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MCAN and our allies are celebrating a big win for the Jobs Not Jails Coalition that we helped to lead! We won repeal of the automatic driver’s license suspension levied against any person convicted of drug possession in Massachusetts, and repeal of the minimum $500 fine to get the license back. Many legislators stepped up on this. After a 4 year organizing fight, this bill repeals a 27-year old relic from the War on Drugs that has backfired by ...

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We had an inspiring and energetic meeting on Monday night at Zion Baptist Church – thank you for those of you who joined us. Event Recap We gathered together to share, to learn, and to plan a path forward in our Beloved Community Campaign. Through our collective brainstorming, we generated some exciting ideas about how to reach those most affected by policing practices so we can document their experiences – thank you for your great id...

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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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In April, I traveled with ECCO clergy and leaders to Philadelphia to participate in a training about Pope Francis’ teachings on social justice. Together with hundreds of leaders we prayed and studied together. We came together as Christians from many denominations, in a unified spirit to address the pain we see in the world. I was inspired by the words of Cardinal Óscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, one of the Pope’s closest advisors, who spoke to ou...