I voted in favor of this bill because I heard the voices of our Black and Latino friends and neighbors, the Native and Asian members of our community, who described their fear each time they are confronted by police. Maybe the officer does not intend to put them in fear. Maybe the approach is reasonable, but the fear is real and it is understandable. These residents, young and old, explain how they are approached by police while driving more often than the rest of us. They explain how in many towns and cities they receive looks of suspicion for simply being there. Like my parents told me and I told my son, they tell their children to respect the police. But they also tell their children to fear the police. And they give their children “the talk” about keeping their hands in plain view, and not asking questions.
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A new bill that was just passed in Massachusetts will allow for greater voter access during this fall’s elections that includes early vote-by-mail.
Representative Ken Gordon and Senator Cindy Friedman joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature last week to pass a bill that expands voter access and ensures voters have safe voting options for all remaining 2020 elections, including the September 1 state primary and November 3 general election, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a joint release from their offices says. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on July 6.
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Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his colleagues in the House yesterday to pass a bill aimed at eliminating racial inequities in maternal health.
The bill will create a special legislative commission to make recommendations that reduce or remove the kind of racial inequities that result in women of color dying of pregnancy-related causes at more than double the rate of white women. The commission will gather information and raise awareness of this systemic societal problem, in addition to reporting on barriers to equitable maternal care and best practices for remedying inequities.
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