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Somerville Neighborhood News #25

Posted by a 2:02 pm on October 24, 2014

Oct. 21, 2014 – Visit the Kiley Barrel site, march with the Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, learn how Tufts is trying to improve its treatment of victims of sexual abuse, see what’s up with…


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Posted in Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, Health Care, Housing, Investigative Reports, Media, Neighborhoods and Squares, Transportation, Tufts, Video | 1 Comment »

Playing Field Challenges in Somerville

Posted by a 3:58 pm on July 9, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 1, 2014 - Some of the city’s 18 playing fields are in bad shape, and almost all of them need to be repaired or renovated in one way or another. Parents, athletes, and…


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Somervillians Support Fight for $15 Minimum Wage

Posted by a 5:40 pm on June 18, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a production of Somerville Community Access Television, made by professional journalists, volunteers and staff. The half-hour news show has as its mission to provide a lively, informative newscast focusing on the events, issues…


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Posted in Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Consumer Money Saving, Economy & Poverty, Video, Workers' Rights | No Comments »

SNN: Styrofoam ban, war on rats & more!

Posted by a 12:18 pm on

June 17, 2014 — Did you know that the ban on the use of take-out styrofoam containers is being largely ignored? Want to go to the state’s Democratic convention? Hit the “Carnaval” and check out…


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Posted in All Ages, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Education, Environment and Open Space, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Workers' Rights | No Comments »

S’Ville Neighborhood News is new!

Posted by a 10:02 am on June 17, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a community service production of SCATV. Here is what tonight’s newscast will bring you: Somerville Neighborhood News reporter Justin Page looked into the ban on styrofoam take-out

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What’s on Neighborhood News #17?

Posted by a 3:41 pm on June 12, 2014

Want to know what is covered in the next Somerville Neighborhood NewsCity of Somerville staffers announced new measures in the War on Rats… a program that might be called “war bonds.” It’s


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Two Tufts Student Protest Against Abuses

Posted by a 5:02 pm on May 9, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeODQuuSJpY

Somerville, MA, May 7, 2014 – Despite being distracted by exams and end of year ceremonies and activities, Tufts University students twice recently took to the streets and the Quad to protest policies…


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Posted in Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Schools and Youth, Tufts, Video, Workers' Rights | No Comments »

Somerville Neighborhood News Eps. 12

Posted by a 9:58 am on April 10, 2014

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April 8, 2014 – Attend the Deanna Cremin memorial and hear from her sister, learn how Somerville is fighting against the overdose epidemic, visit the Irish Film Festival, learn about air pollution near Route…


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Posted in Announcements, Arts and Culture, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Investigative Reports, Neighborhoods and Squares, Politics, Schools and Youth, Union Square, Video, Winter Hill | No Comments »

The Rise of Somerville Homeless Youth

Posted by a 10:49 pm on April 1, 2014

The Rise of Somerville Homeless Youth

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by Somerville Neighborhood News


Youth homelessness is on the rise; at least…


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Posted in All Ages, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Education, Government Reform, Housing, Schools and Youth, Teens, Video | No Comments »

Somerville Solicitor invokes “attorney-client privilege” to conceal PR strategy

Posted by a 5:29 pm on March 1, 2014

Redacted portions of at least one Somerville Official’s City Hall email that is in regional news lately (DigBoston and Somerville Journal) is revealed here. The City Solicitor insists that this text, outlining a PR strategy, is protected under “attorney-client privilege.”


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Will Somerville residents get jobs on the GLX?

Posted by a 10:20 pm on January 23, 2014

Will Sville residents get jobs on the Green Line extension? Check out this excerpt from Somerville Neighborhood News #6.…


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Investigative Reports, Jobs, MBTA, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments »

Somerville Neighborhood News #6 – Jan. 14 2014

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January 14, 2014 — Inauguration of the mayor, aldermen and school committee, homework at the high school, raising the first American flag, a program that promises good, local jobs during the Green Line extension (rerun) and homelessness (rerun). These stories and more…


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Education, Historical, Housing, Immigration, Investigative Reports, Jobs, MBTA, Politics, Teens, Video | No Comments »

Union Square Transportation Data- Do Performance Measures Include Accessibility, Economic factors?

Posted by a 2:19 pm on August 12, 2013

What kinds of performance measures were examined prior to the recent announcement about Union Square’s upcoming transportation improvements?


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Comprehensive Plan, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Seniors, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Union Square | No Comments »

Celebrate the ADA! Free Movie Screening 7/27/13- MUSIC WITHIN

Posted by a 3:35 pm on July 24, 2013

The Anniversary of the signing of the ADA is Friday July 26th! Want to celebrate this weekend? Here’s one free event: On Saturday, a free screening of MUSIC WITHIN– the 2007 drama about the true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker, whose hearing disability attained in the Vietnam War drove him to become an activist for the Americans with DisAbilities Act.


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Information request to Somerville Housing Authority

Posted by a 8:35 pm on December 10, 2012

The Community Access Project has submitted a public information request to the Somerville Housing Authority (SHA) to gain Access For All to its 2012 Annual Plan (which is currently online in inaccessible format); and, to gain a listing of the SHA program’s accessible project-based voucher sites and units.


