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SOLIDARITY SOLDIERS: Boston group advocates for the traditionally marginalized

Nearly 60 years old, Cleve Rea never imagined he would become homeless until the moment he was laid off by a medical-device manufacturing company last year. The reason: two major angry outbursts. While many people expect to make a lot of money in software development, buy a decent car and take a couple of trips

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OUT OF AFRICA: Local spearheads Pamoja Project film

Hopkinton native Audrey Emerson speaks with a confidence and determination that belies her young age. She also exudes an unbridled enthusiasm that’s both inspiring and reflective of her youth. Emerson attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick and is currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in critical film studies. Yet she

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SOLIDARITY SOLDIERS: Boston group advocates for the traditionally marginalized

Nearly 60 years old, Cleve Rea never imagined he would become homeless until the moment he was laid off by a medical-device manufacturing company last year. The reason: two major angry outbursts. While many people expect to make a lot of money in software development, buy a decent car and take a couple of trips

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Black Lives Matter: Boston Turns Out for Michael Brown

By Aimee Ortiz It was around 9 p.m. in Boston on November 24 when the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney announced that a grand jury had not indicted Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Less than 24 hours later, protesters and Mike Brown supporters decided to, in their words, indict

Homelessness & Poverty

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SIX MONTHS: Activists rally outside of Boston’s City Hall

On April 8, six months to the day after the city of Boston closed the Long Island bridge, homelessness and substance abuse treatment activists rallied outside city hall and scored an impromptu meeting with the chief of health and human services. The rally and a follow up press conference was organized by the Boston Homeless

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SIX MONTHS: Activists rally outside of Boston’s City Hall

On April 8, six months to the day after the city of Boston closed the Long Island bridge, homelessness and substance abuse treatment activists rallied outside city hall and scored an impromptu meeting with the chief of health and human services. The rally and a follow up press conference was organized by the Boston Homeless

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CENSUS SHOCKER: Walsh spearheads efforts to count the city’s unsheltered

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and over 300 volunteers took to the streets of Boston for the 35th Annual Homeless Census on Thursday, Feb. 25. Alongside the Boston mayor were city officials like Boston Public Health Commission Director Huy Nguyen, Emergency Shelter Commission Director Jim Greene, Chief of Health and Human Services Chief Felix Arroyo, Commonwealth

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QUEEN’S JOURNEY: How Project Hope helped her reinvent her life

It’s still hard for Queen to talk about her brother. They were very close growing up. She had 15 siblings, but Shein was her only biological brother. When they moved to Boston from Florida, they moved together. And when he moved to Florida, she followed him there. In school they used to call her “Shein’s

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Water Knife’ by Paolo Bacigalupi

This book is about water. Imagine the United States fragmented. Texas has fallen away and there’s a fence, much like the one we now put up to block immigrants from Mexico. Angel is what they call a “Water Knife.” He does the dirty work for the power brokers who are fighting for the water rights

Social Justice

PamojaProject

OUT OF AFRICA: Local spearheads Pamoja Project film

Hopkinton native Audrey Emerson speaks with a confidence and determination that belies her young age. She also exudes an unbridled enthusiasm that’s both inspiring and reflective of her youth. Emerson attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick and is currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in critical film studies. Yet she

Brittany

FEMALE TROUBLE: Advocates address feminine hygiene

Brittany sat under an alcove in Harvard Square, sign in hand and a cup of loose change in front of her. She sets up there nearly every day, she says, with the same sign but with a different Dunkin’ Donuts cup. Her blue-dyed tips peek out of her yellow, owl-printed bandana. Kal stands next to

PamojaProject

OUT OF AFRICA: Local spearheads Pamoja Project film

Hopkinton native Audrey Emerson speaks with a confidence and determination that belies her young age. She also exudes an unbridled enthusiasm that’s both inspiring and reflective of her youth. Emerson attended the Walnut Hill School in Natick and is currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California, majoring in critical film studies. Yet she

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Demon

I watched along with the rest of the nation two weeks ago as the Ferguson, Missouri, District Attorney announced the decision of the grand jury regarding whether to charge the police officer who gunned down an unarmed black teenager in August. I can honestly say that it turned out the way I expected. Anyone who

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Remembering Menino: The Former Mayor’s Legacy on Social Justice

The late Mayor Tom Menino’s impact on the city of Boston was easy to see after his death on the morning of Oct. 30. Thousands visited his casket in Fanuiel Hall on Saturday, Nov. 2, and thousands more lined the route of his funeral procession the next day. As the oft-repeated statistic claims, more than

Arts & Culture

Gender and Sexuality

Brittany

FEMALE TROUBLE: Advocates address feminine hygiene

Brittany sat under an alcove in Harvard Square, sign in hand and a cup of loose change in front of her. She sets up there nearly every day, she says, with the same sign but with a different Dunkin’ Donuts cup. Her blue-dyed tips peek out of her yellow, owl-printed bandana. Kal stands next to

Opinion

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Never give up

When I first met author Joe Putignano, he was two years sober and headlining in the touring production of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. In the show, he was known as Crystal Man and, after I shared at a 12-step meeting, he walked up to me with a sweet, almost shy grin. “You’re writing a book?”

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