The Mapping Project

Screenshot of the Mapping Project's map (geographical view).

What is the Mapping Project?

Welcome to the Mapping Project. We are a multi-generational collective of activists and organizers on the land of the Massachusett, Pawtucket, Naumkeag, and other tribal nations (Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding areas) who wanted to develop a deeper understanding of local institutional support for the colonization of Palestine and harms that we see as linked, such as policing, US imperialism, and displacement/ethnic cleansing. Our work is grounded in the realization that oppressors share tactics and institutions – and that our liberation struggles are connected. We wanted to visualize these connections in order to see where our struggles intersect and to strategically grow our local organizing capacities.

Our interactive map illustrates some ways in which institutional support for the colonization of Palestine is structurally tied to policing and systemic white supremacy here where we live, and to US imperialist projects in other countries. Our map also shows the connections between harms such as privatization and medical apartheid, which are often facilitated by universities and their corporate partners. Since local universities engage in these multiple forms of oppression and produce much of the ruling class, and because they are major land holders in our area, we've emphasized the university as a central nexus that ties together many of the harms traced on the map. (For more on what we think the map reveals, see What We See page and read our articles.)

We acknowledge that our map is not a complete representation of local institutions responsible for the colonization of Palestine or other harms such as policing, US imperialism, and displacement. We also recognize that the struggles of local Indigenous nations against US colonization are underrepresented on our map. We would be grateful for suggestions and knowledge shared with us by those who engage with our map, and hope it can continue to grow and improve through your contributions.

This map is intended first and foremost to cultivate relationships between organizers across movements and deepen our political analyses as we build community power. Building community power, for us, has meant seeking the knowledge of those organizing in community with us and highlighting the radical analyses and resistance of earlier generations which have been suppressed.

Our goal in pursuing this collective mapping was to reveal the local entities and networks that enact devastation, so we can dismantle them. Every entity has an address, every network can be disrupted.

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total of 497 entities, 1376 links


Most connected entities by type

Screenshot of the Mapping Project's map (graph view). Weapons/Robotics: Raytheon   Lockheed Martin   General Dynamics   Boeing   Lenco Armored Vehicles   Elbit Systems  

University: MIT   Harvard University   Harvard Kennedy School of Government   Tufts University   Boston University   The Broad Institute  

State/Local Government: State of Mass.   Newton Public Schools   City of Cambridge   City of Boston   Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative  

Real Estate: BioMed Realty Trust, Inc.   DSF Group   Small Property Owners Association (SPOA)   Cruz Management Co   Harvard Real Estate Inc.   Maloney Properties  

Prison/Prison-Industrial Complex: MCI-Framingham Prison   Suffolk County Jail   Aramark   Noresco   Guardian Uniform and Supply   Middleton Jail and House of Correction  

Politician: Ed Markey   Elizabeth Warren   Charlie Baker  

Police: Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC)   Greater Boston Police Council   Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC)   Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)   Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro LEC)   Department of Homeland Security  

NGO: Anti-Defamation League (ADL)   Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)   Ruderman Family Foundation   Kraft Family Philanthropies   Seth Klarman, and the Klarman Family Foundation   JCRC of Greater Boston  

Military: U.S. Navy in Massachusetts   U.S. Air Force in Massachusetts   U.S. Army in Massachusetts   Kostas Research Institute at Northeastern University   U.S. Air Force: Hanscom Air Force Base   Fort Devens Army Base  

Media: JewishBoston   The Jewish Journal   Boston Globe   Corrections Connection   Boston Herald  

Lifestyle: Puma   CYBEX INTERNATIONAL   Harpoon Brewery  

Labor: AFL-CIO (Massachusetts)   International Union of Police Associations   The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)   New England Regional Council of Carpenters   UNITE-HERE (Massachusetts)   International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)  

Israeli Government: Consulate General of Israel to New England  

Healthcare/Pharma: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)   Pfizer   Millennium Pharmaceuticals/Takeda Oncology   Novartis   Tufts-New England Medical Center   Biogen  

Finance: Fidelity Charitable   Citigroup   Baupost Group   MassMutual   RTN Federal Credit Union   Fidelity  

Cultural: Jewish Arts Collaborative   Boston Museum of Science   Israel360   BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity   Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston   Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)  

Consulting: McKinsey   Boston Consulting Group (BCG)   Gemini Industries   Odyssey Systems Consulting Group   Deloitte   Nixon Peabody LLP  

Construction/Engineering: CDM Smith   Kleinfelder Northeast   Excelitas Technologies   Elkus Manfredi Architects   HDR Architecture   Finegold Alexander & Associates  

Computing/Logistics: IBM   Amazon   Microsoft   Google   Apple   Hewlett Packard Enterprise  

Agribusiness: DuPont  

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