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Black staffers demand change on Beacon Hill

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Chris Lisinski
State House News Service

Pointing to racist behavior they have faced while working on Beacon Hill, a coalition of Black legislative staffers urged Democratic leaders Wednesday to reform hiring practices, increase workplace supports for people of color, and prioritize the racial justice impacts of bills under consideration.

The Beacon BLOC group, which appears to have unveiled a public presence Wednesday, penned a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Karen Spilka and Secretary of State William Galvin with eight specific demands to make the State House “a place that values and supports Black Staffers.”

The organization also called for Spilka and DeLeo to extend the formal lawmaking session set to expire Friday — something DeLeo proposed on Wednesday — so legislators have more time to complete work on bills critical to Black communities, such as landmark policing reform legislation that is being negotiated by a six-member conference committee and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  1. SocialCrusticeCrusader

    August 1, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Give in to BLM or you are racist. All white people must divest themselves and their families of all assets, as these assets have been gained through systemic and systematic racism.

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