Worcester City Council Ignores Community, Approves More Police Funding

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

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

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

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

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

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”

Un programa socialista para luchar contra el racismo y la brutalidad policial

Lea aquí el nuevo folleto del Grupo Socialista Independiente contra el racismo y la brutalidad policial Protestas explosivas contra la brutalidad policial han surgido en todo Estados Unidos tras los asesinatos de George Floyd, Breonna Taylor y Ahmaud Arbery. Nosotros, en el Grupo Socialista Independiente, hemos redactado el siguiente programa en respuesta. Esperamos que puedaContinue reading “Un programa socialista para luchar contra el racismo y la brutalidad policial”

Shootings in WI Show Need for Anti-Racist Movement to Step Up Pressure

On August 23rd Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by police in Wisconsin. The shooting has left him paralyzed. Why was Blake shot? Because he was walking away from a fight he tried to de-escalate until police arrived. Yet when the police arrived, the situation became tragic. On the night of AugustContinue reading “Shootings in WI Show Need for Anti-Racist Movement to Step Up Pressure”

Who’s Afraid of the Black Panthers? Lessons from the Black Panther Party

by Samuel Skinner As Marx correctly noted in the Communist Manifesto, the ruling ideas in any era are the ideas of the ruling class. The history that is published in school textbooks and made into TV mini-series is distorted in order to protect and support the capitalist system. Popular narratives of the Civil Rights movementContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Black Panthers? Lessons from the Black Panther Party”