BOSTON - A gruesome kidnapping in Mexico in late September is causing a ripple of outrage worldwide. In Boston, local protesters are using the disappearance of 43 students as an opportunity to call for the US government to stop funding the drug war in that country. Supporters rallied during a day of action for peace Wednesday at the Federal Building and plan to continue mobilizing.
Somerville, Mass.– Teachers and counselors are helping almost 100 new students adapt to their new lives in Somerville and in the Somerville Public Schools. The children are likely unaccompanied minors who arrived in the U.S. over the past eight months during the uptick of unaccompanied minors crossing the border last spring and summer.
SOMERVILLE, Mass., Aug. 12, 2014 – While some cities and towns have said they don’t want to host immigrant children from Central America, Somerville’s agencies, non-profits and many residents are welcoming them.
About two to three immigrant children have been arriving in Somerville each week this summer. Health workers estimate that there are at least 70 of the recent arrivals – known as “unaccompanied minors” – in the city, mostly living with relatives.
BOSTON/State House - A large rally in Boston on Tuesday continued protests against the Israeli invasion of the Palestinian Territories that began earlier this month, and has reportedly claimed the lives of hundreds, including dozens of Palestinian civilians.
Pro-Choice Massachusetts – State House
In a statement released last week, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts thanked Gov. Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Senate President Therese Murray, State Senator Harriette Chandler, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo for their efforts in filing the bill entitled, An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, which aims to address safety concerns that have arisen since the US Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts buffer zone law.
BOSTON/Boston Common - Marking a year since President Obama repeated his intention to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and release prisoners held there, activists called on the president to follow through on his promise.
BOSTON/Fenway - Demonstrators called on the Northeastern University administration to reinstate the suspended student organization, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), in a picket at the school on Tuesday.
Over 200 supporters and members of SJP protested the university’s decision earlier this month to suspend the group for what the administration alleges were repeated violations of the school’s policy concerning protests.
BOSTON/Fenway - An officially recognized Northeastern University student organization, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), has been suspended by the Northeastern administration for a string of alleged violations of school policy regarding protests.
In a letter on Friday, the administration suspended the group until the end of the year, revoking SJP’s access to finances, campus space, and their right to organize.
Cape Verdean Family Accuses Brockton Cops of Illegal Entry to Home Excessive Force; Trial Begins Today
Brockton, Mass. - Officers of the Brockton Police Department are due in court this week in a lawsuit that comes from their handling of a noise complaint in 2008.
A trial is set to begin next week after four family members launched a civil suit in November 2011 against the officers alleging warrantless entry, excessive force, indifference to medical needs, assault and battery, and arrest without probable cause.
If the jury finds in favor, the plaintiffs could be awarded punitive damages and compensation for injuries allegedly received as a result of the police action.
BOSTON/Copley Square - Over 100 people gathered in Copley Square on Saturday to commemorate the second anniversary of the Syrian uprising and ask for international support for their struggle. Supporters of the Syrian National Council, the rebel opposition coalition fighting President Bashar Hafez al-Assad’s Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party gathered to demand justice for the Syrian people in a three-hour rally and march on a bitterly cold day.