Centro In the News


Ex-Popeyes Boston workers receive back wages

BOSTONAdvocates say a group of Latino immigrants and black workers have been paid back wages they were owed from a now-closed Boston Popeyes franchise owned by a former state transportation secretary.

Centro Presente, an immigrant rights group based in Somerville, made the announcement Thursday at a news conference at Boston City Hall. The group said five workers had been owed back pay totaling $9,748.

Boston Globe

Ex-Popeyes franchise owner is fined

A Harvard-educated businessman who cracked the racial barrier to become state transportation secretary in the 1990s has been fined for failing to pay thousands of dollars in wages to immigrant workers at a Popeyes chicken franchise in Boston.

In May, the state attorney general’s office ordered owner Richard L. Taylor and restaurant manager Reba Danastorg to pay $9,748 in wages to five workers at the popular chicken chain in Kenmore Square, which closed a few months ago. The state also fined them a total of $5,000.

Boston Globe

Activists rally against Senate immigration crackdown

Several dozen activists gathered on Boston Common today to protest a crackdown on illegal immigrants passed this week by the state Senate.

Calling the intiative “discriminatory” and “shameful,” leaders of several immigrant organizations urged Beacon Hill to reject the measure, which still must pass the House and be signed by the governor to become law.

Somerville Journal

Somerville tries to ensure immigrants are counted in Census

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Immigrant advocacy groups are reaching out to Somerville’s foreign-born residents through special events, community meetings and foreign-language media to ease fears about participating in the U.S. Census and ensure they are counted.


Mass. Immigrant Group To Honor Civil Rights Icon

BOSTON (AP) ― A Massachusetts immigrant rights group is scheduled to honor a civil rights leader from the Chicano Movement.

Centro Presente (SIN’-troh pre-SIN-teh) is slated Wednesday to award Dolores Huerta (WERH-tah) its “Monsignor Romero Truth Award.” The award, named after Archbishop Oscar Romero who was assassinated in El Salvador after speaking out against the Salvadoran government, honors those who advocate on behalf on migrant workers.

Bay State Banner

Immigrant rights groups combat negative media perceptions

Throughout his campaign for president, Barak Obama pushed a platform that included immigration reform.

But as Congressional wrangling turned “yes we can” into “not this year,” the fate of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants receded to political purgatory.

In a bid to get immigration reform back on track, a national coalition of immigrant rights groups are taking their fight to the media, calling on newspapers, broadcast media and talk shows to stop what they say is a pattern of degrading depictions of immigrants.

The Somerville News

News from Centro Presente

Winter 2009 update

On Thursday, December 10th over 400 immigrant workers of An­gelica Textile Services in Somerville initiated a strike after month-long negotiations for a new contract between the workers, represented by UFCW Local 1445, and the nation-wide corporation failed. Angelica provides laundry and linen services to area hospitals and healthcare facilities through its Somerville facilities located across the street from the offices of Centro Presente.

Somerville Journal

Centro Presente launches 'Our Voices, our Vote'

Centro Presente is launching ‘Our Voices, Our Vote’ a civic participation campaign, with a press conference featuring elected officials and active members of Centro Presente who are U.S. citizens.

Boston Globe

Globe Photos of the Week

Patricia Montes (right) with Centro Presente, an organization that works for the rights of immigrants, joined those who showed up at the State House Aug. 5 to show their support for James Harney (left), as he started what he calls “Longest Walk,” which will take him from the State House to New Bedford and then New Haven. Harney is trying to bring attention to immigrants’ rights.