ECCO Campaign News & Blog
The Boston Globe | June 06, 2017
Ipswich votes to become a sanctuary town
Thanks to the Essex County Community Organization, Ipswich has joined the growing list of Massachusetts “sanctuary” cities and towns. With an overwhelming two-thirds majority vote.
Vard Johnson, a retired immigration attorney, is a strong supporter of the sanctuary act in his town. Johnson said the Ipswich Trust Act was necessary because “this is a time of some fear,” referring to President Trump’s emphasis on rounding up and deporting undocumented immigrants. Read more >>
Gloucester Times | May 02, 2017
Midweek Musings: A lifetime of ‘welcoming the stranger’
As I wind down from roughly 40 years or so of ministry in several different contexts, I’ve been pondering some of my most profound and transformative experiences. One such experience began in the South Bronx in 1980, when we mourned the murder of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and, later that year, the brutal murders of U.S. churchwomen Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, Jean Donavan and Dorthy Kazel. This all in the context of a terrible civil war that claimed the lives of thousands of Salvadoran peasants. Tragically and shamefully, as has too often been the case in my lifetime, our own government was fueling this war in support of a brutal Salvadoran government guilty of massive human rights abuses.
As my wife, Melanie, and I moved on to Pittsburgh in 1982… Read more >>
The Boston Globe | April 19, 2017
Lynn mourns Easter Sunday shooting victims
Religious leaders in Lynn plan to hold an interfaith prayer service on Thursday. For the Easter Sunday shooting that left ECCO leader Prince Belin hospitalized, and Lenny Clement deceased… Read more >>
WGBH News | February 21, 2017
5 Things To Know About Beacon Hill’s Proposed Criminal Justice Overhaul
Former Gov. Deval Patrick cracked open the issue of criminal justice reform in 2010 when he signed a law given to him by lawmakers reforming criminal background checks. At the time, a “part two” focusing on recidivism and mandatory minimum sentencing was promised, but never came to be… Read more >>