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SIT-IN AT HEALTH DEPARTMENT
22 Feb 2001
In oppostion to proposed CORI (Criminal Offender Record Investigations) regulations 7 people remain inside the Departmment of Public Health. They will maintain their vigil throughout the night and into tomorrow.
Today February 22, 20 people met with Commission Koh of the Department of
Public Health, in opposition to the proposed Criminal Offender Record
Investigations (CORI) regulations. These regulations will prohibit
ex-felons to be employed by any human service agencies. These regulations
will make it difficult if not impossible for former felons to reintegrate
into society.

In light of this, 7 people have staged a sit-in in the Department of Public
Health and will remain there through the night and into tomorrow. At this
time, no arrests have been made as they have been allowed to maintain their
vigil in the conference room. They include former political prisoner Kazi
Toure and Boston City Councilor, Chuck Turner.

They ask that people come out to join them Friday morning. The doors open
at 8am and people will be allowed in the conference room. The location is
250 Washington St. Dowtown Boston.
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DENIED ACCESS
23 Feb 2001
People who will be stopping by DPH today to support the sit-in should know that they will NOT be allowed to enter the building. I went this morning, and was told by a deputy commissioner, Deborah Klein Something, that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts prohibited my entering the building unless I had an appointment with someone. This, despite the fact that yesterday I waltzed in and out of the building all day, with no pretense of having appointments with anybody.
THERE WILL BE A RALLY FROM 12-2 OUTSIDE THE BUILDING!! PLEASE ATTEND!! BRING SIGNS!!
It is now more important than ever to show DPH officials that the activists inside have a strong support system on the outside.
You could also show support by stopping by throughout the day anyway, and demand to be allowed to see the protesters. Remind them that citizens of Massachusetts have the right to access to public buildings, and that claims of a "security risk" are bogus where the protest has been entirely peaceful. (But be nice to the poor guy at the front desk - he's very sweet and, I think, stressed out by the whole thing. Ask to see the Commissioner or one of his deputies instead.)
Another way of showing your support would be to call Commissioner Koh (617-624-5200) and let him know that you support Turner and the others.
Feel free to e-mail me for more info, directions, etc.
Sit-In Continues
23 Feb 2001
The sit-in will continue throughout the weekend and into next week. A solidarity protest will continue each day at of the sit-in. 12pm, 250 Washington St.