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Advocates: Mass. unlawfully isolates mentally ill inmates

One inmate, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, became so distraught after months in the prison’s isolation unit that he began talking to himself and counting compulsively.

Another, who suffers from schizoaffective disorder, declined so much in isolation that he smeared himself with feces.

A third, with a lengthy history of bipolar disorder, wrote a desperate letter from the segregation unit at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole:

“I’m feeling paranoid and isolated, claustrophobic. . . . I feel like I’m being tortured, which basically I am.”

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

State’s top judge pushes for criminal justice changes

The state’s top judge on Tuesday urged an interfaith group to push for criminal justice reform when Massachusetts legislators take up the issue in the fall.

Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants of the state Supreme Judicial Court made the appeal during remarks at the Old South Church in Boston. He told about 900 members of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization that several proposals will be under consideration, including eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Baker, Walsh among officials pledging to work for social justice

Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and other elected officials pledged during a forum in Boston on Tuesday night to fight for affordable health care, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and public education in the Commonwealth.

The governor and mayor were joined by Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo. The four made their pledges before more than 1,800 people who packed the historic Trinity Church in Copley Square for the event, hosted by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Baker, Coakley in synch at church forum

"But in the midst of a bitterly contested election, riven by differences in policy and vision, something unusual happened at a packed Boston church on Sunday: Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker agreed. Again and again."

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hopes high for Boston’s new Dearborn STEM Academy

"It took an incredible amount of tenacity for the Dearborn and its supporters, including the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the Trinity Episcopal Church in Copley Square, to make their dream a reality."

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Group pushes to strengthen interfaith bonds

"One year after it emerged as a leader in the collective healing process that followed the Marathon bombings last April, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization is embarking on a campaign to strengthen links among local congregations."

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Monday, April 7, 2014

No easy answers for containing health care costs

David Seltz and other health experts spoke about health care affordability at a forum sponsored by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Candidates address faith groups as Boston mayoral election nears

"At the Roxbury forum organized by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the Massachusetts Minority Contractors’ Association, the candidates, appearing separately, were peppered with questions and asked to make pledges about what they would do if elected mayor."

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Clergy push to curb health costs

"The next big movement in Massachusetts health care may come not from the state’s world-famous hospitals or its cutting-edge research labs, but from houses of worship."

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Transcending Race, Class

Its first meeting was held in the basement of Hurmon Hamilton's church a decade ago, an organization that was interfaith more in name than in reality.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008


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