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Thelma Burns leaves enduring, rich legacy

It was with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I learned the news of the passing of a beloved friend Thelma Burns, an active ABCD board member for more than 35 years. She served as the chair and as a long-time executive committee member. Representing the Dorchester neighborhood, she took on various responsibilities through the years, including as the…

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Q&A: ‘Fighter for the underserved’ sees shifts in family planning access over 60 years

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning federal protection for abortion access is just one of several pivotal legal moves affecting access to contraception and infertility care and the right to privacy underpinning this access. Gary L. Gross, MD, has been a proponent of access to family planning resources for 60 years. In the early 1970s, he worked with members of the Family…

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Revere’s Leandra Rivera Lauded by ABCD at Community Heroes Celebration

HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge offered keynote address  On Friday, November 18, 2022, at the Seaport’s Omni Boston Hotel, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) honored 16 Community Heroes – volunteers, partners, collaborators and leaders who uplift underserved and under-represented people and families throughout Greater Boston and advocate for social, racial, economic and reproductive justice. This Community Heroes Celebration (CHC)…

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Revere’s Leandra Rivera Lauded by ABCD at Community Heroes Celebration

On Friday, November 18, at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, ABCD honored 16 Community Heroes – volunteers, partners, collaborators, and leaders who uplift underserved and under-represented people and families throughout Greater Boston, and advocate for social, racial, economic and reproductive justice. The Community Heroes Celebration (CHC) is the first ABCD awards gala since 2019, and featured keynote speaker,…

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Photos: The Hoop Dreams Fundraiser

Check out the scenes from the September 21, 2022 event at the TD Garden parquet. The Hoop Dreams annual fundraiser took place on September 21st, 2022, benefitting the ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) through a tournament on the legendary TD Garden parquet. The event was founded by Doc Rivers, and this year Brad Stevens, the Celtics President of Basketball…

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To Boston, Thelma D. Burns ‘was love personified’

Speakers shared stories of perseverance, dedication, and care at the late activist’s memorial service As she lay in her death bed, Thelma D. Burns had one request: someone needed to distribute free Thanksgiving turkey vouchers in her absence. “In the last hours of her life, she . . . was making sure that other people would have the meal she…

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East Boston resident Felix Bezeredy lauded by ABCD at Community Heroes Celebration

HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge Offered Keynote Address (BOSTON, MA) – On Friday, November 18, 2022, at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, ABCD honored 16 Community Heroes – volunteers, partners, collaborators, and leaders who uplift underserved and under-represented people and families throughout Greater Boston, and advocate for social, racial, economic and reproductive justice. The Community Heroes Celebration (CHC) is the…

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A Message from Sharon Scott – Chandler, Esq., President and CEO: Remembering Thelma D. Burns

Dear ABCD community, friends and partners: Earlier this week at Morning Star Baptist Church in Dorchester, we celebrated the life and legacy of long-time ABCD board member and community activist, Thelma D. Burns. The Boston Globe couldn’t have said it better when they wrote, “To Boston, Thelma D. Burns was ‘love personified.’” Thelma was an active ABCD board member for…

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Community Heroes Celebration Commemorated ABCD’s Diamond Jubilee, 60 Years of Anti-poverty Work in Greater Boston

ABCD hosted the first in-person Community Heroes Celebration (CHC) in three years at the Omni Boston Hotel. Event Chair Russell Norris, General Manager, Slalom Boston helped honor 16 extraordinary community partners, collaborators, volunteers and leaders who uplift underserved and under-represented people and families throughout Greater Boston.  Former ABCD President and CEO, John J. Drew, a national leader in the community…

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Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Katherine Clark, tours ABCD’s Medford Head Start Early Learning Center

Last month, Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Katherine Clark, toured our Medford Head Start and Children’s Services Early Learning Center, and met with parents, and staff to discuss ongoing challenges within the early education system and the impact on families. The center is the result of a collaboration between Encore Boston Harbor and ABCD to increase access to early…

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