Members of the Summer Youth Employment Initiative Steering Committee held a lottery to fairly and randomly choose applicants who will be interviewed for jobs for the summer months. Each year there are hundreds more applicants than there are jobs. The lottery is a fair and equitable way to chose youth names for interviews and possible future jobs.
This year's Annual May 1st March and Rally brought out hundreds of residents and activists advocating for workers' and immigrants' rights and social justice. The march also featured musical accompaniment by two local bands: The Second Line Marching Band and Banda de la Paz. At the rally at Piers Park in East Boston, the crowd listening to speakers including a striking Verizon worker, the President of the Taxi Drivers Association, a Dunkin Donuts worker engaged in the Fight for $15, an affected restaurant worker and local activists advocating for the full rights of immigrants and workers.
Chelsea Collaborative hosted a series of “Know your rights” community meetings focusing on immigration due to the nationwide fear of ICE (Immigration) raids. Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes has clarified that in the City of Chelsea there have been no such raids to date. The rumors have created a devastating fear in our community to the point of families are not going into work, not keeping their appointments and instilled fear towards local authorities. It is for this reason, that the Chelsea Collaborative assisted our immigrant community and public officials on how to best respond to these kind of rumors of “Raids.” The purpose is to educate all on an individual's rights as an immigrant and as a human being.