Why FTP Boston left report cards at the homes of Boston city councilors


A bunch of younger activists calling for defunding the police in Boston say they left report playing cards on the properties of metropolis councilors over the weekend as a result of they’ve a “duty” to carry the elected officers accountable. 

For the People Boston, or F.T.P. Boston, launched the 13 report playing cards on social media on June 24 after holding a virtual town hall the place the group offered its calls for to Boston City Councilors following the passage of town’s working finances for the following fiscal 12 months.  The collective mentioned every councilor was graded based mostly on their actions associated to local weather justice, marketing campaign finance, training, fairness, well being, housing, immigration, public security, transportation, and youth. 

On Friday, members of the collective posted 225 copies of the report card in all 9 districts of town. 

“The installations are in response to the City Council vote for the FY21 budget 8 in favor, 5 opposed where the council had the opportunity to make bold decisions regarding the Boston Police Budget of 414 million dollars and address F.T.P.’s three demands for justice,” the group mentioned in a Saturday assertion. 

On Monday, members of the council and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh condemned the actions of the group, labeling the posting of the report playing cards at metropolis councilors’ properties as acts of “vandalism” and “unacceptable.”

“Trying to get a message across by targeting people’s homes and their personal space is wrong,” Walsh mentioned Monday throughout a press convention.

Explaining the report playing cards within the Saturday assertion, FTP Boston mentioned the report playing cards, and the choice to submit them across the metropolis, are supposed to maintain elected officers accountable.

We installed the report cards at their homes so they understand the ramifications of this budget,” Garnet Andrews, 20, a coalition member mentioned in an announcement. “If policing our communities is such an easy thing to accept living in lavish homes then, they won’t mind FTP keeping them accountable.”

Another member, 17-year-old Niki Pierre, mentioned in an announcement that the group’s three calls for “still stand” despite the fact that the finances was handed.

“We have a duty to keep our elected officials working for the people,” Pierre mentioned. “Not just the ones who are privileged enough to make it to campaign dinners and the voting booth but, everyone. Good democracy is mass consciousness of candidates, their platforms and their actions while participating in community building. Many of these elected officials have talked their walk but, FTP is asking them to walk their talk. Overall, we demand commitment from city councilors to make policy that centers generational healing and building/innovating systems that center the happiness and joy of Black and Brown people.”

Councilors Ricardo Arroyo, Andrea Campbell, Julia Mejia, and Michelle Wu every acquired the very best grade from the group — a B. Council president Kim Janey acquired a C, as did Lydia Edwards. Kenzie Bok, Liz Breadon, Anissa Essaibi-George and Matt O’Malley acquired Ds, and the group gave Frank Baker, Michael Flaherty, and Ed Flynn Fs. 

In sharing the explanations for posting the report playing cards, FTP Boston additionally shared the precise calls for they’re making in correspondence to Walsh: 

1. Increase funding for Success Link, the youth employment program operated by the City of Boston Department of Youth Engagement & Employment.

2. Increase funding for Boston Public Schools, together with for psychological well being counselors and different social-emotional wellness helps, however not for extra police in colleges.

3. Increase funding for violence prevention packages.

4. Trim the police division finances by 10% (roughly $41 million) with a cap on additional time accrual and additional time pay for army workout routines to fund the requests.

To pay for these priorities: 

1. Cap additional time finances for Boston Police Department.

2. No funding for military-style coaching, workout routines, and weapons. 

3. Phase-out police in Boston Public Schools and change with psychological well being counselors and different socio-emotional wellness help.

4. No funding for facial recognition expertise.