Big Labor in MA Endorses MORE Republicans While Clutching Their Pearls About Dem Loyalty

More whining — today in the Boston Herald — from the state’s powerful labor unions about a lack of loyalty that they expect from Democratic consulting firm “Dewey Square Group” because they have the audacity to represent the “No on 1” campaign against setting nursing staffing ratios in Massachusetts. “It’s not just that they’re working for them, it’s the tactics…

We Are Lawrence Strong

On September 14, 2018, the unthinkable happened in Lawrence, MA when the pressure in the natural gas lines reached a breaking point and exploded. Luckily, most will never have to experience the terror that gripped South Lawrence (as well as Andover and N. Andover) families as they frantically evacuated their neighborhoods as houses exploded and caught fire. After all was…

The Opioid Crisis: We Must Do More

It’s a cold day in Boston and soon our faces will be visited by the sweet sting of arctic air. However, not all among us will be able to seek refuge from it, particularly the homeless, many of whom have been struck down by opioid addiction. The opioid crisis is real and it is here in our communities. For those…

Midterms 2018: Going Beyond the Ballot

Democracy isn’t a spectator sport, so why does it sometimes feel like it? Many diverse communities across the commonwealth remain politically disengaged. Often, there is so much going on in life that the easiest (and sometimes sanest) thing to do is to focus on things inside your “circle of influence” and not focus on “complex political issues.”  I get it,…

Child Separation: What is Happening Now?

Back in June, school was getting out and the beginning of summer was upon us. Here in Massachusetts, many kids were excited, ready for the warm weather and summer activities. Unbeknownst to many of our young ones, at the very same time, other people’s children and their families were escaping their countries to seek asylum in the United States. Latin…

Education Edna: EXPECT US

Last night Massachusetts Parents United Deputy Director of Organizing Ed Shoemaker and I attended the book release party for the Pioneer Institute’s new book about the history of charter schools in Massachusetts. We got to know Ed a few weeks ago — he is a father passionate about education, poverty and breaking the school to prison pipeline. At the end…

News: Massachusetts is Number One, but only for Some

If you haven’t already heard, the report, “#1 for Some: Opportunity and Achievement in Massachusetts,” released by the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership reinforces what we already know: Massachusetts’ education system is working for some, but certainly not all. Findings include the stat that fewer than 1 in 3 Black and Latino 4th graders are on grade level in reading—half the rate for the…

A Letter to Commissioner Riley: Not a Number

Dear Commissioner Riley, My name is Keri Rodrigues Lorenzo and I am a survivor of the Somerville Public Schools. My experience there left me feeling hopeless and abandoned. I received my GED from the Boston Public Schools in 1996. I am now the mother of three little boys, Matthew, Miles and David. I know you have been traveling around the…