Building permit backing denied for controversial developer after public outcry by tenants, small businesses

The outcry over the track record of the developer of a Forest Hills property under consideration by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council zoning committee came from many sources. Criticism came in forms as immediate as Egleston Square merchants waving eviction court summons, and as wide-reaching as tenants who had traveled or sent messages from Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Chinatown and Chelsea to testify about abuses they had endured.


Five miles south of Boston’s city center, in the neighborhood of Dorchester, an empty white house sits at the junction of Norwell and Athelwold streets. Rising from the peak of its roof is a red brick chimney and, next to it, a long, silver spear. It’s an uncommon roof ornament for a neighborhood of mostly working-class families—not as busy with prongs as the iconic rake antennae, and curiously taller than the chimney it parallels. But when members of Boston activist organization City Life/Vida Urbana occupied this house on the morning of June 7, the roof antenna was one of the first, and most pivotal, announcements of their arrival.
Publication Date:  Mon, 06/30/2014

Activists continue protest over housing access

The activists rallied at a Dorchester house thatahomeless family was evicted from. A coalition of community groups protested outside a foreclosed Dorchester home Tuesday and called for more affordable housing in Boston. The group, made up of seven nonprofit organizations, took to Norwell Street for the second time this week. Over the weekend, the group attempted to move a homeless family into the vacant house, only to be driven out by law enforcement officials, said Darnell Johnson, a coalition spokesman.
Publication Date:  Wed, 06/11/2014

Protestors occupy vacant house, rally for housing

Posted on July 21, 2014
Activists rallied on Saturday in Dorchester at a home that they took over to make a statement: Housing is a human right. “The hardest part of battling eviction is the not knowing, Lavette Sealls said. “You’re always living on edge because you know eventually you might have to move,” she said. “You go on fighting as hard as you can.” The 58-year-old Hyde Park resident told her story to a crowd of more than 60 at a rally for affordable housing in Dorchester on Saturday. The day’s main event was the occupation of a vacant home owned by Fannie Mae, a symbolic step toward reclaiming a neighborhood plagued by rising housing costs that have led to foreclosures and evictions.

Book Launch Reception for Dawn Belkin-Martinez

 Social Justice in Clinical Practice is a “case” focused text, with each chapter consisting of an  introduction to the setting, brief literature review of the specific population, case discussion, interventions, and reflections.   I  think our book could be useful for social workers, psychologists, counselors, educators, community organizers, anyone really, who is interested in integrating a social justice framework into their ongoing practice.  (See attached flyer).   



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