City of Worcester’s Political Attack on Protesters Continues: Build a Campaign to Drop the Charges! (3/12/2021) - by Sam Skinner Since November, the Independent Socialist Group (ISG) has campaigned to drop the charges against the anti-racist protestors who were brutally attacked and arrested on June 1st, 2020 in Worcester, MA. After a Black Lives Matter (BLM) rally sponsored by Councilor Krystian King on the afternoon of June 1st, a group of protestorsContinue reading "City of Worcester’s Political Attack on Protesters Continues: Build a Campaign to Drop the Charges!"
Worcester City Council Ignores Community, Approves More Police Funding (1/22/2021) - But while the previous extra quarter of a million dollars allocated was ridiculous, the plan put forward at the City Council meeting this Tuesday, January 19th, was insidious. The request: $150,000 for an expansion of “ShotSpotter” acoustic shot detection surveillance—and for “ShotSpotter Connect,” a “predictive policing” technology that aims to use artificial intelligence and the data from a city-wide surveillance network to, in essence, "predict crime before it occurs."
Solidarity Campaign Continues Defense of Anti-Racist Activism (1/17/2021) - By Nicholas Wurst On Friday January 15, Worcester Independent Socialist Group (ISG) organized a second round of actions in defense of the anti-racist protestors arrested last June. The protest in June was demanding justice for George Floyd. Friday’s actions were organized to coincide with a court hearing for nine of the arrested protestors and bystanders. Continue reading "Solidarity Campaign Continues Defense of Anti-Racist Activism"
Drop the Charges: An Interview with Worcester Anti-Racist Protester (12/14/2020) - The Independent Socialist Group interviewed one of those arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest in June. On the night of June 1st, heavily armed Worcester Police followed and antagonized a group of peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in the Main South neighborhood, before indiscriminately attacking and arresting both protesters and bystanders. The Worcester PoliceContinue reading "Drop the Charges: An Interview with Worcester Anti-Racist Protester"
Some Charges Dismissed – Solidarity Campaign Continues (11/21/2020) - by Samuel Skinner Yesterday, November 20th, court proceedings began for the people arrested back in June in Worcester, MA while participating in the anti-racist movement. On the night of June 1st, heavily armed Worcester Police followed and antagonized a group of peaceful protesters in the Main South neighborhood, before indiscriminately attacking and arresting protesters andContinue reading "Some Charges Dismissed – Solidarity Campaign Continues"
SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: Drop The Charges — Defend the Anti-Racist Movement (11/13/2020) - On June 1st, Worcester police and tactical units instigated an attack on anti-racist protesters in yet another example of rampant police brutality. Following a protest at City Hall against the racist murder of George Floyd, police cornered a small march and filled the streets with enough pepper balls and smoke grenades to make it throughContinue reading "SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: Drop The Charges — Defend the Anti-Racist Movement"
Breonna Taylor’s Killers Defended by US Injustice System (9/25/2020) - Anti-racist movement must call mass protests nationwide Of the Louisville police officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor, only one has been charged, 4 months after her killing. That officer is charged with “wanton endangerment” for firing rounds that hit a neighboring apartment. Two officers have had their actions ruled as “justified” and willContinue reading "Breonna Taylor’s Killers Defended by US Injustice System"