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Company One production of ‘Downtown Crossing’ explores undocumented life in Boston
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Arts & Culture
Company One production of ‘Downtown Crossing’ explores undocumented life in Boston
“Downtown Crossing,” a world premiere theater performance written by David Valdes and produced by Company One Theatre hits the virtual stage on Oct. 22. Streaming live (and for free) for five performances, the play explores the experience of undocumented immigrants in Boston.
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Talia Barrales: A Dreamer fulfilling her dream
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Business
Talia Barrales: A Dreamer fulfilling her dream
When Talia Barrales launched her new firm, Barrales Public Affairs, in June, she turned to the same guiding principles that made her now multi-million-dollar firm Barrales Law so successful — hard work for the community, by the community.
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Opinion
Include immigrants in COVID-19 relief
It is unfathomable that people who have regularly paid taxes would be shut out of relief when it’s most needed. This isn’t charity. It’s about doing right by our neighbors
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Immigrant businesses struggling
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Business
Immigrant businesses struggling
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) hosted a virtual roundtable with U.S. Reps. Joe Kennedy III and Seth Moulton on Monday to highlight the struggles that Black and brown immigrant business owners go through and what they need to remain viable.
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Local News
Activists press legislators on Safe Communities Act
A group of Haitian pastors and advocates sent a letter to Massachusetts legislators last week urging a favorable report for the Safe Communities Act, noting that the ongoing pandemic has demonstrated the importance of protecting immigrants, who risk COVID-19 infections while facing the threat of deportation.
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International Institute of New England’s 'Suitcase Stories' now streaming
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Arts & Culture
International Institute of New England’s 'Suitcase Stories' now streaming
During the COVID-19 pandemic, public spaces have shuttered, but the need for stories of perseverance is greater than ever, and so Suitcase Stories has taken to the screen for virtual storytelling and community conversations.
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Activists call on ICE to release immigrants
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Local News
Activists call on ICE to release immigrants
Sen. Ed Markey joined immigration activists on Friday in an online conversation to discuss COVID-19’s impacts on the immigrant community.
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New policy on sharing BPS info with Boston Police
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Local News
New policy on sharing BPS info with Boston Police
Two months after a local civil rights group accused Boston Public Schools of sharing students’ information with federal immigration authorities, the city is proposing a new policy officials say will clarify the protocols for sharing that information with law enforcement and other groups.
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Advocates push for immigration bill
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Local News
Advocates push for immigration bill
Activists spoke in favor of and against the Safe Communities Act during a hearing last week.
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Undocumented license legislation stalled in House
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Local News
Undocumented license legislation stalled in House
Maybelline Perez, 21, remembers how complicated it was to move her belongings from her home in East Boston to her dorm on Northeastern University’s campus without a family car.Her brother Ben, 16, a boarding student in Andover, uses a combination of MBTA buses, subways and commuter rail to go between school and home, making what should be a 30-minute drive into a two-hour-long commute.Perez and her family moved to Boston in 2012 from El Salvador. Since then, they have been living in the United States undocumented. Having a driver’s license would allow the Perez family to take faster trips to Andover and to roam the state freely.
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Businesses push for Safe Communities Act
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Local News
Businesses push for Safe Communities Act
A coalition of business leaders is pushing for the passage of the Safe Communities Act in the Massachusetts Legislature. The legislation would bar police in the state from acting as immigration law enforcers, bar police and court officials from inquiring about immigration status unless required to do so by law and create standards for local law enforcement interactions with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
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Local News
Documents reveal BPD-ICE relations
After police released 800 pages of emails between Boston Police Sgt. Detective Gregory Gallagher, an officer who serves as the department’s liaison with ICE, and ICE agents, city councilors are questioning whether the department violated the city’s Trust Act, which bars BPD officers from holding people in their custody or turning them over to ICE agents based solely on their immigration status.
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