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The Partnership marks 30 years Organization helps people of color rise through corporate ranks By SANDRA LARSON


Activists rally at 25 Harrison Ave. in Chinatown, where a building owner is proposing to construct a 26-story hotel.

Neighborhoods battle BPDA on affordability

Housing issues remain a challenge for city agency By YAWU MILLER

In Chinatown last Wednesday, long-term neighborhood residents said three proposals for new hotels cast a shadow on their aspirations to stay in a community that is becoming increasingly unaffordable. “Look around us,” said Chinese Progressive Association co-Director Karen Chen. “Chinatown is in the shadow of luxury towers. Row house tenants are being displaced building by building, block by block.”

In Dudley Square last Monday, Roxbury residents who came to a meeting to discuss community benefits and affordability in the Tremont Crossing project were nearly drowned out by a chorus of building trades members pressing for the speedy construction of the proposed 1-million-square-foot mixed-use development. Meanwhile, as the cost of new housing was debated in Dudley Square, demonstrators turned out at City Hall Plaza to protest what they say is a lack of affordability in

the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s JP/Rox plan for the redevelopment of the area along the Orange Line between Jackson Square and Forest Hills. The demonstrations and vociferous opposition to planned and approved development projects underscore both the challenges the city faces in promoting construction to meet the growing need for housing in Boston and neighborhood activists’ strained

The Partnership, a nonprofit with a mission of diversifying Boston’s corporate leadership pipeline, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1987, the Boston-based organization has offered leadership development programs to nurture the talent of African Americans and, increasingly, other people of color traditionally underrepresented at the highest levels of business and industry. Over the years, the organization has worked with some 300 partner organizations and now has a network of more than 4,000 alumni.

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President and CEO Carol Fulp, who has led The Partnership since 2012, explained that the organization takes a dual approach to expanding corporate diversity: At the same time as its leadership training programs prepare people of color for executive opportunities, its corporate consulting helps ensure that companies are ready to welcome diverse candidates. “We work with corporations on really understanding the advantages that diversity brings,” Fulp said in a recent interview. “It’s a global marketplace. If you want to produce goods and services accepted in world markets, you want people who reflect those markets.” Fulp cited a wealth of studies in recent years, by Forbes,

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McKinsey, Scientific American and others, that underscore the value of a diverse workforce in making companies innovative and profitable, as well as census data that confirm the growing proportion of people of color in the U.S. population. “At the end of the day, our workforce is going to be people of color, so you want to be sure you have an environment that’s conducive to all people,” she said. “That’s just good leadership.”

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Marita Rivero, executive director of the Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket, was an early participant. Back in 1988, as she was returning to Boston from Washington D.C. to resume a radio career at WGBH, the public broadcast station signed her up for a Partnership fellows program. Today, Rivero credits The Partnership not only with fostering new business and friend relationships, but with keeping her in town. “I had experienced Boston at its most difficult time in terms of racial tensions,” she told the Banner. “People wondered why on earth I would come back, and I intended

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Fears for schools, rights under Trump Recent admin. acts seem to defy ethics By JULE PATTISON-GORDON

President Donald Trump administration’s recent moves left many concerned for the future of public education and doubting the administration’s commitment to protecting civil rights of people of color and immigrants, upholding the Constitution and

reining in corporate influence over public policy.

Betsy DeVos

In a historic first, Vice President Mike Pence on Feb. 7 exercised his tie-breaking powers in order to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary. Two Republicans in the Senate broke party lines to join all Democrats and

Independents in opposing her confirmation. DeVos, a Michigan philanthropist and businesswoman, has no prior experience in elected office. She is known in part for staunch support of programs in which families use taxpayer-funded vouchers to pay for private school tuition and for her criticism of the public school system. Vouchers and PHOTO: NATE FRIED-LIPSKI

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The Partnership welcomed its 2017 class of fellows with an orientation on Jan. 26.

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Jackson proposes defense fund for immigrants facing deportation By YAWU MILLER

With President Trump’s pledge to target undocumented immigrants via raids and deportation, immigrant activists in Boston are gearing up for what often comes next: legal proceedings.

The least we can do as residents of this city is to live up to our constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law.” — Tito Jackson

numbers, it is believed that there are as many as 190,000 immigrants living in Massachusetts without documentation, including an estimated 10,000 Irish nationals in Boston, Jackson said. Jackson said the Trump administration’s pledge to deport immigrants could hit Boston’s economy particularly hard. Students, who typically come to the United States


yet debated the matter and there are details to be worked out, including how long the pilot will run and with which organizations the city will partner to fund it. “We will be reaching out to foundations as well as corporations and universities,” Jackson said. Jackson called immigrants part of the “fabric of the city,” and noted that half of the students in BPS schools have at least one parent who speaks a language other than English. “We are Boston,” Jackson said. “We lead and we don’t follow on issues that are critical to the people in our city.”


City Councilor Tito Jackson and MIRA Coalition Organizing Director Liza Ryan answer questions from reporters.



City Councilor Tito Jackson announced last week that he had introduced legislation to create an Immigrant Legal Defense Fund for the city. “We are at a time in our country where we ought to make sure we

are standing up for our immigrant residents,” Jackson told reporters during a press conference at City Hall last week. Jackson’s proposal draws from a model used by other cities, including Chicago, Oakland and Washington D.C., in which the city would partner with other funders to pay for attorneys to represent defendants facing deportation. While states provide legal counsel to indigent defendants in accordance with the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law, the federal government does not provide counsel for foreign nationals facing deportation. When immigrants face deportation proceedings without legal representation, they are able to avoid deportation in four percent of those cases, according to Liza Ryan, organizing director at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. But 47 percent of those who have legal representation are granted relief. “What this demonstrates is what matters is not the merit of the case, but whether or not they have legal representation. The least we can do as residents of this city is to live up to our constitution, which guarantees equal protection under the law.” Ryan called the failure to provide legal representation for immigrants facing deportation a violation of due process. While there are no hard

legally on student visas, spend on average $55,000 a year to attend local colleges and universities, contributing as much as $660 million to the Massachusetts economy, he said. While students are not likely to face deportation, the anti-immigrant sentiment being propagated at the national level along with Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries could affect local colleges and universities, Jackson said. Jackson’s proposal calls for the legal fund to operate initially as a pilot project. The council has not

