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“A city with barely half as many children as it had in 1950. And those who remain are likely to be in families that are poorer, on average, than the city as a whole.” #bospoli…
“Reasons, researchers say, range from the high cost of housing to the perception that the city’s public school system is inferior.”

Sound familiar, @BostonGlobe? Spend barrels of ink to paint @BostonSchools as “bad” and folks believe you.
What @BostonSchools suffers from is structural racism. White families fled the desegregation order. A district that serves largely black and brown students was left to physically crumble until facilities became an embarrassment. Decades of city leadership ignored them.
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1/ Proud to announce that I'm joining a team of progressive #EastBoston residents seeking election to our local Democratic ward committee. It's a wicked local #bospoli story, but I think what we're doing here really matters--and that you should try it too.

Yes, you.

2/ Ward committees are as local as local politics get. They are (or at least can be) the foundation of party organizing, and the aspirational face of a community. They're the closest thing to Jeffersonian democracy most of us will ever see. (Photo credit: @SecretaryofMass)
3/ And they're fun! This guy gets it
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1/11 I was curious about TOP TWEETS IN 2019 about #dyslexia #research. Are you?
(note: removed those with no content, ads and clearly not "research-based (e.g., dyslexia fonts claiming it's research based), & abbreviated some of their original tweets)
3/11 "The research says it all, hiring people with dyslexia will help future-proof the workplace." by @richardbranson.
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On this day 30 years ago, a non-binding referendum to change the Boston School Committee from an 11 member elected board to a 7 member appointed body passed with a razor-thin margin of 1.5% – but there is so much more to this story (1/15) #bospoli #BosEdEquity
Mayor Flynn was under immense pressure from the Boston Compact, the Private Industry Council, the Vault, & @ResearchBureau1 to change the governance structure of the Boston School Committee but after the ballot question's lukewarm reception by voters Flynn shelved the idea (2/15)
@ResearchBureau1 In Flynn’s neighborhood of South Boston the measure was defeated 2 to 1. African American voters in Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester (Wards 9, 12, & 14) voted overwhelmingly against the referendum. In total, 37% voted YES, 36% voted NO, & 26% left the question blank (3/15)
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.@wutrain says “what’s been happening hasn’t been working” and if it doesn’t change, we’ll be a city without families, a city that isn’t equal for everyone. “We’re not short on resources, or expertise...this is a problem of political will” #mapoli #bospoli
.@wutrain adds she was an Econ major so she was told all these warnings about rent control & that supply and demand will work out, but that’s not how she’s seen it work in the last several years at City Hall; she’s in support & it’s clear we need rent control
.@RepDaveRogers giving context on rent control in MA: in early 90’s RE interests got it to a state vote even though we only had it in 3 cities/towns (those voted to keep it but the state overall voted to abolish in a v close vote) #mapoli #bospoli
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Good morning to everyone except suburban racists who consider calling the police on black folk for canvassing across the street from their house #bospoli
Yesterday could've been my last if that white lady had called BPD & they had sent a racist, trigger-happy cop to "check things out". They could have "mistaken" my black ipad as a weapon & shot me & since @marty_walsh doesn't demand bodycams, it would've been legalized murder.
White people need to get it through their heads that the police are not their cust. service w/ glocks. The police are not trained to resolve conflicts- they are trained to use deadly force and that tool is considered for almost every situation.
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Every few hrs today I've remembered that a judge just denied an orphan's greencard bc he admitted to smoking marijuana and had a couple of photos (out of hundreds) on his phone goofing with hand signs and that little muscle just over my right eyesocket starts twitching again
Cannabis was legalized in MA the year he got here. And the photos weren't too off from these (to pull just a couple of examples from Googling "white people making gang signs" ), and I would bet my $900 car that the gang unit never came looking for these nice boys and girls
The kid's nowhere near gang-affiliated. I've known his adopted family for years. They keep a short leash. He was working two jobs. Had a baby on the way he's still never met after 14 months in ICE custody. There's no one for him in his home country, nothing but death. He's 21.
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Do you remember? Today, October 8, marks the 5 year anniversary of the closure of Long Island Bridge in #Boston, which cut hundreds of people off from shelter and recovery services. #BostonWarm #StillLongIsland #Bospoli 1/
"when the bridge was finally deemed unsafe for travel on the afternoon of Oct. 8, the city had no emergency evacuation plan in place." It was a disaster for the city of #Boston. So many lives were uprooted. #StillLongIsland #BostonWarm 2/…
Oh, deferred maintenance! Long Island Bridge was crumbling slowly and all of the sudden came down. "We've known for seven or eight years. As did the city. Not a surprise to a lot of folks who know about transportation," #StillLongIsland…
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I’ve had conversations about @BostonSchools #ExamSchools with equity advocates, but also with folks I’ve met knocking doors across the city. I appreciate that @BCassellius faces the same political barriers her predecessors did on the topic of admissions. #bospoli
The statistics for #BostonLatinSchool, considered by some to be BPS’ “crown jewel” are plain enough. In a district ~14% white, BLS enrollment is ~46% white.
In a district ~31% Black and ~42% Latinx, BLS enrollment is 7.5% and 12.5% respectively.
Some folks argue that such a disparity is simply the result of “merit-based admissions.” That thinking imagines students in a racial and socio-economic vacuum, not the city of Boston where white family wealth is more than 20x that of families of color.…
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For my fellow white #bospoli voters, especially those of us in District 5: A thread on place, identity, and entitlement.
I’ve knocked on a lot of doors this cycle, and talked to a lot of voters in Rozzie and Hyde Park. As the Boston City Council edges toward a majority POC body, one theme I’ve heard from white voters is a concern over “identity politics”.
This worry over candidates of color (who note their own perspectives as an attribute) assumes that electeds can’t provide constituent services while ALSO working to promote #equity in a city with a huge racial wealth gap. It also ignores the fact that…
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Gooood moooorning #Boston it's a beautiful day to vote in an off-year low-turnout city election w/serious implications for the future of our city!