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CCPD Board Votes to Oppose Assisted Suicide Ballot Question

Posted by a 10:40 pm on October 24, 2012

Members of the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities  have participated in the Somerville online transportation surveys and frequently collaborate with members of Community Access Project, Somerville to help raise awareness and lower barriers to


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, Press Release, Public Health & Safety, Seniors | 9 Comments »

Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board Votes To Oppose Question 2

Posted by a 10:32 pm on

Members of the Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board have participated in the Somerville online transportation surveys and frequently collaborate with members of Community Access Project, Somerville to help raise awareness and lower barriers to disAbility


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Free Inspirational Movie: “Shift Change”

Posted by a 11:01 pm on October 23, 2012

Please join us for the New England Premier of “Shift  Change”,

What: An inspirational new documentary by veteran filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin about the real possibilities offered by worker cooperatives during this…


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Posted in Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Events, Politics, Tufts | No Comments »

Shea leaves legacy: human rights, schools, wit

Posted by a 11:32 am on July 28, 2012

Described “a force for good in the world,” William E. Shea was honored at a funeral Mass Friday, July 27, in St. Camillus Church, in Arlington, following his July 24 death at home. He had been president Ames Envelope and had been active in many ways in Somerville. See the full story at YourArlington.com…


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John B. Kelly Day Proclaimed by Boston’s Mayor Menino

Posted by a 11:08 pm on July 26, 2012

John B. Kelly, friend to all Somervillians and especially BFF with Community Access Project Somerville and human rights defenders throughout Massachusetts, receives a Proclamation from Boston’s Mayor Menino, who named today, July 26, 2012, John B. Kelly Day!


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety | 5 Comments »

ADA 22nd Anniversary- Presidential Proclamation July 26, 2012

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2012

Presidential Proclamation — Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2012

ANNIVERSARY OF…


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May All Villens Be Free…

Posted by a 3:28 am on July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth, Somerville!


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City Silences the Human Rights Commission with Obsolete Quorum Rule Instead of Fixing It

Posted by a 4:58 pm on May 17, 2012

Given the City’s clear interest in having a functioning HRC to protect the civil and human rights of Somerville residents, and given the difficulty with growing our membership, it makes little sense to have an out-dated quorum rule so high that it prevents us from meeting.


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4/9: HRC Agenda, 6:30pm @ TAB

Posted by a 10:07 pm on April 6, 2012

The monthly public meeting of the Human Rights Commission will be at 6:30pm on 4/9 at SCALE
in the TAB at 167 Holland Street (2nd floor, top of stair, straight ahead, small conference room). This is an accessible location.

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@SomervilleCity’s Retaliation Against Accessibility Whistleblower Casts Chilling Effect

Posted by a 9:09 pm on

Last week, Mayor @JoeCurtatone retaliated against Somerville accessibility rights advocate Eileen Feldman after she blew the whistle on the City’s attempt to have the U.S. Surgeon General’s March 23rd health grant event held at the then-inaccessible Armory…


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Posted in Accessibility, Arts and Culture, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Ward 5 | 7 Comments »

Celebrate Holy Week at Christ Episcopal Church

Posted by a 3:36 pm on April 4, 2012

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, Somerville! Christ Church welcomes and nurtures every individual who comes through its doors, and has recently affirmed this long-held commitment by registering as a “Believe Out Loud” parish…


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Posted in All Ages, Announcements, Civil and Human Rights, East Somerville, Events, Press Release, Special | No Comments »

False information posted at Ward 5 Online

Posted by a 2:25 pm on April 2, 2012

I’ve just been alerted to a new posting of inaccuracies regarding my architectural access facility complaint about the Armory.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Courtney O’Keefe posted “Armory Gets New Entrance, Support!” on…


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Somerville, MA: Civil Rights Discrimination in Motion, circa 2012

Posted by a 2:39 pm on March 29, 2012

Ms. Renault-Caragianes’ letter is a cover-up on behalf of Mayor Curtatone and designed to distort the facts about why State officials had to quickly step in to relocate the U.S. Surgeon General’s visit to the Ville last Friday, March 23, 2012, for the official launch event of the Middlesex County’s health wellness and prevention initiative called “Mass in Motion.”


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Public Health & Safety | 3 Comments »

Somerville’s Curtatone Prevented from Hosting U.S. Surgeon General at Inaccessible Armory

Posted by a 8:10 pm on March 22, 2012

Somerville’s Mayor Curtatone, who announced on WGBH this week (Boston’s Growing Income Gap, hosted 3/20/11 by Kara Miller) that he is “advising the First Lady on the Let’s Move Initiative,” attempted to get the US Surgeon General’s launch of a major Public Health initiative at the inaccessible Somerville Armory this Friday (March 23, 2012).


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Health Care, Public Health & Safety | 10 Comments »

April 11 forum: “First they Came for the Immigrants…”

Posted by a 9:18 pm on March 20, 2012

In the aftermath of Sept 11, there have been dramatic and chilling changes in government practices toward immigrant communities. These changes have extended to surveillance of those expressing dissent or protesting US policies, and beyond. This forum will include testimonies from people whose rights have been jeopardized by the Homeland Security Surveillance State. It will also provide an overview of policy changes that are eroding basic constitutional rights, and the implications for us all.


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Are City’s Senior Centers Accessible?: RESISTAT Responds

Posted by a 12:16 pm on March 10, 2012

The letter to resistat previously posted on SV is copied below. The response (which follows)  was posted on the resistat blog within 72 hours of the letter’s submission.…


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Are City’s Senior Centers Fully Accessible?

Posted by a 12:36 pm on March 5, 2012

The following letter was submitted to the resistat blog on 3/5/2012 after its writer read David Dahlbacka’s announcement of upcoming HUD Plan hearing:…


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Posted in 311 Requests, Accessibility, All Ages, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Politics, Seniors | 1 Comment »

Somerville Variance Hearing 2/27/12: Community Path Cedar to Lowell

Posted by a 1:54 pm on February 24, 2012

This Monday, the Architectural Access State Board will hear the City of Somerville’s request to waive the necessity to place an accessible ramp adjacent to a proposed shortcut between the Lowell St. bridge and the future Community Path Extension. Public transportation stewardship begins at home! Let’s encourage Somerville’s deciders to sTop wasting local and sTate transportation resources on exclusive facilities- and instead, plan for the future by designing accessible multi-modal pedestrian routes at every step.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Government Reform, MBTA, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Transportation, Transportation Projects | 4 Comments »

If Somerville’s Mayor stepped inside our shoes, would he be smiling…?

