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MASHPEE — When Danielle Hill heard March 27 that her tribe’s reservation would be taken out of trust, she felt upset and resentful. She wanted to find someone to blame. Instead, she decided to light a fire and pray. Hill held a Facebook Live event and invited tribal members to stop by in solidarity while maintaining social distance. “We had that fire going for 20 days, all day and all night,” Hill said. “And people did come over.” “This would be a time in any
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31 January 1919, Cairo, Georgia (Birth)24 October 1972, Sanford, CT (Death)Age 53 (A Life Cut Short by Institutional Racism!)“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” Jackie Robinson

On 15 April 1947, Jackie Roosevelt Robinson broke the color line when he made his historic Major League Baseball (MLB) debut. Every year on 15 April, the League honors Jackie’s legacy by celebrating his life, values and accomplishments. The extensive and unified League-wide show of support has included retiring Jackie’s number throughout the Majors in 1997; dedicating 15 April as Jackie Robinson Day each year since 2004; and requesting that every player and all on-field personnel wear his No. 42 during games scheduled on Jackie Robinson Day since 2009. Obviously because of COVID-19 pandemic, on field tributes and celebrations are not possible this year.

However in parallel with Jackie Robinson Foundation educational initiative, MLB has several activities aimed at keeping at-home children busy while educating them on Jackie’s life. I’ve posted this message specifically for Brookline educators and other school personal to remind them that they can connect with crossword puzzles, coloring book pages, “Connect the Dot” exercises, as well as fun facts about Jackie Jackie Robinson’s life.  

No Jackie Robinson? Then there’s no Bill Fenton Russell; No K.C. or Sam Jones; No Pedro Martinez; no David Ortiz, and so on indefinitely. And quite frankly, and there’s no Bob Cousy, or Tommy Heinsohn, or Arnold “Red” Auerbach.



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My Way to Happiness©

Chris Rock talks about his life; his new film, “Top Five”; and how he manages to turn current social and political events into cutting-edge humor


st patricks day 2014

When I was young I only remember going to a few Boston Parades here and there.  The thing I enjoyed most was all the different people and colors that I saw.  I’m almost certain that I wasn’t always aware of the purpose or message that was being given if there was one. The most important thing that was obvious was that everyone enjoyed themselves in some ways. I always thought that parades were meant for all people.  I know the definition of parade is “a public procession, especially one celebrating a day or event and including marching bands and floats.” Its synonyms are processionmarchcavalcademotorcadespectacledisplay,pageant.  No where in its definition do you find words of exclusion of any person or group.  As for St. Patrick’s Day itself, while it is said to be “a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March which is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.” We know that not only people in the Catholic faith celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A great deal of interracial marriages have occurred over the years. Therefore resulting in a number of various religions celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  This also means that some of those celebrating the day may not be heterosexuals. You don’t see those celebrating Gay Pride day saying that only gay people can take part in their parade. A parade should be in place allowing all interested parties to take part and attend as long as they don’t mean harm to those taking part in the celebration.

It is a shame that who gets to take part in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is even up for debate, especially when the debate comes from a school or house of faith. We all have our beliefs and are committed to them and no one should or can take that away from us.  However, there are several times and occasions where we should all be able to put aside our feelings and if so needed, our beliefs, so that we ALL have the opportunity to celebrate holiday’s whether by a parade, march, breakfast, dance, day of observation, etc. We essentially all came from the same place, and should deserve the same rights. We were all created equal. This can not be used or said when it is convenient, it has to apply at all times otherwise we are all hypocrites.

If you have pride in who and what you are and what you believe in stand up for that, but not in a way that takes away from someone elses pride or beliefs.  We can all be happy and celebrate together. For more information on how Boston will be celebrating click here.

