VICTORY: Easthampton City Council Presses Pause on Face Surveillance!

Easthampton, MA: On Wednesday, July 1, the Easthampton City Council unanimously voted to pass a moratorium on face surveillance. Easthampton now joins Springfield, Northampton, Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston which have all passed the legislation this year.

“We are particularly grateful to Councilor Homar Gomez, the ordinance’s lead sponsor, and to Councilor Thomas Peake, who co-sponsored this measure,” said Javier Luengo-Garrido, community advocate with The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice and coordinator of the Immigrant Protection Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. “We hope Easthampton will serve as a model for other cities and towns in the commonwealth looking to protect their residents from flawed, racially-biased surveillance technologies.”

The victory came after months of education and advocacy led by the ACLU of Massachusetts and The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice. Since March, dozens have attended educational webinars with face surveillance experts from across the country, local activists, and city councilors from Springfield, Northampton, and Easthampton. Community members across Western Massachusetts are ready to pass this common sense legislation that protects all of our neighbors.

“It doesn’t stop here,” said Gladys Franco, Chair of the Board of Directors for The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice. “Towns and cities in Western Massachusetts have a real opportunity to both send a message to the Commonwealth and keep everyone safe. This biased and racist technology has no place in our community. With victories in Northampton, Springfield, and now Easthampton, we are ready to empower our neighboring communities to pass this same measure. Our civil liberties depend on it. The time is now.”

THE RESISTANCE CENTER

FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE

BLACK LIVES MATTER

On Sunday May 31st, we hosted our Invest in Peace Fundraiser. Our organizing team decided to re-direct all funds donated to the Massachusetts Bail Fund. We're proud of our supporters, who raised $600.00 to free our neighbors trapped in the discriminatory bail system. Thank you to all who donated. #DefendBlackLives #DefundPolice #DemilitarizePolice

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A 50-YEAR LEGACY OF BRINGING CHANGE TO WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS.

The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice works to recognize and address the ills perpetuated by a culture of militarism and economic oppression in Western MA and beyond.

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The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice extensively tracks and catalogues the activity of military recruiters, weapons manufacturers, and related facilities across Western Massachusetts. The Resistance Center also organizes migrant justice efforts in both community and courtroom, conducts non-violent action training, and run an immersive and action-based youth internship program.