2017 Resident Toolkit – A Guide to Policing Issues in Boston

Families for Justice as Healing collaborated with ACLU of MassachusettsMuslim Justice LeagueDigital FourthCouncil on American-Islamic Relations – MassachusettsJewish Voice for Peace – BostonYoung AbolitionistsBoston Police Camera Action Team, and Boston Coalition for Police Accountability on creating a toolkit for the 2017 Boston City Elections.

Policing issues affect all aspects of life in Boston. We expect any elected officials to have a plan for addressing systemic racism and injustice in our city.

We created the toolkit for residents so we have more info and context to engage in the upcoming election around issues of policing. The toolkit features background info, example questions to ask candidates, and possible policy solutions to address racial bias and abuses of power.

The toolkit covers:

Issue: Immigration and Police Policy

Issue: Surveillance of Muslims

Issue: Racial Profiling

Issue: Drug arrests

Issue: Police Militarization and Use of Force

Issue: Plain clothes policing

Issue: Overtime Spending

Issue: Transparency and Public Accountability

The toolkit also offers some tips for engaging with candidates. There’s a calendar of events and links to all the candidates’ social media. Whether you’re still deciding or your actively supporting a campaign, there are ways to challenge candidates and push for policing reforms in our city.
Featured image photo credit: Derek Hanlon
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