News: Why Menino Should Veto the Redistricting Plan

Aug 29, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

You didn't need a PhD in political science to predict that the Boston City Council's redraft of the boundaries delineating neighborhood council seats would meet with shouts of protest. Every 10 years, after the national census, the council must review and redraw district lines to ensure that each of Boston's nine districts are of similar size. ...

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News: Mourners Gather to Remember Genevieve Phillip

Aug 28, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

About 800 mourners gathered today at the Grace of All Nations Church in Dorchester to lay to rest Genevieve Phillip, one of three women killed earlier this month as they sat in a parked car in the neighborhood. Phillip’s was the third funeral of the women, and once again, the call sounded from the pulpit for ...

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News: City Council Passes Controversial Redistricting Plan

Aug 22, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

The Boston City Council today voted by a narrow margin to approve a redistricting plan that has come under fire for diluting the political influence of the city’s people of color. The plan, sponsored by the redistricting committee’s chair, Councilor Bill Linehan of South Boston, passed 7-6. “The plan before you today, as I said, is a ...

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News: Sentencing Bill Lacks Provisions Sought by Gov. Patrick

Jul 29, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

Advocates on all sides of the crime and sentencing debate continue to speak out about the habitual offender and sentencing reform bill on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk, urging him to sign it, veto it or send it back to the Legislature with amendments. In a WBZ-AM radio interview Monday night, Les Gosule, an activist who has ...

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July 2012 Newsletter: Education, Freedom and Justice

Jul 25, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

July has been and continues to be a very productive month with more going on than we can even cover. First and foremost, we continue our thanks to the community and highly talented staff for another successful Book Fair where we were able to have 25,000 books go from our hands to the children of ...

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News: Bridge in Dorchester named after Tuskegee Airmen

Jul 17, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

A bridge on American Legion Highway in Dorchester was named the Tuskegee Airmen Bridge at a ceremony today. (John R. Ellement/Globe Staff) Given the challenge of naming a bridge on American Legion Highway in Dorchester, Julian McNeil and Gerry Ellis-Williams wanted their choice to inspire young men like themselves and to honor African-Americans who have made ...

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News: Kin cheers kidnapped dad’s release

Jul 17, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

    The overjoyed family of a Dorchester minister freed yesterday three days after he and an Everett woman were kidnapped on a trip to Egypt’s Mount Sinai say they are now eagerly awaiting his stateside return. “He just told us that he loves us, he’s safe and he’s coming home,” Nathanael Louis said of his father, the ...

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News: Rent Boston City Hall Plaza

Jul 11, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

The Boston City Council approved a plan to raise funds by renting the plaza: The money would go to either the general fund or a fund for the Arts, City and Tourism. Do you need a big space for an outdoor event? The Boston City Council thinks it may have the place for you. There's currently no ...

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News: 26th Annual Charles C. Yancey Book Fair set for Saturday

Jul 6, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

  Twenty-six years and countless books later, the Charles C. Yancey Book Fair is gearing up for its annual event. It will be held Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.. The event will feature books for everyone from young readers to adults. This year’s theme is “It ...

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News: Diaspora Important to Jamaica

Jun 24, 2012 No Comments ›› The Commisioner

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has reminded Jamaicans living overseas that they are just as important to the growth and development of the country as nationals at home. Boston City Councilman Charles Yancey (centre) presents Jamaica’s Consul-General to New York, Herman LaMont (2nd left), with a proclamation declaring June ...

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