Monthly Archives April 2017

May 1—Join us to support immigrants in Boston!

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Dear Friends of HSTF,

On May 1, 2017, Hyde Square Task Force offices will be closed for normal business to support local pro-immigrant groups that are planning various May Day actions.

As a daughter of immigrants from El Salvador and a onetime undocumented immigrant, today’s current anti-immigrant climate is demoralizing, to put it mildly. Our families and children are living in fear of being torn apart, cities choosing to stand up for immigrants are under attack, individuals are being singled out on the basis of their religion, all while many people are shadowing the critical contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to this country.

I am proud to represent Hyde Square Task Force at this critical moment. Our commitment to people from all corners of the world is stronger today than it has ever been. We stand up for our immediate Latino immigrant community and others, not only in Boston’s Latin Quarter, but in the entire City of Boston and beyond. On May 1st we join our brothers and sisters in solidarity, fighting for just and equitable treatment of ALL immigrants.

We invite you to come to our Youth Community Development Center (located behind the Blessed Sacrament Church at 361 Centre Street in JP) on the morning of May 1st. From 9-11AM we will have coffee and bagels and will engage in reflection about immigration issues locally and nationally. Together we will head out at 11AM to other city-wide events taking place across Greater Boston.

Onward/Pa’lante!

 

 

Celina Miranda
Executive Director

Boston Globe CONTINUES to Show Love for HSTF Teen Activists!

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More Boston Globe Support for Teen-Led Campaign

Francisco Fernandez (left) and Lorrie Pearson (right), youth leaders/teen activists with Hyde Square Task Force campaign at Jackson Square T-Station for the recreation center.

 

 

Today, the Boston Globe published an editorial supporting the campaign spearheaded by the teen organizers at the Hyde Square Task Force to build a $21 million Jackson Square Recreation Center on the border of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.

The editorial states: “In an era of plenty in Boston, where poorer residents face getting squeezed out, what does it take to deliver a much-needed neighborhood amenity?”

Read the full editorial here.

 
Next, youth plan to meet with Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh and ask them to make this issue a priority and demonstrate the leadership to get this facility built – FINALLY.

Today’s Boston Globe Shows the Love for HSTF Teen Activists!

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HSTF youth leader Francisco Fernandez campaigns for the
recreation center at Jackson Square T-Station on the Orange Line.

 

Youth leaders at Hyde Square Task Force kicked off the “Where’s the Love for Urban Youth” Campaign several months ago to advocate for the $21 million Jackson Square Recreation Center. Urban Edge has stepped up to develop this facility but there is still a significant funding gap.

Over the past two decades the state of Massachusetts shut down two indoor regulation-size ice skating rinks: the Melnea Cass Rink in Roxbury and the Kelly Rink in Jamaica Plain. These two facilities were never replaced.

Teens have researched this issue through a social justice lens to examine how recreational facilities are distributed throughout Boston neighborhoods, the health needs of families in Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, and income inequality in the City.

Today’s Boston Globe article will bring you up-to-date on the campaign.

Next, youth plan to meet with Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh and ask them to make this issue a priority and demonstrate the leadership to get this facility built – FINALLY.

Read the Boston Globe’s article here