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Algunos Logros de Cento Presente en 2010

A slide show presented at Centro Presente’s 2010 Member Assembly (text in Spanish).



A short video of the activities of the Massachusetts chapter of NALACC in 2010. Presented at the 7th Annual NALACC Member Assembly held in Boston, 12-14 November 2010.

Radio Show mp3

NALACC Interview (Español)

Patricia Montes (Executive Director of Centro Presente) interviews Angela Sanbrano and Oscar Chacón (Executive Committee President and Executive Director, respectively) of the National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities (NALACC) on the occasion of the 7th Annual NALACC Member Assembly held in Boston, MA, 12-14 November, 2010.


Centro Presente's Annual Holiday Fiesta!!

Centro Presente Invites you to our Annual Holiday Party!
Un año más de lucha!

DATE: Friday, December 17
TIME: From 7:00 to 12:00 AM
LOCATION: Somerville City Club
20 Inner Belt Road
Somerville, MA 02143
PRICES: General Admission $40
Children under 12 $10

We will have music, raffles and Latin American food!
Proceeds will support our organizing work and campaigns

Centro in the News

Somerville Aldermen pass DREAM Act

The Board of Aldermen last week unanimously voted to support a federal move to give children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

“This is the only country that these kids have ever known,” said Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gerwitz, who introduced the resolution.  “Let’s invest in them.”


Centro in the News

Group: Illegals are paying fair share

A leading immigrant advocate insisted yesterday there are plenty of illegal aliens who work hard, pay taxes and pay for their own health care, as she blasted critics of a $50 million health-care program that provides free emergency treatment for undocumented residents.

“People need to know immigrants are paying for these services too,” said Patricia Montes, executive director of Somerville-based Centro Presente.

Centro in the News

Mass. immigrant group to hold Boston police forum

An immigrant advocacy group is planning a forum on the Boston police’s participation in a federal program that checks the immigration status of people who are arrested.

Centro Presente, a Somerville-based group that opposes the “Secure Communities” program, has scheduled the forum for Sunday in East Boston. The group is also planning a campaign to get Boston police to end participation in the program.

Centro in the News

Aldermen Unanimously Support the DREAM Act

News from The Welcome Project: After weeks of testimony, advocacy and hard work, the youth of the Welcome Project and Centro Presente took a breath to celebrate Thursday night after the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously in favor of a local resolution supporting federal DREAM Act legislation.

Two youth — both Somerville public school students — spoke to the aldermen last night, continuing to make their case.

Centro in the News

Somerville aldermen pass resolution supporting DREAM act

Aldermen voted unanimously tonight to support a federal resolution that would give children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

Immigration advocates and their supporters applauded after the resolution was passed at tonight’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

The DREAM Act, under consideration in Congress, would give young people a chance to become legal residents or citizens if they attend college or serve in the military while meeting other requirements.

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Workers Rights Committee

Discussion with members of Centro Presente’s Workers Rights Committee.