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A White House not worthy of respect Americans believe that the president of the United States is due the greatest show of respect. Such deference results from the office he or she holds rather than the president’s political views. Political commentators and the media have been trying to be deferential despite Donald Trump’s bizarre views and inappropriate conduct. But finally the lid is off. On a recent CNN Jake Tapper Show, Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that Trump is a fraud. This statement by a highly regarded senator enables the public to criticize the president without being attacked for impropriety. It will not be easy to defeat Trump and the policies he endorses. Do not underestimate the power of the presidential bully pulpit. And when the president has no commitment to truth, the executive office will be an imposing adversary. Those committed to saving the nation will have to be willing to spend the time and effort to learn how things really work if they are to become effective adversaries. This knowledge will empower the people because Trump, surprisingly, seems not to understand the basic principles of American democracy in accordance with the limits of power proscribed by the U.S. Constitution. Trump’s failure to understand this caused him to issue an unconstitutional immigration order on travelers from seven Muslim nations (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). Trump seems to believe that his powers as president are essentially unlimited. His lawyers asserted that his authority on

immigration and national security are not subject to judicial review. That demonstrates Trump’s insensitivity to the shared powers of the three branches of the American government: legislative, executive and judiciary. In this case, the courts had every right to consider the complaint of the states of Washington and Minnesota that Trump’s order was improper and had damaged them. From the peoples’ perception, the real horror was the rejection of refugees and the inability of travelers to rejoin their families, but that alone would be insufficient to serve as the basis of a lawsuit. At the last minute the administration tried to soften the impact of Trump’s order by admitting those with green cards. The court ruled that Trump would have to demonstrate that prospective visitors from the banned countries are an imminent danger to the U.S. The case got before the court not because of the suffering of those denied admission to the U.S. but because of the economic damage to the plaintiff states because foreign students, scientists, businessmen and college professors were kept away. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Trump’s opposition of the U.S. federal district court’s injunction of the enforcement of Trump’s travel ban. Trump lost. However, it is possible for Trump to issue another immigration order that will meet constitutional requirements. And those opposing Trump must remain ready to contest any unreasonable directive.

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Can Dems win in the Trump era?


Do you think Donald Trump will last four years in the White House?

By EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON The Democratic National Committee was by any standard a wreck and a ruin during the 2016 presidential campaign. It got pounded for misstep after misstep that included poor and disconnected leadership, leaked emails, gross favoritism, petty infighting, blatant manipulation of the primaries and gross cluelessness about the Trump threat. How much of this is past history in the Trump era is the big question that will be answered in part when the Democrats pick a new DNC head in late February. The jockeying for the top spot has been ferocious, with one-time front runner Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison the early betting favorite. He has Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and every progressive behind him. He has their loud warnings that if the Democrats continue to be the centrist, compromising, top-heavy, corporate backed and run party, it can kiss millions of progressive voters goodbye again. It will have about as much energy as a burned-out battery in trying to rev up voters for the crucial 2018 mid-terms. The counter is that the Democrats flopped precisely because Trump bagged a big chunk of the angry, alienated, and frustrated blue collar and rural whites. The Democrats can get most or many of them back by crafting a message to them about runaway jobs and economic security. This supposedly requires a Democrat in the mold of Obama, not Sanders, to do it. There are two truths behind the clashing views of what a DNC chair should be and where he or she should take the party. The Democratic National Committee is tasked with the chore of spotting and recruiting able talent to run as Democrats for office, then helping to raise money for the Democratic candidates and incumbents, putting volunteer and paid professional boots on the ground for their campaigns, and mounting an all-out get-out-thevote blitz in the weeks leading up to the election to put Democrats locally and nationally over the top. This takes a well-oiled, well-coordinated ground game to put as many Democrats as possible in Congress and to keep the ones who are there there. That’s only the start. It also takes someone who can inspire, cajole, and engage legions of Hispanics, blacks, and youth voters who were MIA from the polls in 2016. An even greater number of them have been chronic no-shows in mid-term elections. Ellison is the progressive’s progressive who says that he’s the man who can do what Sanders did in the Democratic primaries and fire up a big chunk of these potential voters. The other bitter truth is that Trump won many disconnected and frustrated white voters because he welded their latent racist, anti-immigrant, anti-woman, pseudo-patriotic sentiment to their loathing of, and alienation from, the GOP and the Democrats’ beltway, out-oftouch-with-Main-Street crowd. That’s a tough hurdle for a progressive or a centrist Democrat to overcome. The better option for the DNC remains padding the number of Hispanics, blacks, women and youth in the five or six states that elect presidents. The gaping disparity between the GOP and Democrats in voter turnout in the primaries was not in the tens of thousands but millions. The GOP energized its base like it hadn’t done in years, as well as fired up lots of young persons who in years past would likely not have been caught dead voting for a GOP presidential candidate. At the same time, the Democratic turnout has been, to be charitable, tepid, and this in the face of the spirited, impassioned face-off between Clinton and Sanders whose populist, hit-Wall-Street-hard message touched a huge nerve among legions of young and not-so-young voters. The universal consensus is that future elections will come down to which party can get the greatest number of voters to the polls to vote for their candidate in every race from the White House to congressional and statewide offices. It’s a numbers game, pure and simple. In the 2014 midterms and in the states Trump needed to win in 2016, the GOP showed that it could get those numbers out. The Democrats can do the same. After all, despite the GOP’s well-tuned ground game and Trump’s phony man-of-the-people, anti-Washington-establishment hucksterism, the Democrats still had a voter edge of several million over the GOP. This is huge for whoever winds up in the top spot at the DNC. The DNC chair will also have the anger of millions at Trump’s outrages to build on. However, if the DNC is just more warmed-over soup of the past, then the numbers won’t mean much. The question is, can and will the Democrats be able to make their numbers bulge over the GOP and the rage at Trump mean something? That’s the big question and challenge for the Democratic National Committee and its next chair.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.

No, I don’t. He’s not doing a good job. I think he will. He won the vote. I don’t expect him to quit.

Oscar Rivera

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I think he will. He has Republican support, and they control the Senate and House.

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No. He’s hired family members as staff and his staff is falling apart.

Clarence Young


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Secretary Dorchester

Definitely not. There are too many people against him.

Idalia Cordova

Financial Account Specialist Dorchester

Yes. You have to give every man a chance. I don’t think he’s as bad as people say he is.

Kevin Cook Boston


SHEILA A. HUBBARD Sheila A. Hubbard has been appointed Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Commissioner Hubbard is an experienced public and nonprofit sector attorney, and concurrently serves as a commissioner of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. Previously she held the position of executive director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Boston. Hubbard also was associate director of the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at her alma mater of Harvard Law School, and senior program director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. After serving under Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn as an attorney, policy analyst and director of the Minority and Women Business Office, Hubbard joined the Weld administration as deputy legal counsel, and later was

appointed chair of the Massachusetts Parole Board. A member of the Massachusetts Bar, she graduated from Yale with a B.S. in sociology and political science before attending Harvard Law School. The MCAD was established in 1946 as the state’s chief civil rights agency charged with the authority to investigate, prosecute, adjudicate and resolve cases of discrimination. Led by three commissioners, one who serves as chair, the MCAD enforces the state’s anti-discrimination laws in employment, housing, credit, public accommodation, and access to education. The MCAD protects individuals in numerous protected categories including race, color, creed, national origin, age, disability, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The MCAD is an independent agency of the Commonwealth, and receives

funding from the Massachusetts Legislature and through contracts with its federal partners, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Commission also is a training center for employers, housing professionals, and the general public.

