Who We Are

Quincy4Justice is an antiracist group of three entities (Eastern Nazarene College's Black Student Union, Bethel Church of the Nazarene, and Unified Gospel Ministries Inc) collaborating together to end systemic racism in Quincy (locally), in MA (statewide), and in the USA (nationally). We believe in dismantling systems of oppression relating to race, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomics status, and ability. We believe mobilization of the people is the key to change.

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2021 Antiracism Workshops

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It isn't enough to just not be racist. Not being racist does nothing to address the ongoing harm to communities of color. To be antiracist is to actively work to stop the harm perpetuated by racism. However, an antiracism orientation requires a lot of self-work.

Quincy4Justice will be hosting four black-led, interactive workshops to help you develop the knowledge needed to confront and dismantle systems of oppression in our own homes, locally, state-wide, and nationally.

Register for a Workshop

All workshops will be hosted on Zoom
June 2nd - Anti-Racism 4Reals

Policing Accountability Action Steps

Make Racism a Public Health Crisis in Quincy

Contact Mayor Koch and ask that he declare racism a public health crisis. Boston's mayor just recently did this. This acknowledges that structural and interpersonal racism is worthy of assessment, treatment, and financial investment in order to eradicate its negative health impacts.

Create a Community Review Board in Quincy

Contact our city officials and ask that a community board - independent of the police - be developed. This board will need subpoena power to investigate allegations of law enforcement wrongdoing. Reliance on police departments to do their own investigations is often a barrier to addressing misconduct.

Transparent Data Collection

Effective community safety must be built on trust. Transparency and accountability through publicaly available data is a way to establish this trust. We want the Quincy Police to collect and analyze field and traffic stop data and complaint data, including information about the race of the people stopped and filing complaints. This information should then be accessible online to our community. Ask our city representatives to make policing transparent in Quincy.

Police Accountability Bill

On 7/14/2020 the Massachusetts Senate passed a police reform bill to limit the “qualified immunity” that now shields officers from civil prosecution, puts checks on the use of chokeholds and tear gas, and requires law enforcement officers to be licensed. This is now before the MA House.

Establish a Commission on Structural Racism

We cannot fix what we don't acknowledge is broken. This bill is sponsored by Rep. Holmes D - Boston an would establish a commission to study how the systemic presence of institutional racism has created a culture of structural racial inequality which has exacerbated disproportionate minority contact with the criminal justice system in Massachusetts. Contact your state representatives and ask them to sponsor this legislation.

Pay Attention

Most policy related to policing happens at the local and state level, but our federal level representatives still have a role to play to ensure an accountable justice system. We need to stay engaged at all levels to influence change.

Some things to watch for in the coming weeks and months include policy around:

Qualified immunity for law enforcement

This is the legal doctrine that shields police officers and other government officials from legal actions by victims and families, even if their civil rights were violated. It was introduced by the Supreme Court in 1967. The Ending Qualified Immunity Act is act of Congree (H.R.7085) proposed by the House to legislatively revoke this doctrine. There is significant opposition to it in the Senate.

Increased use of consent decrees

Consent decrees provide federal oversight of police departments through a legally-binding agreement between the Justice Department and a police department mandating reforms that are enforced by a federal judge. Under Donald Trump, the Justice Department abandoned the use of this tool to hold local police departments accountable.

How to Contact Your Representatives

There are a variety of ways for you to reach out to your local, state, and federal representatives. You can call their offices, send e-mails, or even try to talk to them in a public forum, like a community meeting. Right now, most meetings are being held via Zoom. This creates an accessible way for us to be engaged while at home. Public attendance of these meetings or town halls is also a great way to interface with elected officials, once COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.