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Know Your Rights: The power of public records when dealing with law enforcement

In our culture of expanding surveillance, we are constantly encouraged to report suspicious activity to authorities. What can be done when the people you want to hold accountable are the police themselves? This project means to subvert that attention from our fellow citizens towards law enforcement.

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Massachusetts towns reveal their bids for Amazon’s second headquarters

Massachusetts towns reveal their bids for Amazon’s second headquarters

Massachusetts towns are disclosing their bids for Amazon’s second headquarters, when many places across the country refuse to. Everywhere from Halifax, Canada to Los Angeles is vying for Amazon’s heart (and dollars) in the semi-public bidding war started in September, but many towns across the country won’t disclose what they’re offering Amazon in return for the second headquarters.

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What’s hiding in the bids for Amazon’s second headquarters?

What’s hiding in the bids for Amazon’s second headquarters?

So far, 20+ towns and states have released their bids for Amazon’s second headquarters to MuckRock, and we want to know what the bids mean for your place. We’re going to work on compiling a database that aggregates the information from the bids, but there’s a lot of details in the bids that we’d miss because we’re not locals - that’s where you come in.

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Requester's Voice: Eileen Feldman

Requester’s Voice: Eileen Feldman

Massachusetts-based disability civil rights activist Eileen Feldman has sharpened her records request skills considerably since filing her first FOIA in 2005. She insists that using public records in activism takes effort and vigilance, and pleads for everyone to demand documents in electronic format.

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Digging into Somerville through public records

Digging into Somerville through public records

An investigative series dubbed The Somerville Files makes use of some of MuckRock’s oldest public records requests. The four-part investigation explores politics and public spending in the sixth-densest city in the country.

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State upholds Somerville firearms list secrecy

State upholds Somerville firearms list secrecy

The Massachusetts supervisor of public records has decided that the Somerville Police Department may keep its firearms list from public release.

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