Investigation into missing council video continues

Everett City Hall. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By JOSH RESNEK

Two weeks ago, an investigation was ordered when a City Council tape of a racially charged meeting disappeared, was destroyed, or was stolen.

When a Boston Globe reporter asked the City Communications director for a copy of the Zoom recording, she was informed that someone had hacked into the City of Everett server and deleted the recording of the meeting and the post-meeting assault fest.

Many expressed first thoughts that went like this: what an amazing coincidence? Of all the files that could have been deleted, that was the one file that miraculously vanished.

The attacks on Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien had been erased, or so it appeared.

An Immaculate Deletion?

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200 Adrien supporters rally at city hall, decry racism

Supporters hold signs during a rally for City Councilor Gerly Adrien, the first women of color elected to the Everett City Council, at Everett City Hall on November 9, 2020. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Call out mayor, council for being stuck in ‘old days’, say they’re over

By JOSH RESNEK

Councilor-at-Large Gerly Adrien addressed several hundred protestors in front of city hall late Monday afternoon.

The event was intended to shout out publicly the perceived racist attacks in Everett on Adrien by her colleagues on the city council.

The protest was a response to the personal attacks launched against Adrien two weeks ago by councilors for not attending the meeting in person.

They later asked Adrien to resign.

Adrien chose attendance on ZOOM out of consideration for her health, and the health of family members living with her.

City technicians couldn’t manage to run the audio properly for the public airing of the city council hearing, which ended in turmoil when the meeting was cut short and adjourned.

Councilors then verbally attacked her.

She insisted it was her right to stay away from the city council chamber because of the COVID-19.

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Everett residents, organizers, elected officials demand an end to bigotry and racism from members of Everett City Council

Rally planned in support of Everett City Councilor Gerly Adrien outside of Everett City Hall

Leader Herald Staff Report

In recent weeks, Everett’s first Black female councilor has been subjected to a myriad of what she calls ‘unacceptable’ treatment from her council colleagues. As a response, she’s organized a rally to decry racism within Everett’s council chamber.

The rally is scheduled for today outside the main entrance of Everett City Hall from 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., with many guest speakers attending, including city councilors and school committee members from Chelsea, Medford, Malden, Winthrop and Boston, respectively.

Below are all the details of the rally, including who will be in attendance:

MC Hosted By Tamika Bispham / Tito Jackson

1. Founder of Violence in Boston Monica Cannon-Grant – 5 min

2. Everett Resident #1 – Lydia Lopez and her mom – 2 min

3. Everett Resident #2 – Hantzley Audete – 2 min 

4. Everett Resident #3 – Allie Rojaas- 2 min

5. Executive Director of Everett Haitian Community Center, Reverend Myrlande Desrosiers – 2 min

6. Executive Director of La Comunidad, Inc., Antonio Amaya – 2 min

7. Executive Director of Union of Minority Neighborhoods Horace Smalls and Director of Organizing Matthew Parker – 5 min

8. Chelsea City Councilor Damali Vidot, –  3 min

9.  Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia – 5 min

10. Haitian Community Activist Jean Claude Sanon – 5 min

11. Gerly Adrien with Husband, David Lindsey – 5 min

Other Confirmed Guests:

· Chynah Tyler (Boston State Rep)

· Ayesha Wilson (Cambridge School Committee)

· Dimple Rana (Revere Activist)

· Zac Bears (Medford City Councilor)

· Name (Medford School Committee)

· Amanda Lineham (Malden City Council)

· Boston Teachers Union Political Director Johnny McGinnis

· Boston School Bus Drivers Union President and Director Andre Francois and Steven McGillis

·  Valentino Capobianco (Winthrop School Committee)

The event is open to the public with all encouraged to attend.


— Eye on Everett —


Racism is the crime

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By JOSH RESNEK

If you are old enough to recall the rise of the anti-Vietnam War movement during the late 1960’s you can understand fully that the protests we are witnessing in the United States right now is not just a matter of lawlessness and insurrection but rather, a rise up of the population against racism.

Such a rise-up produces explosions of emotion and the great movement of masses protesting a wrong and willing to fight to change the world is what comes of the protest.

During the Vietnam War years many factions finally joined forces to oppose the war and for us to get out, despite President Nixon’s belief that we needed to stay in Vietnam, for the slaughter to continue, to continue to be patriotic, and to win for flag and country. That rap, that national policy lost much of its luster to sensible Americans on the left and the right.

It took years to get out of Vietnam and years to rid the nation of Nixon, who resigned in disgrace.

During the height of the protest era, from 1968-1971, marches on Washington DC made Nixon a hostage inside the White House where he was free to feed his own sorry delusions.

At times, the White House was ringed with sand bagged machine guns and National Guard troops, and even troops from the legendary 110th Airborne Division, so great was the belief that the protesters on the streets could sweep Nixon right out of the White House.

The nation seemed to teeter at that time the way so many believe it is teetering today.

The protests at times shocked the nation to its core.

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About race

Everett is among the most racially and socially mixed smaller cities in the United States, if not the world. Racism is present here but for the most part it is latent and unseen, except when we look more closely at employment and income statistics.

If you are black or brown, you have grown up with the racism and the poverty and ignorance that spawns from it as a result.

You earn less. You suffer more because of the color of your skin.

It is unbelievable but true – that the color of one’s skin can cause all kinds of strife among white people.

The recent national trauma about race is about letting the Genie out of the magic lamp.

Once the Genie is out of the lamp, it cannot be put back inside.

This is how life in our democracy works.

Black or white, yellow or brown, English speaking or otherwise, our society is now convulsed into protest and discussion about racism and what to do about it.

This a positive not a negative.

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