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Jule Pattison-Gordon

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Immigrant activists rally to protest detention, deportation

Cosecha members staged correction center sit-in and march from Roxbury’s Dudley Square

On Monday, dozens of marchers — including youth, religious community members and other activists — led the way from Orchard Gardens Park near Roxbury’s Dudley Square to the Suffolk County Correction Center, calling for an end to detentions of immigrants.

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City council seat challengers emerge

District, at-large competition kicks off

With city council applications for nomination papers made available Wednesday, a spread of challengers are emerging, causing the list of competitors for the District 7 seat being vacated by Tito Jackson to grow increasingly long. The departures of Councilors Sal LaMattina of District 1 and Bill Linehan of District 2 also have opened the field for several candidates. The at-large councilors, District 8’s Josh Zakim and District 9’s Mark Ciommo, face fights for re-election.

ACLU: Lab scandals ‘inevitable’ in war on drugs

Dookhan cases are symptom of flawed drug policy, some say

According to Carl Williams, staff attorney of the ACLU of Massachusetts, the kind of mishandling of justice reflected in the Dookhan scandal is, and will continue to be, a side effect of country’s criminalization of drug use and possession.

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New challengers emerge for city council seats

With city council candidacy application papers made available today, a spread of challengers are emerging. The list of competitors for the District 7 seat being vacated by Tito Jackson grows increasingly long. The departures of Councilors Sal LaMattina of District 1, and Bill Linehan of District 2 have been answered by several candidates. The at-large councilors and District 8’s Josh Zakim face fights for re-election.

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Black firms tackle fourth largest hotel project in Boston

Diversity participation criteria may set national precedent

A development expected to become the fourth largest hotel in Boston and the rest of the state is slated for development by a team with significant minority involvement.

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Unions mobilize national, local networks against Trump

SEIU members call for vigilance on federal policy that impacts workers’ quality of life

Members of several SEIU chapters called for residents to stay attentive to policy emerging from the federal administration and be ready to rise in response. The Trump administration has sparked counteraction from unions, including state-level policy advocacy as well as work to mobilize nationwide networks.

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City reveals capital spending plan

Funds school buildings, streets, libraries, parks

Mayor Martin Walsh introduced a $2.08 billion five-year spending proposal last week that features investments in school facilities, library branches, open spaces, crosswalk and traffic signal improvements, and other initiatives spread throughout the city.

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Cosecha takes new tack on immigration advocacy by focusing on the people

Movement zeros in on opinions of public, not politicians

Cosecha’s planned action for May 1 — International Workers Day — reveals a major departure between the movement and other immigrant rights advocacy groups, which are bringing a more traditional activist approach.

Lawyers call foul play as police bypass black candidate with old infractions

Would-be-officer rejected due to continuance without a finding at age 18, spotty driving history

Lawyers filed a complaint on behalf of a black Boston resident who was passed over for hiring into the Boston Police Department. Keon Finklea scored sufficiently high on the Civil Service test and came with strong recommendations, but his record that contained driving misdemeanors from five years prior and a continuance without a finding charge from when he was 18 years old.

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MIRA Coalition draws hundreds to rally for safe communities

Activists, elected officials gather to call for greater recognition and protection of immigrants in MA

Members of a lineup that included politicians, civil rights activists and others said President Donald Trump’s threats to immigrants risk the financial wellbeing and socioculutural fabric of the state and nation.

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