Posted by a 8:19 pm on February 14, 2012

The Community Access Project and other disability rights colleagues appeared at a Hearing to hear how the City rationalized deferring corrections of recent streetscape construction mistakes. And we discovered that even the surveys are not being completed correctly.


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Support our Firefighters!

Posted by a 6:49 pm on January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012:  State and local news organizations report today that the City is suing the local firefighters union and a state panel in order to halt payment on what is legitimately owed Somerville’s Fire Fighters Local 76.  (See today’s Boston Globe report)…


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State-run Rinks Offer Adaptive Ice Sleds

Posted by a 9:58 am on December 19, 2011

Some Massachusetts DCR Ice Skating rinks offer independently-usable and accessible ice skating sleds. These are available during the public skating hours posted for each rink. Here is more information along with a list of rinks with phone numbers.


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Somerville’s latest route around our rights

Posted by a 5:18 pm on December 15, 2011

The City of Somerville submitted a variance application on December 2, 2011 that stated that a “proposed secondary stair case” was being considered for the west sidewalks of Lowell St. Bridge into the future Max’sGreen. Since there’s already a staircase less than 200 feet away, why does the City want to waste 109K of public funds on that second staircase?


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Transportation | 2 Comments »

Occupy Wall Street movement spreads to Somerville

Posted by a 11:36 pm on December 14, 2011

Local residents rallied at the Bank of America on Saturday, December 10 pushing for changes to reign in corporate greed and address growing inequality in both Somerville and the United States. The rally was a kickoff event for Occupy Somerville.…


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Students With DisAbilities, Speak Up!

Posted by a 11:33 am on December 3, 2011

Today, December 3rd is:  International Day of Persons With Disabilities.

In celebration, the American Association of People with Disabilities has launched a video, in which Students with Disabilities Speak Up and say “I…


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Passing the Local Hiring Ordinance Will Help Raise Labor Standards in Somerville

Posted by a 9:07 pm on November 26, 2011

Somerville’s economic development policies should place the highest priority on creating the good jobs our community needs.…


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Somerville, MA: Millions Wasted on Deficient Walkability Improvements

Posted by a 4:31 pm on November 2, 2011

Over 80% of Somerville’s new sidewalks and curb cuts, installed since 2004, are hazardous for people with various types of disabilities (one-in-five). These infrastructure improvements don’t even adhere to basic, standard building code. See a listing of the first 50 locations that the City of Somerville promises to re-do, equalling about $500K wasted the first time around- for starters.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Government Reform, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Schools and Youth, Seniors | 8 Comments »

FOI Request: Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Units, 1991- present

Posted by a 8:51 pm on October 24, 2011

October, 2011:  The Somerville Community Corporation is organizing strategy sessions to get more affordable housing in Somerville by “strengthening our city’s inclusionary zoning ordinance.”

The Community Access Project has placed a FOI request to the…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Housing, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Special | 2 Comments »

Mayor Curtatone’s YSAG No-Way Planning

Posted by a 3:43 pm on

If there were a listing of  ”100 Worst Communities for Young Residents With DisAbilities,” Somerville would be at the top of the list.

The Mayor’s Young Somerville Advisory Group end-of-year meeting and presentation…


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Great job, Joe!

Posted by a 5:06 pm on October 16, 2011

At Chester and Elm Streets in Davis Square, the brick curb cuts have been replaced with concrete, compliant ones. People using wheelchairs and other rolling mobility devices at this location can now rock and roll to the beat of the Ville, knowing that they don’t have to “pull the hill” at either end of the crosswalk. Keep up the good work, Mayor Joe!


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Davis Square, Environment and Open Space, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Traffic & Parking, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 6 | 2 Comments »

FOIA to OSPCD: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing?

Posted by a 6:34 pm on September 16, 2011

Disabled residents of Somerville experience disproportionate poverty, substandard housing conditions, and face pervasive exclusion, even in the city’s inclusionary and affordable housing opportunity programs. Today, a FOIA request was lodged to learn how four influential nonprofits guide the City to step up to its obligations to affirmatively further Fair Housing for economically disadvantaged residents.


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Arts at the Armory Still Inaccessible To Thousands

Posted by a 6:49 pm on September 15, 2011

Although the City of Somerville is well aware that the Armory facility is still inaccessible at the entrance ramp, the Mayor continues to hold important events and meetings here. At the same time, the Architect and Owner continue to claim that various City Departments are refusing to accept an accessible design. Who’s benefitting from this back-and-forth?


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Posted in Accessibility, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Housing, Neighborhoods and Squares, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Ward 5 | 1 Comment »

Somerville “Happiness Survey” Weighted Towards Wealthy

Posted by a 7:33 pm on September 7, 2011

September 6, 2011:  The City of Somerville has generously published the raw data spreadsheets from the much-touted “Happiness Survey” online.

The Community Access Project heard from low-income, disabled and senior residents, who…


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Economy & Poverty, Media, Somerville By The Numbers | 16 Comments »

UnSafe Routes to School, East Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on September 5, 2011

The Community Access Project did a reality check of the 2010 East Somerville Safe Routes 2 School Map. We found that less than 20% of the pedestrian features are even up to basic standard code. “Safe” is a misnomer.

These streets ain’t fit for walkin’.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, East Somerville, Economy & Poverty, Environment and Open Space, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Transportation Projects | 2 Comments »

Dilboy Tot Lot IS Deplorable. Thank You, Ward 7 Candidate Puglia!

