State of Massachusetts secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Shiva Ayyadurai: Arizona data showed Biden win was statistically impossible

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani urged the Republican legislators to get to the bottom of the fraud, asserting that "You also had numerous situations of your workers, your citizens, observing the poll officials helping people vote to the point of telling them who to vote for. "Poll workers being observed changing votes, taking ambiguous votes and making sure they were cast for Biden," Giuliani said.

Also at the hearing, Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, the famed scientist and engineer with various MIT degrees, presented data showing that the only way for Biden to have statistically caught up with President Trump in Arizona was if Democrat votes came in at 130 percent for Biden and -30 percent for the president.

[In Arizona, Joe Biden received 1,672,143 votes (49.4%), to Donald Trump's 1,661,686 votes (49.1%), and the Libertarian Party's Jo Jorgensen receiving 51,465 votes (1.5%) - ed.]

Source: The New American magazine on 2020 Massachusetts Senate race Dec 1, 2020

Kevin O`Connor: Racial justice: enforce the lawl problem isn't the police

O'Connor painted Markey as someone who wants to "defund police". O'Connor's answer to resolving racial justice issues is to "enforce the law." He noted that he was the "first diversity and inclusion coordinator of what was then the largest law firm in Boston 20 years ago." O'Connor said cops were not to be blamed, arguing the focus should be on Markey's "failed record in terms of social programs and failed inner city schools."
Source: Springfield Republican on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Oct 5, 2020

Kevin O`Connor: I don't know what systemic racism means, but racism exists

Asked whether he agreed with Trump that there is not systemic racism in the criminal justice system, O'Connor said, "I don't know what systemic racism means," but noted there's "certainly racism in America" and in the criminal justice system, and touted his stint as the "first diversity and inclusion coordinator of what was then the largest law firm in Boston 20 years ago."
Source: The Boston Herald on 2020 Massachusetts Senate debate Oct 5, 2020

Lori Trahan: Close the pay gap: give women equal pay for equal work

Work to close the pay gap. It's no secret, women earn less than men across our economy--especially women of color. By placing an emphasis on pay transparency and preventing employers from asking prospective hires about their salary histories, we can help ensure that women are compensated equally for their work.
Source: 2018 Massachusetts 3rd House campaign website LoriTrahan.com Oct 9, 2018

Ayanna Pressley: I support the cause & tactic of NFL players taking a knee

On the topic of the National Football League where players are taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality, there were some notable differences between Rep. Capuano and Councilor Pressley.

While in support of the players' right to protest, Capuano said "I personally think if you're going to raise an issue like that, you should do it in a way that's actually going to bring people in," adding that he thought that particular action "divided America." Capuano, however, said he agreed with the concept of protest, which was started with former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick.

Pressley said she supports both the cause and the tactic, adding "it is necessary that we are disruptive right now and making people feel uncomfortable."

Source: WGBH 89.7 FM Radio on 2018 Massachusetts 7th House race Aug 15, 2018

Michael Capuano: NFL players taking a knee is divisive, but I support protest

On the topic of the National Football League where players are taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality, there were some notable differences between Rep. Capuano and Councilor Pressley.

While in support of the players' right to protest, Capuano said "I personally think if you're going to raise an issue like that, you should do it in a way that's actually going to bring people in," adding that he thought that particular action "divided America." Capuano, however, said he agreed with the concept of protest, which was started with former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick.

Pressley said she supports both the cause and the tactic, adding "it is necessary that we are disruptive right now and making people feel uncomfortable."

Source: WGBH 89.7 FM Radio on 2018 Massachusetts 7th House race Aug 15, 2018

John Kingston: Most diverse group to ever attend a political kick-off

Kingston spent a chunk of his speech focusing on diversity. "We're joined here by perhaps the most diverse group to ever attend a political kick-off," Kingston said at one point, naming Democrats, independents, and Republicans and ticking off a list of racial backgrounds of those in attendance. "And people representing all faiths or no faith at all. You see--It's in my DNA to bring people together. It's what I've done my entire adult life."

Kingston's six-minute kickoff video begins with photos showing his working-class upbringing and his family of four children. The video also focuses on Kingston's multicultural experience.

Others who spoke ahead of Kingston included the Reverend Ray Hammond, pastor of Jamaica Plain's Bethel A.M.E. Church. Kingston in a campaign video is seen recalling his time as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he joined the local chapter of Martin Luther King Jr.'s fraternity and was the first white student to join the gospel choir.

Source: 2018 Massachusetts Senatorial campaign site JohnKingston.com Mar 31, 2018

Heidi Wellman: Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Comfortable with same-sex marriage"?

A: YES

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Massachusetts Senate candidate Mar 7, 2018

Beth Lindstrom: Supports state law legalizing same sex marriage

Beth Lindstrom, who was Scott Brown's former campaign manager during his upset 2010 special election victory, appears to be running in third place in the Republican primary. She also has stated that she "supports the law from 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage in the state".
Source: DailyKos.com on 2018 Massachusetts Senate race Jan 28, 2018

Setti Warren: Appointed first transgender member of Newton government