Action Item: Greenfield City Council Rejects Safe City Ordinance


FOCUS: Sanctuary Cities
GOAL: Voice your disappointment to Greenfield City Council voting against a safe city ordinance
DEADLINE: Now

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

Last week, Greenfield (Franklin county) voted 4-6 against a safe city ordinance, despite overwhelming public support. More than 200 residents attended the meeting and more than 70 residents of Greenfield spoke in favor of the ordinance and yet City Council still voted 4-6 in opposition.

According to the Greenfield Recorder, “the proposal would have made Greenfield a “safe city” for undocumented immigrants by prohibiting town employees, including police, from acting on behalf of federal immigration agents,” to the extent permissible by the law.

At the final meeting there was obvious misinformation, lack of understanding and blatant unwillingness to understand what the law currently says and requires – and what the ordinance would actually do. Naturally, those voting in opposition went on and on about how they aren’t racist or xenophobic. None, however, was as blatant as Precinct 1 Town Councilor Verne Sund who, while claiming his lack of support had nothing to do with racism, underlined how he had always been nice to the “coloreds.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Send postcards or emails thanking the councilors who voted in favor of the measure:

  • At-Large Councilor Karen “Rudy” Renaud (drafted the measure)
  • Precinct 5 Councilor Robert Wainstein
  • At-Large Councilor Penny Ricketts
  • At-Large Councilor Mark Maloni

Send postcards or emails saying “do better” to the councilors who voted against the measure. Let them know they’re giving western Mass a bad name and hurting their residents.

  • Precinct 4 Councilor Wanda Muzyka-Pyfrom (up for re-election in 2020)
  • Precinct 6 Councilor Maria Burge (up for re-election in 2018)
  • Precinct 7 Councilor William Childs (up for re-election in 2018)
  • Precinct 9 Councilor Daniel Leonovich (up for re-election in 2018)
  • Council Vice President Isaac Mass (up for re-election in 2020)

You can send an email to the entire Greenfield Town Council at: towncouncil@greenfield-ma.gov

Postcards can be sent in care of each Councilor to:

Clerk’s Office 1st Floor
14 Court Square
Greenfield, MA 01301

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