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

Three Day Immigration Integration Conference Inspires, National Leaders and Immigration Advocates Assemble in Boston

US President Barack Obama congratulated a group of newly naturalized citizens in Boston’s Exchange Conference Center via video during the opening reception of the “Becoming Americans” National Immigration Integration Conference (NIIC).  Hosted by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, over 400 professionals, immigrant advocates and researchers, and speakers including Governor Deval Patrick and the United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis gathered to share thoughts regarding the state of immigration today. According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer Denis Riordan, the USCIS chose the next twenty-nine people in line, representing fourteen different countries, to participate in … Continue reading