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Good morning,

I would like to invite you to our Meat Raffle fundraiser which will benefit our 2022 Back 2 School Backpack Giveaway Event. The Meat Raffle will be Sunday July 24, 2022 at The Press Box on 536 Lincoln St Worcester MA 01605 from 1p-5p. We hope to see you there.

Woodrow Adams Jr 

508 Forever Young Inc.
PO Box 1138
Worcester, MA 01604
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I'm writing about today's radical Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case overturning the constitutionally protected right to an abortion.

This is a dark and heavy day in our nation's history, and a revolting decision from the court.

Six justices—five appointed by GOP presidents who lost the popular vote—voted to literally take away a fundamental constitutional right from the American people.

Two of them have faced credible sexual assault accusations.

One of them is married to someone who tried to overthrow the government.

Their decision makes a mockery of justice, and will further erode trust in the legitimacy of our institutions.

Where will the court go next? We don't have to look far. The GOP isn't even hiding their radical, far-right agenda anymore. They're coming for same-sex marriage. And LGBTQ rights. And birth control. And the right to privacy.

Don't take my word for it. In his concurring opinion, Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court should “correct the error” established in Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell because those decisions are “demonstrably erroneous."

The hypocrisy is outrageous.

The same GOP saying that states shouldn't be able to set their own gun laws, now says that states should be able to outlaw abortion.

The same GOP pushing false narratives about vaccines now wants to put politicians in Washington in charge of women's personal medical choices.

The same GOP arguing against mask mandates is now arguing that women aren't in charge of their own bodies.

Before I’m a member of Congress, I’m a dad. I know many parents are struggling with the impact of this news for the autonomy of our kids and for every American. I’m enraged this generation will have fewer rights than the last. They deserve better from their country's leadership. The court has failed them.

And make no mistake: this decision will not impact all of us equally. It will have a disproportionate impact on Black and brown women, poor women, and those without the ability or means to travel to get the medical care they deserve.

Here's the bottom line: The rights of all women—and all Americans—are on the ballot in November.

I am working with my colleagues in Congress and the Biden administration to meet the urgency of the crisis and use all tools at our disposal from across the federal government to mitigate the incredible harm of this decision.

We must continue fighting for an America where abortion is safe and legal for everyone.

Radical Republicans—from Congress to the court—are not done stripping away freedoms. The GOP is defined by this extremism. We saw it on January 6 and we're seeing it today at the court. This decision must catalyze us to action.

It’s up to all of us to keep fighting for what we believe in. We will not give up. We will not give in. We support women and we're not going back.


James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Washington, DC Office
408 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-6101
Worcester Office
12 East Worcester Street, #1
Worcester, MA 01604
phone: 508-831-7356
Leominster Office
24 Church Street, Room 27
Leominster, MA 01453
phone: 978-466-3552
Northampton Office
94 Pleasant Street
Northampton, MA 01060
phone: 413-341-8700

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What's on Tap: Tercentennial Parade
Yearlong observances hit a peak at Worcester's Tercentennial Weekend, June 10 through June 12. Here's what to expect at the Tercentennial Parade, as well as further excitement the weekend promises.

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508 Forever Young INC
is asking you to assist our efforts to teach our youth the value of life. Gun violence is a public safety crisis and a public health crisis which we all know plagues our community

Join us on Saturday June 25, 2022 at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester 12-5p at our Annual Stop The Violence Event presented by 508 Forever Young INC and Aaron Baxter.
Activities include middle school basketball games, guest speakers, pie eating contests, outside sports, face painting, free manicures for young ladies, young entrepreneurs, live music and more.

Contact me by replying to this email if you would like to sponsor a middle school team for $200 or click the link to make a contribution

If you'd like to see our past events or need more details check out our website

Thank You for all your support!
Woodrow Adams Jr 

508 Forever Young Inc.
PO Box 1138
Worcester, MA 01604
Cell (774) 386-2292

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Worcester Unit, NAACP
4 East Central St., #484
Worcester, MA  01613

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Fred Taylor
Worcester Unit, NAACP

4 East Central St., #484
Worcester, MA  01613
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Due to the winter storm tomorrow St Peters Basketball will be canceled on Saturday January 29, 2022 and will resume Saturday February 5, 2022. Stay safe everyone.


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Worcester, MA: Today, Unity Radio 97.9FM would like to introduce our newest show:
The Susanity Life with host Susan T Ouellette.

Susan is a busy mom, an Author of a 5-book series on Amazon called “Messages from Your Inner Child, and a business owner. Susan comes to us with many years of life experiences that we believe can be used as tools in life. To possibly help others, “Get out of their head space”

Susan: “I believe that everyone should have a life that they deserve. Filled with hope, peace, joy, and love”

Look; we all have stuff that we can’t remove. That no matter how many times we try to Rise
Above the people, places and things that keep us searching for the answer we can’t. The times
where instead of giving to yourself you continually forget about the person that matters “YOU”…

The Susanity Life: is a show where you can believe in your life once again, if you chose too. The
Truth is This is your journey. You get to decide what kind of life that you want, that you deserve.
During the show Susan will give you ideas, thoughts, hopes for a better way to remove the obstacles
we as human beings very often get stuck in. There will be guests who have Risen Above their
Challenges. Susan’s hope is that using hers and others stories, You, can find a way to say:

Love & Light
Unity Radio 97.9 
Connecting Worcester Style
Reach me at:
484 Main Street Suite 3, Sturbridge, MA 01518 •774-304-1006     

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2021-22 SEASON
Basketball Season has resumed!


