Somerville included on ICE list of sanctuary cities

Somerville, along with four other cities and towns in Massachusetts, was listed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as a jurisdiction that limits cooperation with federal law enforcement authorities to detain undocumented immigrants, as part of an ICE report released March 20. This designation is part of ICE’s first Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report, which […]


Tufts-Somerville relationship strained by issues of housing, social responsibility

Over the past several years, Somerville politicians have repeatedly criticized Tufts University on a number of issues, arguing that the school too often serves its own interests at the city’s expense. Tufts, according to several of Somerville’s aldermen, has expanded its reach into city neighborhoods, which has threatened housing affordability for local residents and clashed with […]


DTD house leased to Tufts, used for transfer student housing

After sitting vacant for a year in the wake of a May 2015 double stabbing on the premises, Delta Tau Delta (DTD) fraternity’s house at 98 Professors Row has been leased to Tufts for the academic year. The building, which is owned by DTD’s alumni housing corporation, is primarily being used to house transfer students, effectively barring fraternity […]


Somerville 18 face charges for blocking I-93 during Black Lives Matter protest

Last year, national media coverage focused on several cases of unrest, largely in the form of protests in which activists called the world’s attention to police brutality — particularly excessive force and the targeting of black bodies in the United States. This call for justice, policy changes and rectification of the various economic, social and educational inequalities developed into the […]


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