Saturday, October 29, 2011

Monteiro: FORMER Women’s Commission Head Condemns Cambridge Pols

On October 29, 2011, the Cambridge Chronicle posted at an op ed written by Nancy Ryan who was executive director of the Cambridge Women’s Commission from 1981 to 2006. Presumably, the editor intends to publish this document in the hard copy on November 6, 2011.

The op ed commences:

“I am deeply disturbed by the remarks of most Cambridge City Councilors that the issues raised in the Malvina Monteiro case are not serious enough to merit their concern. Most of the non-incumbents seem to share this dismissive attitude toward a case of racial discrimination that led to a jury’s verdict of retaliation at the highest levels of the city’s administration.”

Ryan goes into the details of the Monteiro outrage. We have posted the key superior court decision at, and the appeals court panels comments at

She continues, “The treatment of Malvina Monteiro, according to Superior Court Judge Bonnie MacLeod Mancuso, involved ‘a deliberate, systematic campaign to punish the plaintiff as a reprisal for her effrontery in lodging a discrimination claim.’”

Ms. Ryan names incumbent City Councilors Davis, Toomey, Seidel and Simmons by name in her comments.

The Monteiro case is not at all unusual. It exactly fits the contempt for the environment and for beautiful, valuable animals communicated by the Cambridge Pols, Team Healy.