Clean Up BPPA

a campaign to remove offensive rhetoric from the Pax Centurion newsletter

Criticism for Boston Cops Union

Last month, D&S co-editor Chris Sturr posted to this blog about the January/February 2012 issue of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) newsletter, the Pax Centurion, which included a ridiculous and offensive rant against Occupy Boston by the newsletter’s editor, Jim Carnell. The opinion piece not only called homeless people “bums” but also suggested that the female students who took part in Occupy were “guilt-ridden, stupid college girls who offered themselves willingly to the poor and downtrodden victims of oppression.” Although the Pax is a union newsletter, its writers seem to have little loyalty to the labor movement as a whole: the May/June issue included a rant by the same Jim Carnell against UNITE HERE Local 26 members earning union wages, as well as another article addressing Occupiers that commented, “Happy Birthday you rotten Commies! Maybe your candidate for squaw I mean senator, Liz Warren (your founder) can bake you a cake.”

Since last month, the BPPA has gotten some national bad press. The high-traffic feminist blog Jezebel published an article pointing out that the most recent issue of Pax Centurion covers a lot of bases:



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This entry was posted on 07/03/2012 by in media.

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