The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board announced it will not move forward with a new policy that would have marked driver’s licenses for non-renewal when someone does not pay their MBTA fare. Too often, debt-based driver’s license suspensions perpetuate financial instability.
A federal court denied two motions to dismiss claims in a lawsuit filed by the family of Madelyn Linsenmeir against the Springfield Police Department and Hampden County’s Sheriff Department, allowing the wrongful death suit to move forward.
Even as President Biden has taken swift and key executive actions in his first 100 days in office, the work ahead is significant—particularly on racial justice and immigration. Massachusetts policymakers cannot wait for the federal government to act on these issues.
Our immigration system locks up hundreds of thousands of immigrants unnecessarily every year, separating people from their loved ones and exposing detainees to inhumane conditions of confinement. The Biden administration was elected with a mandate to fix our broken immigration system.
When border officers search travelers' phones and laptops, they can access massive amounts of sensitive personal information. We are asking the Supreme Court to ensure that we don’t lose our privacy rights when we travel.
While this verdict brings rare accountability for police, achieving this outcome for George Floyd is only one step in addressing police abuse of power, disparate treatment, and excessive force against Black and Brown communities.