At Passover Seder tables around the world, Jews will recount the exodus from slavery in Egypt and the difficult journey from slavery to freedom. Passover is certainly a freedom story. It is also a story of dislocation, emigration and immigration. It is a story of leaving everything behind and beginning anew, so that one can live in peace, achieve self-determination and live a good life.

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The Boston Globe recently published an article about how local nonprofits created to serve one immigrant group have expanded to serve diverse populations. The piece featured Jewish Vocational Service:

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I'd like to offer my sincere congratulations to Mark Wahlberg on earning his high school diploma. I know it wasn't easy. His recent Huffington Post piece immediately reminded me of our clients, who -- like Mark -- are all too familiar with the many obstacles that they must overcome in order to obtain an education.

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Originally featured in the Boston Globe.

Labor Day is usually the official start to political campaigns, and will likely see a major uptick in interest in the Boston mayoral race. It is also a time when we traditionally reflect on jobs issues. With an unemployment rate among the lowest of American cities, and cranes dotting the horizon, the jobs issue has not risen to the top of the mayoral campaign debate, like education and casinos have. Yet the high rate of unemployment masks a serious challenge facing the city, which has ramifications for our future. Thousands of talented Boston residents want to join Boston’s high-wage innovation economy but find themselves on the outside looking in.

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This week, we will be celebrating the now famous "March on Washington" which brought a quarter of a million Americans to Washington, D.C. to fight for racial justice and economic equality. The march is most well known for the oft quoted "I Have a Dream" speech of the Reverend Martin Luther King, but it was organized by a coalition of civil rights and social justice activists and was actually titled the "March for Jobs and Freedom."

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