This Saturday (January 22nd), we will resume the Basketball Program at St. Peter's Parish. We will follow the schedule for Saturday January 22nd. Instructional Division will be at regularly scheduled time 10-11a

The health and wellbeing of all remains a concern and we therefore request that if a child is not feeling well or has had direct contact at any time this week with someone in your household or at their respective school who has tested positive for Covid-19, that they refrain from participating in our basketball program this weekend.

In an effort to control the volume of people in our gym, we are asking that only one parent/adult accompany their son/daughter to the Instructional Program.

Barring any directives from public health officials that the program be halted, it is our intention to continue our program throughout February, though we will be prepared to postpone activities should it be advisable or necessary.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Dear Worcester Interfaith Community,

Please join us for a “Celebratory Gathering in Honor of Isabel Gonzalez-Webster” on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at First Baptist Church, 111 Park Avenue, Worcester from 2:00pm to 4:00pm with a brief presentation and program at 3:00pm.

This gathering will be our opportunity to both thank Isabel for her leadership of Worcester Interfaith and say farewell and Godspeed as she leaves the organization in mid-January to begin serving as Executive Director for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) in New York City.

In announcing her decision to leave Worcester Interfaith, Isabel wrote that she has “had the pleasure to work with an incredible board of directors, staff, members, coalitions, and community to bring about racial and economic justice and address systemic inequities in the city of Worcester.” Though we will miss her, let us celebrate all that has been accomplished under Isabel’s leadership in just three action-packed years.

Attendees will be required to wear masks and observe all other posted Covid-19 safety protocols in effect the day of the event. Isabel asks that in lieu of gifts members consider making a financial donation to support the ongoing work of Worcester Interfaith.

We hope to see you there!

Celebration Committee
Pastor Nathan Pipho, Father Richard Trainor, Isabella Corazzini, Jane Cutting, Chaplain Martin Kelly, Rabbi Aviva Fellman

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Hi, my name is Augustin I am the Marketing Coordinator at Renaissance Medical Group. 
We are the first and only 360-degree model medical company that has a specific focus on the Latino Population

I have news for you!
On Wednesday, October 13, Renaissance Medical Group (RMG) is excited to host the launch of Buen Provecho Meal Program.  The Worcester Housing Authority and Renaissance Medical Group are partnering to bring a new meal delivery program to the residents of 1050 & 1060 Main Street at Worcester, MA (Webster Sq Towers). Buen Provecho Meal Program is a tool developed by RMG to combat food insecurity. The launch party will be held in the backyard of WHA Webster Square Towers, located at 1050 and 1060 Main Street, Worcester, MA on October 13, from 3 to 5 PM.  In addition, RMG is honored to have Congressman Jim McGovern as a special guest. Congressman McGovern is a senior member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Massachusetts's 2nd congressional district since 1997.

Please see the below press release below is regarding the launch. Let me know if you are interested in covering it. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you!!


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Good afternoon. The City of Worcester’s Department of Health and Human Services is administering COVID-19 booster shots at the City’s mobile vaccination clinics, along with first and second doses. Boosters are available at other locations as well. One of the most convenient locations in Worcester is at the Main Branch of the Worcester Public Library, where clinics are held every Wednesday (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Please feel free to share with your audiences. Thank you.

Walter Bird 508-799-1175, Ext. 31311 (work); 774-502-6704 (cell); (email)

City of Worcester offers COVID-19 Booster Shots

Worcester – With the approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster, the City of Worcester’s Department of Health of Human Services is administering booster shots at its mobile vaccination clinics.

The booster, a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death as the result of the COVID-19 virus and the Delta variant, is available every Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Main Branch of the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square.

For a list of other upcoming clinics, visit  Grocery store gift cards are provided at all clinics for those receiving a first or second dose.

Booster shots are currently being administered for Pfizer only, and are available to individuals 65 years of age and older, 18-64 of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, and 18-64 of age at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings. These individuals must have previously received the Pfizer vaccine, and are eligible for a booster at least 6 months after receiving their second dose.

In addition to mobile clinics in Worcester, locations for vaccinations and booster shots, including more than 460 retail pharmacies, can be found at

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Walter Bird Jr.
Media Relations Specialist
Office of City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr.
City of Worcester | 455 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608
C: 774-502-6704
W: 508-799-1175 x31311


Walter Bird 508-799-1175, Ext. 31311 (work); 774-502-6704 (cell); (email)