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Are we using public land, even in the affordable units, to gentrify people out of our neighborhood?”

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relationships with the city departments that, to varying degrees, keep developers in check. In projects large and small, neighborhood activists are pushing back against the city agencies designed to serve as intermediaries between the aspirations of real estate developers and the city’s residents. But the conflict encompasses larger issues of community inclusion and control in projects like Tremont Crossing, where neighborhood residents are questioning whether the mix of housing, retail, office and cultural space will serve the interests of the Roxbury community. While 13 percent of the 720 units slated for the site are planned to be designated affordable to those making 60 percent of the HUD-designated Area Median Income, Councilor Tito Jackson noted that those units would be unaffordable to the 75 percent of Roxbury residents who earn less than $47,280 — 60 percent of the AMI. “The people who live in our neighborhood cannot even afford the affordable units,” he said.

The new BRA?

Five months after the Boston Redevelopment Authority changed its name to the Boston Planning and Development agency as part of a rebranding effort, it remains unclear whether there has been any corresponding shift in the balance of power between neighborhood residents and real estate developers. Plan JP/Rox — one of the first

— Tito Jackson


Building trades workers packed a meeting of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee to push for speedy approval of the 1-million-square-foot Tremont Crossing project. planning initiatives the agency has undertaken under the mayoral administration of Martin Walsh — has generated controversy with near-constant protests and confrontations from neighborhood activists, who complain the luxury apartment buildings for which city has been granting zoning variances are accelerating the pace of gentrification and displacement in a traditionally working class

section of Jamaica Plain. On Monday of last week, ahead of a planned BRA board meeting during which the final version of Plan JP/Rox was to be approved, more than 100 housing activists turned out to City Hall Plaza in protest. During the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee meeting that same evening, Jackson, who is challenging Walsh in

this year’s mayoral election, questioned the city’s commitment to stopping displacement of longterm residents. “Are we using public land, even in the affordable units, to gentrify people out of our neighborhood?” he said.

Density, parking

While affordability often dominates discussions of new housing,

density and parking remain areas of concern for abutters to projects in Boston’s neighborhoods. While many urban planners have adopted the doctrine of “smart growth,” with its emphasis on walkable neighborhoods and dense housing sited near public transportation, abutters to new apartment and condominium buildings say the absence of offstreet parking will not likely deter new residents from bringing new cars to neighborhoods already starved for space. Those concerns pitted abutters on Fuller Street in the Ashmont section of Dorchester against the Zoning Board of Appeal, which gave developer James O’Sullivan the green light to tear down a single-family home and build six units. A similar battle is brewing Juniper Street in the Fort Hill section of Roxbury, where City Realty is seeking to shoehorn a pair of multifamily homes in the backyard of another condominium development. The city’s continued willingness to approve projects over the opposition of abutters underscores the tension between the Walsh administration’s goal of building 53,000


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720 53,000 700,000 18,786 21,720

The number of housing units slated for the Tremont Crossing project. The number of new housing units the Walsh administration wants to build by 2030. The expected population of Boston by 2030, up from 645,000. The number of units permitted or completed by the third quarter of 2016. The number of new units in the planning stage by the third quarter of 2016.

We’re here to say we have a right to our community, a right to a home. Housing is a human right.” — Karen Chen

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new units of housing by 2030, so as to accommodate a population expected to rise to 700,000 residents from the current 645,000 and relieve pressure on the city’s rental market. While many homeowners and affordable housing advocates may view the building boom with apprehension, judging from the several dozen union activists who packed the Roxbury Strategic Masterplan Oversight Committee meeting Monday, building trades members are more enthusiastic. By the third quarter last year, developers in Boston had 18,786 units permitted or completed and another 21,720 in the planning pipeline. If all the 40,500 units planned or under development are actually built, the Walsh administration will be more than three-quarters of the way to its 53,000-unit goal.


Activists with Keep It 100 for Real Affordable Housing and Racial Justice staged an overnight vigil in advance of the BPDA board’s vote to approve the agency’s JP/Rox plan.


Boston, like many cities around the world, has seen gentrification begin in its downtown areas and radiate out into more residential neighborhoods. Historically black neighborhoods like the back slope of Beacon Hill in the 19th and early 20th century and the South End until the 1980s have been among the first reclaimed by wellheeled buyers. Chinatown — a compact neighborhood ringed in by the financial district, the South Boston waterfront and the South End — has

long withstood the gentry’s push in the Boston’s urban core. But with the increasing number of luxury high rises like the Millennium Tower and the Ink Block development, the low-income residents of the traditionally immigrant neighborhood are feeling the pressure from real estate developers. Nowhere in Boston is the gap between wealth and poverty greater than in Chinatown, where restaurant workers subsist by working multiple shifts at minimum wage while an 850square foot luxury one-bedroom

apartment rents for $3,300 a month. The rents fetched in the new luxury towers rising above the historic neighborhood are pushing landlords to raise rents in the row houses and tenements that for decades have served as the heart of Boston’s Chinese immigrant community. “Rents are going up. All living expenses are going up. Everything is going up except our pay,” said Karen Chen, speaking in front of a picket line outside 25 Harrison Ave, a former rooming house whose current owner is

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continued from page 1 other policies aimed at privatizing public education are widely seen as contributors to the poor performance of some Michigan public school districts. U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern expressed concern that DeVos condemns public schools but lacks experience to support this view. She has never taught in or attended a public school. Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said that DeVos’ lack of familiarity with the full spectrum of education offerings hampers her ability to identify and resolve problems, according to the New York Times. DeVos’ family’s extensive financial investments, including in education industries, prompted conflict of interest questions, as did her family’s hefty donations to politicians. According to the Center for American Progress, her family donated an overall sum of approximately $1 million to 20 of the senators who voted on her confirmation. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said charter schools cannot be successful without accountability measures and cited DeVos’ opposition to a bipartisan bill aimed at expanding oversight over Michigan charter schools. In a speech, he called DeVos “one of the most dangerous nominees in President Trump’s cabinet.” Locally, Tito Jackson, chair of the Boston City Councils’ Committee on Education, told the Banner that DeVos is “categorically unqualified” and “puts the future of public education in the United States at risk.”

Jeff Sessions

While Trump’s cabinet picks all have been controversial, his selection of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, who won confirmation in yet another partisan vote, garnered publicity for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The senator was silenced on the House floor by Republican Senate President Mitch McConnell during debate. Warren’s offense: reading a 1986 letter from the late Coretta Scott King urging that Sessions be denied a judgeship. Warren went on to read the letter outside the Senate chamber. The speech went viral, as did McConnell’s explanation of his use of the rarely-invoked Rule 19, which proscribes Senators from impugning each other: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” McConnell’s phrasing became an almost-instant internet meme and a rallying cry for Democratic activists. “They can shut me up, but they can’t change the truth,” Warren later told CNN’s Don Lemon.

