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GSCA Meeting Agenda

Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA) Agenda for Monday, March 25, 2024, at 6:30 PM

Please register for this virtual meeting on our website:

Agenda (approx. 50-80 min)

Community Updates (20 min)

Updates from BPD (Sgt. Cintolo)

Updates from City Hall (Mela Villa Gomez)

City Hall Zero Waste Team with an update on Trash, Recycling, and Compost programs as well as special events for waste collection

Community discussion (30-60 min)

How do we build a sense of community?

We want to hear the community’s ideas! We plan to discuss events we can host and other suggestions.

Potential name change of GSCA to be inclusive of all neighbors

We would like the Gove Street Citizens Association community to consider changing its name. More than 40% of GSCA residents were born outside the United States. While we acknowledge that “Citizens” is rightly a source of pride for many, for others it may signal that they are not welcome at our meetings.

GSCA Community Meeting – March 2024

Video call link:

Or dial: (US) +1 929-299-3552 PIN: 916 818 785#

More phone numbers:

Our next meeting after the March meeting will be on Monday, April 22, at 6:30 PM.

Chamber to Commemorate Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day March 21

The East Boston Chamber of Commerce Commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

The East Boston Chamber of Commerce will be placing a display of American flags to commemorate the upcoming International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, at the Daniel H Solari Square outside the Chamber of Commerce office at 464 Bremen Street.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was established and recognized by the United Nations (UN) in 1966 after the Sharpeville, South Africa tragedy in 1960 which captured worldwide attention.  This event involved police opening fire and killing 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws” on March 21, 1960.  The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences.  It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.  The UN called on the international community to increase its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination when it proclaimed the day as a UN Day of Observance.  The UN continues its  work to fight against all forms of racial intolerance.

Please note that the flags are for display purposes.  If anyone wishes to obtain a flag, please feel free to contact the Chamber at [email protected] to purchase a flag.

Pedestrian Struck

At about 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, Sofia Isabel Mejia Zambrano, 28, of East Boston was walking across the street at 169 Squire Road in Revere when she was struck by a vehicle.  Ms. Zambrano was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver remained at the scene and no charges have been filed.  The incident remains under investigation. 

Massachusetts State Police assigned to District Attorney Kevin Hayden’s office notified Ms. Zambrano’s husband, who lives in Ecuador, of her death. 

“We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Ms. Zambrano’s husband and family.  To lose a loved one, especially at such a young age, is a terrible tragedy,” Hayden said. 

Ward 1 Democratic Caucus Elects Members to Attend the State Convention

The Ward 1 Democratic Caucus met on Saturday, March 16th at the Salesians Boys and Girls Club and elected 19 representatives to the State Democratic Convention Scheduled for June 1st at the DCU Center in Worcester.

More than 40 community members gathered at 10 AM on Saturday to choose 19 people to represent East Boston at the upcoming State Democratic Convention. After passing a gauntlet of nomination papers for local elections and positions, the group began meeting downstairs. There was no pre-chosen slate at the meeting, and the group elected volunteers who spoke 4 languages found in East Boston. All committed to attending the State Convention.

Committee Chair Brian Gannon stated “Every year is important, but a Presidential election year is especially. The platform we vote on will have a national impact on the party. It is important that we ensure community voices and points of view are well represented.” One of those elected, Sandra Nijjar, head of the East Boston Soup Kitchen stated “Going to the convention is a privilege. We are able to directly vote on the party platform. I enjoy going.”

The Ward 1 committee is looking for people to get more involved, and as seats become open, they welcome community members to join and participate.

The committee meets monthly, but the next social event is scheduled for June. On Thursday, June 6th the Ward 1 Committee will have its next Quarterly Social event at Boston East on 126 Border Street from 6 to 8PM. All are welcome to learn more about the committee, hear about the convention, and find out how they can get involved in local elections and issues.

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