By Felina Silver Robinson

So finally the love birds are chirping out of their cage as Katrina and Ranbir were together spotted getting cozy in Spain earlier this month. After running from all the paparazzi in India, they couldn’t probably work is stealth mode in Spain. These pictures were published in a leading magazine, who’s editor says, ““I think it’s great that Ranbir and Katrina are coming out into the open with their romance now. It’s great to be in love. “

These photos speak a lot in themselves and their chemistry certainly seems on a high. Katrina Kaif spotted in a bikini with a shirtless Ranbir Kapoor, did Katrina take Ranbir for a Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara experience? They have been spotted having dinner with each other’s families, visiting rock shows and going on holidays! Recently at Katrina’s birthday during the screening of Kiran Rao’s Ship Of Theseus, Ranbir stood up and started singing Happy Birthday to Katrina in front of everybody! Now you know how it feels to be in love?

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Saudi Arabia has suspended a program that notifies the male guardians of female relatives, who may only travel abroad with their permission, once the women leave the country, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Since November 2012, Saudi women’s male guardians have been sent an SMS message informing them when women under their custody leave, even if they are traveling together.

The program, which was strongly criticized by women rights activists, “has been suspended due to some observations,” passports department spokesman Ahmad al-Laheedan was quoted by Arab News as saying.

“It will undergo amendment,” he said, indicating that the system that compounded constraints on women in the ultra-conservative kingdom, could return as optional. Men would only receive an SMS if they requested to be informed.

As it is, women must show immigration authorities a “yellow paper” signed by their father, brother, husband or even son in the case of divorce or widowhood confirming their permission to travel.

Activists welcomed the suspension of the SMS program.

“The notification process should have never been introduced in the first place because it is humiliating for women,” said Sabria Jawhar, a Saudi columnist and university professor of applied linguistics.

“We are responsible adults but are treated as immature or less responsible,” she told Arab News.

The kingdom enforces strict rules governing mixing between the sexes, while women are forced to wear a veil and a black cloak, or abaya, that covers them from head to toe except for their hands and faces.

Women also face the globally unique ban on driving, and those who have attempted in the past to defy the ban, have been punished.

Some young boys from Bridgewater show they are truly wise beyond their years when they rally around a boy who was being teased.

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Racial epithet spray-painted on teen’s home


Lunenburg High School’s football season is over after allegations of racism by some of the players, the superintendent said Monday.

The forfeiture comes after a player was the target of racist graffiti.

The 13-year-old football player found a racial epithet spray-painted on his home Friday. Isaac’s father is African-American and his mother is white. They met with school officials Monday.

“No, we didn’t get any satisfaction. If anything we’re more mad. It almost feels like we need to get a lawyer or something,” Anthony Phillips said.

Isaac’s parents said their meeting with Lunenburg school officials about the racist graffiti gives them no satisfaction.

They said it’s not clear how the school is going to handle the problem. They said they are also upset because the school was aware of previous reports about players using racist language.

“There’s allegations against your team, then this happens on my son’s house, a month before his tires get slashed. How many things have to happen before something is done?” Anthony Phillips asked. “There’s a few kids, there’s two, three bad seeds, you know, that is ruining this, you know. It’s not the whole team.”

The family said they’re grateful and encouraged by the outpouring of support at a vigil that was held Sunday night on the town common, but more needs to be done so their son once again feels accepted.

“He’s not himself, obviously. He doesn’t know who to trust. Obviously it hasn’t come out who it is, doesn’t know who to believe and doesn’t want to be here,” Isaac’s mother said.

The family got a call from Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday.

“I told him I was angry. The governor said, ‘I can hear it in your voice,'” Anthony Phillips said. “He told me to hang in there.”

The teen, who plays on Lunenburg High School’s freshman and junior varsity football teams, said some team members have hazed him before and claims the coaches didn’t do enough to stop it.

“It is helpful to know that they’re here for me,” said Isaac. “I don’t know who to trust, and I’m confused on why my coaches haven’t reached out to me. We’re supposed to be a team.”

Lunenburg Police Chief James Marino said the department is seeking tips from the public about the hate crime.

Meanwhile, officials confirmed that the school is investigating allegations of use of racial slurs by a Lunenburg player during a game in Worcester two weeks ago.

“Football is not just a sport. It is my life,” Isaac said.

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