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News :: Labor
Full Scale State-Wide Alert!!! Romney Gutting Affirmative Action Again!
11 Jun 2004
TO ALL MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN TRADITIONALLY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST:
' PEOPLE OF COLOR '    -    ' WOMEN ' -   ' SEXUAL PREFERENCE '
' VIETNAM ERA VETERANS '  -  ' PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO EVERY NOOK &  CRANNEY OF

EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD IN MASSACHUSETTS

THIS IS A FULL SCALE STATE-WIDE ALERT

TO ALL MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN TRADITIONALLY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST:
' PEOPLE OF COLOR '    -    ' WOMEN ' -   ' SEXUAL PREFERENCE '
' VIETNAM ERA VETERANS '  -  ' PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES '
' OTHER '

______________________________________________________________________________

Legislative Black Caucus will hold an 

STATE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION POLICY HEARING...
"so that citizens can express their views and suggest changes"
 
June 14, 2004 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
(EVENING HEARING)
 
Roxbury Community College
'1234 Columbus Avenue'
Student Building - (2nd Floor Cafeteria)
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This hearing is in response to the fact that...
 
The Romney Administration is up to its old tricks.
 
Despite overwhelming community opposition,
the Governor's folks are trying to...
gut affirmative action again.
 
IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT AS MANY FOLKS SHOW UP AS POSSIBLE !!!
 
If we don't pack the June 14th hearing
 
Governor Romney will get away with this...
 
and we'll have nobody to blame but ourselves !!!
 
Please attend and tell your friends, neighbors, colleagues..everyone you know.
 
...And now a word from MASAA
 
June 7, 2004
MEMORANDUM:
TO:  MASAA and concerned citizens
FROM:  Horace Small, MASAA Coordinator
 SUBJECT:  Proposed changes in Affirmative Action
 
Brothers and Sisters,
 
The much ballyhooed Advisory Council put together by the Governor to re-write his Executive Order on Affirmative Action has completed their work.  And while these individuals are not the Executive Order Dream Team Mitt put together to develop the fool proof death penalty elixir, his Advisory Council on Affirmative Action crafted an executive order that is flawed and in the end will cause great harm to minorities, women, and all in search of fairness and justice.
 
To truly understand just how flawed a document it is, please read the attached talking points. They detail the key points of interest in the prior executive order and the changes the Governor' committee proposes.   
 
I write because we are all crunched for time.  The Governor intended to sign his Executive Order on the 17th, the one year anniversary.  However, because the Massachusetts Legislative Black Caucus demanded that the Governor delay his decision so that citizens be allowed to give some input to the new order, (yea caucus!)  our man Mitt complied and will now sign the order on the 24th.  The Caucus is hosting a hearing on the proposed order on Monday June 14th at Roxbury Community College in the The Student Building (2nd floor cafateria) from 6-9pm, so that citizens can express their views and suggest changes.
 
What...you thought he postponed signing his order in honor of Reagan? 
 
Anyway, what it means is that we have a few more days to work towards changing the language in the order so that it can reflect the will of the people of the Commonwealth.
 
What's also important is that members of the Advisory Council be informed that the document is flawed, and that they still have time to make the necessary changes.
 
 While there is still time to make this executive order representative of the will of the people of the commonwealth, we ask that you pleeeeeeeeze do the following:
 
·        Call the Governors Office (617-725-4000) and demand that he make the essential changes to E.O.452. (use the enclosed talking points)
 
·        Call members of the Advisory Council and encourage them to make the necessary changes to 452.  Explain to them that you have great concern regarding the document, and tell them what you'd like to see changed.  A list of the targeted members are enclosed
 
·        Send letters, post cards, faxes and emails to the Governor's office, letters to the editor, your State Reps and Senators.  Demand they take action.
 
·        Join us for a prayer service on Wednesday June 23rd for an old style civil rights rally and prayer that the Governor do the right thing to help save affirmative action.
 
·        And don't forget to pass the word on the hearing that's been called by the Black Caucus at Roxbury Community College on the 14th from 6-9pm. (details forthcoming in the next email.)
 
Your help at this time is both urgent and critical.  Do not let Massachusetts become the national leader in repealing fairness and justice.  And do feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need more information.
  
Peace
Horace
 
PLEASE CONTACT THESE MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNOR'S
DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL!
 
 
-    State Senator Dianne Wilkerson                                                      617  722-2200
-    State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez                                                               617  722-2200
-    Pamela Dashiell  General Council Attorney Gen. office                 617  727-2075
-    Ralph Cooper @ Veterans Benefits Clearinghouse                        617  541-8846
-    Rev. Richard Richardson   Childrens Services Roxbury                617  989-9400
-    Leonard Alkins   Boston NAACP                                                     617  427-9490
 
____________________________________________________________________
 
Affirmative Action Talking Points
Prepared by the Massachusetts Alliance to Save Affirmative Action (MASAA)
For more information call 617-541-4111 or umnunity (at) att.net
 
June 17th, 2003 Bunker Hill Day...a holiday & with no warning or community input...Gov. Mitt Romney issued Executive Order 452 which revoked all previous executive orders on Affirmative Action.  After months of closed meetings and virtually NO PUBLIC input the governors new 'diversity policy' is set to go into effect June 17th 2004.  We believe that the governor is undoing over 30 years of hard wrought civil rights policy.  Below are our demands of the Governor and our reasons. 
 
