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Spanish-Speaking Renters in Nashville Unionize After Maintenance Requests Go Ignored, Crime Spikes at Apartment Complex

Spanish-Speaking Renters in Nashville Unionize After Maintenance Requests Go Ignored, Crime Spikes at Apartment Complex

Los contratos de arrendamiento. “Apartment leases” in Spanish—it’s been the request of hundreds of renters living at the Union on Thompson apartment complex in South Nashville. The language barrier has meant that the Spanish-speaking renters, many of whom only have access to English through their children, have had no knowledge of how to ask for

Coalition Pushes for Clean Water and Justice in Massachusetts Prisons

 Photo: Beth Prendergast On the morning of Nov. 28, a small group of people gathered in front of the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay. With them, a banner depicted a tidal wave rushing toward a line of prison cells. The words “#DeeperThanWater”—the group’s name—occupied the bottom of the banner, painted in prison-uniform

Activists to Dorchester Planners: We’re Not For Sale

A City-led community meeting in Dorchester on the ongoing plan to redevelop Glover’s Corner took an unexpected turn on Wednesday night when local anti-gentrification activists interrupted the proceedings. But responses from a key city official and City Councilor Frank Baker following the protest provided some mixed signals in terms of how the group’s demands are

Economic Development vs. Climate Action: Rebutting Deniers and Wafflers

President Trump, probably telling President Xi Jinping of China that he was totally kidding about climate change being a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Photo by Thomas Peter, Courtesy of Reuters As negotiators meet in Bonn, Germany, to put together a deal to implement the Paris Agreement, John Holdren, a professor of environmental policy at

Baker Administration Battles Opioid Epidemic With Funding and Legislation

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker recently announced significant measures to provide recovery services and increase access to health care for those struggling with opioid addiction in the Bay State. Baker, a member of the Trump administration’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, is providing up to $30 million annually to expand residential recovery

LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Face Higher Hurdles Despite Widespread Oppression

Cambridge’s LGBTQ+ Commission and the Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship co-hosted an event on Thursday, November 9, to highlight the struggles faced by those seeking refuge from queerphobia and the oppression it breeds. The event, titled Challenges, Experiences, Freedom: LGBTQ+ Immigrants and Asylum Seekers, featured speakers who have faced this grueling asylum process, and

Cuban Immigration in the Eye of the Storm

Cuban migration to the United States is the great loser under Donald Trump’s hostile policy toward Cuba and creates additional difficulties for citizens of this Caribbean island nation who were accustomed to benefits that their neighbours in the rest of Latin America never enjoyed. In a decision that keeps uncertainty hanging over thousands of people

ICE detains Nahant activist and single mother, protesters rally for her release

Photo: Steve Ahlquist. On Nov. 7, Immigration and Customs Enforcement took Siham Byah, a 40-year-old single mother from Nahant, Massachusetts, into custody. Byah faces a final deportation order after attending a check-in at an ICE office in Burlington, Massachusetts. Her 8-year-old son is currently in Department of Children and Families’ custody. According to a press

Flogging Molly’s David King is One of the Lucky Ones – and He Knows It

David King has always known he was lucky, and it has fueled him throughout Flogging Molly’s 20-year career, a span of time in which they’ve continued their success as one of the most well-respected names in rock and roll. The Irish punk septet is now celebrating with the release of its sixth studio album, “Life

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