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Liz Miranda Police Reform

Protests followed a Kentucky grand jury’s decision Wednesday to file charges of wanton endangerment — but not homicide — in the March police shooting of Breonna Taylor, as her family expressed anguish and anger at the outcome of the case. To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Rep. Liz Miranda and the Reverend Mariama White-Hammond, who is part of a group of community leaders pushing the legislature to enact significant police reform measures in...

Liz Miranda On Health Disparities Highlighted By Coronavirus

As state representative Liz Miranda has used her platform to shed light on the racial and economic disparities of the coronavirus pandemic, she has also faced her own personal tragedies. Her grandmother died in April, although it was not confirmed whether she was COVID-19 positive. A few weeks later, Miranda tested positive for coronavirus, along with fifteen other relatives, including her father, who was hospitalized. She...

26 years before Breonna Taylor, no-knock warrant in Boston ended tragically

26 years before Breonna Taylor, no-knock warrant in Boston ended tragically

State Rep. Liz Miranda and Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem introduced a bill in June that would outright ban no-knock search warrants in Massachusetts. In July, the House approved an amendment to only allow the use of no-knock warrants if police didn’t suspect children or adults older than 65 were in the home. The State Senate proposed its own version of a police reform bill that would have required investigators to establish “probable cause that if the law enforcement officer announced their...

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People are listening. Now’s the time to ‘Save Black Lives’

People are listening. Now’s the time to ‘Save Black Lives’

As a girl growing up in Roxbury and Dorchester, I never aspired to represent my community at the State House. Politicians didn’t look like me. They didn’t come from where I came from, and they sure as heck didn’t seem to put the needs of my family front and center. I’ve spent my whole life here in Boston and I know what it’s like to feel at odds with the police. I know the sting of racism and I’ve seen how violence – at the hands of gangs, criminals, and the police – can break down families...

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Miranda talks of family, Cape Verdean issues in first House speech

Miranda talks of family, Cape Verdean issues in first House speech

State Rep. Liz Miranda, representing the Fifth Suffolk district, delivered her "maiden" speech in the House chamber last month. Photos courtesy Rep. Miranda's office In her first speech to the House chamber on Beacon Hill last month, state Rep. Liz Miranda, representing Roxbury and Dorchester in the Fifth Suffolk district, focused on urging her fellow representatives to fund a Cabo Verdean Cultural Center. Miranda, the co-chair of the Cabo Verdean Cultural Center Feasibility Commission,...

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Fear of COVID-19 is causing a shortage of poll workers. Young people can help

Fear of COVID-19 is causing a shortage of poll workers. Young people can help

Even in this age of the coronavirus, when many are expected to vote by mail, some citizens will still prefer the public ritual of casting their ballot at their local polling station. “For a lot of elders and immigrants, the idea of democracy, the idea of a ballot they can fill out in person, is very near and dear to them,” said state Representative Liz Miranda, whose district includes parts of Roxbury and Dorchester. “I anticipate that while we’ll get some mail-in voters, I do believe people...

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Mass. House Passes Police Reform Bill on 93-66 Vote

Mass. House Passes Police Reform Bill on 93-66 Vote

And on the third day, after sessions that ran for a collective 35 hours, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a sweeping police reform and accountability bill that seeks to certify all law enforcement officers in the state and curb the use of force tactics by police. The bill, representing the House's attempt at addressing calls to counter systemic racism and force changes within law enforcement, largely stayed true to core principals the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus put...

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No-Knock Warrants Amendment

No-Knock Warrants Amendment

Drawing on the stories of Breonna Taylor and Ayanna Stanley Jones, both of whom were killed in their households, Miranda argued that the amendment would save lives and called such warrants an “oppressive tactic.”

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Acts Relative to Saving Black Lives and Transforming Public Safety

Acts Relative to Saving Black Lives and Transforming Public Safety

By By Katie Trojano, Reporter Staff The Boston City Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution in support of state legislation aimed at removing tear gas, rubber bullets, attack dogs and other weapons “not even used in war” from state and local police departments. The legislation, H.D. 5128/SD. 2968 “Acts Relative to Saving Black Lives and Transforming Public Safety,” was authored by Rep. Liz Miranda— who represents Dorchester and Roxbury— and state Sen. Cynthia Creem. Read More on...

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Confronting the other epidemic: Violence on the streets of our city

Confronting the other epidemic: Violence on the streets of our city

By Rep. Liz Miranda and Tina Chery Today, our community is gripped by the national emergency of COVID-19. There is no one the virus will not affect. Even those who are less likely to become ill are facing job loss, decreased access to basic life necessities, or the mental struggle of social isolation. The long-lasting trauma from this crisis may be immeasurable. If these words sound familiar, it’s because they should. We use some of these same phrases to describe the grief and trauma left...

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Is Bay State ready for more climate refugees?

Is Bay State ready for more climate refugees?

Gloucester Times - Is Bay State ready for more climate refugees? BOSTON — After the deadly Category 5 Hurricane Maria forced Puerto Rican evacuees to settle elsewhere in the United States, the city of Boston supported 142 displaced households, enrolled 193 students in its school district, provided 1,000 winter coats, hats and gloves, and distributed 36 Thanksgiving and Christmas meals."With all of these efforts, there's more we can do and more that we could have done as communities across...

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Promoting Peace In Roxbury through sport and community

Promoting Peace In Roxbury through sport and community

After a spate of violence starting on the Fourth of July, hundreds gathered at Jeep JonesPark in Roxbury Sunday for the conclusion of a two-day basketball tournament topromote peace on city streets. State Representative Liz Miranda, who represents parts of Roxbury and Dorchester, is amember of Score 4 More, the nonprofit that organized the tournament, which drew about500 players. Among those who played in the tournament was Matthew Drayton, 14, of Roxbury“It brings a good crowd,” Drayton said....

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Liz Miranda leads new “Safe Communities Act”

Liz Miranda leads new “Safe Communities Act”

Dorchester resident and recently sworn-in State Representative for the 5th Suffolk District (Dorchester-Roxbury), Liz Miranda, has “taken a leap” in her first weeks as elected official to filed a bill for a renewed “Safe Communities Act” legislation in Massachusetts. Officialy titled “An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents,” the bill was presented at the State House (bill HD.1520) by Miranda and the 12th Middlesex State Representative Ruth Balser, and at...

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