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St. Patrick’s Day Peace Parade Offers Alternative for Anti-War, LGBTQ Groups

SOUTH BOSTON, Mass.—For the fourth year in a row, a second, smaller parade wound through the streets of South Boston behind the marchers in the historic St. Patrick’s Day parade, which is organized by the South Boston Allied War Veterans’ Council. The  St. Patrick’s Day Peace Parade is organized by Veterans for Peace and Massachusetts

From Tacoma to Texas, Hunger Strikers Challenge Private Immigration Detention Centers

CONROE, Texas—Adelina Cáceres doesn’t understand why her husband, David Vásquez, who is a documented resident, remains detained at the privately run Joe Corley Detention Facility in Conroe, Texas, as a result of a prior charge he already served time for years ago. “Why do they call him a criminal?” Cáceres asked as she sobbed during

Candidate Releases Video Promoting New Initiative to Battle Drugs

ROXBURY, Mass.—Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone has continued to make substance abuse treatment reform a key issue in his campaign platform. He first announced a six-state initiative to battle substance abuse in all New England states and has since released a video showcasing his proposed Office of Recovery. The Office of Recovery would operate under

Candidate Proposes Office of Recovery

BOSTON, Mass.—Democratic candidate Joe Avellone announced in February that he would establish an Office of Recovery focused on substance abuse treatment if elected governor. According to a statement released by the Avellone Campaign, the Office of Recovery would operate under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.The Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse would be

Patrick Calls for Criminal Reform for Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

BOSTON, Mass.—Gov. Deval Patrick has announced a plan to reduce recidivism by 50 percent in the next five years by implementing a step-down program, substance abuse rehabilitation and proper care for mentally ill offenders. To reduce recidivism, Patrick plans to introduce a step-down program that will allow inmates to finish their sentences at county-based houses

Marisa Egerstrom: Organizer, Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation

There was an infectious restlessness in the air as Marisa Egerstrom climbed the bandstand at Boston Common to address the 300-strong crowd at Occupy Boston’s first general assembly. Egerstrom and fellow faith activists from Boston—they called themselves the Protest Chaplains—had just come from the first days of Occupy Wall Street. A week later Occupy Boston

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