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Local residents barred from questioning Senator Scott Brown

Constituents decry senator’s invite-only “jobs tour”

JAMAICA PLAIN – When aides to US Senator Scott Brown said he would tour the state to interact with constituents on job creation and economic development issues, it wasn’t clear they meant invitation-only private events.

Local residents hoping to discuss key issues with Brown were turned away by security at two events Monday, after being told the events were closed to the public.

Following Brown’s second stop at the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain, constituents decried Brown’s invite-only “jobs tour,” questioning why their Senator was unwilling to deviate from the day’s scripted photo opportunities.

“Why are they pretending this is a public conversation about jobs when it isn’t?” asked Teia Searcy, a 29-year old Boston resident. “We came to speak with our senator, but we were kicked out and told the event was closed to the public.”

Other residents expressed disappointment in Brown’s unwillingness to answer even the simplest of questions on his voting record.

“When Scott Brown voted against unemployment aid, I had been out of work for over a year,” said Maria Christina Blanco, who lives just blocks away from the VA Medical Center. “This is the only opportunity I’ve had to ask him why, and I was turned away. We deserve better from our elected officials.”

Brown has yet to host a single public meeting or open forum since he took office February 4, 2010.

A letter to the Worcester City Council from Billy Breault

Main South Alliance for Public Safety

March 1, 2011
Ordinance Public Consumption of Marijuana

Mr. Mayor, Members of the City Council, Mr. City Manager:

I come before you this evening to speak on the problem of public consumption of marijuana. It’s been two years now since marijuana became decriminalized in Massachusetts, and one thing remains clear: people still are not really sure what the law means. On November 4th, 2008 voters passed ballot question 2.

Question 2 amends Chapter 94C of the General Laws by adding three new sections, 32L through 32N and amending language of section 34 of chapter 94C to conform to the new law. The new Section 32L changes the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana or THC from a criminal offense to a civil offense, making it punishable by civil penalties and forfeiture of the contraband. For an adult the offense is punishable by a $100 civil penalty and forfeiture of the contraband. An offender under the age of 18 is subject to the $100 civil penalty and Continue reading A letter to the Worcester City Council from Billy Breault

Making Worcester City Council meetings more open to the people

By Ronal Madnick, Executive Director, ACLU, Worcester County Chapter

A number of people, mostly from South Main, feel that they should be able to address the Worcester City Council when their petition first appears on the council agenda without having to ask for permission to speak. To bring that about the Worcester County Chapter of the American

Civil l\Liberties Union of Massachusetts has placed an item before the council that calls for allowing the primary petitioner for any item before the city council to be allowed to speak on the petition the first day it appears on the agenda.

We asked that a person should be able to speak when an item is first on the agenda and before it is sent to a committee because quite often an item is sent to a committee which may not meet for quite some time.. Some people, feel that the right to speak on their item should be a right, not a privilege. Continue reading Making Worcester City Council meetings more open to the people