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We are proud to announce the birth of the 1620today video podcast

We are proud to announce the birth of the 1620today video podcast. From our studio high above Town Square, we’ll dive deep into the issues facing America’s Home Town and bring you newsmakers impacting everyday life. The podcast will be available in video format on Facebook and YouTube and in audio format on Spotify plus on all your favorite streaming services. If you’d like to be on the show or have a topic you’d like us to cover email us: editor@1620today.com

Plymouth Police Department launches new Facebook page and strategy

The Plymouth Police Department has revamped its social media strategy to provide officer profiles and behind the scenes access via a newly launched Facebook page. The strategy is designed to increase the department’s transparency with the Town and humanize individual officers with one on one interviews. Most of the videos are semi-spontaneous interviews recorded with a hand held camera, some of the officers are clearly more comfortable in front of the camera than others.

The page has earned nearly 2000 likes and 2500 followers in less than a month, many posts have hundreds of likes and dozens of comments.

In the first episode of “How we do things” Detective Carl Ditmars explains how the evidence room works.

Plymouth native Officer Patrick Wetterberg explains how he likes Plymouth Rock, to the chagrin of his Captain conducting the interview in an episode of “Faces of the Plymouth PD”

Shift Commander Lieutenant George “Ged” Driscoll has been with the department for 18 years.

Officer Cam Fleming outside Town Hall.

Credit: Plymouth Police Department.

Mounted Unit Officer Kevin Ciavarra and his horse Will.

Credit: Plymouth Police Department.

Plymouth South HS spent $7000 on CRT training session to reject color blindness and induce white “guilt and shame”

“living racialized experiences every moment of every day”

The Plymouth Public Schools spent $7000 for a day long critical race training session attended by a select group of students and staff at Plymouth South High School earlier this month, according to documents obtained by 1620Today.

The session was designed to reject color blindness, induce white “guilt and shame” and have participants recognize they were “living racialized experiences every moment of every day” before eventually asking white participants what “type of White person they want to be.”

The training asked participants to place themselves on a “Racial Identity Development” continuum [see below] divided by race: African American/Bi-racial/White. The continuum for each race was distinctly different. The training was conducted by Henry J Turner, principal of Newton North High School, who also hosted a one hour faculty meeting titled the “anti-racist educator.” The full day training session was billed at $6000 and the one hour faculty meeting at $1000 [invoices below].

In the white racial identity continuum, whites “after feeling guilty and ashamed, Whites may move into the emergence stage where they start to understand their privilege and how it has and continue to benefit them. They also now begin to take control over the type of White person they want to be like.”

In the first “contact” stage of being white, the training asserts “The individual adheres to the ‘colorblind’ motto. They see racial difference but do not find it salient and in fact may feel that racism is in fact propagated by the discussion and acknowledgement of race as an issue. In this stage, there is no conscious demonstration of racism here. This seemingly non-racist position can cover unconscious racist beliefs.”

Plymouth South High School originally posted the session on its Facebook page with the caption: “PSHS staff and students worked today with Newton North High School Principal Mr. Henry Turner. Henry is helping our school community begin the important work of developing a racial identity. Thank you to all staff and students who participated today!”

When asked how a “school community” develops a “racial identity” Plymouth South responded on Facebook: “We are working to develop an identity that is free of bias and truly welcomes all students. This has always been our goal but this is more intentional. Some of our guiding questions are: Who is included? Who is not included? What do we need to do to make sure more students are included? Feel free to reach out to the school at 508-224-7512 and we can share more of the focus.”

The documents below were obtained by a public records request to the Plymouth School Department. Click links in presentations to dive deeper into the training.

Summer is basically here

Summer is basically here (you can tell by the fights on WHB). Anyway, with the Town election over and virus significantly retreated, we thought now was the time to reflect on the direction of this blog. So we’ll take a nice break to do exactly that. Expect less frequent updates here and thank you as always for reading.

We leave you for now with the view from our recently acquired office.

Helm defeats incumbent Tavares

Challenger Harry Helm defeated incumbent and Board Chairman Ken Tavares for Plymouth Selectmen yesterday 43% to 39% in what many saw as a referendum on the performance of the Town Manager and a call for change.

Michael Heath, who dropped out of the race and endorsed Helm received 6%, Everett Malaguti received 10%. The umbrella organization of Town employees endorses Helm.