Travel ban

In one of the more stinging setbacks for the new president, a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his administration’s travel ban on people from seven predominantly Muslim nations. During the appeals case, which concluded on Feb. 9, U.S. Justice Department Attorney August Flentje argued that the courts should not question the president’s judgment and actions on national security issues, and that such judgments are

“unreviewable.” Flentje said that Trump had the power to enact the ban based on his assessment that immigration from those nations would harm the U.S.’s interests, but he was unable to present evidence connecting any of the seven countries with terrorism. On the other side, Washington state’s solicitor general argued that the travel ban was designed to enact religious discrimination. Ultimately, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Trump’s bid to revive the ban and asserted that the executive branch is not immune to the Constitution, which requires legal process before denial of rights. “The Supreme Court has repeatedly and explicitly rejected the notion that the political branches have unreviewable authority over immigration or are not subject to the Constitution when policymaking in that context,” the court opined, and said that Trump’s argument of unreviewablility “runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.” Locally, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey applauded the ruling, stating that, “The Ninth Circuit upheld the principle that no president is more powerful than our Constitution.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Last week, federal immigration officials cracked down on undocumented immigrants, with raids in at least six states that targeted alike those with and without criminal records. Roxana Rivera, vice president

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of 32BJ SEIU, one of the largest unions representing immigrant workers in the nation, decried the move as harmful and ineffective. “We condemn these counterproductive actions, which disrupt lives, tear apart families and wrongly punish hard-working people, while forcing all immigrants — documented or not — to live in constant fear. Instead of these harsh tactics, the government should focus on fixing our broken immigration system,” she said. “We must bring our immigration system into line with our economic interests and humanitarian values. We will continue to fight for common sense immigration reform to protect all workers, secure our borders and reunite families.” In Boston last week, Jackson filed a hearing order on establishing a legal defense fund for providing lawyers to undocumented immigrants who have been detained or face deportation. City Councilors also voted to reinstate a Special Committee on Civil Rights, which was discontinued last year. Council President Michelle Wu wrote in meeting minutes that the committee will take a more proactive focus than its predecessor, and that federal events had proven the need for a separate committee with this focus. “It is more important than ever for cities to lead in protecting civil rights and fighting discrimination, especially given the recent federal Executive Orders banning refugees, threatening sanctuary cities and barring nationals from seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S.,” Wu wrote.

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Renovations underway on historic Fowler Clark Epstein farmhouse By YAWU MILLER

Since September, work crews have been busy tackling decades of paint that adorns the 18th-century face of Mattapan’s Fowler Clark Epstein Farm. They have embarked upon a historical restoration of the building that is expected to be completed later this year. The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, built between 1786 and 1806, once occupied part of a 330-acre Dorchester estate; over the years, it was subdivided into smaller lots at a time when the Mattapan section of Dorchester was dominated by farms. In a what-goes-around-comesaround twist of fate, the farmhouse, its grounds and adjacent barn will return to their agrarian roots when Historic Boston Incorporated completes its restoration project. The farm then will serve as the headquarters of the Urban Farming Institute, a Roxbury-based nonprofit that supports urban agriculture in Boston. The new enterprise will include a greenhouse and outdoor growing space on the 30,000-squarefoot property, along with offices, a classroom, a commercial refrigerator, a produce washing facility and a demonstration kitchen. The barn door will remain intact, but behind it, a glass doorway will let in light. “What we wanted was a flexible flow between indoors and outdoors,” said Kathy Kottaridis, executive director of Historic Boston Inc. The farmhouse also will include an apartment for the Urban Farm Institute trainer. Months into the renovations, the project looks daunting. Inside the barn, steel supports hold up floor joists as restoration specialists shore up the post-and-beam structure. General contractor

Michael Mawn, though, does not fear it. “Just the normal difficulty of structural repairs,” he says. “It’s what we do, so it’s not much of a challenge for us.” The barn dates to at least the 1860s, before street cars transformed the rural area into a city neighborhood. Historic maps posted on the farmhouse door show the land in the process of subdivision in the 1870s, as triple deckers filled in the open spaces. While a 1938 map shows subdivisions in the half-acre of the Fowler Clark site, somehow the farm survived the Victorian-era real estate development boom. “They obviously didn’t expect this place to survive,” Kottaridis said. “It really illustrates why this is a unique place. It’s a survivor.”

Historical mysteries

For years, the farmhouse was the home of a restoration specialist who filled the building with architectural remnants from the renovations of local homes. Its bones, built around the turn of the 19th century, are still there, but so are decades of embellishments, courtesy of former owner George Epstein. “The mysteries around the house and entire property are less about the house and more about what’s real and what was added on by George Epstein,” Kottaridis said. Epstein, an architectural salvager who scoured New England buildings for period details — then stripped and resold them from a Blue Hill Avenue storefront — brought many artifacts home. While some of the details, like a Victorian-era carving that adorns a doorway, are easy to spot, others aren’t. Case in point: exposed beams in a dining room — a detail at odds with 18th century interiors.

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“It’s not traditional,” Kottaridis noted. “But at some point in the 20th century it became fashionable to look colonial. Mr. Epstein may have brought in new beams or he may have exposed the original ones.” Luckily, Historic Boston Inc. is working with restoration students from the North Bennet Street School, who are able to sort out the home’s mysteries. Take the 12over-12 windows (that’s 12 panes over 12 panes), which looked like they were the right vintage. The students figured out that they were made and installed in the 1940s, around the same time Epstein bought the house. The students discovered another historical inaccuracy when they pulled back the clapboards surrounding the windows. “Whoever installed the 20th century windows reduced the size of the window frames,” Kottaridis said. “They were originally much bigger.” So goes the work of historical restoration. Bit by bit, Kottaridis and her team are bringing the building back to its 18th century glory. “We’re going to be restoring the original size of the windows,” she said.


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(above) Juanda Alexander (r) of Juanda’s Hattitude sets up her hat display at Ujamaa Bazaar, with help from her daughter Shonna Alexander. (below left) Danny Steele and his son DJ with Obama-themed products for sale by D. Steele Enterprise at Ujamaa Bazaar. (below right) Priscilla Flint-Banks is co-founder and vice president of the Black Economic Justice Institute.

Dorchester pop-up market features community vendors By SANDRA LARSON

While many city street crossings and bus stops remained thick with plowed snowpiles last Saturday morning, Dorchester resident Juanda Alexander was busy setting up a cheerful indoor display of hats that she sells in her part-time business, Juanda’s Hattitude. With help from daughter Shonna and 14-year-old granddaughter Jinihya, Alexander filled her table for the Ujamaa Bazaar with headwear ranging from winter fur pieces to brilliantly-hued brimmed hats and delicate fascinators. The Ujamaa Bazaar, a pop-up market organized by the Black Economic Justice Institute, Inc., will be open every Saturday this month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the large hall at 61 Columbia Road in Dorchester. BEJI recently moved its headquarters into the lower floor of the building, which is home to the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Inc. (MAMLEO).

