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CORI reform bill passes the House!

June 11, 2010

May 2010 rally at the State House for CORI reform

Two weeks ago, Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) reform passed the House thanks to the tireless efforts of the Commonwealth CORI Coalition (CCC), an alliance of over 90 organizations working to end limitations on public housing, loans and employment for people with a CORI.

The reforms also received broad support from law enforcement agencies and Governor Patrick, who said in 2008, "CORI was never intended to turn every offense into a life sentence."

Passing these reforms means reduced crime, increased revenue and a second chance for many people. State spending on prison, probation and parole has been increasing while repeat offenses have also been rising. CORI reform is a departure from the "tough on crime" attitude to a "smart on crime" attitude. In both the House and Senate version of the bills (the Senate passed a reform bill in November), CORIs will now be sealed after five years for misdemeanors and after 10 years for felonies, reduced from 10 and 15 years respectively. Read more...

See you tonight at Jammin' for Justice!

May 26, 2010

Finally, what we've all been waiting for: Jammin’ for Justice is tonight! We hope you’ll join us at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street, Roxbury) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

In case you need some convincing...

Free admission! If you feel moved to donate, we'll be passing a hat around during the program for your convenience. Food and drinks are provided and free parking is available on-street or in nearby lots. We'll also be right by Dudley Station, with multiple bus lines and connections to the Silver Line Bus on Washington Street. Check out more detailed directions.

Delicious food! Caribbean-style eats will be provided by Ethnica Catering, from Jerk Chicken Wings to Red Beans & Rice to Fish & Black-Eyed Pea Fritters. Come on, your mouth is watering just thinking about it! Read more...

Congratulations to Dorchester Bay Youth Force!

May 24, 2010

Today’s Jammin' for Justice Environmental Justice Award honoree is Dorchester Bay Youth Force.

Dorchester Bay Youth Force in action!

In 2008, Dorchester Bay Youth Force joined a city-wide campaign to stop youth violence, organized by the United Youth and Youth Workers of Boston coalition. Members of Youth Force met with local banks and businesses in Upham's Corner and raised several thousand dollars for a youth jobs fund.

In spring 2009, after significant state budget cuts to jobs funding, Youth Force and REEP organized an emergency gathering, bringing together dozens of Boston teens to strategize an immediate response to the cuts. When the state did not restore the budget for youth jobs and violence prevention programs, the United coalition decided to formally dissolve.

Determined to bring back funding before the impacts of the cuts were felt, Youth Force members began meeting in the fall with youth programs across the city. Read more...

Congratulations to the Boston Grants Initiative!

May 22, 2010

Today’s Jammin' for Justice Environmental Justice Award honoree is the Boston Grants Initiative.

Staff of The New England Grassroots Environment Fund which administers the Boston Grants Initiative

The Boston Grants Initiative (BGI), administered by The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, provides grants to groups working on environmental justice, environmental health, green space and other projects in the greater metro neighborhoods of Boston, Chelsea, Somerville, and Cambridge. BGI interprets the word "environment" broadly and supports a wide range of activities focused on making our environment better, healthier and more sustainable. Read more...

Congratulations to United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury!

May 21, 2010

Today’s Jammin' for Justice Environmental Justice Award honoree is United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury.

Staff of UNLR

United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury (UNLR) is a grassroots resident neighborhood association advocating for environmental justice in the neighborhood of Lower Roxbury. It was founded in 1971 to protest a planned highway that would cut through the neighborhood and eliminate thousands of affordable housing units.

Since then, UNLR has continued to fight for public safety, increased public services, and community participation in decision-making processes. Read more...