Posted by a 1:10 pm on August 24, 2011

Ward 7 Alderperson Candidate Joan Whitney Puglia is proving to have a keen awareness of conditions around town.  Her mention of Dilboy Field‘s tot lot and baseball field has the Community Access Project members…


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights, Environment and Open Space, Housing, Pedestrians, Politics, Public Health & Safety, Schools and Youth, Seniors, Sports, Ward 7 | No Comments »

378-382 Somerville Avenue: Plug Ugly!

Posted by a 9:17 pm on August 13, 2011

So far—and rightfully so—Somerville activists have framed proposed development of 378-382 Somerville Avenue as a displacement issue. As predicted, the advent of the Green Line to Union Square would mean gentrification; 378-382 Somerville Avenue, site of proposed luxury condos, is the first incursion.…


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Housing, Union Square | 7 Comments »

MaxPac adds insult to injury by not hiring any local people

Posted by a 12:33 pm on July 25, 2011

Not hiring any local people (or making a good faith effort to do so) is an insult to our community. It should be unacceptable to the planning board, the Board of Alderman and all of our elected officials.


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Magoun Square, Ward 5, Workers' Rights | 2 Comments »

FOIA: Affordable Housing Waiting Lists for Somerville, MA

Posted by a 12:48 pm on July 24, 2011

Rising rents, increased privately-funded housing development, excessive rental burdens, and physically inadequate subsidized housing stock are contributing to Somerville’s transformation into an less diverse, more expensive place to live.


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City Stalls Access at Noncompliant Armory

Posted by a 4:26 pm on July 20, 2011

The Armory at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville fails to uphold their promise to State Board to achieve an Accessible entrance by May 15, 2011.


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Somerville Domestic Violence

Posted by a 9:17 pm on July 17, 2011

Domestic violence is a hidden reality. It affects people of all incomes, races and religions. Domestic violence is often not reported to the police due to the abused fear of additional abuse by the abuser. …


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Union Square: The test

Posted by a 1:38 pm on July 16, 2011

Collaboration beats what we see in Congress, and…in…the Planning Board’s “solution” to Union Square affordable housing.


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R.I.P. Joe Medeiros

Posted by a 7:39 pm on June 23, 2011

Joe Medeiros, man about town, disability rights activist, and wry humorist, died June 14.  He would have turned 91 on June 21, 2011.

 

The Somerville Home held a lovely Memorial Service for…


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Joe’s Repetitive, Discriminatory Jazz

Posted by a 11:54 am on June 14, 2011

Mayor Joe Curtatone of Somerville has made plans to discriminate yet again, during the 2011 Joe’s Jazz and Blues Fest, curated by the Somerville Arts Council.


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Home Modification Loan Program

Posted by a 4:43 pm on June 1, 2011

The MRC recently redesigned their brochure for the Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP). This is a well-funded state low-interest loan program for projects to allow elders, adults with disAbilities, and families with children with disAbilities to keep living independently. Information for Somerville residents included in this post.


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Over 100 Organizations Ask Gov. Patrick to say NO to “Secure Communities”

Posted by a 2:05 pm on May 27, 2011

At least seven Somerville organizations, including civil rights, immigrant, anti-poverty, churches and peace groups, have signed on to a letter urging Governor Patrick “to decline to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement to participate in a program that damages the social fabric of our Commonwealth and makes our communities more vulnerable and less safe.” The letter was delivered on May 27, 2011 by the ACLU of Massachusetts.


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Somerville Homeless Coalition Annual Meeting

Posted by a 9:54 pm on May 7, 2011

The Somerville Homeless Coalition will hold their annual meeting Thursday, May 12th, at 6:30 pm at its offices in the basement of One Davis Square. This is an open meeting and all are welcome. The…


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4/29 Somerville Human Rights Commission To Hold Fundraiser : Play about Racism and Classism

Posted by a 1:21 pm on April 25, 2011

The Somerville Human Rights Commission will hold a fund raiser at the Friday, April 29th performance of John Shea’s racially charged play, “The Painter.”  The performance will be at the Unity Church, 6 William Street, (corner of College Ave. and William Street,) at 8:00pm.  A talk back, hosted by Sonja Darai, will follow the performance and issues in the play: racial intolerance, violence and hatred, will be discussed with Shea, director Robert Lublin and actors, Michael Nurse and Jared Wright. …


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Huge Comedy Event at the Somerville Theatre

Posted by a 7:37 pm on March 20, 2011

American Comedy Award winner, Wendy Liebman, will be performing at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square (55 Davis Square. Somerville, MA 02144) on April 21st.

Wendy is a nationally famed comedian, who has been…


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Posted in All Ages, Announcements, Arts and Culture, Civil and Human Rights, Davis Square, Events, Media, Press Release, Special, Teens | 1 Comment »

3/14 Somerville Human Rights Commission monthly meeting

Posted by a 12:00 am on March 14, 2011

Link to meeting announcement http://www.somervillema.gov/calendar/eventdtl.cfm?id=8180


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Somerville Arts Council Plans to Discriminate Again

Posted by a 8:58 pm on March 2, 2011

The Somerville Arts Council has made plans to discriminate against residents with disabilities again.


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Posted in Accessibility, Civil and Human Rights | 21 Comments »

2/17 : Speak Out for Somerville Jobs at BoA Public Hearing on MaxPac

Posted by a 10:40 am on February 16, 2011

More than 50 Somerville residents signed a petition requesting a hearing by the Board of Alderman on union jobs and local hiring.

The hearing will be at 6:00 PM on February 17. There will be a short rally beforehand at 5:45 PM.…


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Posted in All Ages, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Events, Politics, Ward 5, Workers' Rights | No Comments »

Rite Aid: “You’re Breaking Our Hearts!”