Mutual support

The market is named for one of the principles of the seven-day Kwanzaa holiday. In Kwanzaa, Ujamaa is observed as the principle of cooperative economics, “to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them

together.” BEJI hopes to foster in the local community a “buy black” and “by black” mentality, with both phrases included as Twitter hashtags on event publicity flyers. “We want to start supporting each other, putting our purchasing dollars together,” says Priscilla Flint-Banks, BEJI’s co-founder and vice president. Products for sale on this day included Obama-themed T-shirts and calendars from D. Steele Enterprise, jewelry from Designs by Malika, and sheet sets and jewelry from Sheets Galore. Natasha’s Homemade Organic Body Butter is expected to be among the vendors on other Saturdays. Visitors to the Ujamaa bazaar also can buy chicken and waffles

cooked by Danny Harris, and may find representatives from organizations such as the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance and OneUnited Bank on hand to share information about first-time homebuyer classes or banking and loan options. Organizers estimate about 25 or 30 people stopped by on the first Saturday, but as the market opened for its second day on Feb. 11, organizers and vendors weren’t expecting a big turnout, given the snowy conditions. They are hopeful that word will get out and the snow will fade, so that the remaining two Saturdays can be successful sales days. BEJI was formed in 2012 to advocate for economic opportunity

among communities of color and Boston residents. Along with the Boston Jobs Coalition, BEJI has worked on Good Jobs Standards for Roxbury development and on strengthening the Boston Resident Jobs Policy ordinance. The group’s current advocacy efforts include securing economic opportunities in upcoming Greater Boston casino development and keeping the community involved in Blue Hill Avenue development plans. For more information, see http://www. or call 617-515-6908.

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to be here about three years.” But she stayed, rising to vice president and general manager for radio and television at WGBH and spending some 30 years there. “Part of changing my mind was the Partnership. It changed how I thought I could move through the city over time. It provided a real thought leadership and a view that we were more than simply people sitting in little jobs. We as black people were connected to other people in the city; there was a whole culture that we were part of. We could engage with it, and really become rooted.”

Return on investment

The Partnership’s 2017 cohort of 200 fellows, who met for the first time on Jan. 26, come from a wide range of industries and companies and are enrolled in programs tailored for early career, mid-career, executive and “C-suite” levels. A new BioDiversity Fellows program targets mid-career life sciences professionals. Over the course of a year, the fellows will receive training and mentoring and networking opportunities to bolster the sorts of leadership, relationship building, emotional intelligence and organizational capabilities necessary to rise, thrive and take charge in the corporate world. “You may be bright, but not understand the corporate culture,”

said Fulp. “We don’t want you to not succeed because of that.” Participating fellows have been identified as high-potential candidates by their employers, who typically cover program fees, which range from $5,000 to $9,500. “This is a return on investment,” said Fulp. “These are individuals the corporations want to retain and develop further. Companies provide leadership training because they believe you are already providing value.” Part of the return, she noted, is that Partnership fellows share what they’ve learned with their team members and manager as they go through the year-long program. The Partnership will be unveiling its own “30 years of impact” report at a three-day summit of fellows, alumni and corporate partners to be held in June on Martha’s Vineyard, she said. Prior to taking the helm at The Partnership in 2012, Fulp had served as a U.S. representative to the 65th United Nations General Assembly in 2010-11, appointed by President Obama. She had taken a leave of absence from her job as a senior vice president at John Hancock Financial in order to fulfill the UN assignment. “A role like that really transforms you,” she said. “When I came back, I thought, ‘What am I called to do?’ And I felt I wanted Boston to look more like the United Nations. So when this [Partnership] opportunity came open, I was delighted to step into it.”

Fulp traced The Partnership’s 30-year history. The organization came into being with the merger of two initiatives: Mayor Kevin White’s Committee for Boston, formed to provide a forum on racial tensions after a tumultuous period in Boston’s racial history that included court-ordered busing for school desegregation, and the Corporation for Boston that Hubie Jones formed to advance the city’s African Americans.

Boston rising

Earlier leaders Hassan Minor Jr., Benaree Pratt Wiley and Beverly Edgehill expanded The Partnership’s offerings over time, increasing the range of program levels, number of minority groups served and services offered to corporations. Fulp’s own contribution is the addition of the C-suite program for the highest level of executives of color — those in roles whose acronyms begin with “C,” such as chief executive, financial, operations, technology and information officers. Fulp considers it a testament to the progress Boston has made over recent decades that there are now enough people of color in high-level corporate roles for The Partnership to engage them with a C-level tailored program. “Our city has grown. We are now a majority-minority city and we have people of color at all levels. Our mission is to engage all of them and to grow the numbers, particularly at highest level.”



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Confronting trauma in our schools By JULIA MEJIA and RON WALKER

Imagine being 8- and 12-yearold siblings swept from your home in the Dominican Republic with your family, and, just six months after arriving in Boston, being abandoned by your mother. Now you’re in a new country with new customs, new schools, no friends and can’t speak a bit of the language. It should have surprised no one when these 8- and

12-year-olds had serious behavioral challenges – they were undergoing a significant trauma. Trauma is usually associated with violence. But for many of the young people in our lives, like these two sisters, it can be far more than bullets on the streets — poverty, war, health issues, family incarceration or even “smaller” events like parents fighting over money — trauma relates to any event that can change how they approach their lives.

When defining trauma, we allude to any life event that alters your world view and your day to day movements — it affects how you socialize, how you process information, how you function. Trauma lives, breaths and, too often, reins in many urban classrooms. All of us — educators, families, policymakers and neighbors — need to spend more time understanding it and supporting our children as they move through it. Recently, a gathering of

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by shooter. Trauma, however, can come in less extreme forms as well. Many young people are walking around with untreated or undetected trauma. Parents and students are surviving the loss of loved ones, dealing with hunger and a lack of medical care and living in fear. Yet there remains an expectation that we keep it together while everything feels like it is falling apart. We heard from Conan Harris, director of My Brother’s Keeper Boston, about his experiences with gang activity and incarceration, and gave us a first-hand look at what kids face in the streets of Boston. We heard from Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley about how she grew up with her father behind bars and being a sexual abuse survivor, and it helped us take off our masks to recognize the trauma in our own lives. It’s through these stories of hardship and strength that we as educators need to use as a catalyst to find new ways to help our students deal with the traumas in their lives. Let us begin by establishing places for students to heal — when we hear about a trauma, for example, a child’s parent being incarcerated, let us think about the healing process and counseling for the child and how our schools generally can be more responsive. Given the new Trump administration, and all that has bubbled up before, during, and after the election, let us look at how to better support the social and emotional development of students. We are eager to work with families, educators and policy makers across the state to take a close look at funding, current policies and how other cities address trauma and its effects on our students. There’s no time to waste.


