Inalienable Rights: Ending Slavery in Massachusetts

It’s happening closer than you think. Human beings are being exploited for profit every day across the world and in our midst. Individuals are being held against their will as sex workers, sweatshop laborers, field hands, restaurant workers, and even domestic maids, more than there were slaves in the 19th Century – somewhere between 12 to 27 million worldwide. Continue reading

Inalienable Rights -They Make Our Jobs

“They are taking our jobs!” That was a common refrain at the turn of the 20th century in the American West about the influx of Chinese laborers, which coalesced into the nation’s first and most blatant race-based anti-immigrant law: the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Last week, the US Senate celebrated the passage of a resolution to formally acknowledge and express regret for the discriminatory legislation. The law effectively made all Chinese settlers illegal for over 60 years, and barred access to citizenship and property rights. It was not overturned until it became politically expedient to pit Chinese allies against the Japanese Empire circa World War II Continue reading

Tips on Import, Citizenship and Immigration Services

Don’t know how to acquire U.S. citizenship? Are you wondering what kinds of edible souvenirs can be brought back from a trip? The answers were available at the Import, Citizenship and Immigration Services talk featuring the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) on Nov.12. The Chinatown Main Street and Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) co-sponsored the event at the CCBA’s conference room on 90 Tyler Street, which attracted tens of attendees. Continue reading

Large Turnout For 2011 Immigrant’s Day

More than 300 people rallied behind multiple speakers at the State House in support of this year’s Annual Immigrant’s Day on April 6. Forming a large crowd on and around the Grand Staircase at the State House, speeches made by immigrant advocates could be heard, calling for higher education, workers’ rights, integration, refugee services, English classes, citizenship, and healthcare. Speakers at the event, in its 15th year, included Reverend Hurmon Hamilton – President of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, and Paulo Pinto – Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, among many others. Serving as entertainment midway through … Continue reading

New Bostonians Community Day Celebrates 11th year anniversary

It was a celebration of multiculturalism at City Hall Plaza on September 23, as hundreds of immigrants and supporters partook in the in the city’s 11th annual New Bostonians Community Day. The daylong event featured ethnic food and live cultural music.  Legal, housing, English-learning, job-training information for communities to learn about various services offered by City Hall and other organizations were readily available at various booths. Kenneth Kan, an outreach assistant at the Asian American Civic Association (AACA), was manning a booth at City Hall Plaza.  He handed out fliers to immigrants who are looking for job training and English-language … Continue reading