The School Committee had the opportunity to request data on the impact of race on student participation in extracurricular activities. It chose to assign the project to the high school student government.
In light of heightened concerns about immigrant issues following the election of President Donald Trump, the city has allocated funds for an immigration coordinator that will work as part of the Human Rights Commission.
“Signs of Protest: Posters, Photos, and Art from the Women’s March”; Ava DuVernay’s “13th”; David Bowie’s Complete “Blackstar” for orchestra; “Dissident” political theater; Fluff Centennial Birthday Party; Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival; and a seven-band mini-fest.
The event wasn’t held last year because of a reorganization of the branch, but as part of new leadership in place for more than a year, former mayor Ken Reeves said returning to the tradition was a priority.
Reports of immigration raids swirled nationally over the weekend, even in the sanctuary cities of Cambridge and Somerville, but no undocumented immigrants were taken locally. The scare had officials urging immigrants and allies to make contact and take action.
A students’ proposal reacting to recent hate speech gave heft to a School Committee meeting otherwise light on policy Tuesday, concerning a motion to “ensure the safety and feeling of belonging for all groups in our schools.”
Longtime resident and activist Emmanuel “Manny” Lusardi has been named liaison for immigrant affairs to the office of vice mayor Marc McGovern, becoming the “go-to person” for documented and undocumented residents who need help and advocacy.
Protest songs and avowals of Cambridge’s continuing role as a safe haven for undocumented immigrants and others drew a few hundred residents and officials to City Hall, as Mayor E. Denise Simmons and vice mayor Marc McGovern held a Monday afternoon rally.
The mayor, vice mayor and clergy plan an hourlong “Rally For Unity” for 4:30 p.m. Monday on the steps of City Hall “to show the world that we stand for social justice and that we, as a community, intend to continue to fight for equality for all.”
I know what it means to be forcibly displaced from one’s home, but also how our country can be a beacon of hope for those who strive for freedom, opportunity and dignity. That is the American story. That is why I choose to see the goodness.