September 28, 2015
The chants and drums resounded as the R Visions People’s Tour wound its way through the streets of Chinatown. About a hundred residents and community activists joined a march and rally today to call for increased action by city government to protect working class neighborhoods. Stopping at different sites marked by community art installations, community members spoke to the different strategies for stabilizing Chinatown’s future.
September 11, 2015
CPA's honorary president Suzanne Lee, and staff members Karen Chen, Lydia Lowe, and Fiona Yu joined home health care workers Lingzhu Cao and Yan Li at the Greater Boston Labor Council's Labor Day Breakfast on September 7, when President Obama came to speak about the need for paid sick days and family leave for all workers. Attorney General Maura Healey spoke about the need to enforce wage and hour laws, announcing the appointment of Cynthia Mark, managing attorney for the Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, as the new Chief of the Fair Labor Division. Mark, a 20-year legal services veteran, is a former staff member of CPA and a graduate of Tufts University and Northeastern School of Law.
August 27, 2015
As their final project, the 8 CYI summer interns held a public community event at the Chinatown Gate to promote the need for a Chinatown Library. Over the course of two days, youth provided free storytime, books, activity packets, and information about the campaign, replicating many of the services a library would provide.
August 10, 2015
On June 20th, the Chinese Progressive Association held its annual Bike-A-Thon with almost 100 riders. The Association raised over $20,000 for its youth leadership development program, the Chinese Youth Initiative.
July 29, 2015
On July 25 we co-sponsored a Right to Remain Block Party on Johnny Court and Maple Place with the Chinatown Residents Association! Participants learned about tenant rights, affordable housing, and talked about how to preserve the historic row houses. There were tables featuring information on the library campaign, the CPA workers center, a public parcels visioning process, tenant rights trivia, a film screening about gentrification across Boston, the Chinatown Community Land Trust, and the Chinatown Residents Association. There were also fun activities such as a photobooth, a chopsticks and marbles game, a paper lantern home making station, lots of musical performances, a skit, and a watermelon eating contest.
July 7, 2015
The Occupational Skills Training for Supermarket Employment graduated its first class of seven students. The class was provided by the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), BEST Corp., and the Massachusetts Worker Education Roundtable as part of the Chinatown/South End Collaborative. Students received training in customer service, English relevant to the supermarket and customer service industry and mainstream job search skills such as using computers, interview practice, and resume writing. Students also received one-on-one job and career coaching as part of the class. Four students have already been hired in the customer service and supermarket field with three of them working at the new Roche Bros. Downtown Crossing store.
July 1, 2015
After winning the union election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board, the Medical Resources employees become the first private home care agency employees to form a union in Massachusetts as part of the growing Fight for $15 movement!
May 5, 2015
Hudson Street tenants and supporters set up a "tent city" in front of the office of First Suffolk LLC, owner of 101 and 103 Hudson St. based in the law offices of Matera Vopat Matera & Johnson in Quincy Center. Tenants are calling for First Suffolk LLC to stop the water shutoff, no demolition of their homes, and to be able to remain in Chinatown.
April 20, 2015
"Over the past half year, mass protests have erupted throughout the country. Protesters chant: Black lives matter! Hands up, don’t shoot. I can’t breathe. Enough is enough!
What are these protests about? This past August in Ferguson, Missouri, police killed an 18 year-old black man named Michael Brown with an excessive use of force. He was suspected of stealing a pack of cigarettes from a convenience store.
A police officer name Darren Wilson approached Brown as he left the store and asked him to stop. When he instead tried to run away, the police officer fired his gun twelve times. Eight of the twelve shots hit Michael Brown; yet, throughout the twelve rounds, Michael Brown had his hands up. Finally, the court decided not to indict the officer..."
April 12, 2015
BOSTON (April 8, 2015) – “Up with the wages, down with the rents!” rang the shouts of tenants and community activists as they marched into City Hall Plaza this afternoon. Led by tenants who have been forced out of their homes by speculative developers, the march began on Hudson Street in Chinatown, where protesters called on First Suffolk LLC to halt its acquisition of historic brick row houses that threatens to displace low income immigrant families. Chinatown has experienced skyrocketing real estate values following the addition of nearly 3,000 luxury units in the past 15 years.
Arriving at City Hall Plaza, speakers included tenants, foreclosed homeowners, and community leaders from Jamaica Plain, East Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan, who called for new policy solutions to the displacement crisis. Over 300 people next moved indoors to pack a city council hearing on displacement, community stability and neighborhood preservation, sponsored by Boston city councilor Tito Jackson.