Monday, October 03, 2022


 Committee of 100 Condemns The Recent Anti-Asian Slurs Used By

Former President Donald Trump
New York, NY (October 3, 2022) — The following statement was issued today by Zhengyu Huang, President of Committee of 100:

“The racist slurs and hate that former U.S. President Donald Trump directed against former U.S. Secretary of Labor and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao was deplorable, disgusting, and inexcusable. This type of language only contributes to the vicious cycle of hatred, bigotry and violence directed at Chinese Americans and the AAPI community. An attack on Asian Americans, be it verbal or physical, is an attack on all Americans. We cannot sit idly by and allow racially charged language to go unchecked. Words have meaning, and racially charged words have consequences. We strongly condemn the language used by former President Donald Trump and urge groups and organizations across all communities to join with Committee of 100 in making such behaviors unacceptable in American life.”



$6.9 million provided to organizations providing substance use services

BOSTON - Monday, October 3, 2022 - Mayor Wu and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today announced a number of investments and initiatives expanding access to substance use services and recovery supports throughout the City of Boston. The new investments, supported by $6.9 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, will increase street outreach, expand work opportunities to individuals experiencing substance use, and make recovery and harm reduction services available to more residents throughout Boston’s neighborhoods.

This expanded access includes the establishment of two new low-threshold, daytime spaces offering harm reduction services and medical and treatment referrals, while maintaining reduced barriers to entry. The facilities will provide access to food, water, and bathrooms. Additionally, they will offer support groups and wellness activities. The new spaces will be managed by Whittier Street Community Health Center at their Tremont Street location in Roxbury and Victory Programs Inc., which will add harm reduction services to the Boston Living Center located in Back Bay. 

“These steps move us closer to ensuring that every person impacted by substance use is connected to city services and has a path to a safe, stable recovery," said Mayor Michelle Wu. "These two new low-threshold daytime spaces will expand our comprehensive approach to supporting unsheltered individuals with substance use disorder and fill critical gaps in the continuum of care. I’m grateful to Whittier Street Community Health Center and Victory Programs for partnering with us to lower barriers and connect more residents with the care they need, where they are."

In May, Mayor Wu announced the city would open two new daytime centers to bring more services to more communities. These new sites will support the City’s continued public health driven response to supporting unsheltered individuals experiencing substance use disorder. 

“Whittier Street Community Health Center and Victory Programs have exceptional track records providing equity-focused care and a broad continuum of health care services, and their partnership is crucial to achieving our goal of providing a person-centered and compassionate response to substance use disorder,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission and Commissioner of Public Health. “Recovery cannot happen without comprehensive support systems and a strong community. The low-threshold day spaces and other investments announced today will make services accessible to more communities, allow us to be creative in our approaches and tailor our responses to truly meet the needs of the people of Boston.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission to launch a day center at Whittier that will support members of our community. This Center is an extension of our mission, and we are uniquely positioned within the city to respond to the unyielding epidemic of untreated addiction and mental health among transient populations, as well as reach individuals needing any medical and social services to help improve their overall well-being, said Frederica M. Williams, President & CEO of Whittier Street Health Center. “This is an incredibly important initiative for the city of Boston to undertake, and we are proud to partner with them on this.”

“Thanks to BPHC and the City of Boston, we’re able to expand our low-threshold program offerings. Victory Programs has long been committed to helping the most vulnerable citizens of our city,” said Sarah Porter, Executive Director of Victory Programs. “By offering judgment-free services in a safe and welcoming setting, we continue the Boston Living Center's proud tradition of making community for those who need it most." 

Another initiative that expands services to neighborhoods across the city is the creation of Neighborhood Engagement Teams, which will engage individuals experiencing substance use and housing issues and refer them to services. The teams will also distribute education to businesses and collaborate to identify local needs and solutions. These teams will be led by Torchlight Recovery Group in Nubian Square and East Boston Community Health Center. Through the request for proposals, the Boston Public Health Commission sought organizations to support community engagement teams for up to three neighborhoods identified as high need. Eligible neighborhoods include Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and East Boston as determined by three indicators, the CDC’s social vulnerability index, the number of Boston EMS responses to opioid overdoses, and the number of 311 requests related to unsheltered individuals. 