Posted by a 10:36 am on

A half dozen community supporters greeted shoppers at Rite Aid’s Davis Sq. store in Somerville on Valentine’s Day to focus public attention on the company’s culture of corporate greed and its assault employees’ health care benefits and job rights.…


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Students are Red, Teachers are Blue

Posted by a 12:08 pm on February 14, 2011

Do students do better if their teachers look and sound like them?


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Schools and Youth, Somerville By The Numbers | 8 Comments »

Somerville’s Ashraf Hegazy talks about Egypt on WBUR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Posted by a 10:39 pm on February 13, 2011

Ashraf spoke with Tom Ashbrook and guests twice recently.…


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2/14 : Somerville Human Rights Commission meeting

Posted by a 10:36 pm on

The monthly public meeting of the Human Rights Commission will be at 6:30pm at SCALE in the TAB at 167 Holland Street (basement level, room #103) The agenda is:


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Somerville School District Signs Disability Civil Rights Agreement With DOE

Posted by a 6:30 pm on January 12, 2011

In the first week of 2011, City of Somerville Mayor Joseph E. Curtatone and Somerville School District Superintendent Pierantozzi signed a Final Resolution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), to voluntarily come into compliance regarding inaccessible public school facilities and programs. In addition, Somerville will redraft its policies regarding relocation and other accessibility accommodations.


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Welcome Project’s Best of 2010

Posted by a 11:41 am on December 30, 2010

You’ll see a lot of “best of” lists this week. At The Welcome Project, we”ve compiled our own list. Times remain tough for immigrant families, but with support from the community, we accomplished a lot in 2010. We have chosen 5 highlights from our work this year.


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“Without Illegal Aliens, There is No restaurant Business”

Posted by a 4:39 pm on December 28, 2010

That’s a pretty bold statement made by Phantom Gourmet on facebook.

A firestorm was ignited when a recent front page Boston Globe story reported that Upper Crust Pizza, a rapidly-growing local chain, hired and exploited illegal immigrant workers from Brazil.


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Somerville Armory To Be Accessible by May 15, 2011

Posted by a 5:50 pm on December 16, 2010

On November 29, 2010, the state Architectural Access Board voted to accept the Armory architect’s Plan 1.1b, dated October 17, 2010, which will provide for an accessible entrance ramp for this much-used Somerville facility.


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Today is Human Rights Day

Posted by a 9:05 pm on December 10, 2010

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since then, December 10 is celebrated around the world as Human Rights Day.

This year’s theme is:  SPEAK UP STOP DISCRIMINATION.…


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12/06/10. BOA Public Safety Committee Hearing

Posted by a 7:23 pm on December 8, 2010

Somerville, Boston and Cambridge Human rights activists encouraged the BOA Public Health and Safety Committee to allow economic integration, safety, inclusion and accessibility to trump aesthetics at a recent Meeting.


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You can do it! Making Your Programs and Products Accessible

Posted by a 6:43 pm on December 7, 2010

A lot of Somervillians care about inclusion. Here are 10 examples of easily removable barriers with easy-to-implement solutions!


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Over last 2 years, SPD Notified ICE in Nine Cases

Posted by a 5:07 pm on December 4, 2010

See case summaries and read my update in Help discover the relationship between ICE and Somerville police


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Brick and Brick Paver Pedestrian Surfaces Hurt

Posted by a 2:29 pm on December 2, 2010

On December 6 at 6 pm, Alderman White and the Public Safety Committee will hold a Special Hearing to understand the justification for using brick paver materials in the recently constructed Somerville Avenue crosswalks. The vibrations from such materials hurts wheelchair drivers, and causes additional discomfort for people with visual and balance impairments.


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The Diary of a Wheelchair Experiment

Posted by a 2:08 pm on December 1, 2010

As someone who does not own a car, I am already accustomed to the life of a pedestrian living around the edges of a world designed for cars. But I was completely unprepared for how dramatically marginalized I would feel trying to navigate the streets by wheelchair.


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Picket line and rally for Somerville jobs

Posted by a 4:07 pm on November 28, 2010

Residents of Somerville concerned about the development of the old MaxPak paper factory where 199 units of new housing are being built will picket and rally for jobs at the entrance to the site (56-61 Clyde Street) in Somerville, MA on Thursday, Dec 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 AM.…


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12/17 Centro Presente’s Annual Holiday Fiesta!!

Posted by a 11:45 am on November 19, 2010

Location:
Somerville City Club

20 Inner Belt Road

Somerville, MA 02143

See map: Google Maps

Centro Presente


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Public Information request re: West Library Accessibility Study

Posted by a 6:01 pm on November 10, 2010

On October 5th, I submitted the following request to the Director of Somerville Historic Commission:

October 5, 2010

To: Brandon Wilson, Executive Director, Somerville Historic Preservation


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11/13 Mayor Curtatone Holds Rally to Support Immigrants

Posted by a 5:33 pm on November 6, 2010

Following the unanimous approval by both the School Committee and Aldermen of resolutions supporting passage of the DREAM Act, comes this announcement yesterday from Tito Meza of the Somerville Community Corporation’s Voices of Immigrants of Somerville (SCC VIS):…


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What Does It Mean to Value and Seek Diversity?

Posted by a 11:37 am on November 5, 2010

The first line of the recently crafted Somerville Vision Statement includes a sentence about valuing the diversity of our people, cultures, housing, and economy. Since “diversity” is so prominently represented in our vision for our community, I’ve been thinking about this word and what it means.


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Disenfranchised in Somerville … Again.

Posted by a 2:51 pm on November 3, 2010

Somerville’s disability culture should also be celebrated as part of our rich multicultural diversity. But as we see, even voting is still not routinely made accessible and integrated for voters with physical disAbilities. How can we reverse Segregation in Somerville?


