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Ex-Popeyes workers in Boston paid owed wages

It was an embarrassing end to an embarrassing episode for former Massachusetts state transportation secretary Richard L. Taylor on Thursday. The prominent advocate for people of color in Boston settled accusations he stiffed black and Latino employees of his Popeye’s fast-food chicken restaurant out of thousands of dollars in wages.


Community Potluck

Please help us to celebrate the summer and join us for a fun event that will bring our community, allies and friends together in an outdoor celebration of Latin American food, music and culture here at Centro Presente.

Bring your family, friends and a plate to share. We’ll share with you our achievements and challenges in grassroots organizing in the Latino immigrant community.  We would like to spend some time with you all, hear your thoughts and share a summer afternoon together as a community, united “en la lucha” for social justice.

Press Release

VICTORY for Popeye's workers!

After almost a year of organizing and demanding that their rights be respected and their hard-earned work recognized, Centro Presente declares victory for Popeye’s workers.

Press Release

Student Immigrant Movement and its allies will deliver to members of the Conference Committee over 1,000 signatures in opposition to the anti-immigrant amendments to the state budget and hold a press conference

Media Contacts

José Palma - Student Immigrant Movement (781) 244-3357
Patricia Montes - Centro Presente (617) 959-3108

Student Immigrant Movement and its allies will deliver to members of the Conference Committee over 1,000 signatures in opposition to the anti-immigrant amendments to the state budget and hold a press conference.


Press Conference and presentation of over 1,000 signatures against Anti Immigrant amendments. Featured speakers include spokespeople from:

Press Release

Centro Presente's Youth Program, 'Pintamos Nuestro Mundo/We Paint Our World', Presents its 'Vision for Social Change' Photography Exhibition and Supports the Student Immigrant Movement Vigil

What: Press ConferenceWhen: Tuesday, June 15th,11:00 AM
Where: MA State House, Hearing Room B2- Bowdoin Street entrance of the State House
Who: State Representative Denise Provost, State Senator Patricia D. Jehlen, Dimas Avila, Centro Presente Youth Member, Patricia Montes, Centro Presente’s Executive Director, José Palma, Lead Organizer, Student Immigrant Movement

Radio Show mp3

DREAM Act and SB1070

The youth from Pintamos Nuestro Mundo interview José Palma from the Student Immigrant Movement about the DREAM Act and SB1070 in Arizona. (Spanish)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.