BOSTON/State House - Immigrant rights groups continued their calls for an end to the federal Secure Communities deportation program, and for the passage of a bill dubbed the “Trust Act” in a rally at the State House on Thursday.
Social Workers – Dorchester
Brockton, Mass. - A Brockton man is suing that city and several members of its police department after he was allegedly assaulted and wrongfully arrested during a traffic stop in 2012.
Ben Silveus filed the lawsuit in federal court in Boston at the end of March against Sgt. Mark Celia, and Officers William Schlieman and Eric Burke, for what he claims were violations of his rights under both state and federal statutes.
Boston Jobs Coalition – Downtown Crossing
The Boston Jobs Coalition continued protests at the construction site of a new building at the historic Filene’s Basement in Downtown Boston on Monday last week. As previously reported by Open Media Boston, the coalition is critical of hiring practices for people of color and women at the site. They claim that the developer, Millennium Partners, has broken city hiring laws, and hasn’t contributed mandatory affordable housing payments.
Budget4All – Boylston St.
BOSTON/State House - Advocates called on state legislators to support new funding for human services in Massachusetts in an annual rally and lobby day at the State House on Tuesday.
Massachusetts Nurses Association – North Adams
Nurses picketed outside the North Adams Regional Hospital on Thursday following the abrupt closing of the facility by its owners at the end of last month. The nurses and their union, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, are calling for state action to save the hospital, and hundreds of unionized jobs.
BOSTON - The Boston Herald and one of its reporters have been found liable of defaming a local journalist, community activist, and prison-rights advocate following a jury trial in a Suffolk County court last month.
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BOSTON/Roxbury - A local activist was put on pre-trial probation at the Boston Municipal Court in Roxbury on Wednesday in lieu of a trial based on charges of assaulting a Boston Police Department officer.
Linda Jenkins, who is the congregational director of the Community Church of Boston and an activist in a number of causes, including Occupy Boston, was arrested at a protest during President Obama’s visit to Boston in June last year.
This is Open Media Boston's News in Brief for March 12, 2014
Members of the Massachusetts Pirate Party held a tribute to whistleblowers persecuted by the Government at Logan Airport on Saturday. Several protestors gather at Terminal E holding a sign honoring different whistleblowers, including Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and Glenn Greenwald. According to the party’s Facebook page, the demonstrators were asked to leave the airport, but no arrests were made.
Safe Driving Coalition