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2nd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon to Honor Past and Present Community Service

Posted by a 5:14 pm on October 13, 2010

The Somerville Homeless Coalition is hosting the 2nd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon on October 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at The Highland Kitchen. The luncheon is held in memory of Tina DeLellis…


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Watch Two Great Interviews About Affordable Housing and Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

Posted by a 10:28 pm on October 6, 2010

First, James Madden with the Campaign to Protect Affordable Housing discusses campaign initiatives, November’s ballot Question 2 concerning 40B affordable housing, and whether or not it should be repealed. In the previous episode, Joe and KyAnn interview Jed Lippard, Head of School at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School. Only on Greater Somerville


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ICE/Secure Communities Program Information Session

Posted by a 3:36 pm on October 4, 2010

Location:
Centro Presente

17 Inner Belt Road

Somerville, MA 02143


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Centro Presente doesn’t want immigration background checks on arrestees

Posted by a 3:22 pm on

According to a recent Boston Herald article, a Somerville-based group, Centro Presente, wants to stop the BPD practice of running immigration background checks on those that have been arrested…


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Youth Ask for Help to Fulfill Dreams

Posted by a 6:04 pm on September 27, 2010

This Thursday, September 30, at 6 pm, Villens and others will have the opportunity to hear the voices of youth members from Centro Presente and The Welcome Project, who are working to support the Dream Act.


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How Mayor Joe Curtatone Contravenes the Spirit of the Law

Posted by a 1:07 pm on September 12, 2010

In these final crazy hazy days of summer 2010, Mayor Joseph Curtatone has succeeded in sneaking a detour around a new State rule. Here’s why that matters to Human Rights advocates..


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Labor Day thoughts (with link to commercial for working people)

Posted by a 3:03 pm on September 4, 2010

Labor Day is coming up. I hope all everyone gets a chance to enjoy some time with their friends and families.

This is the holiday brought to you by the labor movement. What is the labor movement?


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Superintendent of Inspectional Services Misleads Architectural Access Board

Posted by a 9:55 am on May 20, 2010

The Architectural Access Board will hold a Hearing on 18 Architectural Access Code Violations for Arts at the Armory facility on Monday, May 24, at 1 p.m.

back story: On February 8, Building…


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Somerville play exposes dangers for day laborers

Posted by a 9:37 pm on May 16, 2010

Immigrants who gather at Foss Park each morning as early as 5 am looking for work as day laborers are the subject of a new play that will enjoy its community premiere on Friday, May 21st at the Black Box Theater at the Elizabeth Peabody House, 277 Broadway. The program begins at 7:30 pm.

The new play, “They Don’t Tell You Anything!” will be performed as part of an evening of theater, stories and conversation about the struggles and challenges that many Somerville residents face after they are picked up by contractors each morning to paint or perform demolition work. Written by playwright and English teacher Meryl Becker, the play will be performed by student actors from the Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences (SCALE).


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4/23/10 MA Open Meeting Law Changes- Public Comments Due

Posted by a 9:16 pm on April 19, 2010

The AGO, through its Division of Open Government is requesting public comment on proposed alternatives to the notice posting requirement in the Open Meeting Law. Comment should be submitted by April 23, 2010.


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Apr 8 : Somerville Human Rights Commission Meets With Police Chief Cabral

Posted by a 9:10 am on April 7, 2010

We’ll be joined by Acting Somerville Police Chief Michael Cabral for a discussion to include the following topics: * the 2008 Romelus Police Beating Case * Private security contractors in Somerville * DHS Surveillance Cameras * The idea of creating a public oversight board for the SPD


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Sarah Palin’s tea party in Boston, April 14

Posted by a 12:11 pm on March 30, 2010

Well, she doesn’t scare this citizen and I doubt she scares you, dear reader, but her sojourn into the birthplace of this here nation sure calls for a strong non-violent response.


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Posted in Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Events, Politics, Uncategorized | 88 Comments »

Joe’s All American Barriers- the DPW Facility

Posted by a 11:23 pm on March 25, 2010

The City of Somerville was one of 10 cities honored as an All America City by the National League of Cities in 2009. During the announcement, the audience was informed that, “this is a community that uses information to improve the lives of its residents.” Here’s some information about the inaccessible DPW facility.


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Disability Discrimination Rocks in Somerville, MA- again

Posted by a 6:52 pm on March 12, 2010

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke in the inaccessible Somerville High School auditorium this past Monday March 8, 2010, celebrating the fact that Somerville, MA was named one of the 10 All America Cities


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“Somerville Reads” Together

Posted by a 9:59 pm on March 5, 2010

This spring, Somerville is launching its first “one city, one book” campaign, a community reading project in which people all over the City will be encouraged to read and discuss the same book.

The…


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It ain’t wicked smaht to exclude people

Posted by a 2:58 pm on February 23, 2010

The City of Somerville, with it’s clear mandates and civil rights obligations from Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, continues to be really , truly, obviously unskilled at inclusive community-building.


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Trainings on how to complete TPS forms (Temporary Protected Status) for Haitians

Posted by a 9:11 pm on February 16, 2010

Here are several immediate local opportunities to become trained in how to assist Haitians in completing TPS (Temporary Protected Status) applications and fee waivers. Trainings are being provided by Nancy Kelly, an immigration attorney at…


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MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Posted by a 6:49 pm on February 14, 2010

MPO Access Advisory Committee to the MBTA Meeting

Wed. Feb. 24 1:00 PM

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)…


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Keynote Speech from Somerville’s 2010 MLK Jr. Celebration

Posted by a 1:39 pm on January 31, 2010

The night before Martin was assassinated he spoke of going to the mountain top and seeing The Promised Land. In a premonitory way, he wondered out loud if he would get there, but he seemed powerfully convinced WE would surely get there. You might well ask: ‘Are we there yet?’


