Chauvin Convicted! The Movement Must Continue for Real Change

Many in the U.S. and around the world are celebrating the conviction of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd last May. The guilty verdict on all three charges—third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and second-degree unintentional murder—is a welcome one. The verdict shows the power of the BLM movement from last summer and inContinue reading “Chauvin Convicted! The Movement Must Continue for Real Change”

Latest Police Killings Re-Ignite Protests; Movement Needs Organized Anti-Racist Struggle!

by Ashley Rogers On April 11th, Daunte Wright was murdered by police during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a city bordering Minneapolis, Minnesota. Following last year’s huge wave of protests over George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneanapolis police officer Derek Chauvin—who is on trial only ten miles from where Wright was killed—thisContinue reading “Latest Police Killings Re-Ignite Protests; Movement Needs Organized Anti-Racist Struggle!”

BREAKING: All Charges Dropped Against Anti-racist Protestors in Worcester, MA!

Activists and protesters in Worcester, Massachusetts have cause for celebration! All remaining charges against the protestors and bystanders attacked and arrested during anti-racist protests on June 1st, 2020 have been dropped! The Worcester Police Department’s attacks against the Black Lives Matter movement and our right to protest have been defeated.  At the last court hearingContinue reading “BREAKING: All Charges Dropped Against Anti-racist Protestors in Worcester, MA!”

City of Worcester’s Political Attack on Protesters Continues: Build a Campaign to Drop the Charges!

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

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”