Somerville, Mass. – Pedro sought a safer life. He traveled to Somerville from Chalantenango, El Salvador on foot, by bus, car, and in the back of a tractor-trailer truck.
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.
Youth Justice and Power Union – Boston
The Youth Justice and Power Union staged a rally at Boston City Hall on Tuesday last week. In a rally dubbed a "youth unemployment fair," the group hit out at the lack of funding for youth jobs in the city, and called for greater resources to be made available for creating employment for young people.
BOSTON – Calling for an affordable MBTA youth pass, a coalition of groups held a rally and march on Thursday claiming that the existing reduced fares for students shuts out many young people from riding the T.
Around 250 demonstrators marched from Park St. station to the offices of the MBTA at the Transportation Building demanding a youth pass for those between 12-21 years of age, with no time-of-day use restrictions, and costing no more than $10 per month.
BOSTON – One hundred and thirty six. That, according to Boston Police, was the number of guns turned in by the end of the first week of the city’s gun buyback program christened “Your Piece for Peace.” Sergeant Mike McCarthy of the Media Relations Department said in an email, “the BPD is very pleased with the program’s success so far.”
Somerville, Mass. - Youth homelessness is on the rise; at least 25 Somerville students are homeless. Some 13,000 students are homeless in Massachusetts, according to the state Department of Education.
This is Open Media Boston's News in Brief for March 18, 2014.
Calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour in a nationwide day of action, members and supporters of the Socialist Alternative-led group 15Now held a rally on Saturday. Beginning at the State House, and marching towards the site of Occupy Boston in Dewey Sq. the protestors stopped at low-wage employers along the way to demand a living wage.
Press Pass TV sits down with the candidates and their views on the state of employment rates and job opportunities for Boston's youth and adults in the first mayoral race in over two decades.
Press Pass TV sits down with the candidates and takes their views on education standards and the drop-out rate for Boston's first mayoral race in over two decades.