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Meeting Friday night 1/22 about Haitian TPS status

Posted by a 10:17 pm on January 21, 2010

The goal of this meeting is to provide accurate information about Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which was granted last Friday to Haitians living in the United States in response to last week’s earthquake.


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Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Posted by a 3:01 pm on January 18, 2010

Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Sat. Jan. 30 1:30 PM

Somerville Library
79 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is a workshop from the “How to”…


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Annual MLK JR. Day Celebrations Set For January 18th

Posted by a 3:44 pm on January 16, 2010

Ceremony to Honor Local Individual, Organization for Community Service; Program Begins at 10am at SHS


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Screening “Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela”

Posted by a 5:20 pm on January 1, 2010

By way of Abby Yanow with Somerville/Medford United for Justice with Peace:

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela is a just-released documentary filmed in Caracas in November 2008, on the…


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Hey! Will Capuano’s Hometown Be Accessible on Primary Day?

Posted by a 2:25 am on December 6, 2009

Judging by the fumbles on Election Day, 11/3/09, we can’t assume that Somerville will provide Accessible Voting on Primary Day, December 8. Despite the fact that the Secretary of State’s Office ordered structural accessibility changes at 7 Somerville polling sites after an audit in July, a spot-check of 9 Somerville Polling sites on Election Day 2009 proved that the current Mayor’s heart is still not in the game.


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Caveat emptor

Posted by a 1:29 pm on December 5, 2009

1.  The Disability Policy Consortium hoped to be able to offer some guidance to its constituency on the candidate most likely to fill the late Senator’s big shoes on disability issues. In mid-November, DPC sent…


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Help CAAS stop foreclosures and evictions in Somerville

Posted by a 5:29 pm on December 1, 2009

Our neighbors are being evicted and our community destabilized by the foreclosure crisis.


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Community Members Set Priorities for Green Line Extension

Posted by a 2:15 pm on

Community ratifies set of 11 principles for land use planning along the Green Line extension.


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A 12% Running Slope Is 100% Inaccessible

Posted by a 11:41 pm on October 25, 2009

Here’s a 12% slope in Union Square, at the crosswalk between 2 HP parking spaces, nearest curbcut to the Union Square Bus stop, necessary to access the commercial area and the SCAT building…


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Amy Goodman comes to town! Launch of “Inside the Activists’ Study”

Posted by a 10:28 am on September 29, 2009

On Friday, October 9 at 51 Winthrop Street, Amy Goodman, host of the award-winning “Democracy Now!” and David Goodman, prominent investigative journalist, will have a lively discussion about the problems and promise of media to bring about social change.


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Joe’s Original Crosswalks

Posted by a 1:23 pm on September 17, 2009

Q:  Why Didn’t the Rolling Somerville Pedestrian Cross the Road at the Crosswalk?

A:  Because the City of Somerville Deciders have been playing chicken with standards.

This photo essay will show 30 lost opportunities to create a safer community on Mayor Curtatone’s watch.


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Somerville Human Rights Commission Mtg

Posted by a 10:18 pm on September 13, 2009

Here is the agenda for our meeting this coming Tuesday.

Somerville Human Rights Commission
Tuesday, Sep 15th Monthly Public Meeting
6:30pm-8:30pm
Super Stop & Shop
2nd Floor Conference Room
775 McGrath Hwy, Somerville…


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Bullying in Somerville-Is it a problem?

Posted by a 2:16 pm on August 25, 2009

Bullying, is it a problem in Somerville-Why or why not? Prevention and how to deal with bullying in school.


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SomSigns Lie

Posted by a 8:57 pm on August 22, 2009

Whoda thunk that a simple sign could be a liar?  Here’s a photo essay of some misleading signage in three City of Somerville facilities.

1.  Somerville Schools Administration Building, 181 Washington Street:   At…


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Somerville Parks & Recreation Spaces, Part II: Access, Safety & Equity Considerations

Posted by a 2:34 am on August 21, 2009

Our friend reports that her son (22 months) fell while walking on bricks at the Walnut Street Park, fractured his right femur, and is in a cast for four weeks.  She says that…


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Public Information Response from ADA Coordinator Raises Red Flag

Posted by a 3:23 pm on August 17, 2009

Thanks to SomervilleVoices for providing this venue to post our Public Information Requests -and to share the responses (or lack therof) that we receive.

Here’s one example of a PIR response that raises red…


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Lively Election Picks Tenant Executive Board

Posted by a 10:02 am on August 11, 2009

Election Day in July?  Yes, for residents of Clarendon Hill Public Housing Development.

This summer, the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) helped the Clarendon Hill Tenant Association (CHTA) to hold elections. …


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Human Rights Commission Public Meeting

Posted by a 11:24 pm on August 10, 2009

2nd Floor Conference Room
Super Stop & Shop
775 Mcgrath Hwy

Agenda:

  • Director’s Report
  • Immigrant Police Dialogues
  • Snow Removal Committee
  • Other activities
  • Recruitment
  • Evaluate

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Tufts Hosts Panelists on Honduran Resistance Movement Against Recent Coup D’Etat

Posted by a 10:22 pm on

Over 60 people filled a lecture hall at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University on Thursday (Aug 6) to hear a panel of Honduran social movement leaders speak about the growing resistance movement against the recent coup d’etat in their country.


