News & Notes

  • May 5, 2017
    Race and ethnicity continue to play a factor within our nation and our politics. Although many refuse to discuss race, facts show race matters. If we focus on improving immigration for
    Latino’s, Syrian Refugees, Muslims, and other disenfranchised groups, we will improve immigration for all groups. A comprehensive immigration plan includes not separating families, but developing a pathway to citizenship, and a better policy on refugees.
  • Apr 25, 2017
    The Welcome Project has been busy with political activism and community organizing this Spring. Part of our programing involved organizing two “Know Your Rights” workshops to help prepare Somerville youth for encounters with law enforcement. Solina, a teen who is a member of our  LIPS program -- the liaison interpreters program of somerville -- had a good experience with the workshop series; she noted, “people do not know what to do and what their rights are so we learn as teenagers if something bad happens, we know what to do."
  • Apr 2, 2017
    Throughout the month of march, our LIPS students participated as surveyors in the Somerville Gentrification Project. The project is run in part by Laurie Goldman from the Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP) department at Tufts University. After about a month and a half of surveying at various events, including our adult English classes, two LIPS students reported to have had great experiences and to have learned a lot. For example, Kenia, a LIPS student who lives in Somerville, found that “residents realize that they are being impacted by gentrification, but they feel like they can’t have a say in what happens because they feel powerless or like no one cares about what happens to them.”