"Torchlight has deep roots in the Nubian community and our engagement staff bring perspective and nuance to the work they do supporting businesses and connecting with individuals in need of services,” said Minister Randy Muhammad, Director of Torchlight Recovery Group. “We are grateful to receive funding and work towards the goal of ensuring that everyone in Nubian Square can access resources and achieve wellness."

Additionally, funding will be provided to the following initiatives and organizations:

Low-threshold work programs, giving individuals experiencing substance use disorder the means of earning income and fostering a sense of self-efficacy.

  • Addiction Recovery Resources, to stipend peers in return for collecting improperly discarded syringes off the ground and pre-employment opportunities and wellness referrals. 
  • Newmarket Business Association, to offer a holistic program including pay per day work program with opportunity for employment, case management, and wellness referrals. 

Recovery Community Organizations

  • The Phoenix, to run wellness and community programming free of charge to anyone with 48 hours of abstinence from substances.
  • Gavin Foundation, to fund the opening of a new residential program for women.  
  • NamaStay Sober, to provide wellness and meditation programming to people in recovery, as well as gym memberships.
  • Resources for Recovery, to establish a referral site in the Hyde Park area, offering support groups and education to care givers of people experiencing SUD.

“The most urgent issues in this City are the opioid crisis and homelessness. I have seen firsthand how detrimental the COVID-19 pandemic has been to such individuals, and I knew that I needed to allocate the ARPA federal funding to help combat such issues,” said Councilor Erin Murphy. “As the Council Chair of Public Health, Homelessness, and Recovery, I strongly advocated to bring much-needed funding to public health nonprofits and recovery programs. These organizations build a pipeline to a community rooted in inclusivity and connection for those in recovery. They are a massive part of the solution but are limited by their funding.”

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has also deepened our behavioral health pandemic, and I’m very proud that the Boston City Council authorized these funds in July to support a wide variety of organizations helping to meet that crisis in every corner of our city,” said Councilor Kenzie Bok.

The American Rescue Plan Act provides emergency funding to states and municipalities for the purpose of building a strong public health foundation and assisting the economy in bouncing back from COVID-19.

The investments announced today come at a time of great need for the City of Boston and its residents. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the discontinuation of treatment services and a rise in behavioral health conditions that resulted in greater incidence of substance use disorders. From 2020 to 2021, fatal opioid-related overdoses increased by 8.8% in Massachusetts. Similarly, Boston EMS responded to 9% more narcotics related incidents in 2021 compared to 2020. State data shows that through the early part of 2021 Black non-Hispanic men made up the largest increase in opioid overdose death rates, emphasizing the need for an equitable approach



Defendant Also Allegedly Stole More Than $28,000


            BOSTON – A Jackson, Mississippi woman has been indicted in connection with stealing more than $28,000 and the identities of four victims of the 2018 Merrimack Valley gas explosions, while she worked as an insurance adjuster, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.


            Lashaunda Studaway was arraigned Thursday in Essex Superior Court on the charges of Identity Fraud (4 counts) and Larceny over $1,200 (2 counts). She is due back in court on December 16 for a pre-trial hearing.


            Between October 2018 and December 2018, Studaway worked as an insurance adjuster on behalf of Columbia Gas. In that role she was responsible for handling the financial claims from residents impacted by the September 2018 gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley that devastated the region, resulting in thousands of dollars in property damage and leaving thousands of residents and businesses without heat and hot water in the cold winter months.  


The AG’s Office alleges that Studaway stole $28,971 and the identities of four claimants impacted by the explosion by dispersing pre-paid debit cards – that were supposed to go to claimants – to herself. Studaway would either submit false claims under a real claimant’s file or create a file using a fictitious person’s name.


            AG Healey’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division works to protect consumers and the integrity of the insurance system by investigating and prosecuting those who commit fraud against all types of insurers.