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Hinds finds Tubman a spiritual calling Aisha Hinds stars in ‘Underground’ By KAM WILLIAMS


“Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership,” a dynamic photo exhibition by Don West, runs at the Boston Center for Adult Education through April 2017. The exhibit highlights visionary black leaders in their pursuit of social justice and equality in Boston and takes its name from West’s book, a collection of photographs with editorial by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kenneth Cooper. Boston has a long history of strong African American leadership, beginning with black abolitionists of the 19th century. While many blacks in the South were struggling to escape slavery, even post-emancipation, in

Boston they served as entrepreneurs, educators, artists, activists, elected officials and patriots. That tradition has continued with decades of cultural and political dynamism. One of the most notable leaders West photographed is Nelson Mandela, during his first visit to Boston in 1990. During apartheid rule in South Africa, Massachusetts became the first state to withdraw its pension funds from companies doing business there. Mandela’s visit was in part to thank the activists who worked hard on behalf of the South African cause. West’s

See PORTRAITS, page 14

Aisha Hinds is a Brooklyn, NY native who initially entered showbiz in modern dance. She parlayed her success in that field into an acting career, which has encompassed a vast array of projects ranging from feature films such as “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” “If I Stay” and “Beyond the Lights” to such hit TV shows as “True Blood,” “Prison Break,” “Under the Dome” and “Weeds.” Here, Hinds talks about playing American icon Harriet Tubman on “Underground,” a docudrama about the Underground Railroad. The second season of “Underground” is set to premiere on the WGN network on March 8. She also reflects upon her role as Pastor Janae James on “Shots Fired,” a timely TV series debuting on the Fox network on March 22.

What interested you about “Underground”? Aisha Hinds: I became an instant fan of the show seconds into the opening frames of the pilot. When that drone shot carried us through the main house with Rosalie, played so unflinchingly brilliantly by Jurnee Smollett Bell, I signed on for the ride. I saw that this show was about to elucidate this age-old narrative in a way that was both edgy and engaging. The artistry on the show is apparent in each episode. From the riveting writing to the purposeful and precise direction, the masterful work of the DP [Director of Photography] Kevin McKnight and his crew, and the layers and depths each actor goes to to ensure we the audience feel a human connection to these characters — that all led me to sign my name on the dotted line. The cherry on top was the pulsating and powerful use of music to punctuate the story.

What does Harriet Tubman mean to you and how did you prepared to play her?


Portraits of Harry Belafonte (top, with Boston singer Larry Watson) and Bruce Bolling, Royal Bolling Jr. and Royal Bolling Sr. are part of the “Portraits of Purpose” exhibit.

AH: She is a legend, an icon, a soldier on the side of justice, a spiritual warrior and a servant of God, as well as the one of the baddest women to literally ever walk the land. I surrendered to her spirit. She lived such a full, complex and irrefutably dynamic life that all

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Weekend crooner: Cambridge Jazz Festival celebrates Johnny Hodges 2017 Cambridge Jazz Festival free. Boston holds a storied jazz history. A teen-aged Malcolm X, after moving from mid-Michigan to Roxbury, used to work as a shoeshine boy on the stretch of Massachusetts Ave between Huntington and Columbus, the jazz center of the ‘40s. Joints like the Roseland Ballroom, the Savoy and the still-popular Wally’s belted the bluesy sounds of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Though Hodges was living in New York during this period, he frequently performed


To celebrate Black History Month, the Cambridge Jazz Festival will feature vocalist Gabrielle Goodman with saxophonist Walter Beasley on Sunday Feb. 19. The duo will pay tribute to Johnny Hodges, a Cambridge native known for his work as a solo saxophonist in Duke Ellington’s Big Band. All proceeds from the event go toward the Johnny Hodges scholarship fund and keeping the







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in his Boston hometown with Duke Ellington’s Big Band. Walter Beasley moved to Boston at a young age and cut his teeth at Wally’s. “When I came to Boston you had a club every three or four blocks. I was able to take advantage of some great musicians here,” he says. He notes that the music scene in the city has changed dramatically, with fewer venues for emerging musicians to play at. In many ways, Beasley is like Hodges, whom he says is one of his favorite saxophonists.

Born in Cambridge and raised in Boston, Hodges began his musical career as a self-taught pianist and drummer. He moved to the saxophone after seeing Sidney Bechet play in a local burlesque show and now is regarded as one of the definitive alto-sax players of the big band era. Both men honed their skills on the streets of Boston, and drew inspiration from the rich culture of the black communities in Roxbury, Mattapan and the South End. For Beasley, jazz is about

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connecting with people on an individual level. He prefers more intimate venues like the Abundant Life Church, where the Sunday concert will be held. “When you hear something that makes you move, it’s very difficult to put into words,” he says. “Art speaks to people directly.” This connection especially is important for him in representing African American art. Beasley says that the people who grew up in that culture have a much deeper understanding of the work created by black artists. That understanding can be translated through personal connection. The Johnny Hodges tribute is a nod not only to black artists but to the history of African American art in Boston. Beasley says, “Jazz music is an expression of African American culture. It makes me proud that we as a people have overcome, and we used the arts to do it.”


continued from page 13 photos of Mandela bring out a relatable side of the political giant. He smiles, he laughs, he waves happily to his supporters. For a man who had just been released from jail he radiates light, peace and positivity. West served for many years as a news photographer, including for the Banner, but his images possess artistry, a deeply personal quality that goes beyond the basic facts. His dual experience in news and art photography balance commitment to technique and story along with emotional expression. West has said that his mission, going back to the beginning of his career, has been to depict people of color in positive situations and relationships and to highlight the grit, humility and success of the community. This positive representation wasn’t solely political. West also photographed performers such as B.B. King, Whitney Houston and Diana Ross when they appeared at Boston’s Concerts on the Common, back in the 1980s. In one photograph of Houston, she has her head tilted back, her eyes closed. She’s smiling widely, but the closely cropped photo still shows her microphone close to her lips. West seems to have caught her in the euphoric moment between notes as she’s bursting with energy and bliss. The facts are there. She’s a singer, she’s performing — but the viewer also experiences Houston’s joy, her love of singing, in a way that no regular snapshot could capture. “Portraits of Purpose” serves as a reminder that though Boston is especially alive with activist spirit now, its history is deeply rooted in powerful black leaders who had the endurance, passion and tenacity to make change.

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mystery and grassroots look at our own humanity as we move through the parts and pieces of the story.

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The plotline sounds very timely, although it flips the script by having a black cop shooting a white teenager.

the craft in the world would be insufficient in honoring her legacy. I did my homework, of course, by inhaling as much literature as was available to find, so that when it was time to shoot I could hopefully exhale her. However, the real truth is that her spirit is so POWERFUL that it consumes you. I was literally reduced to basic breath and blinks while she inhabited my vessel and told her story through me.

