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September 22, 2022

Migrants File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Ron DeSantis

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) by a group of migrants who were transported from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last week.

The suit alleges that the move was “cruelty akin to what they fled in their home country” of Venezuela.

The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Massachusetts, also names the state’s transportation secretary as a defendant.

“Defendants manipulated them, stripped them of their dignity, deprived them of their liberty, bodily autonomy, due process and equal protection under law, and impermissibly interfered with the Federal Government’s exclusive control over immigration in furtherance of an unlawful goal and a personal political agenda,” the suit reads.

However, DeSantis’s camp says that the relocations were “voluntary.” The governor’s office provided a copy of consent forms allegedly signed by the migrants, with “Massachusetts” listed as the final destination.

“The immigrants were homeless, hungry, and abandoned – and these activists didn’t care about them then,” said Taryn Feske, DeSantis’s communications director.

“Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a sanctuary state and these individuals opted to take advantage of chartered flights to Massachusetts. It was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called in the Massachusetts National Guard to bus them away from the island within 48 hours.”


Source: The Hill

July 1, 2022

Don’t Go in the Water! Scientists Warn Beachgoers

Scientists are warning beachgoers that massive sharks are lurking in the water near Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

“Just know that large sharks are here,” said Megan Winton, a researcher for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. “They’re a constant presence from June to the fall.”

Winton’s warning came one day after a great white shark was spotted at Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, MA, prompting officials to close the shoreline for an hour.

Grek Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries says that the great white sharks are mainly focused on the area of Cape Cod that faces the Atlantic Ocean due to the seal population.

“Sharks will come close to the shore when they have water depth,” Skomal said.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy notes that the only way to avoid sharks is to stay out of the water.

December 4, 2021

Teacher Fired Over CRT TikTok Videos Sues District

A Massachusetts school teacher fired for opposing critical race theory in several TikTok videos has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against her former employers.

Kari MacRae filed a suit against Hanover Public Schools superintendent Matthew Ferron and Hanover High School principal Matthew Mattos for firing her over TikTok videos that she made opposing critical race theory.

The nonprofit legal organization Judicial Watch is representing MacRae in her lawsuit.

According to the filing, Hanover High School hired MacRae as a math and business teacher on August 31 and fired her on September 29. However, the suit claims MacRae had posted videos that the school cited months before she was hired.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive damages, claiming MacRae’s former employers deprived her of “her rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

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Fired Massachusetts teacher sues district after she was axed over TikTok videos

September 28, 2021

Massachusetts state troopers resign en masse over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

The State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) said that dozens of troopers submitted their resignations following the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which requires proof of vaccination by October 17.

The union released the following statement after a judge denied a request from SPAM to pause the vaccine mandate:

Throughout COVID, we have been on the front lines protecting the citizens of Massachusetts and beyond. Simply put, all we are asking for are the same basic accommodations that countless other departments have provided to their first responders, and to treat a COVID related illness as a line of duty injury.

To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing.  The State Police are already critically short staffed and acknowledged this by the unprecedented moves which took troopers from specialty units that investigate homicides, terrorism, computer crimes, arsons, gangs, narcotics, and human trafficking, and returned them to uniformed patrol.

According to the union’s attorney, approximately 20 percent of State Police employees are unvaccinated.

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Dozens Of Massachusetts State Police Troopers Resigning Over COVID Vaccine Mandate, Union Says

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