The Boston Globe reports that on Friday, the co-chairmen of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Senator William N. Brownsberger and Representative John V. Fernandes, told the Globe that committee members were being polled on two versions of the bill. Brownsberger, the Senate chairman, said he believes both versions of the bill “are intended to fully protect transgender people from discrimination.”
The Lowell Sun reports on the transgender bill to be debated on May 12th according to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg who said, “I am glad to hear the Joint Committee on the Judiciary plans to release the Senate and House Public Accommodations bills,” Rosenberg said. “The Senate has been prepared to debate this since November, and we will go forward as planned on May 12th with our debate. It is imperative that legislators get a bill to the Governor’s desk as quickly as possible to end discrimination under the law for all transgender individuals. I thank Senate Chair Will Brownsberger, Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, and the other members of the committee for their leadership in moving this bill forward.”
Senator Brownsberger is sponsoring a Senior CharlieCard Day on Wednesday, May 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Watertown Senior Center, 31 Marshall Street, Watertown. Seniors age 65 or older can save a trip to the MBTA offices in Downtown Boston and apply for a Senior CharlieCard at the Senior Center on this one day. Staff from the office of Senator Brownsberger will be on hand to take a photo and process applications which will be provided.
MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola and staff will be coming to the Brighton Elks Lodge on Tuesday, April 26 from 6-8PM to present a status report on Green Line service. This is a chance for the public to understand where things are headed and to raise issues, ask questions, and get answers. Directions to the Brighton Elks Lodge can be found here.
Celebrating the Courage of Community is the theme of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s 20th Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace taking place on Sunday, May 8. The walk begins at Town Field Park at Fields Corner in Dorchester and ends with a peace rally at Boston City Hall. There are multiple ways to participate from walking as an individual, creating a team, and fundraising virtually, to being a sponsor or making a donation. You can find all the details at this link. Wear purple if you walk!
The Watertown Community Foundation is now accepting applications for two 2016 spring grant programs. The application deadline is April 6.