City of Worcester Preparing for Tropical Storm Henri
Worcester – As Tropical Storm Henri moves north with an anticipated landfall in Southeastern Massachusetts sometime Sunday afternoon, the Department of Public Works & Parks, along with Emergency Management and the City Manager’s Office, are taking proactive measures to ensure safety among Worcester residents. The storm is expected to arrive Sunday afternoon and last through most of Monday, but be aware that this is only a predication and the path of the storm may change at any time.
Among safety measures being taken in anticipation of the storm are the following:
•        Barricades are being placed in known low lying areas prone to flash flooding for quicker street closure response
•        MassDOT will have crews standing by to monitor state roadways
•        All forestry trucks and other equipment being fully fueled and outfitted for emergency response, additional crews on standby
•        Catch basins and culverts/brooks are being cleaned and cleared of any existing debris to assist with storm water run off
•        Increased interdepartmental communication with Emergency Communications/Dispatch and DPW&P for quicker response to stranded motor vehicles and downed trees/debris
•        Potential to activate Emergency Operations Center (EOC) if conditions warrant
Motorists are urged to stay off the road during periods of potential inundation and flooding. For those that must be on the road, they should be aware of the potential for manhole covers to become dislodged due to water pressure, which can be extremely dangerous upon impact as well as leaving an uncovered surface in the road. Motorists should never risk driving through pools of storm water, the depth of which is often deceiving. It doesn’t take much for a motor vehicle to get carried away; even the bigger and sturdier trucks and SUV’s can be vulnerable with hurricane force winds and pooling storm water.
If storm conditions follow the current forecast trends, there is a high likelihood that trash and recycling collection will be suspended on Monday and other facility operations could be impacted, such as yard waste/recycling drop off centers, aquatics, etc. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/20/21 MEDIA CONTACT: 
Walter Bird 508-799-1175, Ext. 31311 (work); 774-502-6704 (cell); (email)
City of Worcester Preparing for Tropical Storm Henri
Worcester – As Tropical Storm Henri moves north with an anticipated landfall in Southeastern Massachusetts sometime Sunday afternoon, the Department of Public Works & Parks, along with Emergency Management and the City Manager’s Office, are taking proactive measures to ensure safety among Worcester residents. The storm is expected to arrive Sunday afternoon and last through most of Monday, but be aware that this is only a predication and the path of the storm may change at any time. 
Among safety measures being taken in anticipation of the storm are the following: 
•        Barricades are being placed in known low lying areas prone to flash flooding for quicker street closure response 
•        MassDOT will have crews standing by to monitor state roadways
•        All forestry trucks and other equipment being fully fueled and outfitted for emergency response, additional crews on standby 
•        Catch basins and culverts/brooks are being cleaned and cleared of any existing debris to assist with storm water run off
•        Increased interdepartmental communication with Emergency Communications/Dispatch and DPW&P for quicker response to stranded motor vehicles and downed trees/debris
•        Potential to activate Emergency Operations Center (EOC) if conditions warrant 
Motorists are urged to stay off the road during periods of potential inundation and flooding. For those that must be on the road, they should be aware of the potential for manhole covers to become dislodged due to water pressure, which can be extremely dangerous upon impact as well as leaving an uncovered surface in the road. Motorists should never risk driving through pools of storm water, the depth of which is often deceiving. It doesn’t take much for a motor vehicle to get carried away; even the bigger and sturdier trucks and SUV’s can be vulnerable with hurricane force winds and pooling storm water. 
If storm conditions follow the current forecast trends, there is a high likelihood that trash and recycling collection will be suspended on Monday and other facility operations could be impacted, such as yard waste/recycling drop off centers, aquatics, etc.
In addition to flash flooding, there is a concern for high winds in Worcester County. Residents should prepare by having an emergency kit and generators ready and bring light/loose items indoors.
Residents should report downed trees and debris to (508) 799-8606 or (508) 929-1300. Downed power lines and outages should be reported to National Grid at (800) 322-3223. In an emergency, residents are advised to call 911. 
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Director of Operational Development
Yes, We Care, Inc.
55 Illinois St
Worcester, MA 01610

What: Back to School Bash!

Where55 Illinois St, Worcester, MA  01610

When: Friday August 27th @ 3PM-6PM

Why: To provide school supplies and food distribution to those in need in our community, provide job opportunities, and to provide vaccine shots who those who would like one.

Yes We Care, Inc. a local 501c3 non-profit operating out of Worcester, MA. We are partnering with Amazon and the WooSox to sponsor our Annual Back to School Bash!

We will have 200 backpacks filled with school supplies (courtesy of Amazon) that will be distributing to students in need.  Amazon will be taking applications for employment, WooSox will have giveaways, there will be food available for families to pick up where they will have their selection of meats, dairy, vegetables, fruit, bread, and a variety of snacks. Attendees will also be able to get a their COVID vaccine. 

We would like to have some news coverage prior to and the day of the event.


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House of Representatives
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133



State Representative Mary Keefe, 15th Worcester District
(508) 404-3005

Community Stand Out on Toxic Fumes from DAMD Auto Body

WORCESTER (8/12/2021)Representative Mary Keefe will join community leaders and residents in speaking about the public nuisance via hazardous emissions from DAMD Auto Body, located at 105 Piedmont Street, Worcester, MA on Thursday, August 12th, 2021 at 5:00 pm. The press conference will be held at the corner of Larch and Piedmont Streets in Worcester, MA

DAMD Auto Body has expanded their business over the past several years. While this may be positive for DAMD, it has come at a cost to the quality of life for neighborhood residents. DAMD was served a cease and desist by the City in July of 2020 and has been in contempt multiple times over the past year for not installing the new air filtration system.  The latest deadline identified by the City and upheld in the courts was Friday August 6th, 2021.
DAMD Auto Body did not meet this deadline.

“The fumes are so bad, that during nice weather days we cannot open windows or doors, or even enjoy our yard. If the fumes come into the house, the smell lingers for hours. As an asthmatic, this is problematic for my health. I've had to increase the times I use my inhaler, as well as the use of meds for the headaches it causes. Someone's livelihood should not interfere with our quality of life & health,” said resident Saul Ramos

This most recent development is another example of how this issue of environmental justice, health equity, and social equity, continues to be dragged out, despite the health and quality of life issues it brings upon the residents of the Piedmont Neighborhood.

“Painting has been nonstop these past couple days. My headaches are really bad, and my mom felt lightheaded and nauseas all day yesterday, and it was worse during the night. She was really sick” said resident Jenny Quinones.

“The expansion of the work at DAMD constitutes industrial level activity and should NOT be allowed in a residential neighborhood.  This is why we have zoning.” said Patricia Kirkpatrick, of Mother’s Out Front. ”Zoning is a way for government to make sure that people’s quality of life and commercial interests are not at opposite purposes.  We couldn’t be more polar opposite on this issue than we are today.  Families health is at stake.”