Here's my at-large slate--you have a few hours to change my mind:

St. Guillen

Full credit to @ScamwellTarly and others who immediately inspired a quick revision to this list!
Also, any day I have a chance to vote for @LydiaMEdwards is a good day

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Hundreds of our neighbors signed our petition in support of the proposed BTD design for Centre St in West Roxbury! The design includes important changes that would make this stretch of Centre safer for all street users. (Thread) #SaferCentreSt
The #SaferCentreSt design is a 4-to-3 lane conversion, a proven method for making 4 lane streets safer. Information about the design proposed by BTD can be found here:
Information about 4-to-3 conversion style road diets, common myths about these designs, and examples of successful implementation of these designs across the country, can be found here:
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#Boston gave white supremacist thugs obsessed w/exterminationist violence a permit for today's sad #straightprideparade & allowed every overtime-seeking cop in eastern MA to assault us

We need a @BOSCityCouncil investigation to keep this from happening again

#bospoli #defendBOS
@BOSCityCouncil The motives & associations of the organizers and their supporters (well beyond the dumbass #straightpride cover) were easily knowable. If nothing else, Milo has been a reliable Nazi stooge for years now. Why give him a platform, his fans an excuse?…
@BOSCityCouncil Events like today's are held to (1) give fascists (& fash-curious) a chance to feel comfortable in public & (2) to provoke antifa. That's it. That's all.

How is that a permit? And on one of the city's busiest weekends?
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Our first open meeting in town was a great success! We had 35 attendees including @classicwenty, @wutrain, @ShannMurph617 from @MattOMalley’s office, @votepaulsully10 from @mfflaherty’s office, and @juliaforboston. Everyone who showed up wants a #SaferCentreSt for our @WRMS.
Our goal was to continue the important conversation that began earlier this year after the tragic death of Marilyn Wentworth, who was killed on February 5, 2019, in a car crash while walking across Centre St. to buy a cup of coffee from @ElRecreoCoffee
That same month, @BostonBTD and @MattOMalley engaged the community and heard that many residents involved in crashes when walking in town. @PeterFurth also talked about his prior analysis. We all demanded a #SaferCentreSt!
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1/ Spent the AM listening to @slate's reading of the lowlights of the #MuellerReport. Now waiting my turn watching some of my most disadvantaged neighbors grind through the broken machinery of the #Boston "justice" system.

Sing in me, Muse, of my righteous fucking fury

2/ The #MuellerReport explains in detail how the U.S. President worked to actively obstruct an active and open federal investigation w/o consequence.

