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.
The Chelsea Collaborative has launched Citizenship Classes for Chelsea residents. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Citizen and needs help with the application or preparing for the test, please contact Daisy Gonzalez at (617)889-6080x130 or DaisyG@chelseacollab.org.
The Chelsea Summer Youth Employment Initiative is accepting applications for the 2016 summer youth employment program. Deadline to apply is March 24th. Click /sites/default/files/youth_application_2016.pdf for an application. All youth positions pay $10 per hour for 20 hours per week and will last between 6 to 7 weeks.
For more information, please call or visit the Chelsea Collaborative offices at 318 Broadway.
CUDE hosted its Annual Three Kings Day Celebration with City Manager Tom Ambrosino, Parent Information Center Director Danny Mojica and Officer Stephen Garcia as this year's "celebrity kings." More than 75 children and families partook in the fun community celebration.
The Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee hosted two "Know Your Rights Trainings" with affected community members and service providers interested in learning what to do in case of an immigrant raid or a "knock at the door." More than 100 people packed the Collaborative offices interested in helping those who fled unfathomable violence for a better life in the United States. For more information, contact Gladys and Yessenia at the Collaborative.
The Chelsea Collaborative seeks qualified individuals to apply for its Youth Programs Coordinator Position. Deadline to apply is Feb 10th. Click here for a full job description and application requirements. /sites/default/files/youth_coordinator_job_description_2016.pdf
CCF will entertain proposals from all organizations and entities but will evaluate a request based on 1) whether the project to be funded will meet an urgent or unfilled need; 2) the financial need of the project (and in relation to an organization's budget); and 3) the community impact of the project or program including the size and longevity of the program and long term impact or potential for sustainability of the effort. To download the guidelines, please click here: /sites/default/files/community_fund_guidelines_fall_2015_-_winter_2016_with_sample_budget.pdf
In light of the growing need to provide a wide variety of legal services to the Chelsea and Greater Boston area immigrant community, the Chelsea Collaborative today launched a Citizenship Legal Service Program. Lawyers, staff, and trained volunteers of the Collaborative, American Friends Service Committee, United Food and Commercial Workers, La Comunidad Inc., and Jobs With Justice will provide intake and application processing on Saturday, October 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
According to Organizing Director Yessenia Alfaro, “this initiative by the Chelsea Collaborative in addition to providing naturalization services, aims to fully engage our community in civic participation, and to deter notary fraud.”
The Chelsea Collaborative is accepting applications for its Year Round Youth Employment Initiative. In order to apply, youth must be between 17 to 21; available to work from November 2015 to May 2016 for a maximum of 120 hours which includes 20 hours of Career Readiness Training; and must complete and submit application by Oct 19th. Click here for the application: /sites/default/files/application_2015-2016.pdf