforcement mechanism by the community-inclusive POST commission, and strong limitations on the use of discriminatory facial recognition technology. This bill will make Massachusetts a leader once again in law enforcement, preserving our civil rights, prioritizing public safety and ensuring fair treatment for all in the Commonwealth.  I urge you to pass it quickly, as WE CAN NO LONGER WAIT! Thank you for hearing the voices of the people of Massachusetts.

Email Script to send Gov. Baker

(You must include your name and full address in your message)

Email Governor Baker at [email protected]

Dear Governor Baker,

I am a member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). I am writing to thank you for your public commitment to prioritize police reform and through your strong leadership you can bring this home. I urge you to act on that commitment by passing the strongest possible police accountability bill (S.2963). This bill goes a long way toward bending the arc toward racial justice in the Commonwealth, and your help is needed to retain the essential elements of the original bill.

We cannot allow the memories of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and countless others to be merely names on a police blotter. We can do better! The citizens of the Commonwealth are counting on you to fix our broken and discriminatory system.

The final bill must retain strong limits on the use of deadly force by police, strong definitions of bias-free policing, a timely enforcement mechanism by the community-inclusive POST commission, and strong limitations on the use of discriminatory facial recognition technology. This bill will make Massachusetts a leader once again in law enforcement, preserving our civil rights and eliminating the chronic wrongdoing that has plagued this state and tarnished its reputation.

We ask that you make the strongest possible law a reality today.

Thank you, (name)_____________(full address w/ zip)____________________

Email Script to send Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka

Dear Speaker DeLeo,

Dear President Spilka,

I am a member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). I am writing to thank you for your public commitment to police reform.Thank you for your leadership and you demonstrated this by getting it off the floor and out of conference. and to urge you to act on that commitment by passing the strongest possible police accountability bill (S.2963). This bill goes a long way toward bending the arc toward racial justice in the Commonwealth, and your help is needed to retain the essential elements of the original bill.

We cannot allow the memories of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and countless others to be merely names on a police blotter. We can do better! The citizens of the Commonwealth are counting on you to fix our broken and discriminatory system.

The final bill must retain strong limits on the use of deadly force by police, strong definitions of bias-free policing, a timely enforcement mechanism by the community-inclusive POST commission, and strong limitations on the use of discriminatory facial recognition technology. This bill will make Massachusetts a leader once again in law enforcement, preserving our civil rights and eliminating the chronic wrongdoing that has plagued this state and tarnished its reputation.

We ask that you make the strongest possible law a reality today.

Thank you, (name)_____________(full address w/ zip)____________________

Report Back to GBIO

Please let the GBIO know that you’ve made your voice heard by filling in this GBIO form.

Learn More About Police Reform in Massachusetts

Here are some resources to learn more about this important campaign:

a) The Bill

b) Bill Explainer, and here

c) Quick Overview of bill provisions

d) Governor Baker’s Amendment letter

e) House Roll Call Vote on S.2963

f)  GBIO Press Release (Dec. 1)

g) GBIO Amendment Press Release (Dec. 11)

h) News coverage with GBIO quotes (Globe, Commonwealth, MSN)

i)  Q&A with Senator William Brownsberger, lead Sen. negotiator