Community News

Prepare for hurricane Irene
August 26, 2011
As Hurricane Irene approaches, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) recommends a number of steps people can take now to help minimize potential damage from the damaging winds and torrential rains. “Early planning and preparation can be the key to your safety,” states MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “It is important to use your time wisely and not wait until the last minute.”

Patrick backs illegal immigrants on tuition
July 21, 2011 | By Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff
Governor Deval Patrick, just weeks after defying federal immigration officials over their controversial Secure Communities program, unexpectedly appeared at a packed State House hearing yesterday to urge lawmakers to let illegal immigrants pay the reduced resident rate at state colleges and universities.

ICE leaves police in the cold
July 16, 2011 | By Lawrence Harmon, Globe Columnist
BOSTONIANS SUFFER more aggravation from neighbors who steal their parking spots during winter storms than they do from illegal immigrants. In a border state like Arizona, the term “unlawful immigrant’’ might conjure up the image of a drug smuggler. Around here, it’s more likely to evoke the valedictorian of a local high school whose parents entered the country illegally when the kid was 3.

Mayor Menino Threatens To Quit Immigration Crackdown Program
July 11, 2011 | CBS Boston
Mayor Menino is threatening to end the city of Boston’s participation in a federal illegal immigration crackdown program called Secure Communities. The program requires police to run a fingerprint check through an immigration base for anyone arrested for a crime. If the person turns out to be an illegal immigrant, they face deportation.

Menino threatens to quit plan targeting crime by immigrants
July 11, 2011 | By Martine Powers and Stewart Bishop, Globe Correspondents
In an abrupt turnaround, Mayor Thomas M. Menino has said he will withdraw Boston police from the federal Secure Communities program unless US federal immigration officials limit their deportation efforts to only those immigrants who have committed serious crimes.

Let’s deport this program
July 04, 2011 | By Adrian Walker, Globe Columnist
You shouldn’t threaten to get out of Secure Communities, the federal program that claims to weed out criminals who are in the country illegally. You should withdraw from it. Like tomorrow, and that’s only because today is a holiday.

Ballot Questions
September 24, 2010
Our Communities are Under Attack! Three Ballot Questions Threaten Our Communities. On November 2nd, Vote NO, NO, NO on Ballot Questions 1, 2 and 3. Save Our Homes and Our Communities!

MassVOTE's Top 10 Tips for Voters this Year's Primary Election
September 24, 2010
#10. Vote early. Turnout will be moderate – you may be in line for 5 or 10 minutes during peak hours. Vote between 7am and 3pm to avoid the rush. But don’t worry – you have a right to vote if you’re in line before 8pm. Polls will stay open until every voter in line votes.

Health Care For All To Hold Phone-a-Thon To Enroll Children into Health Coverage
September 20, 2010
Health Care For All will hold a Phone-a-Thon at its offices Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to enroll children in MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program and the Children’s Medical Security Plan. Although Massachusetts and federal law makes all children and teens through age 18 eligible for health insurance coverage, an estimated 32,000 children in Massachusetts remain uninsured but eligible for health coverage.