Brockton Group Rallying Against Public Education Inequities
BROCKTON – They’ve had enough and they’re not going to take it anymore.
Brockton Interfaith Community said more than 300 citizens from Brockton and other communities in the area are gathering to demand fairness in public education funding in Massachusetts. The nonprofit organization, a progressive interfaith group that has previously campaigned for increasing the minimum wage, is holding its “public action” on education funding on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Converge Christian Center, also known as Trinity Baptist Church, located at 1367 Main St. The event is being promoted with the title, #CANYOUHEARUSNOW.”
“As I got older, I’ve begun to notice the inequities in education in cities like Brockton, where there’s a concentration of people of color and immigrants, who are, over and over again, disregarded by our current system,” said Dave Capozzi, president of the board for the Brockton Interfaith Community group, known as BIC, for short. “The way our system functions is unjust. Even though our state has a reputation as a best in the country for education, there remains a stark contrast for cities like Brockton, Lawrence, and Springfield, in comparison to Hingham, Wellesley and Newton.”
Capozzi said he has three children in Brockton Public Schools, and that their experience has been much different from the one he had growing up in Hanover.
“I had smaller class sizes, there was never a question about supplies, and if there was any problem, they would be able to raise money,” said Capozzi, who is also a pastor at the Brockton Covenant Church.