To report insurance fraud, call the EOLWD/DUA’s Fraud Hotline at 1-800-354-9927 or visit: www.mass.gov/lwd/ui-fraud anytime, 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General William Aiello of AG Healey’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division with assistance from Director of Financial Investigations Sallyann Nelligan of the AG’s Financial Investigations Division and Victim Witness Advocate Amber Cary of the AG’s Victim Witness Services Division, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, and from investigators at the Massachusetts Insurance Fraud Bureau.  

國會議員Ayanna Pressley與同僚聯袂拜會第七區選民

Ayanna Pressley (右一) 和同僚,左起, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 及
Rashida Tlaib等人在志工出發敲門拜票前,發表講話。 (競選陣營提供)
           (Boston Orange) 國會議員普斯莉 (Ayanna Pressley) 924日時歡迎她的國會同僚Alexandria Ocasio-CortezIlhan OmarRashida Tlaib,以及Cori Bush等人,在麻州聯邦議員第7選區巡迴拜會。

                     Ayanna Pressley說這樣的聚會、交流,分享,對他們為所有人爭取公平、正義,通知大家相關進展,非常重要。

國會議員Ayanna Pressley 在尚末維爾劇院向支持者致詞。 (周橘子攝)
                     924日早上,Ayanna PressleyAlexandria Ocasio-CortezIlhan OmarRashida Tlaib等人,一起到洛士百利的Marcella遊樂場,和志工們展開逐戶敲門的拜票活動,為Ayanna Pressley和其他的民主黨候選人爭取選民支持。

                       幾名國會議員隨後拜會了多徹斯特的新開始重新進入服務 (New Beginnings Re-Entry Services)”,和員工及顧客討論以前被監禁過的婦女所面對的挑戰,重要的支持及活動,以及政策制定者可以如何從新開始的創新,合作的體整工作,學到些什麼。Ayanna Pressley還從來自他的領導政治行動委員會 我們的力量超級政治委員會 (The Power of Us PAC)的款項,捐款支持新開始的工作。

尚末維爾劇院擠滿了Ayanna Pressley的支持者。(周菊子攝)
當天下午,他們一行人再到Davis廣場的尚末維爾 (Somerville) 劇院,出席由勝利小隊基金 ( Squad Victory Fund) 主辦的社區慶祝會。包括Danny Rivera,地方藝術家組成的福音合唱團,以及Luz Villar等口語藝人和Capoeira Angola group Kilombo Novo 一起表演。然後她們在Ibram X. Kendi博士的主持下,座談生命經驗可以讓政策制定者更為了解,以及擁護支持,組織和推展行動,以形成療癒、正義及公平的支持性政策。
                  主辦單位提供的活動視頻網址為:   Our Squad is Big | Community Celebration and Panel Conversation in Somerville | By Ayanna Pressley | Facebook

Sunday, October 02, 2022

波士頓經文處與哈佛政府學院首次合辦台灣貿易前景講座 美學者稱台美勢必加深關係


波士頓經文處處長孫儉元致詞,粽樹台灣貿易狀況背景。 (視頻截圖)
Boston Orange) 駐波士頓台北經濟文化辦事處 (TECO Boston) 哈佛大學甘迺迪政府學院艾什中心(Ash Center)合作,928日舉辦研討會,申論「台美經貿關係的下一步(What’s Next for US-Taiwan Trade Relations? )」。

曾任白宮國安會中台蒙事務主任的布魯金斯研究院資深研究員何瑞恩(Ryan Hass
 會議由哈佛政府學院Rajawali基金會亞洲研究院主任康義德 (Edward Cunningham)主持,講者包括曾任白宮國安會中台蒙事務主任的布魯金斯研究院資深研究員何瑞恩(Ryan Hass),國立臺灣大學政治系教授徐斯勤,以及友達光電美國子公司達擎公司總裁聶禮和(Simon Nip)。



會議現場。 (經文處提供)

