Join us to gather signatures in support of local police accountability at Worcester Pride!
We’ll be meeting up at 11:30 for a quick training, and then headed out to Pride to gather signatures on postcards in support of Community Control Over Police Surveillance (CCOPS), an ordinance that would require the Worcester Police Department to be transparent in its purchases and use of surveillance technologies.
The ability to control how law enforcement use powerful surveillance technologies is about more than just privacy. For communities targeted by police, CCOPS is also about safety. The LGBTQ community has historically been the target of biased policing and today, half of transgender people report feeling uncomfortable seeking assistance from police for fear of discrimination. By adopting CCOPS, Worcester residents can add another layer of police accountability and oversight in their city.
You’ll also have a chance to connect with ACLU Central Massachusetts Coordinator Chris Robarge to learn about additional opportunities to get involved with the ACLU in the Worcester area.