Posted on August 31, 2010 by Aron Goldman
“The market looks the other way when it comes to neighborhoods like this too often.”
Governor Patrick was in the North End last week, and he made it clear that the deep disparities exemplified by the North End are unacceptable. And at the same time, he spoke about transcending neighborhood boundaries, and his campaign’s commitment to engaging infrequent voters in minority communities (contrary to conventional campaign strategy). Video below. We invite any candidate to offer their perspectives on civic engagement and the issues that have been identified by our stakeholders as priorities (see left).
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Posted on June 14, 2010 by Aron Goldman
One out of every twenty-one MA residents are under correctional control (Source: Pew Report). Only four other states arrest more of its citizens than we do. Nationally, one in eighteen men, and one in eleven black men and women, are in the system. Even after your sentence is complete, your criminal record (CORI) can follow you for life.
To help prevent misdemeanors from becoming life sentences, activists (Neighbor to Neighbor, Jobs with Justice) have been pushing for CORI reform for years. The work is starting to pay off. Reform legislation recently passed the MA House and Senate (with support from community activists and the criminal justice officials alike), and it is in conference now. Governor Patrick is ready to sign it.
Springfield resident, Orlando Ramos, came to our offices this morning to explain how the legislation works, and the implications for residents (video below). And on June 30th, the Springfield Health Disparities Project has organized a “CORI Independence Day” event to help residents understand their rights, seal their records, and move on (flyer here, PDF).
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Posted on June 2, 2010 by Marcos A. Marrero
El Sol Latino, June 2010
This month’s issue of El Sol Latino (ESL) features the backlash generated from the new Arizona immigration policy, which has been rejected by civil rights groups across the Nation. SB 1070 has won the Grand Canyon State a boycott from Los Angeles and other cities have considered similar measures, including Springfield.
The dangers of the new Arizona immigration policy, which directs police to determine the immigration status of a person “where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien”, are exemplified through a recent story presented by NBC in Chicago last week, and covered on the Huffington Post. The article spotlights Eduardo Caraballo, a Puerto Rican and US citizen who was detained for three days by federal officials on suspicion of residing in the US illegally, despite providing adequate identification. As Congressman Luis Gutierrez says in the interview “In Arizona, they want everybody to be able to prove they’re legally in the country. They want everybody to prove that they’re an American citizen. Here we had an American citizen, that the federal government – not state authorities – but the Federal government, with all their technology and all the information capacity they had… could not determine, for more than three days, his status as an American citizen. It’s very, very, very dangerous ground to tread.”
This edition of ESL also shares three recent studies related to the Latino immigrant community. The first, by the Pew Hispanic Center profiles the latest Hispanic Demography in the US, where Latino’s are accounted for by Nationality and insightful statistics are provided regarding their language, educational attainment, income level and regional dispersion. A second study, also by Pew finds that Hispanics in the US reach the lowest attainment of General Education Degrees (GED) amongst High School dropouts, when compared to Whites and Blacks. The last of these articles suggest that parenting practices amongst Latino communities plays a favorable role in their children’s success. This stems from a study by the American Psychological Association (APA) that found Latino children displayed skills “at levels equal to those of white non-Latino children, despite vast differences in family income between the groups”.
In news from the Caribbean, ESL includes Economic news from the Dominican Republic, and prominently summarizes the University of Puerto Rico student strike, which has had 10 of its 11 campuses paralyzed for 41 days after the University Governing Board undertook drastic measures which would increase the cost of higher education in the system.
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