孫儉元指出台灣一直都在努力加強台美的雙邊貿易關係,除了每年組織陣容龐大代表團到華府出席「選擇美國(SelectUSA)」高峰會,今年還首次將於1012日至14日在華府的雷根國際貿易中心 (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center) 舉辦「美國台灣形象展(Taiwan Expo USA)」,邀請美國企業擴大與台灣的商務交流。 

會議現場 2。 (經文處提供)












大波士頓僑學界席開48桌 慶中華人民共和國73歲

嘉賓和瑞獅合影。 (華人前進會提供)

開場前瑞獅舞動。 (華人前進會提供)
               (Boston Orange) 大波士頓僑學界聯合會101日晚在帝苑大酒樓席開48桌,和來自紐約的中領館副總領事吳曉明、麻州眾議員陳德基、波士頓市議會議長Ed Flynn,波士頓市議員Julia Meija等嘉賓一起,慶祝中華人民共和國73歲生日。

左起,黃國威,劉紅,何遠光,陶凱,陳德基,Ed Flynn,吳曉明,李素影,梁添光,
梁利堂,胡運炤,陳軍超。 (出席者提供)


華人前進會的李素影(右起)、湯建華、鄺寶蓮等人和波士頓市議元Julia Mejia。

               在開幕儀式中,波士頓市議會議長Ed Flynn,麻州眾議員陳德基,前進會榮譽主席李素影,學生代表方书田致詞,何遠光介紹嘉賓,並以英語致詞。




Saturday, October 01, 2022

波士頓急難救助協會開講座 教人防範憂鬱症

               (Boston Orange 周菊子麻州綜合報導) 「今晚我們來談」。美國波士頓急難救助協會927日晚在網上舉辦講座,從心理諮商角度申論憂鬱症,以幫助人們把可能發生的急難狀況化解於無形。





波士頓急難救助協會會長翁逸虹。 (檔案照片)


李文倫。 (主辦單位提供)


               當天出席講座者,還有人提供了998這個美國的防止自殺熱線電話,有些人則指出,有的企業位員工提供EAP (Employee Assistance Program)的緊急心理諮商服務,讓不想和家人、朋友述說的人,有個說話對象。有心理諮商需求者可以查看自己的保險提不提供TeleDoc,這一網路心理諮商服務很能是免費的。


               波士頓急難救助協會的後續活動,將探討急難和財務規劃之間的相互關係。 (部分內容轉載自僑務電子報:   https://ocacnews.net/article/321474?cid=2 )

Friday, September 30, 2022

華埠土地信託會2022年會 呼籲社區支持爭取公共空間

左起,鄭繼良,黃國威、李素影,湯建華等人歡迎波士頓房屋長Sheila A. Dillon出席年會。
                 (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) 華埠土地信託會 (CCLT) 日前在信義大廈社區室舉行2022年會,闡述該會核心使命,報告目前工作進展,呼籲社區爭取更多開放空間,要求由社區來主導黃述沾公園和25號地段未來發展,倡議組織居民推動政府政策依歸民意。


華埠土地信託會主任駱理德闡述該會宗旨。 (周菊子攝)
               924日一早,該會7名董事中的李素影,鄭繼良,黃國威,阿圖羅 (Arturo Gossage) 和波士頓房屋長狄倫 (Sheila Dillon),以及約20名華埠居民,一起檢視了該會過去一年多來的進展。

華埠土地信託會董事李素影 (右)提醒華埠居民關注相關議題。 (周菊子攝)


               在爭取設立排屋保護區上,華埠土地信託會希望在夏利臣街 (Harrison Ave.)和屋街 (Oak)交界處,以及乞臣街 (Hudson)和哈佛街 (Harvard)交界處,設立2個新的排屋保護區,另外設立自由樹,華埠歷史,以及必珠街(Beach)、聶街 (Knapp)等保護區,以保護華埠的華人文化特色。




               根據華埠土地信託會當天發給現場民眾的說明,該會理事共7人,除前述4人外,還有梅清嫣,莊穎詩,以及黃願明。該會職工包括駱理德,徐乙漾,吳晰,乙及Sari Kayyali