Boston City Council District 6 Online Candidates Forum on Aug. 31

The three candidates for the Boston City Council District 6 seat will be participating in an online candidates forum hosted by Ward 11 and 19 Democratic Committees on Aug. 31. Winnie Eke, Kendra Hicks, and Mary Tamer are vying for the District 6 seat which is being vacated by Matt O'Malley, who chose not to run after 10 years in office. Click here for Part I and Part II of Jamaica Plain News' Q&A's with the three candidates. Tuesday night's forum starts at 7 pm and will focus on questions that are of particular concerns to District 6.

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You Can Make Sure Jamaica Plain Residents Are Counted in U.S. Census

A local organization wants volunteers for a campaign to raise awareness about the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census to make sure that all Jamaica Plain residents are counted. "JPNDC is launching a Census 2020 campaign because much of our community -- especially immigrants, people of color, and low-income households -- is at high risk of being undercounted," said a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) email newsletter. "If we're not counted, we lose resources and representation in government!" The JPNDC breaks down on its website why the U.S. Census is vital to Jamaica Plain, Boston and Massachusetts residents. The census is required by the US constitution.

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Rep. Elugardo’s Legislative Goals: Renewable Energy, Unnecessary Vacancies and More

On January 2, Nika Elugardo was sworn into her first term as the state representative for the 15th Suffolk District. So what's on her legislative plate? Q: Which of the bills are refiles and which ones are original bills being submitted for the first time? Elugardo: Of the 15 bills we filed, two are refiles: H2453 An Act to amend the Brownfields tax credit, and H3282 An Act to prevent unnecessary vacancies in foreclosed homes. The rest were original bills drafted by my team, by advocate partners, or in collaboration with partners.

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ICE, TPS, DACA: JP Progressives Immigration Policy & Action Forum on Nov. 13

Leaders from the Mass Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and the Muslim Justice League are among numerous organizations who will speak at the JP Progressives' Immigration Policy & Action Forum on Nov. 13th. "In this forum, we provide up-to-date information on these critical policy changes and how they are affecting our neighbors in JP and across Massachusetts. We will hear from affected communities and discuss how we can work together to push a progressive immigration agenda for Massachusetts," says a description of the forum according to a press release. The forum will be tackling several of the major human and civil rights crisis caused by the federal administration's repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), non-renewal of temporary protected status (TPS), child separation of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border, and travel ban of individuals from predominantly Muslim countries.

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