Hampden County’s Pepper Spray Problem

Use of force reports from the Hampden County Correctional Center reveal disproportionate use of chemical force against prisoners with psychiatric disabilities By Seth Kershner (CW for violence against incarcerated people and particularly neurodivergent folks.) In a video posted on Masslive last year, Sgt. Joseph Celetti, a Hampden County Sheriff’s Department employee and academy commandant at … Continue reading Hampden County’s Pepper Spray Problem

The Censorship of Pro-Palestinian Voices

A Q+A with attorney Rachel Weber with a photo gallery by Jen Patrice Last month, a longtime pro-Israel, pro-Zionist lawyer filed a lawsuit on behalf of three unnamed UMass Amherst students attempting to censor — or at least move — an event at the university about, ironically, the censorship of pro-Palestinian voices. Lawyer Rachel Weber … Continue reading The Censorship of Pro-Palestinian Voices

Attorney General reviews Mayor’s Panhandling Work Group for alleged Open Meeting Law violations

Dear readers, We wanted to update you on a story we’ve been following for quite some time. On April 9th, 2018, we leaked a confidential report from the Mayor’s Workgroup on Panhandling — an “advisory group” intended to give the mayor advice on “non legislative” and “non punitive” ways to, we learned from the report, … Continue reading Attorney General reviews Mayor’s Panhandling Work Group for alleged Open Meeting Law violations