News & Notes

  • Jun 27, 2016
    We at the Welcome Project were deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Jim Green after a long illness. Jim was a longtime generous supporter of the Welcome Project. He served as a board member from 2000 to 2009 and as Chair of the Board from 2005 to 2009. 

    He was a Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston from 1977 until he retired in 2014. A celebrated labor historian, Jim authored many books and articles including (2006) Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America (New York: Pantheon Books). His most recent book (2015) The Devil is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom (New York: Grove Atlantic) is also the subject of a documentary film. 

    We will miss him and we hold his family in our thoughts. The family welcomes visitors at 72 Mt. Vernon St. in Somerville on June 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at an as yet undetermined future time.​
  • Apr 21, 2016
     Don’t miss the opportunity to join us on May 22nd for a lively discussion with award-winning author, Rishi Reddi, about her richly-themed short story, “Karma”, of two immigrant brothers in the Boston area.

  • Apr 20, 2016
    The Welcome Project had the chance to sit down with Van Hardy, member of Union United, to learn more about the community benefits agreement (CBA) and the issues the organization faces regarding development in Union Square and surrounding areas. Union United is working to channel development, in anticipation of the extension of the green line, in ways that prevent displacement and provide mechanisms for people to stay in their communities. However, gentrification and displacement is already happening and community-led organizations like Union United have not had much say in the decision process thus far.