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FACTS — 43% of Inmates in ESSEX COUNTY Jails have not been convicted of any crime (about 450 people)   On February 16th, ECCO led a criminal justice reform meeting addressing a range of issues affecting Massachusetts on a state-level. This meeting was held in response to the “lack of findings” recorded by the state in a study conducted by the Council on State Governments (CSG). Who solely focused on after prison reform and did not inc...

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Last Sunday, over 70 people gathered to ask the Governor not to target immigrants by enforcing the federal PEP program that has lead to millions of deportations and the destruction of immigrant families. After ECCO clergy delivered a letter, see here, to Gov. Baker signed by over 20 organizations, we united in a blessing on the Governor’s home praying that he may develop policy that safeguard civil and human rights. Here is the Boston Globe art...

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From: Teka Lumumba Nkrumah, ECCO Leader, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Success with the Lynn Police This Monday, I had the honor of attending the Beloved Community campaign with Police Chief Coppinger, along with about 15 of my Lynn-based brothers and sisters and 10 police officers.  At the meeting, we shared our belief that all of us need training to address our unintentional racial biases, and invited the police to attend and help plan...

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During the past three days the Department of Homeland Security has engaged in round ups of Central American undocumented immigrants throughout the country. ECCO immigrant leaders attended a meeting yesterday in Boston with other community-based organizations and heard reports that round ups have occurred already in East Boston, Chelsea, and Revere. We denounce this new policy of targeting our Central American sisters and brothers who have come to...