- Residents are demanding that DAMD be reloacted to a non -residential area and to get out of the present location in the Piedmont neighborhood.  Residents are calling on the City of Worcester to work with DAMD and use city resources to make this happen.  

- Residents are calling on the city’s inspectional services and the Worcester Fire Department to be diligent on enforcing ordinances that show DAMD’s actions of storing vehicles on the adjacent lot at 101 Piedmont and number off cars (no more than 10 allowed) on the shop lot. 
  • Residents are seeking assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to assist in resolving this injustice, health issue and public nuisance.

- Residents are calling on the City Manager, Ed Augustus to make this a priority of his     office at this time.

Participating Organizations and Allies:    

Office of State Representative Mary Keefe                                                 
Mothers Out Front (Patricia Kirkpatrick 508-656-7488 )
Pleasant St. Neighborhood Network Center                                                 
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Worcester Common Ground                                                                         
Piedmont Families and Neighbors (Jenny Quinones 774-262-1369 & Saul Ramos                                             774-386-9789)
Mustard Seed                                                                                                
Pleasant Area Community Team
Crown Hill Neighborhood Association
Family Heath Center

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A rally for change, a celebration for community.

Worcester Pride is coming back to Worcester, September 8-14, 2021. Pride week is being coordinated by the Queer Coalition of Greater Worcester, a collaborative community initiative working to bring activities supporting LGBTQ+ folx in Central Mass closer together.

Pride Worcester Is Happening -- With Your Help
Mark your calendars for September 8-14, 2021.
Pride Week in Worcester is back this September with some big changes!  Last organized by 21st Century Pride in 2019, this year’s events are being coordinated by the Queer Coalition of Greater Worcester. Founded in 2019, the Coalition is a collaborative community of LGBTQ+ organizations and activists bringing initiatives supporting LGBTQ+ folx in Central MA closer together.
Celebrating Pride and the progress of our LGBTQ+ community includes recognizing the work of marginalized people, both in history and today.  Before and during the pandemic, community members called for change to elevate the experiences of queer and trans people of color and other marginalized identities in our region. Through the Queer Coalition of Greater Worcester, a decentralized, collaborative planning approach with new people at the table endeavors to do just that. The Coalition includes 508 Pride, Love Your Labels, LGBT Asylum Task Force, Queer the Scene, Creative Hub Worcester, many other organizations, and dozens of individuals and activists that represent the diversity of the Greater Worcester community.
None of us are free until all of us are free and liberation does not come without the help of many hands. We need the community’s support to make 2021 Pride Worcester a reality. The Coalition has launched a crowdfunding campaign to ensure this celebration can reach its full potential. Funds will be used for entertainment, event rentals, and permits for a community rally and block party on September 11. Be a part of this important community action by making a donation and sharing on your personal and organizational social media.
Stay tuned as we release a full slate of events, including parties, rallies, community days, and more. Join us in making history by visiting to donate or submit your interest in volunteering or vending at events.

Pride Worcester is coordinated by the Queer Coalition of Greater Worcester, which is convened by Love Your Labels, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Worcester, MA. Contributions in support of Pride Worcester are tax deductible.

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Vocero Hispano Newspaper, Inc.
WORCESTER, MA - Audio Journal, Central Massachusetts’ radio reading service for individuals who are visually or print impaired, resumed weekly broadcasts of Vocero Hispano Newspaper, Massachusetts Spanish language newspaper, beginning June 24, 2021.

Audio Journal is fortunate to have two volunteers reading this statewide Spanish newspaper. Prior to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, Audio Journal broadcast the readings weekly. While restrictions were in place, and safety was paramount, one of those volunteers recorded the program at home for later broadcast. The program aired the first Friday of each month at 3 p.m. Now with readers being able to return to the studios, the program will air every Friday at 3 p.m.

Executive Director, Mary Frandsen, said, “I am happy to continue our collaboration with Vocero Hispano. Connecting visually and print impaired listeners, no matter their native language, to their communities through broadcasting readings of local news is our mission.”

“The collaboration between Vocero Hispano and Audio Journal is an essential part to our community outreach at Vocero Hispano. This service allows us to connect with members of the Hispanic community who are visually or print impaired by expanding our reach and effectiveness in keeping them included and informed. We thank the Executive Director of Audio Journal, Mrs. Mary Frandsen for all her efforts, the readers Mrs. Evelyn Gonzalez and Mr. Larry Smith for their generous service, and the rest of the team at Audio Journal for their roles. We are very excited to resume and reaffirm our collaboration in service of the Hispanic Community.,” said Mr. Pablo D. Santiago, President / CEO of Vocero Hispano Newspaper, Inc.

For more information about Audio Journal, go, call 508-797-1117. or email

For more information on Vocero Hispano Newspaper, please visit:, call 1-866-VHN-NEWS, or email


Audio Journal’s mission in Central Massachusetts is to connect individuals with a visual impairment, or an inability to access print material, to their communities through broadcasting of local news, information, and entertainment with exclusive programs and content.

Vocero Hispano Newspaper is a statewide Hispanic language newspaper, printed weekly since 1990, offering objective and informative news and information, a leader in Hispanic marketing in Massachusetts, published in print and online.
For more information visit:
Vocero Hipano Newpaper, Inc. | The Publishers Building, 44 Hamiliton Street, Southbridge, MA 01550
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WORCESTER, MA May 13, 2021 / Unity-News-Wire
Launched just weeks ago, SAFE4R is the first Global Social Protection App for smart devices.

