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RAISING THE COMMUNITY'S VOICE SINCE 1977.

Representing the towns of Arlington, Everett, Malden, Medford, Winchester, and Woburn.

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June 19th, now recognized as the federal holiday Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans in the United States.
Celebrations and programs will be taking place locally.
Check out the local events!

 

Celebrating Juneteenth
2022

Upcoming in the Community

HELP PASS THE QUOCK WALKER DAY BILL
IN MA THIS SPRING! 

S.2704 /H.3117 - An Act designating July 8 as Massachusetts Emancipation Day

Instructions for Supporting Quock Walker Day with One Email


Quock Walker’s Precedent Setting Journey to Freedom
On May 4, 1754, Zedekiah Stone sold Mingo, Dinah, and 9-month-old Quock to James Caldwell of the Rutland District for 180 pounds. Twenty-seven years later, in 1781, Quock Walker self-emancipated and was awarded monetary damages for being assaulted by his former enslaver. His former enslaver, who was the widower of James Caldwell’s widow, appealed the decision that Walker was a free man and lost the second case as well. Two years later, in 1783, Justice William Cushing of Scituate, who was the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court during the last of the Quock Walker Cases, noted in his instructions to the jury, “the idea of slavery is inconsistent with our own conduct and Constitution”. Walker’s judicial journey ended slavery in Massachusetts and fostered growth of a Black middle class in Massachusetts. Children of the Quock Walker generation were born free and used their economic and political strength to fuel the abolitionist movement.


Youth of Quock Walker’s Generation and the Abolitionist Movement
Mary J. "Polly" Johnson (1784-1871) was an African American entrepreneur, one of New Bedford’s best-known abolitionists, and she and her husband provided the first free home for Frederick Douglass.
Mr. Walker’s nephew, Quock Walker Lewis (1798-1856), was born in Barre and was an active abolitionist and entrepreneur in Boston and Lowell. Mr. Walker Lewis, along with several fellow members of the Prince Hall Lodge, met in 1826 and established the Massachusetts General Colored Association (MGCA) “to promote the welfare of the race by working for the destruction of slavery.” The MGCA was the first all-black abolitionist organization in the United States. The MGCA later merged with William Lloyd Garrison’s New England Anti-Slavery Society, which was then renamed the Boston Anti-Slavery Society.

Recent Releases

BRANCH HAPPENINGS

The newly established Environmental Justice Committee partnered with the Clean Water Fund, to host #Get The Lead Out, a hybrid program to educate community members that there is no safe level of lead- not in drinking water, nor in the human body. If you weren't able to attend, check out the recording!

In Spring 2021, the Reparations Committee called more than 400 members of Congress, including every member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, during the lead up to their historic markup of H.R. 401. The committee continues to engage legislators through Chapter Conversations. In June 2021, the committee had a Chapter Conversation with Assistant Speaker, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who serves the Fifth District of Massachusetts, on A Political History of America's Black Reparations Movement.

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