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Activists Respond to New Deportations

Local advocates respond to the new deportations of unauthorized immigrants by starting a campaign to let immigrants know about their rights when faced with federal enforcement. See coverage.

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Muddy River Resurfaces in the Fenway

A section of the Muddy River (above) reappears in the Fenway, as part of the ongoing restoration and flood control project by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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Activists Flag Student Influx in Fenway Units

Activists cite the recent growth of Berklee College of Music students in apartment buildings on Clearway Street (above) owned by the Christian Science Church for further erosion of a dwindling supply of affordable housing in the Fenway. See interview with neighborhood activist Bob Case and a board member from the Fenway CDC, Andre Jones. See segment.

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Vigil Spotlights Displacement in East Boston

Families displaced by conditions in their apartment buildings on Maverick Street take refuge at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, with support from activists in City Life/Vida Urbana and attorneys. Since a partial wall collapse on August 1, the families had been staying at hotels, but a judge ruled the Maverick Street property owners no longer had to pay for temporary housing. A vigil with family members and supporters took place the night before Thanksgiving, on November 25. See photos. Also see interview on the City Life/Vida Urbana campaign for a "just cause eviction" measure to increase protection for tenants faced with displacement.

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Signatures Filed for Tax Measure

More than 157,000 signatures are filed for a 2018 ballot measure that could raise state taxes on annual incomes greater than $1 million, as a way to increase revenue for schools and transportation. Raise Up Massachusetts says the signatures were gathered entirely by volunteers. See report December 1 on delivery of the signatures.

 

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Unions and Mayor Rally for Hillary

A rally November 29 at Faneuil Hall spotlights support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from trade unions and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Clinton promised support for more infrastrucure spending and union pay scales. Some trade unions are backing her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders. Clinton tried to distance herself from his health care agenda by promising to raise incomes without raising taxes. See photos.

House Leaders Outline Response to Opioids Crisis

Leaders of the Massachusetts House of Representatives announce their bill to combat the crisis in opioid addiction. Following proposals from the Senate and Governor Baker, the House bill includes new safeguards on precriptions and more voluntary access to treatment. See report.

Open State Senate Seat Drawing Candidates

edwardsThe seat being vacated in the 1st Suffolk & Middlesex District by State Senator Anthony Petrucelli has begun to attract candidates, with announcements so far by State Representative Jay Livingstone, East Boston attorney and worker rights advocate Lydia Edwards, Democratic political activist Diana Hwang and East Boston attorney and Winthrop Housing Authority commissioner, Joseph Boncore. See interview with Lydia Edwards (above).

Attorney Discusses Ruling Faulting Police Academy

Oren Sellstrom of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice discusses the recent finding by the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination of bias in the dismissal of a recruit accused of cheating at the Boston Police Academy. See interview.

Housing Activists Discuss Boost in Affordable Units

Richard Giordano of the Fenway CDC and Kadineyse Ramize Peña of the Boston Tenant Coalition discuss recent changes increasing the set-aside for affordable housing in the city from large developments. See interview.

Purpose of New Coalition: Halt Spread of HIV

prepThe executive director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Carl Sciortino talks about the "Getting to Zero Coalition," a campaign to significantly reduce the spread of HIV. See interview.

Gains Eyed from Less Driving

rugglesA report for MassPIRG and Transportation for Massachusetts estimates the varieties of cost savings that could result from less driving and a shift to other forms of transportation. See interview with Kirstie Pecci and Jon Olivieri of MassPIRG.

Units Ease Chinatown Crunch

onegreenwayWork is completed on One Greenway, a mixed-income development in Boston's Chinatown, with 363 units, 95 of them affordable apartments (for which there were almost 4,400 applications). See report.

Mayor Signs Gun Replica Ban

replicasMayor Marty Walsh signs an ordinance passed by the City Council to ban gun replicas in Boston's public areas. The signing, at 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury, follows the seizure of 153 replica guns by the Boston Police. See report on the signing, followed by an interview with one of the supporters of the ban, the associate pastor of Azusa Christian Community, Rev. Mark V. Scott.

A Vision for East Boston

A local resident and Northeastern University faculty member, Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna, talks about a "visions survey" on the future development of East Boston. See segment aired November 30.

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Vigil Urges Helping Refugees

A rally December 10, organized by United for Justice with Peace, calls for peaceful resolution to conflicts in the Middle East and for some of the refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria to be allowed into the United States. See interview with Paul Shannon of the American Friends Service Committee.