It provides immediate support in the event of any crisis. This mobile app is redefining the concept of “safety in numbers” by using technology to simultaneously send Alert message to “witnesses” and livestream from your phone to all witnesses,  your location and recording files uploaded to the cloud for 6 months, notify local Police and much more.

“SAFE4R has far-reaching implications for personal safety. Each of us is a potential victim, every minute of every day.  Together we can create the SAFE4R Global Safety Net”    Rocky Wright (Developer)

The app can be activated by voice or button click, immediately notifying your designated “witnesses”, sending a livestream to them and to the cloud w      here it cannot be erased, and can also be given to the authorities.  The unique functions of this app are that it can alert all users with-in 1,500 sq. ft. of your  precise GPS data, enabling witnesses and first responders to locate you quickly.   The Safety Net provides a new layer of immediate response that works with the 911 system.
More than 45,000 users in an early beta test are now active with the Safety Net growing every day.   For more info, visit SAFE4R where there are links to YouTube explaining the technology.  For less than $0.20/day anyone can be Safe4r!   A free version is available with limited features. 
REFERRAL CODE:  Use URSAFE4R for a 15% off discount on all paid subscriptions
BY: BP Staff Editor for Science, Medicine and Technology
UNITY-NEWS-WIRE.  (© Alliance Media Group 2021)
Contact BP at for comments and corrections

Download "SAFE4R.Presser.21.5 - Safe4r Inc. Edits - Final for 5-13-21.pdf"

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Applying to College: A Virtual Panel
for Worcester Black and African

Please Join Us on Wednesday March 3rd from 6:00-7:00pm
  • Hear college admissions counselors clarify the college application process
  • Learn about benefits of attending a university in Worcester
  • Hear a current student’s perspective on the process
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions answered in a live Q&A
    Registration for event highly encouraged:
    Zoom Information:
    Hosted by Worcester State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Assumption University, and Clark University

We are Black people who live and/or work in Worcester. Our purpose is to address institutional and systemic racism and the inequities that exist for Black people in our society as it relates to the City of Worcester

February 22, 2021
Black Families Together (BFT) is encouraged by the steps that the City Manager and Mayor have taken to show their commitment towards addressing institutional and systemic racism in the city of Worcester. BFT has made many demands for city leaders to address institutional and systemic racism and the inequities that exist for Black people in our society as it relates to the city of Worcester.

In response to the communication filed by the City Manager for the Worcester City Council meeting on February 23, BFT recently became aware of this in-depth filing. As such, BFT will fully vet these filings and recommendations this week and will share a comprehensive response shortly.

In the interim, BFT offers the following response: The number one demand for our Education Reform and Policing/Criminal Justice Reform priority areas is to remove police officers from WPS.

As such, we are fully in support of the recommendation to remove police officers from WPS, however, we would like to see the timeline adjusted to an earlier date We fully support the Executive Order acknowledging that institutional and systemic racist exists in the departments of the city. Establishing a community/civilian review board was our third demand. We are disappointed that this was not included in the list of recommendations.

The Division of Investigations falls short of this demand. City employees investigating themselves is not reform. We hold firm on our demand that a community/civilian board is necessary to address institutional and systemic racism in the WPD and to have the accountability and transparency that all residents deserve.
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Beatriz Contes, Vice President, Renaissance Medical Group
774-420-2311, ext. 102

Sarai Rivera

Southbridge, MA – On Monday, February 22, Renaissance Medical Group (RMG) will begin offering one-on-one vaccine registration assistance to RMG patients and adult day health care members at the RMG Center for Health and Wellness - Southbridge. Bi-lingual caregivers will work directly with patients and members to explain the benefits of vaccination, identify vaccination appointment availability and complete appointment registrations. As a Latino healthcare provider, RMG is uniquely poised to help a community that has seen one of the highest infection rates, yet lowest vaccinations rates.
Recent data from the Kaiser Family Foundation highlights the largely disproportionate share of eligible Latinos registering and receiving COVID-19 vaccines, with non-Hispanic whites accounting for 81% of vaccines administered in MA, compared to only 5% of Hispanics. The Centers for Disease Control attributes this gap to language and technology barriers, as well as accessibility to medical facilities and vaccination sites.
Over the weekend, MA state legislators including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, State Rep. Nika Elugardo joined a roundtable hosted by Sen. Ed Markey to discuss the importance of improving access and distribution of the vaccine to underserved and communities of color.  In response to that dialogue, Jesus Suarez, CEO of RMG, says “We appreciate Sen. Markey’s leadership and the attention that he is bringing to the burden our communities have carried throughout this pandemic. We have seen that burden firsthand and RMG is ready and able to make a significant impact.”
For more information about RMG’s vaccination registration program, or to schedule a visit to the RMG Center for Health and Wellness, please contact RMG Vice President, Beatriz Contes at or 774-230-0391.
Renaissance Medical Group is a 360 health care company providing a wide-range of wellness programs and services including primary care, behavioral health, pharmacy, adult day health care, dental and in-home services. Our bi-lingual caregivers care for English and Spanish-speaking communities at locations in Lawrence, Springfield, Southbridge and Worcester.
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Community Organizer Job Description

Organizational Overview


Founded in 1993, Worcester Interfaith (WI) develops leaders & organizes power to work for Racial and Economic justice. We are a collective of congregations & community-based organizations in Worcester, MA which represent the racial, socio-economic & geographic diversity of the city. WI combines faith values, community organizing and leadership development  to engage our community  in issues that disproportionately affect residents of color, and those of low-income or newcomer status. Over the course of 25 years, we’ve leveraged community support & funding for neighborhood pools, parks & recreation, Community Schools, infrastructure improvements, workforce development & employment opportunities for youth & adults, education and health equity while advocating for policy changes at the local & state level.

