Cheryl Jacques Charged with Misusing Federal Workers
Senator Accused of Using Youths for Political Activity
Wakefield Massacre Caused by
Jacques Gun Law
April 3, 2001
showing City Year workers at the Statehouse rally, October 2, 2000.
According to their annual report, City
Year is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation.
corporations are forbidden by IRS rules from participating in political
City Year also receives nearly 50% of
their funding from Federal and state grants.
Federal law prohibits such funds from
being used for political purposes.
Year’s latest annual
report is available online.
have been filed against State Senator Cheryl Jacques charging her
with criminal misuse of federally funded workers for political action.
government watch group, Citizens for Truth in Politics (CTP), has
filed videotapes and letters which it says proves that Jacques solicited
the involvement of 150 federally funded “City Year” youth workers
for the "First Monday" rally sponsored by her on October
2, 2000 where she called for more gun control legislation.
law under U.S. title 18, sections 666 and 641, prohibits the use
of federal funds for political purposes.
The law carries a penalty of fines and imprisonment of up
to ten years.
Jacques deliberately misled City Year administrators into believing
the rally was focused on public safety and was not a political rally,"
asserts CTP founder Lawrence Savage.
When City Year administrators learned of the political content,
they were forced to withhold compensation from youth workers for
the time worked at the rally.
Jacques basically stole these young people's labor," Savage
said. "We are calling for her to personally reimburse the youth
workers and to resign her position." He says that irate City
Year management immediately put into place measures to prevent further
abuse, and offered other work opportunities to the workers. Over
20 City Year workers were used to set up the 4000 shoes at Trinity
Church for the "Silent March" exhibit which were to represent
the 4000 children killed by gunfire.
says the workers were also used to attend the rally to boost tepid
charged that Jacques, who has announced her candidacy for Lt. Governor,
has skillfully used the issue of gun control to seize the media
spotlight. She sponsored Massachusetts' 1998 gun control law, deemed
the nations' toughest. Critics of the law blame it for the dramatic
increase in violent crime recorded since the law went into effect.
Civil rights groups from the Massachusetts Gun Owners' Action League
to the Boston gay gun rights group the Pink Pistols have condemned
the law, he says, claiming it has actually increased crime and that
it legalizes arbitrary discrimination by town police chiefs. Under
Jacques' law, he says, each town police chief has sovereign power
to issue or withhold licenses based on any criteria they decide,
without providing the reason to the applicant.
noted that in the aftermath of the workplace shootings in Wakefield,
Jacques called for even stronger gun control measures, but a letter
printed in the Boston Herald on January 11 emphasizes that one of
the Wakefield victims had a New Hampshire pistol permit and was
denied a reciprocal license under Jacques' own law.
Jacques is presently working with gun control groups nationwide
to export similar laws to other states.
are asking for criminal charges, absolutely," emphasized Richard
Kramer, the CTP activist who obtained statements from City Year
administrators proving Jacques' embezzlement. "Misusing public funds is criminal. Exploiting City Year
children is wrong. This Senator puts lives of Commonwealth citizens
at risk to further her political career, and she uses our own money
to do it. Public money should be used for schools and roads, not
to fund the gun control lobby." Kramer noted that a string
of criminal scandals this past month has exposed how the gun control
lobby bankrolls itself heavily from public funds.
late February, California activist Jim March proved that the Million
Mom March (MMM), newest member of the gun control lobby, had been
fraudulently operating as "The Trauma Foundation," occupying
an entire floor of a California state-funded hospital rent-free
without the hospital's knowledge or consent, and funding its gun
control programs with federal grants from the Center for Disease
Control. Evicted from the hospital by angry administrators, the MMM
laid off 30 of 35 staffers, blaming "overly aggressive growth"
in a New York Times article.
Officials place the value of public funds embezzled by MMM
in the millions, and March expects criminal charges to be filed.
Jacques recently spoke at a Million Mom March meeting in
Wakefield, and featured several MMM speakers at her "First
recent criminal cases have dogged the gun control movement, said
the group. A D.C. jury recently convicted Million Mom March organizer
Barbara Graham of stalking, shooting, and paralyzing an innocent
man she mistakenly blamed for her son's murder. Then, on March 23,
a story in the Austin Statesman-American reported that Texas talk
show host Alex Jones had videotape showing members of the gun control
lobby paying cash payoffs to gang members in exchange for testimony
in favor of gun control proposals at Public Safety Committee hearings
people who pass criminal records checks to get their gun licenses
are not the criminals," Savage noted. "But the gun control
lobbyists and the officials who are in their pocket could use some
information about the charges filed against Jacques may be found
at the group’s website, www.citizensfortruth.com.
Wakefield Massacre Caused by Jacques Gun Law
The following letter
was printed in the January 11 edition of the Boston Herald.
April 3, 2001
Javelle was my friend. On Dec. 26 in Wakefield, he was killed by
held both a federal firearms license and a permit to carry a handgun
in New Hampshire. Ironically, the gun laws in Massachusetts prevented
him from carrying a concealed handgun. But these same laws did not
prevent Michael McDermott from obtaining illegal firearms.
the rampage started, Sandy told co-workers to lock the door behind
him and barricade it. He then confronted McDermott and became the
third victim. If Sandy had been permitted to carry a pistol, he
could have stopped McDermott. That meant that five other people
could possible have survived this tragedy. But Sandy did not have