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Human Rights Commission Public Meeting

Posted by a 8:22 pm on July 13, 2009

The Somerville’s Human Rights Commission invites the public to its monthly meeting to discuss: * Recruitment (we currently only have 4 serving commissioners out of a possible 12) * Director’s Update
* Complaints before the commission * Any other business


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Lady Liberty Says…

Posted by a 1:40 pm on July 4, 2009

Lady Liberty 2009
…what say this Lady, Dear SomervilleVoices Reader?…


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Somerville Human Rights Commission

Posted by a 9:55 pm on June 15, 2009

Public meeting of the Somerville Human Rights Commission
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
6:30pm-8:30pm
2nd Floor social hall, Tufts Administration Bldg, 167 Holland St., Somerville

Agenda:

  • Introductions (10 min)
  • Discussion on DHS

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City of Somerville, Nat’l Pride Week

Posted by a 9:21 am on

The Acting Director of the Office of Somerville Commissions and the Somerville Health Department have announced their plans for the celebration of National PRIDE week.…


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Interfaith Pride Service

Posted by a 11:05 am on June 11, 2009

Join us for an Interfaith Pride service on Friday, June 12 at 7:00 pm at Havurat Shalom Congregation, 113 College Ave., Somerville, MA. The service, in English and Hebrew, will celebrate the theme of this…


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Somerville Interfaith Pride Service, tomorrow night at Havurat Shalom

Posted by a 10:56 am on

Join us for an Interfaith Pride service on Friday, June 12 at 7:00 pm at Havurat Shalom Congregation, 113 College Ave., Somerville, MA. The service, in English and Hebrew, will celebrate the theme of this year’s Boston Pride, “Trans-forming our Communities.”…


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Supply Drive for Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 8:38 pm on June 5, 2009

Drop off from 9 to noon, 1:00 to 5:00 – see list of items needed


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A Graduation Celebration you won’t want to miss

Posted by a 8:51 am on June 3, 2009

Please join The Welcome Project on June 7 for a graduation celebration for some special people from cultures and countries all over the world. These are the students in our youth language interpretation and adult language learners programs who have just completed a year’s worth of learning as language interpreters and English language learners.


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10 Days to Go! Submit your Comments about the use of $772,044

Posted by a 2:29 pm on May 4, 2009

The City of Somerville, as an Entitlement Community, receives millions of Federal dollars from HUD each year from the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, and HOME programs.  These monies must be spent on…


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Somerville youth lead effort to halt teen injuries, death

Posted by a 3:18 pm on April 30, 2009

With summer just around the corner and tens of thousands of young people entering the workforce in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed May “Safe Jobs for Youth Month” to focus attention on preventing workplace injuries and deaths.…


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Panel on Racism and White Privilege in Somerville

Posted by a 7:25 pm on April 25, 2009

‘Villens, as one of the culminating events of our church’s “Sacred Conversations on Race” justice project, we are hosting a panel discussion on Thursday, April 30. The presenters are all fantastic, and should stimulate excellent…


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4/30 Panel on Racism and White Privilege in Somerville

Posted by a 9:16 am on April 24, 2009

‘Villens, as one of the culminating events of our church’s “Sacred Conversations on Race” justice project, we are hosting a panel discussion on Thursday, April 30. The presenters are all fantastic, and should stimulate excellent, truth-telling conversation about racism as its persists in Somerville and surrounding communities. We hope you can come!…


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Somerville Teachers Association endorses H.R. 676, the national “Medicare for All” bill

Posted by a 3:15 pm on April 22, 2009

The Board of Directors of the Somerville Teachers Association (STA) voted to endorse HR 676 at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 7.

“Health care reform is finally on the national agenda,” said Linda Vitiello, President of the Somerville Teachers Association. “We are excited to be part of a national grassroots movement for Medicare for All and H.R. 676 and to join with so many other labor organizations that support it.”…


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Lowell Zero, Somerville 221. Mistakes, that is.

Posted by a 6:12 pm on April 19, 2009

On March 19, 2009, the City of Somerville was one of the 118 recipients of an “e-government Award,” from Common Cause. This citation is given for providing online access to Board


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Somerville Human Rights Commission

Posted by a 10:49 pm on April 15, 2009

Public meeting of the Somerville Human Rights Commission
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
6:30pm-8:30pm
2nd Floor social hall, Tufts Administration Bldg, 167 Holland St., Somerville

Agenda:

  • Introductions (10 min)
  • Director’s Report (10

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Keep Big Brother Out of Somerville

Posted by a 10:20 pm on April 5, 2009

Dear Chairperson Bill White and distinguished aldermen, I strongly object to the installation of surveillance cameras in public spaces around our city and urge you to request their immediate removal. I believe this surveillance program, which was roundly rejected in Cambridge, MA, violates American ideals of freedom and liberty and the Constitutional right to privacy…


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Protest at Rite Aid drugstore focuses on employer abuse and the need for the Employee Free Choice Act

Posted by a 9:57 pm on

A small group of union members converged on the Rite Aid drugstore in Davis Sq. on Friday, April 3 to condemn the company’s abuse of workers’ rights and urge Congress to pass the “Employee Free Choice Act” — a law backed by President Barack Obama that would better protect employees who want to form unions by limiting employer interference in the process.…


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On 4/3: protest Davis Sq Rite Aid to pass Employee Free Choice Act

Posted by a 5:59 pm on April 2, 2009

Rite Aid has been abusing the rights of employees – and provides a “textbook example” of why Congress should pass the “Employee Free Choice Act,” reform legislation that would better protect employees who want to form unions by limiting employer interference in the process.


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Surveillance Camera Public Hearing

Posted by a 3:12 pm on March 31, 2009

Reminder:  Tonight at 7:00 at City Hall is the hearing on surveillance cameras.  Below is an op-ed that appeared in last week’s Somerville Journal.  Please come and give your opinion tonight!  Thanks,

Melissa…


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Surveillance camera hearing tonight!

Posted by a 3:09 pm on

Reminder:  Tonight at 7:00 at City Hall is the hearing on surveillance cameras.  Below is an op-ed that appeared in last week’s Somerville Journal.  Please come and give your opinion tonight!  Thanks,

Melissa…


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