Position Overview
Worcester Interfaith is looking for a Community Organizer to lead a few of our active campaigns including our Education Equity work. This includes organizing Parents and youth as well as working with our Faith and lay leaders with our member Congregations. The Organizer will work with new and existing organizing teams. The Organizer will engage our leaders in our campaigns, identify new leaders and work on identifying systems and policies of inequity. The Organizer will then work with leaders, WI and the community to identify strategies to address those inequities. We are looking for someone that is excited about relational organizing, leadership development and is investing in addressing issues of Systemic change.

Duties and Responsibilities

Congregational,  Community Leadership and Work in Coalition
  • Participate actively in our current and new coalitions: share ideas, build power analysis, contribute to campaign development, recruit community members to join and take public action to change policy
  • Support and convene Worcester Coalition for Educational Equity: 1:1 meetings with coalition members, cultivate strong relationships with members over time, maintain member list, schedule meetings, facilitate or co-facilitate, co-lead campaign planning and 
  • Represent Worcester Interfaith in calls on locally, statewide and nationally related to issues we are working on or interested in
  • Organize Parents and Youth
  • Create small groups of parents across the city to build a Network of Parents who have organized power
  • Work with Leaders of assigned congregations to build strong local organizing committees within member congregations
  • Facilitate active connections between Board members’ congregational social justice work, our coalitions, and other initiatives we hear about; motivate individuals and organizations to take deeper and more effective action over time
  • Maintain the issue work to which we are committed.
  • Coordinate the participation of leaders in training workshops and conduct sessions as needed
  • Regularly seek out and build relationships with new leaders and facilitate bringing in new member institutions/organizations (Particularly in Immigrant and Communities of Color as well as store front congregations)
  • Prepare materials for training session, printing handouts, technology and room set-up, prep flipchart etc.

Issue Development
  • Train leaders in the organizing model as laid out by MCAN, involving leaders in every step of the process.  Use that tool as a guide for identifying the issues that need to be addressed.
  • Support the development of leaders through regular one on ones to tackle the changes they are focused on in the most strategic and powerful way

Structural Development
  • Build an organizational culture based on strong relationships, a deep moral vision that shows up in public, and builds community.
  • Restructure the board to ensure a better balance of lay people and clergy, and to allow for the establishment of more ad hoc committees to carry out the work.
  • Staff Board committees; support annual meetings, conduct fundraisers, write and format newsletters, etc. as needed
  • Increase engagement with diverse congregations and congregations of color.
  • Revisit our membership and dues structure in order to ensure they don’t serve as barriers to participation.
  • Participate with the Board and Faith Leaders’ Caucus in an ongoing strategic planning process, including working with other leaders to give input and review
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly Staff-Meetings, strategic planning meetings, facilitating where needed and internal communications.
  • Attend and actively participate in bi-monthly Massachusetts Community Action Network (MCAN) All-Staff meetings, MCAN Leader Assemblies, and any other MCAN related trainings or events, including those
            which may be recommended in and out of state when appropriate.

Fundraising and Administrative
  • Work with leaders to engage and develop relationships with local businesses that can support the organization during the Annual Fundraiser
  • Coordinate with Executive Director to maintain Grant Calendar, crafting competitive grant proposals and building/maintaining relationships with foundation staff as needed
  • Coordinate leaders and staff for foundation site visits, facilitate those meetings;
  • Finalize and submit a minimum of one grant application by the end of the fiscal year. 

  • Develop a working knowledge of the issues, challenges, history and political environment of the city of Worcester and surrounding towns
  • Reflect on the power analysis of the political, economic and religious leaders and structures of the city of Worcester and surrounding towns
  • Meet weekly with Executive Director for one on one coaching, development, supervision, and project support
  • Provide written content for newsletter as needed; coordinate and collect      written material from leaders for newsletter as needed
  • Engage in rebranding, including drafting a new mission statement and developing a strategic and robust communications program (website, social media and email).

  • High level of consciousness and/or a willingness to learn and engage in conversations around race, class, gender, and faith/spirituality
  • Two to five years’ experience, with an openness to being coached and developed further
  • Self-motivation, detail-oriented, able to take initiative and ownership of projects, and able to provide creative and strategic feedback in the planning process
  • High level of consciousness around race, class, and interfaith language and practice
  • Some experience or understanding of organizing work with an openness to being coached and developed further
  • A self-starter who’s detail-oriented, able to take initiative and ownership of projects, and able to provide creative and strategic feedback in the planning process 
  • Relational work style: ability to listen well, collaborate, tell stories, and coach effectively 
  • Other qualifications that would be helpful include language skills (especially Spanish), computer skills (Google Suite, Microsoft, etc), and basic grant writing or fundraising 

This is a full-time Salaried position. Salary commensurate with experience 

To apply: Please send an electronic file of your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in this position and your qualifications to

We will accept applications until the position is filled. Worcester Interfaith has a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion - people of color, women and members of other under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Worcester Interfaith ~ First Baptist Church, 111 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609
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Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance Continuum of Care is one of the recipients of HUD Renewed Funding to prevent homelessness

Contact: Leah Bradley, Executive Director                                            For Immediate Release
(508) 688-7375                                                                                           February 10, 2021                                                               

