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• Two Boston Starbucks first in the state to unionize

The Coolidge Corner and Allston stores in the Boston area won union elections, becoming the first unionized locations in the state. Both elections were unanimous. “This victory is all of ours collectively — not just our stores, but our community and every worker here and around the world,” said Tyler Daguerre, a barista at the Brookline Booksmith at Coolidge Corner. “This is a sign that we’re not going to take corporate greed. This is us standing up and fighting back.” - WGBH

Massachusetts COVID-19 cases increasing again

The COVID-19 positivity rate in Massachusetts is now up to three percent as cases start to rise again, including in Boston. Dr. Paul Sax, the clinical director of the infectious disease clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said recent wastewater data in Boston is back to mid-February levels. “After being low in the early part of March it’s been steadily increasing over the last several weeks. It’s impossible to predict how high it’s going to go. The slope of increase is not as steep as it was with omicron,” Sax said. - WBZ-TV

Local Organizations

Coalition for Social Justice - A grassroots organization founded in 1994 that is committed to providing outreach and information to those affected by poverty. They aim to develop leadership within low-income communities, create a network of volunteers, build coalitions, provide information and hold elected officials accountable.

Communities for Restorative Justice - Communities for Restorative Justice focuses on strengthening the community by engaging them in conversations about conflict. In partnership with 25 cities and towns, they listen and support victims, hold offenders accountable and work directly with police departments on a restorative justice program.

Lawyers for Civil Rights - A Boston-based organization that represents, supports, and protects the rights of people of color and immigrants across impact areas that include promoting racial justice and combating police brutality and misconduct. LCR represents Hope Coleman, the mother of Terrence Coleman, a 31-year old Black man who was fatally shot by a Boston police officer in 2016.

The Massachusetts Bail Fund - The Massachusetts Bail Fund works to post bail of up to $2,000 for low-income individuals in Middleton House of Correction, Suffolk County House of Corrections and Nashua Street Jail. They will also cover any bail commissioner fees.

Bikes Not Bombs - Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change to achieve economic mobility for Black and other marginalized people in Boston.

Hyde Square Task Force - HSTF was founded on the belief that communities are stronger when we take care of our youth. By harnessing their potential, we not only help youth navigate adolescence, but support them in becoming the changemakers of today and our future. HSTF was formed in the 1980s by a coalition of neighbors and leaders coming together to address the growing violence and related challenges facing the Hyde/Jackson neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.

Roca - Roca’s mission is to be a relentless force in disrupting incarceration, poverty, and racism by engaging the young adults, police, and systems at the center of urban violence in relationships to address trauma, find hope, and drive change.

Jane Doe Inc. - At Jane Doe Inc., we work to amplify the voices of all who are impacted by sexual and domestic violence and to undo the social injustices that perpetuate an abuse of power. We work with our coalition members and a host of public and private partners to create policies and explore innovative solutions that improve the lives of survivors. We seek to prevent gender-based violence by changing the lens through which people view the experiences of survivors and by promoting equity and justice for everyone.

The Greater Boston Food Bank - Through the compassion and commitment of our supporters, staff, partners and volunteers, the Greater Boston Food Bank takes a bold, innovative and multi-pronged approach to achieve our mission to end hunger here. GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, we distributed 98.8 million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to have enough to eat. We are committed to increasing our food distribution to provide three meals a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and healthy communities.

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Gleaners Community Food Bank has become a lifeline for so many affected by the ongoing pandemic crisis. Our at-risk neighbors including seniors, veterans, and health care patients have faced decreased access to available resources.

The Greater Boston Food Bank’s annual Spring for Meals campaign raises money to help provide fresh produce to families and individuals in need across Eastern Massachusetts.

This year, our goal is to raise enough money to purchase and distribute 29 millions pounds of fruits and vegetables. Thanks to our matching sponsors at Delta Air Lines and McDermott Will & Emery, your impact will DOUBLE (up to $100,000).

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