Here in the #Boston Municipal Court, a group of young men are about to go to jail for riding dirtbikes on the highway.
3/ The #MuellerReport proves that the Trump campaign was lousy w/Russian contacts, & that the President's son was desperately thirsty for stolen oppo.

Here in the BMC, a DA is explaining to the judge why he needs more time to prosecute a deaf homeless man for a minor drug crime.
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TY @reillyadam & @GreaterBoston for having me on w/@ACLU_Mass superstar Adriana Lafaille, and for getting this appalling statement from @DADanConley that my written request that they not share my client's info w/ICE was "wholly unreasonable"

For context, here's one of several threads on the client we're discussing and the enormous harm information sharing between BPD/@DADanConley & ICE is doing to immigrant communities

And here's my response to that statement

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In @HealthyBoston briefing with @wutrain @CampbellforD4 @EdforBoston @LydiaMEdwards where updates are being provided about efforts to improve #trauma response and recovery models by the City working with CBOs, #healthcenters and #hospitals.
In my 8yrs on the Council, I have convened 7 hearings on #trauma, each with a different focus. Although more work remains, I am encouraged to hear that many of the recs offered up by impacted persons & communities at our hrgs & listening sessions were integrated into new system
Data collection of phase 1 implementation indicates that 75% of clients for #trauma response and recovery efforts were #Black #AfricanAmerican #Hispanic #Latino, AND 74% of clients reported chronic exposure to a single (11%) or multiple forms of #violence (63%)
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Unanimous support @BOSCityCouncil for @AnnissaForBos Resolution in support of @RepDanRyan amendment #1 to H.4730 the foundation budget bill. Of course, we must continue to revisit how #BPS dedicates & allocates its dollars but the fact remains,
We need more revenue & should not be forced to choose between a #BPS #school #nurse a #librarian or #paraprofessional for a #SPED classroom, or continue to underfund #MadisonPark H.S. These are unenviable & unfair choices.
We need an alignment of #BPS vision, priorities & financial investment AND we need more revenue. TY @AnnissaForBos @RepDanRyan @marty_walsh
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Today, I filed a resolution urging the Massachusetts State Legislature and Governor Charlie Baker to pass & sign into law the #NASTYWomenAct - a bill to scrap outdated laws banning contraception & abortion across the Commonwealth. Stay tuned at 12pm for the @BOSCityCouncil mtg!
The constant attacks on women’s rights to self-determination & safe, competent reproductive healthcare - including abortion - know no bounds. The appointment of another conservative justice to the Supreme Court threatens the critical federal protections afforded by #RoevWade.
That a deep blue state like Massachusetts still has draconian laws on the books to punish women & criminalize the right to choose is morally reprehensible & must be changed - I urge the Legislature and Governor Baker to pass the “NASTY Women” Act into law with all possible speed.
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UPDATE: Client arrested in #EastBoston court still in #ICE custody. Fighting to get him out, but that's not what this thread is about.

This thread is about how @bostonpolice carelessly railroaded an innocent man & handed him to ICE

#AbolishICE #bospoli

BPD maintains a "gang assessment database" with the Boston Region Intelligence Center, "fusion center" which combines the worst information and impulses of local, state, and federal law enforcement. Their intel on suspected gang members is... well, it's bad. It's very bad.
The database gives BPD cover to "confirm" who is a "VERIFIED & ACTIVE" gang member. It's a serious allegation, something they'd be immediately sued for publicly suggesting about a white Bostonian. But determine that someone is young, male, & Salvadoran.... and here we are:
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Yesterday #ICE physically restrained my client just outside the #EastBoston District Court clerk's office immediately after he made bail. The chief of probation said it was the first time in 40 yrs immigration authorities had actually entered the courthouse.
2/ He is 21 years old. No crim record. 1 month away from a greencard. Facing serious harm if deported.

We had done everything possible to keep him from #ICE, but even the #Boston #TrustAct could not protect him.

This is a problem.

@LydiaMEdwards @marty_walsh @adrianmadaro
3/ Even when they are on a state-issued GPS bracelet, ICE officers will cut the bracelet off and toss it back onto a probation officer's desk. Even so, probation told me that they are officially "neutral" on #ICE actions. I tried to explain that there is no "neutral" here.
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