WORCESTER, MA- On January 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $2.5 billion in renewed support for local housing and homeless assistance across the nation. Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance Continuum of Care (CoC) is one of the three recipients receiving $7,188,853.00 to continue funding programs critical to preventing homelessness in Worcester and Worcester County.
The funding will support CMHA, as the lead agency for Worcester City and County Continuum of Care, to continue working with its seven partner agencies to implement eighteen CoC-funded Permanent Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing and Safe Haven programs, providing 402 units for families and/or individuals experiencing homelessness. Additionally, the funding will fund three non-housing projects, Homeless Management Information System, Coordinated Assessment, and Planning, supporting CoC efforts to plan, coordinate and gather important data to inform and shape homeless prevention services and policy.
“Every day we hear stories of people desperate to find shelter and resources to keep them safe from this pandemic. No one should have to put their head on the pillow at night without shelter and resources to keep them and their families safe. People experiencing homelessness and those on the verge of becoming homeless are under immense strain. This funding is critical to make sure that our most vulnerable community members have shelter and the supports they need,” said Leah Bradley, Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance Executive Director.
"We are the richest country on the planet, and it is simply unacceptable for any of our fellow Americans to experience homelessness," said Congressman Jim McGovern. "Fortunately, there are amazing groups such as the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance that are working to assist families that have fallen on hard times. I am so glad that this federal funding will help organizations working to make a difference in our community, and I'm proud of our state and our congressional delegation for advocating support for HUD programs that prevent homelessness. America can and must do more to address the issues that trap so many families in the cycle of poverty."
View a complete listing of HUD grantees and local programs by state by visiting the HUD's website
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Press Release:
Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Worcester, Massachusetts
February 8, 2021

BOSTON A coalition of Black and Hispanic/Latino/a residents of Worcester today filed a federal voting rights lawsuit alleging that the City’s at-large system for electing School Committee members discriminates against communities of color. The plaintiffs also include community organizations Worcester Interfaith and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Worcester Branch.
According to the lawsuit, the use of an at-large system for all seats on the Worcester School Committee dilutes the voting power of minority voters in Worcester, violating the federal Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
Worcester is the second largest city in Massachusetts and second largest city in New England. Communities of color in Worcester make up nearly half of the City’s overall population (approximately 44%), with the largest minority populations being Hispanic/Latino/a (21.3%) and Black (12.1%). This represents an increase of 574% and 500%, respectively, of these populations since 1980. The student population of Worcester Public Schools, over which the School Committee presides, is even more diverse. In the 2019-2020 school year, 43.1% of students identified as Hispanic/Latino/a and 16.9% identified as Black or African American. Despite this composition and the rapid growth of the Hispanic/Latino/a and Black communities, Worcester’s six- member School Committee is all-white and with very few exceptions, has been all-white during the course of the City’s history.
The courts have ruled that at-large systems such as Worcester’s are unfair and illegal. Worcester’s winner-take-all system deprives communities of color of the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice,” said Oren M. Sellstrom of Lawyers for Civil Rights, one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.
The right of representation is fundamental to our democracy. Worcester’s communities of color deserve to have their voices heard, especially as crucial decisions are made by the School Committee directly impacting the children and families of those communities,” said Rebecca MacDowell Lecaroz, partner at Brown Rudnick LLP, who is leading a team of attorneys representing the plaintiffs on a pro bono basis.
The complaint filed today describes the City’s “polarized voting,” whereby the predominantly white voting electorate consistently defeats the candidates preferred by minority communities. The complaint cites the example of the 2019 election, in which the six School Committee candidates (all of whom were white) who received most support in the ten whitest precincts in the City all won election. By contrast, candidates of color who were strongly supported in the ten most diverse precincts in the City were unable to secure enough votes citywide to win office.
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Voting Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Worcester, Massachusetts
We have serious disparities in the Worcester Public Schools impacting our students of color who make up 70% of the schools’ population. These disparities are directly linked to policies that fall under the purview of our all-white School Committee, which is not accountable to communities of color. The current all at-large School Committee structure makes it impossible to have fair representation and policies and infrastructure needed for our students to thrive,” said Isabel Gonzalez-Webster, Executive Director of Worcester Interfaith. We need to change Worcester’s electoral system in order to have true representative democracy and to deliver equal educational opportunity to every Worcester Public School student.
“We need fair representation in the Worcester Public School System,” agreed Fred Taylor, President of the NAACP, Worcester Branch. “Changing the current election system regarding the School Committee would be a good start.
Nelly Medina, a Latina resident of Worcester and a plaintiff in the lawsuit, added, Without appropriate and equitable representation on the School Committee, Worcester’s communities of color will never get anywhere with creating the schools that our children deserve, especially around addressing racial disciplinary disparities.” Medina attended the Worcester Public Schools and she has a child currently attending Worcester Public Schools.
Worcester is the last large city in the Commonwealth to elect its School Committee through an all at-large plurality electoral system. Other cities and towns in the Commonwealth have moved to a system that includes at least some district-based seats. In a district-based system, a city is divided into a number of districts, and residents of each of those districts vote for their own representative on the School Committee (as Worcester currently does for some of its City Council members). In 2019, following two years of litigation, the City of Lowell settled a similar federal lawsuit filed by Lawyers for Civil Rights, ultimately agreeing to change to a district-based electoral system for both the School Committee and City Council.
Elected bodies should reflect the diversity of their communities and this lawsuit seeks to change Worcester’s School Committee election system to a fairer system, to provide opportunity greater diversity and neighborhood representation.
About Brown Rudnick LLP
Brown Rudnick combines ingenuity with experience to achieve great outcomes for our clients. We deliver partner-driven services, incentivize our lawyers to collaborate in the client’s best interest, and put excellence before scale. We have more than 250 lawyers and government relations professionals across the United States and Europe. Last year alone, the Firm represented clients based in more than 90 countries in disputes and transactions.
Brown Rudnick is deeply committed to public service. Pro bono work is an integral part of our culture. Our lawyers, paralegals, and professional staff dedicate their time and talents to help individuals and organizations pursue civil rights and racial justice and in other matters.
About Lawyers for Civil Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education, and advocacy in collaboration with law firms and community partners. We focus on impact areas that represent the front lines in today’s battle for equality and justice. LCR is headquartered in Boston. We represent clients across Massachusetts and surrounding communitiesand the impact of our life-changing work ripples across the country.
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About NAACP Worcester
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, thousands of dedicated members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
About Worcester Interfaith
Founded in 1993, Worcester Interfaith is a multi-issue, multi-racial broad-based community organization, comprised of 21 dues- paying institutions that reflect the religious, racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity of the City. Worcester Interfaith has built bridges between congregational and community leaders and across religious, socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic boundaries to accomplish much in the areas of jobs, neighborhood improvements, public safety, education and youth, and draw attention to the disproportionate ways in which these issues affect low-income and minority populations.
Media Contacts:
Paul Liu
Brown Rudnick LLP
+1 (617) 856-8200

