5 Things You Need To Know Today in Framingham: Monday, November 2, 2020

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1 Tomorrow is election day. Polls will be open in Framingham from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2. For 9 consecutive weeks, the City of Framingham has been a red or high-risk community for the coronavirus. The drive-thru testing site for COVID has closed at Walsh Middle School..

A new drive-thru FREE COVID testing site opens at YJX HQ today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be open Mondays through Saturdays in November. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has hired Fallon Ambulance to run the testing site as part of the state’s Stop the Spread campaign.

There is also a free testing site at SMOC HQ at 7 Bishop Street from 3 to 6 p.m. It is walk-up only with limited parking.

3. CITY of FRAMINGHAM meetings (all are remote unless noted).

  • Framingham City Council: Planning & Zoning Subcommittee at 6 p.m.
  • Keefe English Learner Parent Advisory Council (ELPAC) at 6;30 p.m.
  • Framingham Board of License Commissioners meeting at 7 p.m.

4. According to the Mayor’s public schedule, Mayor Yvonne Spicer has no public events.

5. Framingham Public Library’s McAuliffe branch is holding a puzzle swamp.

Request a puzzle to pick up at McAuliffe through http://bit.ly/Puzzle_Swap_Request and then take it home!

Choose how many pieces you’d prefer the puzzle to contain and bring home some fun. Just like with our in-person Puzzle Swap, you can choose to return it to the Branch when you are finished, or bring back a completely different puzzle (or any extra puzzles you wish to join the swap!).

BONUS: Today is International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The day was created by a United Nationals resolution.

From the United Nations resolution:

There has never been a more dangerous time for journalists. They are being killed and imprisoned worldwide in record numbers. They face daily threats, attacks and intimidation from private individuals, non-state actors, and government officials who seek to silence them. The overwhelming majority of these crimes are committed with impunity.

Journalists report and publish news of critical importance to our daily lives. They are crucial promoters and defenders of our collective right to freedom of expression – a right that is inextricably linked to our ability to access and share information; to make informed decisions; to help develop and promote good government and economic and social progress; and to protect all other human rights.

The resolution unequivocally condemns all attacks, intimidation and violence against journalists and media workers, and calls on all Member States to protect them, to ensure that all crimes against them are investigated and brought to justice, and to promote an environment in which journalists and media workers can work independently and without interference. It also expresses support for the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, an unprecedented step in the promotion of freedom of expression.

This is a crucial step toward guaranteeing that individual journalists can continue to work in the public interest without fear of reprisal, and that those who seek to silence them with violence are brought to justice.

IFEX members’ ongoing efforts to end impunity, their annual participation in the International Day to End Impunity campaign and their support for this resolution undoubtedly contributed to today’s decision.

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