Will any episodes will be shot on location in Canada and will the series explore the historical connections between the Underground Railroad and Canada? AH: Thank God for Canada! In the context of this narrative and beyond, Canada was certainly an additional option for the many traveling the treacherous terrain of the Underground Railroad in pursuit of what was perceived as “freedom.” Once the Fugitive Slave Act took effect, the Northern states were no longer safe for those who managed to escape from being enslaved. The second season of “Underground” does explore Canada’s role in providing a welcoming place for the thousands who were in danger of being captured and returned to their owners, and those who escaped by way of rerouting beyond the American borders. Though this part of history is included in the season, we did not shoot on location in Canada.


Aisha Hinds stars as Harriet Tubman in “Underground.”

Will the show cover less well-known aspects of Tubman’s life, like the fact that she was a spy during the Civil War for the Union army and that she collaborated with John Brown to free slaves? AH: There will be a wealth of facts revealed and revisited in this season pertaining to Harriet Tubman. That is a huge part of my excitement — the fact that this generation will get such a beautifully detailed introduction to a hero and icon that has largely lived in a few pages of our history books and in one-dimensional photographs.

How would you describe the series’ main message? AH: Each season, the series has explored a theme. This season, it is “Citizen vs. Soldier.” Are we citizens watching the world and

its atrocities unfold from the sidelines, or are we engaged in the battle as soldiers, taking a stand and joining the army to fight against injustice?

Tell me a little about “Shots Fired.” Sanaa Lathan was very excited about the show, when we talked about it last fall. AH: I share her excitement!! It was a project that, interestingly enough, provided a unique opportunity as an artist to engage in the fight against injustice, and explore the ongoing debate and dialogue surrounding whose lives matter. The show is an autopsy of our criminal justice system, a space where the conversation surrounding the issues in our country is offering a seat at the table to all the voices to be heard, a murder

AH: Sadly, this plot is one that doesn’t lack source material. It’s a narrative that has been timely for a very long time. In such, when Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood began to assemble the cast, which is a rather large ensemble of very talented powerhouse players, everyone wholeheartedly signed up to stand in service of this story, knowing and understanding how important it is to exhaust and explore its many facets.

What’s it like playing a pastor and what role does your character play in terms of keeping the peace? AH: It was such a delight to express a part of myself that has long been reserved for my own sacred journey through life spirituality. Digging into the depths of my heart to widen its capacity and unpack what it would mean to carry the burden for an entire

congregation and community that looks to you for answers and guidance during trying times was both a joy and a revelation. Pastors carry a tremendous responsibility. Pastor Janae is a lifelong Gate Station resident, a community activist and a powerful pastor vested in the lives that have been entrusted to her by way of The Chosen House, her small neighborhood church. Throughout the 10-hour series, she finds herself in positions that challenge the government, expose deeply-rooted conflicts and then contemplates effective methods for her community to resist in the face of blatant injustice. Her journey also demands she take an autopsy of her own humanity, examining what she is driven by and what she cares about ultimately.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps? AH: Study and know that we are always a student of the craft well after we’ve completed any course of study… and approach the work as a servant, not a star.

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Backlash against Muslim ban offers hope, but immigrants still vulnerable By ELENA SHORE NEW AMERICA MEDIA

Immigrant rights advocates are hailing Thursday’s ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which refused to reinstate President Trump’s ban on travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. But they are also bracing for a prolonged legal fight with the White House. Esther Sung, staff attorney with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), called the decision “a necessary check to the blatant Constitutional overreach emblazoned by President Trump’s unlawful and un-American executive order.” Trump, who tweeted after the ruling, “SEE YOU IN COURT!,” now has the option to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. “This decision means that, for now, people seeking refuge from horrific conditions will not be turned away, that families separated by this discriminatory policy can reunite,” said Sung, who spoke on a national press call organized by New America Media and Ready California this week. “This is a reminder to everyone: our Constitution protects

us all, and no one — not even the president — is above it.” But although the decision was lauded as a victory by civil rights groups, it is one step in a long battle being waged by immigrant communities and their allies to defend their rights amid a flurry of activity from an administration just three weeks in office. Sally Kinoshita, deputy director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), noted that while the decision is “good news, immigrants in general continue to be vulnerable under a Trump administration.”

‘The new normal’

The same week the decision was announced in San Francisco, ICE arrested approximately 160 people in a series of sweeps in Southern California. In a statement released Friday, ICE claimed that 150 of those arrested in the five-day operation had criminal histories. The sweeps were part of what Angelica Salas, executive director of the Los Angeles-based nonprofit CHIRLA, called “President Trump’s ‘new normal,’ where criminalizing and dehumanizing

immigrants is convenient to violate their due process and facilitate their deportation.” Even the definition of “criminal” has been expanded since President Trump took office. In an executive order signed Jan. 25, Trump dramatically expanded the groups that are prioritized for deportation to include anyone who initially entered the United States without documents; anyone with a final removal order; anyone charged with a criminal offense (even if the charge was dropped); and anyone who committed a crime (even if they were never charged). “What that means in many cases is that there really aren’t priorities, that anyone could fall into the net,” said Kinoshita.

Rights that can’t be taken away

As a result, legal experts say it is more important than ever that individuals know their rights under the U.S. Constitution. “There are certain rights rooted in the Constitution that Trump cannot take away,” explained Grisel Ruiz, staff attorney with ILRC. Constitutional rights protect everyone in the United States,

regardless of their immigration status. These include the right to remain silent, the right to not open the door to agents without a warrant signed by a judge, and to not sign anything they don’t understand or that isn’t true. “What the immigrant community needs to know,” said Kinoshita, “is that their rights haven’t changed.”

The pushback

Meanwhile, some state and local governments are stepping up to protect the rights of immigrants in their communities. “California has been a leader,” said Ruiz, noting several bills that have been introduced in the legislature to protect immigrants. Senate Bill 54 (the California Values Act), introduced by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), would prevent state and local resources from being used to cooperate with deportations. Assembly Bill 3, by Assembly member Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) would provide resources and training to California’s public defenders. Senate Bill 6, by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, seeks to provide

attorneys to individuals in immigration proceedings. (Although individuals have the right to an attorney, they are not currently provided a public defender.) While Trump has railed against “sanctuary cities,” threatening to withhold federal dollars, Ruiz noted, “Cities and counties have no legal obligation to enforce federal immigration law.” Sung of NILC, which has been at the forefront of the legal challenges to the travel ban, said Trump’s executive orders “aren’t just an affront to our Constitution; they are an affront to our American identity.” Still, she said, she is encouraged that the pushback against Trump’s executive orders has been so widespread. Nearly 100 businesses, mostly tech companies, signed on to an amicus brief in support of the suit brought by Washington and Minnesota. The brief called the travel ban bad for business and the country. Other friend of the court statements were filed by faith organizations, former members of the military, former attorneys who worked for the Department of Justice and refugee rights groups. “The backlash against these executive order has been swift, it has been diverse, and … it gives me tremendous hope personally,” she said. “No one has seen a mobilization like this before in defense of immigrants and refugees.”

