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Video

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.

Event

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.

WHAT

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)

Centro in the News

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.