 
1. Declare Affirmative Action as POLICY of Executive Branch and that it INCLUDE WOMEN and MINORITIES
 
Gov. new policy:
?        Specifically mentions the re-instatement of affirmative action programs for people with disabilities and Vietnam era veterans but DOES NOT PROVIDE A SINGLE MENTION OF AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN AND MINORITIES!
?        Makes the weakened pledge to "recommit" and "recognize" affirmative action but does NOT declare it Employment Policy of the Commonwealth's Executive Branch workforce which is the state's largest.
 
Prior Policy:
?        Mandates that affirmative action would serve as a policy of the Commonwealth's Executive Branch "to ensure equality of opportunity" in a manner which "entail[s] positive and aggressive measures...in areas of hiring, promotion, demotion or transfer, recruitment, layoff or termination, rate of compensation, and in-service or apprenticeship training programs" for WOMEN and MINORITIES. (EO 74 signed by Gov. Sargent)
 
2. Distinguish in the new order, between the ASPIRATION of DIVERSITY and the MEANS by which to achieve it, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
 Gov. new policy:
?        Uses the terms diversity and affirmative action interchangeably throughout the proposed order - implying that if we simply declare our wish for a diverse and representative state workforce then we don't need a method to actually help us get there.  For 34 years, that method has been affirmative action, unfortunately our ideal of reaching a state workforce that is truly representative of the Massachusetts population has still not been realized.  The proposed new order also lacks any real enforcement, monitoring or other mechanisms to ensure equality!
 
Prior Policy:
?        Recognizes that AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS THE MEANS BY WHICH DIVERSITY IS ACHIEVED and that positive, affirmative steps must be taken to remedy past and current discrimination. 
 
3. Maintain INDEPENDENCE of Affirmative Action OVERSIGHT

Gov. new policy:
?        NO DIRECT ACCOUNTABILITY to GOVERNOR'S OFFICE and NO INDEPENDANT ACCOUNTABILITY and OVERSIGHT
?        Affirmative action and non-discrimination are therefore NOT an executive priority
 
Prior Policy:
?        The State Office of Affirmative Action was set apart as a separate-watch-dog type agency which oversaw the Commonwealth's affirmative action, equal opportunity and non-discrimination policies with a separate, independent director who was empowered by reporting directly to the governor and the highest level cabinet secretary. 
 
4. Employ Top Down ACCOUNTABILITY for EQUAL OPOURTUNITY and NON-DISCRIMINATION
 
Gov. new policy:
?        Secretaries SET THEIR OWN STANDARDS, decide if they violate them and report THEMSELVES to the governor's office for compliance enforcement! 
Prior Policy:
?        The governor, through a highly placed person possessing the requisite expertise in the areas of affirmative action and equal opportunity, was responsible for holding secretaries accountable for non-compliance with standards and accountability measures determined by the Commonwealth's policy on affirmative action. 
 
5. Involve Stakeholders and community input in policy making - especially on issues of civil rights
 
Gov. new policy:
?        The current Advisory Council appointed by Governor Romney does not represent the concerns of people affected by the new policy - they have neither the motivation, community based constituency or ability to represent groups' interests beyond themselves.   It does not recognize that just because someone holds a particular status it does not mean that they truly know and understand the needs of community beyond just their own membership in it. 
 
Prior Policy:
?        Under former Executive Order 236, actual constituencies most knowledgeable about the needs of the communities involved in the affirmative action programs were appointed to assist the governor with those policies.  Executive Order 236 required an Advisory Council comprised of  "a person representing the concerns" of handicapped persons (people with disabilities), Vietnam-era Veterans, linguistic minorities, minority/women contractors, women, racial minorities, and a national affirmative action organization. EO 236 (1-7) 
 
6. Be TRANSPARENT about Executive Branch Employment practices
 Gov. new policy:
?        Community input was not sought by the Governor prior to erasing this vitally important civil rights policy
?        No outreach on this issue through the media, community-based organizations and until very recently, the state's website or
?        Gives the implicit message to communities of color, women and other minorities that their voice is of little or no consequence to those in the highest positions of power in this state
 
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IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT AS MANY FOLKS SHOW UP AS POSSIBLE !!!
 
' THE END. '
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   OR IS IT JUST THE BEGINNING?  YOU DECIDE!!!

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IS MASSACHUSETTS LAWS BEING FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET?
12 Jun 2004
Sounds like Mitt is shadowing Bonzo. A Bonzo wannabee!
Look at our states representatives. Worthless. Not saying a word. All of them are sorry asses!
All of them need to pack their bags and leave in shame.
When the hell are we going to get some people with guts in the state house?
And the media. Massachusetts main stream media is one of the worst in this country! No news. Repeated crap all day long! We should demand better! (California and Chicago has much better news.)
Time to find people with logical minds, to run against Mitt, now! This guy is one racist, we don't need!
(Let's send him back to Utah!)