THE SAFE COMMUNITIES ACT (S.1305 and H.3269)
An Act to Protect the civil rights of all state residents!
On Wed May 17, a group of women from Cape Cod Women for Change visited the statehouse along with Commissioners from the Cape and Islands Commission on the Status of Women to advocate for our priority legislation
. We were disappointed that none of our Cape GOP House Representatives or Senator are planning to support this bill. House Representative Will Crocker told us he won’t support it because he wants to protect police, which shows he hasn’t read or doesn’t understand the purpose of this bill.*
Now this bill is heading to a hearing in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee on June 9th, and we need letters sent to the committee members, as written testimony.
(If all of these contacts seem overwhelming please at least email a letter to Chair Naughton)
House: Rep Harold P. Naughton, Jr. Chair, Rep Alan Silvia, Vice Chair, Joint Committee Public Safety & Homeland Security, State House,24 Beacon St., Room 167,Boston, MA, 02133 – please email letters to both: Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov Alan.Silvia@mahouse.gov
and Senate: Senator Michael Moore Vice Chair, Joint Committee Public Safety & Homeland Security, 24 Beacon St. Room 507, Boston, MA 02133 – Email: Michael.Moore@masenate.gov
Please cc to:
Rep David Vieira David.Vieira@mahouse.gov (Rep Vieira is only Cape Legislator who is a member of this committee) and to the Legislative Leadership (Senate and House leadership needs to know from us directly how we feel) Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov
*Key features of the Safe Communities Act
1. Prohibits state support for any Muslim registry.
2. Ensures basic due process rights for all immigrants detained in facilities.
3. Ensures that police resources are used to fight crime and not become ICE Agents. Studies show when police become ICE agents, immigrant victims/witnesses of crime are afraid to call police, which makes us all less safe.
4. Prohibits agreements which deputize state and local officers as ICE agents.
5. Upholds constitutional standards.
6. Conforms to federal law.
*THE ACT DOES NOT PREVENT POLICE FROM ARRESTING OR DETAINING A PERSON IN THE COURSE OF AN INVESTIGATION OR PROSECUTION SUPPORTED BY PROBABLE CAUSE OF A CRIME, WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARDS APPLICABLE TO ALL PEOPLE IN THE COMMONWEALTH.
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