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From Communities United Collective (Black Lives Matter)

Communities United Collective Rejects Worcester Intimidation Tactics

Communities United Collective and other local groups have led and participated in the Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations in Worcester over the last several months.

On MLK Day in 2015 there was a four and one half minute protest in Kelly Square that caused some traffic delays.

In response, [Worcester] City Manager Ed Augustus and [Worcester] Police Chief Gary Gemme attempted to intimidate Communities United Collective by stating publicly that they were looking for something with which to charge the protesters. The Telegram and Gazette supported this effort by calling publicly for information about protesters.

We reject this attempt to scare us into stopping our activities on the issues of racial profiling and the killing of unarmed people, especially black males, by the police.

We call attention to the fact that killings of black people are only the most visible part of an ongoing politics of fear acted out daily by the police in poor communities and communities of color in Worcester and throughout this country.

In Worcester this is marked by at least 134 civilian complaints against the WPD in a 12-month period and three people, Christino Hernandez, Joseph Howard and Victor Davila, killed by the police in Worcester in the last 21 years.

In order to not see or act upon this situation, there is an increasing tendency toward criminalization and vitriol towards peaceful protest, and selective interpretations of “public safety.” The actions of the city manager, the police chief and T&G have once again provided evidence of these clearly politically motivated trends, reactions and incomprehension.

We call for an end to the criminalization of protest and dissent and an end to the criminalization of black life.

Communities United Collective will continue its actions to oppose racism and oppression of all forms.

Communities United Collective is a multi-racial, multi-cultural alliance working to combat the systemic oppression that affects communities of color and impoverished communities in the city of Worcester. We are committed to standing against racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism, the militarization of our society, and all forms of oppression, using a shared voice, with the goal of an equal and just existence for our local, national, and global communities.

Power to the people! 25,000 march against racism in NYC. Thousands more march in Washington D.C. … Worcesterites join them! Welcome to the NEW Civil Rights Movement!

NYC_12-13-14 Young Faces from Worcester in New York City. Photo courtesy of Robert Blackwell Gibbs.

Our young people are part of a new nation-wide civil rights movement! Go, Worcester young people, go!!!!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN/LEARN MORE ABOUT AMERICA’S NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, START NOW! Email Gordon at hellowithfire1@aol.com and he’ll connect you!

By Gordon T. Davis

The demonstrations against the killing of unarmed Black men are a good thing.

This fight against racism will eventually benefit everyone, as it will cause a review of police procedures and policies throughout America.

Our criminal justice system is rigged in such a way that no police officer who kills anyone is ever indicted. This should change to a new standard: any police officer who wrongfully kills someone should be fired. The standard will be a long struggle before it’s effectuated. And it might never be accomplished without an overhaul of our justice system.

On November 13, 2014, there were demonstrations for racial justice in Worcester, Boston, New York City, and Washington D.C. At least 25 people from Worcester went to the NYC demonstration. The trip to New York was organized by Communities United Collective (CUC) – a group formed shortly after a Support Ferguson Mo rally in July of 2014 on the Worcester Common.

The CUC consists of mostly relatively young people of all races who are too young to have participated in the civil rights movement of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.  All of the people in CUC are enthusiastic and this showed when they and students boldly blocked the streets of Worcester and made their voices heard at the Worcester City Council meeting.

A weakness of the CUC seems to be that they are never certain from meeting to meeting what is needed to be done, but their description of the rally in New York by some of the people who went shows their enthusiasm and hope:


The Millions March was a peacefully organized Rally. It was very successful. We shut the streets down and raised awareness. This won’t end until justice is brought to those who ripped families apart and took the lives of the innocent. If I had to do it again, I’d do it a thousand times over.”


The bosses have to have heard and that is why they are discrediting the marchers in any way that they can. This was no rowdy bunch of hoodlums. This was an extremely well organized political action. I expect reforms to come in the long term. This is just the beginning of a growing movement. The police can’t do this anymore. The people aren’t going to let them.”


“… I thought it went really great, and it was amazing how many people came out in solidarity. I think our point of why we’re fighting got across, but we still have a ways to go, and we need to take that people-power past protesting.”


“Uplifting while sorrowful! It was moving to see so many like minds there for the main cause. The police were calm, but we knew what they really wanted. When we all took Brooklyn Bridge and shut down both sides to traffic it was a show of real power.”


The rally in Washington D.C. might indicate a difference in tactics between the old guard civil rights activists and the young activists. For example, a group of younger demonstrators from St. Louis wanted to go up on the stage where the TV cameras were and speak. The people running the rally said that the people from St. Louis needed VIP passes to get on stage!

This new civil rights movement apparently has reached a critical stage. What is next? More blocked streets, more teach-ins – or something else? Will there be a division between the younger and the older civil rights activists?

Hopefully, our new Civil Rights Movement will have the lasting power and the effectiveness of the old.


This Baby Boomer considers herself old guard. And we old guard-types had great musical spokespeople who sang what we all felt: Dylan, Baez, Havens, Hendrix, Odetta, Young, Lennon, to name just a few. YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY NEED TO FIND THEIR DYLANS, THEIR LENNONS, their own musical/political geniuses! They’re out there – we just know it!
– R. Tirella