After months of organizing by Black Families Together, the Board of Health, the Human Rights Commission, LEON, the Worcester branch of the NAACP, Worcester Interfaith, and others, City Manager Ed Augustus and his office broke months of silence and released a list of reforms aimed at addressing systemic racism in the WPD and the broader Worcester government. The full report can be read here.
These reforms and many other items are on the agenda for Tuesday night. Our scripts focus on 4 key issues. We encourage callers to choose 1 or 2 that they are most passionate about.
- Removing School Resource Officers (SROs) from schools and creating a school safety plan that eliminates “day to day presence” of WPD at schools
- Deploying social workers or other licensed counselors instead of police to mental health calls
- Banning the use of facial recognition technology
- Increasing transparency and accountability of WPD officers
ShotSpotter Connect is also on the agenda. The city has refused to give us information that we have officially requested about it, and we have filed a complaint with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Read more about the complaint here. And feel free to bring it up on Tuesday!
If you’d like to send an email, you can find email templates here
Here’s the information you will need to call in:
By phone: Dial 415-655-0001 (Access Code 160 981 8577)
Download the free Webex video conferencing software
Event URL: https://cow.webex.com/cow/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7b49f0121c71c4932e30a27cc75579d4
We hope to hear from you on Tuesday night!