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Trump Policies Front and Center at Immigration Roundtable Hosted by MIRA

As the federal government looks to admit fewer refugees than ever in the country’s history, the Massachusetts Immigrant & Action Coalition (MIRA) hosted a roundtable discussion on the topic on Monday, Feb. 5. The discussion was part of a national movement known as We Are All America, which works to build more inclusive communities while

Trump’s Record on LGBT Rights: Abhorrent, Unprecedented

After his first year in office, President Donald Trump’s record on LGBT rights and protections fairs far worse than his predecessors, a new report finds. The report from The Fenway Institute, an education, research, training and policy center in Boston focused on access to health for traditionally underserved communities, states that the Trump administration “has

Healthcare Advocates Slam Proposed Insurance Rule

The federal Department of Labor is proposing a rule that critics say would allow the sale of what some call “junk” health insurance. Published in the Federal Register last week, the rule would loosen restrictions on Association Health Plans, offered by professional groups or other associations to their members. The Labor Department said the purpose

Ai Weiwei: “The Only Conclusion is That There is a Lot of Inhumanity in Us”

Ai Weiwei, the Chinese activist, dissident, artist and exile’s new film “Human Flow” focuses on the people the world would rather forget: refugees. The film spans the globe, following stories from Afghanistan to Greece to Mexico. Interviewer: How did people become scared of refugees? Ai Weiwei: There is no one who willingly leaves their home.

Freedom for Francisco and Siham: Kids Protest Against ICE Arrests

The sounds of musical instruments, singing and chanting burst through the cold, silent and stiff air outside the South Bay House of Correction on a Sunday afternoon. A bunch of fifth graders from the Boston Workmen’s Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice Sunday School rallied on Dec. 10 to demand the U.S. Immigration

Undocumented Immigrant Francisco Rodriguez Released from ICE for the holidays

Christmas came early for beloved MIT custodial worker and undocumented immigrant Francisco Rodriguez, whose story for months has been at the forefront of the immigration debate in Massachusetts. Rodriguez, who spent months behind bars at the Suffolk County House of Corrections, was released from ICE custody on the Thursday before Christmas to his surprise and

Cambridge Opioid Working Group’s Report Proposes Solutions to Crisis

In late November the Cambridge Opioid Working Group released a report detailing the impact of the opioid epidemic on the city and offering local solutions to the crisis. The report, titled “Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Cambridge,” also recommended nine steps for local leadership to follow, highlighting a need to reduce stigma, reduce harm 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

Boston Police release arrest reports from August’s ‘Free Speech’ Rally

Photos by Caitlin Russell Back in August, a handful of Nazis, White Supremacists, and “free speech advocates” came to Boston, where they were met by tens of thousands of counter-protesters. Or, as Boston Police (BPD) reported, somewhere between 200… And 2000. While the crowd was huge, only 33 people were arrested. And according to those

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