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Dream Act Information Session

Come and learn What is the DREAM Act?
Why is the DREAM Act needed?
What is the DREAM Act’s current status?


ICE/Secure Communities Program Information Session


Do you want to know what is the Secure Communities Program that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is implementing?

Do you want to know how this Program is affecting immigrant communities?

Do you want to take action and support a campaign that seeks to educate people abut the effects of this Program on the immigrant community?

Come to Centro Presente and participate in an informative session about the Secure Communities Program.


SAVE THE DATE! Get to Know your elected officials in Somerville

As part of our on-going civic participation campaign, ‘Our Voices, Our Vote,’ Centro Presente is organizing an ‘ENCUENTRO’ with our local elected officials. This will be an informal and bilingual space for the Latino immigrant community to meet and interact with their elected officials and discuss issues relevant to the people of Somerville. For more information please contact: Patricia Montes at (617) 629 47 31 ext. 211 Lindsey Hoemann at (617) 629 4731 ext. 229

Press Release

This Summer Centro Presente is Offering Classes of Spanish for Social Change!

Come to Centro Presente and learn to speak, write and understand Spanish within a political, social and cultural context.

Through our Spanish classes students will learn about Latin American culture and history, and the story of the Latino immigrant experience in the Unites States.

We encourage and involve students in solidarity activities through a variety of programs, and provide a first-hand opportunity to encounter the reality of the Latin American immigrant community.


Centro Presente's Annual Family Cruise


Come support us and be part of the movement for social and economic justice.

Join us for our annual Family Cruise.

Enjoy a fun summer evening on Boston Harbor with family, community and friends. Try a bite of delicious Latino food, dance to the beat of live music, and participate in our raffle!

Where & When

Boston Harbor

One Long Wharf

Sunday, August 15, 2010

From 4:00 PM to 7:00PM


General Admission: $30

Members: $25


Community Clinic about TPS!

What: Centro Presente is holding a Community Clinic about TPS to remind and motivate eligible Salvadorans to renew their Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

When: Saturday, July 31st from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: 17 Inner Belt Road, Somerville, MA

Somerville, MA – Centro Presente reminds members of the Salvadoran community who are eligible to renew their Temporary Protected Status (TPS).


Romero Truth Award 2010

Video produced for the Presentation of the Monsenor Romero Truth Award to Dolores Huerta.

Centro in the News

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.

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.

Centro in the News

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.