Oren Sellstrom
Lawyers for Civil Rights
+1 (617) 988-0608
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Here it is!!!! Civil service has listed the police officers' exam for 2021.


Application Period Begins: January 27, 2021

Application Deadline: April 20, 2021*
Notices to Appear for Written Exam: TBD; See the Next Step below.

Written Examination Beginning Date: June 12, 2021

Score Release Date: TBD
Employment/Experience (E/E) Last Day to Appeal: TBD
Eligible List Established Date: TBD

Examination Processing Fee for ONLY Municipal Police and MBTA Transit Police: $100

Examination Processing Fee for ONLY State Trooper: $100

Examination Processing Fee for Municipal Police, Transit Police AND State Trooper: $150

*There is an additional $50 late fee for applications received after this date. Applications will not be accepted after May 4, 2021.

Written examination location: Various sites across the Commonwealth
Eligibility:    Entry-level, open to public


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Apply for the 2021 Municipal Police Officer, MBTA Transit Police Officer and State Trooper Exam!

Notice to Appear for Examination: TBD
Two weeks before the examination date you will receive a notice to appear by e-mail.  The notice will tell you the location and the time to appear for your examination.  Please check your junk or spam mail folder for the e-mail before contacting this officer's

Score Release Date: TBD
You will receive your examination results by email.

Employment/Experience (E/E) Last Day to Appeal: TBD
Eligible List Established Date: TBD
When the eligible list is established you will be able to view your rank on the online list.


Find the application for 2021 Municipal Police Officer, MBTA Transit Police Officer and State Trooper exams/

Read about the exam information in the 2021 Municipal Police Officer, MBTA Transit Police Officer and State Trooper exams and find out if you’re eligible to take the exams.

Click Apply in the top right corner of the exam poster and follow the instructions to submit your application.

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The New England Chapter of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC) has launched it “Best” awards to highlight inclusive, diverse projects, media and creative works initiated in New England.

For more information, see below or go to NAMIC New England's website, by clicking here
Submit your entry: The competition is is open for entries by communications professionals, creatives, corporations, micro-firms, nonprofits, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leaders for work completed in 2020.
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City Council Sends ShotSpotter Connect Proposal to Subcommittee

January 20, 2021
Contact:​ ​ All quotes attributable to Defund WPD
City Council Sends ShotSpotter Connect Proposal to Subcommittee
On Tuesday night, the Worcester City Council delayed the implementation of the controversial ShotSpotter Connect predictive policing proposal by sending the Chief and City Manager’s plan to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee for public review and discussion. City Council also instructed the City Manager to hold direct conversations with both Black Families Together and Worcester Interfaith, two community-based organizations actively working to address systemic racism within the Worcester Police Department.
Clearly, City officials did not fully comprehend this program. Many Councilors and Deputy Police Chief Paul Saucier conflated ShotSpotter Flex -- a program that the City already uses and pays for -- with the more expensive and expansive ShotSpotter Connect, the predictive policing program in question.
Officials also repeatedly insisted that without facial recognition or personal data, the AI could avoid racial bias in its decision-making. Unfortunately, these programs would rely on Worcester's historical crime data -- data which is inherently biased and prejudiced. As AI researcher Rashida Richardson says, ​“I don’t understand how [municipalities] can be actively dealing with settlement negotiations concerning racially biased practices and still think that data resulting from those practices is okay to use.”​ Considering Worcester’s segregated neighborhoods and the WPD’s own history in court, it seems likely that ShotSpotter Connect would make crime models based on faulty premises.
We thank Councilors King, Rivera, Rose, Rosen, and Russell for listening to their constituents, researching this issue on their own, parsing out the actual issues at hand, and encouraging further investigation.
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last Spring, our city government promised reforms to the WPD. Instead, it has continued to accept the status quo: increasing the police budget, stonewalling investigations into police officer misconduct, avoiding discussions with the Board of Health, and remaining silent when the police chief claimed racism doesn’t exist in the WPD (even as multiple lawsuits demonstrate otherwise). Now, not only has city government increased the $53 million police budget by another $150,000, but it attempted to do so by side-stepping the transparency requirements of the budgetary process. We hope the Worcester community continues to join us in encouraging local government steer money away from policing and towards education, employment, housing, and public health.
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Black excellence academy flyer updated


For families with children in grades 1-6.  Unique opportunity to accelerate learning, improve self esteem and knowledge of Black History and Culture. This free virtual afterschool program has very limited seats.  Application link and flyer below. Stay well, Stacey