We are already seeing positive change
We’ve already seen positive change in Massachusetts and beyond. As we fight together for a more just world, these achievements make future progress possible.
Teachers, families, and students successfully advocated for the cancellation of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) testing this year. Even under normal circumstances, the MCAS is an inadequate measure of student learning and school performance, but this year it would be especially harmful because students are learning from home without in-person teaching, and with uneven access to technology.
Grassroots housing activists demanded—and won!—passage of legislation protecting renters and homeowners by placing a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until 45 days after the pandemic state of emergency is lifted.
After the Massachusetts Department of Health released its COVID-19 “Crisis Standards of Care,” activists, health care providers, elected officials and others objected to the guidelines on the grounds they would lead to more deaths among people with disabilities and people of color by allocating scarce medical resources according, in part, to history of pre-existing conditions and discriminatory assumptions about quality and value of life. Guidelines were revised in response to these criticisms, but remain inadequate.
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