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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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Massachusetts Safe Communities Act The Safe Communities Act would protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrant families or to create a Muslim registry. Summary No state support for Muslim registry. Prohibits access to information in state databases for use in any federal registry program based on national origin, religion or other protected characteri...

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This week, we have witnessed two more senseless deaths of young Black men at the hands of police — Philando Castile in St. Paul, MN and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA.  What do I tell the youth at Zion Baptist…how do I comfort them, be honest with them and yet restore their hope in a system that is clearly uneven?   In times like these, when it is so easy to turn inward and shut down, we invite you to turn to each other and join ...

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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...