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU16P2071EA

Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Mark Belfield Matthews Date of Death: 05/28/2016 To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Probate of Will with Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by Kyle M Matthews of Boston, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that Kyle M Matthews of Boston, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve on the bond in an unsupervised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on the return day of 03/09/2017. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken without further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised administration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 03, 2017 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate

MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. AP1704-C1, FY17-19 AUTHORITYWIDE TERM PAINTING CONTRACT, ALL MASSPORT FACILITIES, BOSTON, BEDFORD AND WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017, immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017. The work includes LABOR, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND MATERIALS FOR SURFACE PREPARATION AND PAINTING AT ALL MASSPORT PROPERTIES ON AN ON-CALL, AS-NEEDED BASIS OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2017. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority’s Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General Bidders must submit with their bid a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of PAINTING. The estimated contract cost is TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($250,000.00). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44J inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer’s or a cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which

LEGAL the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and / or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00). Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. No filed sub bids will be required for this contract. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor’s Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246). The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective subcontractors of the requirement for such certification where the subcontract exceeds $10,000. Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. A352-S7, FY18-20 PROGRAM CONTROLS AND SUPPORT SERVICES AT MPA FACILITIES, The Consultant must be able to work closely with the Authority and other interested parties in order to provide such services in a timely and effective manner. The Authority is seeking a qualified Consultant to provide program controls support services consisting but not limited to the following: estimating including life cycle and benefit cost analysis, scheduling including CPM and Pull Planning, change management, and overall general support including capital planning, risk assessment, owner representative services and other miscellaneous requests. The Authority expects to select three (3) consultants. However, the Authority reserves the right to select a different number if it is deemed in its best interest to do so. Each consultant shall be issued a contract in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000. The services shall be authorized on a work order basis. A Supplemental Information Package will be available, on Thursday February 16, 2017, on the Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport http://www. as an attachment to the original Legal Notice, and on COMMBUYS ( in the listings for this project. If you have problems finding it, please contact Susan Brace at Capital Programs The Supplemental Information Package will provide detailed information about Scope of Work, Selection Criteria and Submission Requirements. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massport’s standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authority’s standard agreement can be found on the Authority’s web page at The Consultant shall specify in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs


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Market Mill Apartments will be accepting applications for 2 bedroom family housing units under the Section 8 Program. Eligible applicants will be placed on an existing waiting list by random order via a lottery, not by the order in which the completed application is received. There are no units available at this time. Applications will be accepted from Monday, February 6, 2017 and ending on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (the “lottery period”) either in person or via the mail. They must be received or postmarked with a date of February 6th through February 26th. Applications after this date will not be accepted for the lottery. Please note office hours for Market Mill Apartments: Open daily, Monday thru Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The lottery selection will be held on Tuesday, March 21st at Noon at the Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell; you do not need to be in attendance for the selection process since you will be notified of your position on the waiting list.

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Interested applicants may apply in person at the site located at Market Mill Apartments, 246 Market Street, Lowell, or retrieve an application from either Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street, Lowell (Hours: Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun Closed); or Community Teamwork, Inc., 155 Merrimack Street, Lowell; or by downloading the application at


Completed application should be submitted to Market Mill Apartments at 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852 in person or by mail by Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. NOTE: Applications will not be sent or received by fax or e-mail. Please call in advance at (978) 454-8030 or MA TTY: Dial 711 or 1.800.439.2370 if a reasonable accommodation request is needed or assistance with Limited English proficiency.


Income Limits (as of 3/28/16)*: All applicants must be determined eligible in accordance with the Department of HUD regulations and must meet the family size requirements for a designated bedroom size Maximum Income as well as maximum income of all family members. The waiting list will remain open after HH# 30% AMI the lottery period and applications will be processed in order of receipt from that point $19,150 1 forward. $21,900 2 *Median income levels, rents & utility allowances are subject to change based on $24,650 3 HUD guidelines ( Please inquire in advance for reasonable accommodation. $27,350 4 Information contained herein subject to change without notice.

MARSHFIELD HOUSING OPPORTUNITY PURCHASE PROGRAM ROUND 11-B The Marshfield Housing Partnership is accepting additional applications from qualified applicants for grants to assist them in purchasing an existing market rate home or condominium in Marshfield. A deed restriction will be recorded on each unit purchased with a grant to secure affordability in perpetuity. MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNTS 2 Bedroom $100,000

1 Bedroom $80,000

3, 4, and 5 Bedrooms $120,000


Space contains 1 bathroom. Utilities and heat are not included. One off-street parking space is available for tenant. Please be aware that no liquor is permitted on state property. Tenant/Renter will be obligated to follow all known MA State regulations regarding government property and remain informed of new regulations as they are implemented. References and credit checks are part of the rental process. NAHA will receive sealed proposals for the rental of the property until 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the administrative office located at 20 South Washington St., North Attleboro, MA 02760. Mark the outside envelope clearly: “Proposal 16 S. Washington”. The proposals will be opened and reviewed at that time. NAHA reserves the right to reject any or all proposals at their discretion.

Plymouth Affordable Housing 2 Bedroom Townhomes Price: $183,000


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Subject to periodic change by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Net family assets may not exceed $75,000.

Breezy Hill, 101 Cherry Street Plymouth, MA

Households interested in applying should attend one of the two informational sessions being provided. Informational sessions will be held at the following locations:

Open House Saturday, March 4, 2017: 10:00—12:00 p.m. #D22

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:00 PM: Hearing Room # 2, Marshfield Town Hall, 870 Moraine Street, Marshfield Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:00 AM: Hearing Room # 2, Marshfield Town Hall, 870 Moraine Street, Marshfield

Public Information Meeting 6:30, Thursday, March 2, 2017 Plymouth Town Hall, Plantation Room Application Deadline March 23, 2017


1—$51,150 2—$58,450 3—$65,750 4—$73,050

Units distributed by lottery Assets to $75,000 For Info and Application: Pick Up: Plymouth Town Hall, Town Clerk and Public Library Phone: (978) 456-8388 Email: Application available online at:

A lottery will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Marshfield Town Hall, Hearing Room # 2, to select grant recipients. Successful grant recipients are required to have at least one family member attend and complete a Homebuyer Education Workshop. For additional information or to receive an application please contact either the Marshfield Housing Authority (781-834-4333) or the Marshfield Housing Coordinator: (781-834-1051). Applications are also available outside the Town Clerk’s Office, Marshfield Town Hall. All applications must be received and date stamped by the Marshfield Housing Authority no later than 12:00 PM (Noon) on Friday, March 10, 2017. Marshfield Housing Authority 12 Tea Rock Gardens Marshfield, MA 02050 The Marshfield Housing Partnership has an obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to applicants if they or any family member has a disability. If needed, language assistance is provided at no cost to the applicant. MHOPP Funding was made possible by the Town’s adoption of the Community Preservation Act

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