The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s legendary “I have a dream” speech drew community advocates to the Boston Common on August 28.
Chinatown groups protested at four locations for more affordable housing and a local library on July 17. The first “Tour R Chinatown” took place amid a heat advisory, attended by members of the Chinese Progressive Association, its Chinese Youth Initiative and the Chinatown Resident Association.
The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) received the Greenovate Award for their work on created access to weatherization jobs and services for the Chinese American community in Boston. CPA helped over 100 residents receive energy efficiency services and helped employ Chinese Americans as weatherization technicians to insulate and air seal people’s homes.
Community members protested the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s proposed fare increases April 10 at the Department of Transportation building and at the Statehouse. Individuals signed a petition to Senate President Therese Murray to keep fares low. The MBTA faces a budget shortfall of $118 million for its next fiscal year, which would be offset by increased state funds, raising fares and cutting unpopular bus routes. Fares increased 23 percent last year for trains and buses, while the cost of the Ride for disabled patrons doubled to $4 from $2.
The Chinese Progressive Association Chinese New Year banquet took place March 22 at the China Pearl restaurant.
A protest organized by community activists took place on March 13. The Chinese Progressive Association and the Chinatown Resident Association participated.