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Uphams Corner News Archives - January 2013, Issue #71



Issue 71 - February 1, 2013



Boston NAACP Presents:  "Slavery by Another Name"
Sat Feb 2, 2013 10:am

Boston NAACPThe Boston NAACP invites you to a viewing and discussion on the documentary Slavery by Another Name," a narrative of the mistreatment of millions of blacks in America, mistreatment that kept African-Americans in shackles of the body and mind long after slavery had officially ended.

“The Boston NAACP strongly believes that every American benefits from an honest and more balanced view of history,” says Michael Curry, President of the Boston NAACP. “It allows us to put our triumphs, failures and struggles in the proper context, and to properly evaluate current challenges with race.”

Critically important for everyone to see ... formidably researched, powerfully written, wrenchingly detailed.

The viewing and discussion are FREE.





Three-Point Approach to Gun Control: Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Jan 31, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Mayors Michael Bloomberg of New York and Thomas Menino of Boston, as co-chairs of 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG),' submitted a letter to the Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary.

The letter strongly urged the passage of "common-sense firearms legislation" including
  • requiring every gun buyer to pass a criminal background check'
  • get military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines off our streets and
  • make gun trafficking a federal crime.





Mayors Against Illegal Guns Supports HR 137
Jan 31, 2013

Demand A Plan On January 24, 2013, the coalition, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), sent a letter to Congress in support of legislation to close the loophole that allows the purchase of guns without a background check.

The Fix Gun Checks Act (HR 137) would institute reforms that are targeting the 40 to 48 percent of guns sold by unlicensed 'private sellers' to prohibited gun buyers who exploit the vast 'private sale loophole.'

By seeking out private sellers who do not have to comply with the background check at gun shows and over the Internet, gun purchases can be made that would otherwise be prohibited.






Mayor Menino Hosts MA Gun Control Coalition - "Mayors Against Illegal Guns"
Jan 30, 2013City of Boston

 Mayor Thomas M. Menino hosted the Massachusetts delegation of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition on January 31, 2013, as they continued their call on Congress to take action on gun violence. "We have a responsibility to our residents to do all we can to make our neighborhoods safer."

He also praised the entire Massachusetts federal delegation for signing onto HR 137, the Fix Gun Checks Act.


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Rep. Henriquez Supports Hearing on Call for Liquor License Cap
Jan 29, 2013

State Representative Carlos Henriquez supports City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s call for a hearing on the cap on liquor licenses in Boston, citing a concern of equity.

"We need to examine equity in the geographic distribution as well as the accessibility to small local business owners due to cost. Currently  the district I represent and neighboring working class neighborhoods lack access to family and dining establishments and entertainment key in attracting and retaining young professionals and families in our cities’ neighborhoods."





Final School Choice Presentations
Mon, Feb 4, 2013
Tue, Feb, 2013

Boston School ChoiceThe External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC) invites the community to attend a meeting to learn about the final school choice plans under consideration.

The meetings will be looking at the final proposals and asking for feedback from the students, parents and the community. 

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 6:00pm, Orchard Gardens K-8 School or
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 6:00pm at Suffolk University.






The Da Vinci Commission, a Staged Reading
Fri, Feb 15, 2013

Can't Wait Productions Presents

Da Vinci Commission "The Da Vinci Commission," a new play by MJ Halberstadt.  Can't Wait Productions, directed by Josh Burlingham, presents a staged reading of this new play.

The performance is taking place on Friday evening, February 15, 2013 at the home of the Dorchester Arts Collaborative, 157 Washington Street in Dorchester. 

Reserved tickets available online at http://www.cantwaitproductions.com/tickets






Boston Leads Recession-Weary Cities in Rebound
Jan 26, 2013

City of Boston insigniaThe BRA's 2013 Economy Report indicates that Boston has made a full recovery from the Great Recession.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino:
'Boston weathered the Great Recession better than most American cities, but we still saw our share of hardship,'but we've come out stronger on the other side.'

New data released show the unemployment rate has fallen steadily, prejections for record employment, jobs lost are regained, new construction investment.


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12th Annual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign Announced
Jan 26, 2013

City of Boston insigniaThe City of Boston's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign is spearheaded by the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Services.

The program provides low- and moderate-income taxpayers with free financial services, in a multi-pronged effort to reduce poverty in the City of Boston.

During the 2012 tax season, the Boston EITC Campaign served 11,500 taxpayers, returning a total of $18 million in credits and refunds.


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'Remember' - Dedicated to the makers of Black History
by Robby Thomas


Remember when justice was partial to Langston's hue, and the world made Billie Holiday blue,
. . .
when Malcolm went to Mecca - changed his mind, Cassius became Ali - Liston passed his prime,
. . .
And, it was to help a son who with Dreams from his father,
Dared to become the most powerful vision of hope in America, if not the world . . .

. . . remember?

Posted: Jan 26, 2013

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Don your Favorite Fedora in Style and Come Visit the Strand
Jan 26, 2013

Fedora HatBilled as a palace on opening day in 1918, the Strand helped usher in the Roaring '20's and has welcomed  countless celebrities and visitors into its grandeur. 

Imagine in the Strand's earliest days, the gentlement arriving and wearing their felt fedora hats - a symbol of character since the '20's. 

The fedora reminds us of gangsters and Prohibition and even today, is classified as a "gangster hat," worn by all.

We dare you!  Don your own version of the fedora "gangster" hat and, gaily dressed to the hilt, walk through the doors of the Strand Theatre for yet another amazing performance. 

Transport yourself to a world where you are the star!

Photos of the Fedora Famous including Ne-Yo, Ving Rhames, Michael Jackson, Humphrey Bogart, Beyonce, Frank Sinatra, Diane Kruger, and Baby Zoe Berman.


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Current Event
Two Plays in One: A Raisin in the Sun & Clybourne Park
Wed, Feb 20, 2013, 7PM.

Raisin in the Sun Members of the casts of the Huntington's A Raisin in the Sun and SpeakEasy Stage Company's Clybourne Park come together at the Strand Theatre for this special event

Hosted by Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB-TV Channel 5, the evening will feature :
  • performances of scenes from each of the two plays
  • panel conversation moderated by Ward and the two directors
  • A time for Q&A with the artists
  • The chance to win tickets to both plays.
Event  is free but RSVP in advance is appreciated.

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Current Event
Presentation: Exploring Bowdoin-Geneva Nbhd "68 Blocks" Series
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 6PM - 8PM

Bowdoin GenevaYou are invited to a Boston Globe presentation on the "68 Blocks" series.  Globe journalists, a photographer, and videographer will discuss their experiences living in and covering a Boston neighborhood marred by violence. 

Members of the community, "Big Nate" Davis and Fr. Richard "Doc" Conway will share their perspectives.  The discussion will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience. discuss their experiences

Boston Globe Event

In-depth Community Presentation / Discussion (FREE)
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
135 Morrissey Blvd (Globe)

Advance registration required (Eventbrite)


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