BOSTON - Massachusetts incarcerates a higher portion of its population than nearly every country in the world. In fact, according to statistics from the International Centre for Prison Studies and US incarceration data, only a handful of countries with more than half a million people have higher incarceration rates: Thailand, Panama, Azerbaijan, El Salvador, the Russian Federation, Rwanda and Cuba.
Somerville, Mass. – Over two dozen marching bands headed to Downtown Crossing on October 10 to raise awareness and support the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage legislation.
“The idea is that with everyone organized and music behind it, it’s really powerful, and a great way to make a statement,” Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band member Kate Rieglevanwest told Somerville Neighborhood News (SNN).
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Across Somerville and other Massachusetts communities, labor and community activists, mothers and fathers are knocking on doors and ringing bells, trying to convince their neighbors to vote “Yes” on Question 4 on Election Day.
Pro-Choice Massachusetts – State House
In a statement released last week, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts thanked Gov. Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Senate President Therese Murray, State Senator Harriette Chandler, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo for their efforts in filing the bill entitled, An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, which aims to address safety concerns that have arisen since the US Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts buffer zone law.
Malden, Mass. – Before a meeting of the Malden City Council on Tuesday, the city’s public schools’ custodians held a rally outside city hall calling for their jobs not to be privatized.
BOSTON – Fast food workers and their supporters in the Fight for $15 and a Union campaign hit out at Burger King and other minimum-wage employers in a demonstration on Tremont St. in Boston on Thursday.
Over 400 protestors were critical of fast food jobs paying far below the city’s living wage, and are demanding a $15 per hour minimum wage across the Bay State, and the right to a form a union without retaliation from employers.
Students for a Just and Stable Future and 350 Massachusetts – State House
BOSTON - Workers who clean train and bus stations are concerned that changes to their service contract that go into effect this fall, could lead to significant layoffs.
BOSTON/State House - The Mass. House of Representatives passed a new bill on Wednesday that would see the current state minimum wage of $8 an hour rise to $10.50 an hour by 2016.