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How youth unemployment hurts the economy

Even though the economy shows modest signs of improvement, one sector needs our attention: unemployment—in particular, youth unemployment and inner-city unemployment. While Boston has an unemployment rate of 4% (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the nation has a rate of 5%, youth unemployment nationally is close to 20%. This poses a major

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Dr. Lipi Roy Works to Serve Boston’s Most Overlooked Citizens

A decade ago, Lipi Roy was a second-year medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina breached the levees, flooding the city and changing millions of lives. For Roy, it changed the way she looked at her work as a physician. “That’s when I got a sense of what it means to

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Dr. Lipi Roy Works to Serve Boston’s Most Overlooked Citizens

A decade ago, Lipi Roy was a second-year medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina breached the levees, flooding the city and changing millions of lives. For Roy, it changed the way she looked at her work as a physician. “That’s when I got a sense of what it means to

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Bardarash Peshmerga: The Best Defense Against ISIS Is Broke

(Peshmerga General Ali Rashed/photo credit Taylor Smith)   Last December, Peshmerga General Ali Rashed’s unit was ambushed by ISIS insurgents as they stood guard at the gateway between ISIS territory and the safety of Iraqi Kurdistan on the outskirts of Bardarash. Rashed lost 40 men in the battle, but they were able to keep ISIS

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Homeless Advocates Express Disappointment over Senate State Budget

Photo: Emmanuel Huybrechts Homelessness service providers across the Commonwealth are concerned they could face a tough year ahead, as the state budget proposal cuts nearly $800,000 from funds for the assistance of homeless individuals. On Tuesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2017. The committee allocated about $44

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One Year Later: Rally remember the Long Island bridge closure

One year after the Long Island bridge’s sudden closure on October 8th 2014, the homeless, the recovering and their advocates spent a morning rallying to raise awareness and demand mores services from the city and the state. Long Island was home to the city’s largest shelter, detox center and a number of addiction recovery services.

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How youth unemployment hurts the economy

Even though the economy shows modest signs of improvement, one sector needs our attention: unemployment—in particular, youth unemployment and inner-city unemployment. While Boston has an unemployment rate of 4% (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the nation has a rate of 5%, youth unemployment nationally is close to 20%. This poses a major

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From Homelessness to Housing: A Revere woman shares her journey and a call to action

The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless is a statewide public policy and direct service organization that’s presently working on expanding the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program, a key homelessness prevention resource. The expansion of RAFT would make it possible for low-income individuals to receive financial assistance to help stabilize their housing crises or to

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Garret’s Movie Palace: “The Jungle Book”

If you’ve seen Disney’s iconic animated movie from 1967, you’ll know what the story is here, although this live-action version of the classic tale has a splash of “The Lion King” thrown in for good dramatic measure. It follows Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a young boy who’s lived in the jungle for as long as he

“Rachel Rising”: A Book Review

“Rachel Rising” by Terry Moore. Published by Abstract Studio. Imagine, if you can, digging yourself out of a grave in the ground and not having any memory of how you wound up there or who you really are. “Rachel Rising” is an amazing tale, but I really did not realize it at first. Let me

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Garret’s Movie Palace: “The Jungle Book”

If you’ve seen Disney’s iconic animated movie from 1967, you’ll know what the story is here, although this live-action version of the classic tale has a splash of “The Lion King” thrown in for good dramatic measure. It follows Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a young boy who’s lived in the jungle for as long as he

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Opinion: Homelessness service providers need more state funding

Homelessness knows no season. Many people feel compassion for men and women experiencing homelessness during a Massachusetts winter – when mountains of snow and bitterly cold temperatures can threaten the lives of people trying to get by and living on the street. Now that spring is finally setting in, it’s easier to forget that the

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Bizarre Boston: Raising Hell at Harvard

When I think about college students raising hell, I picture kegs of beer, red plastic Solo cups and loud music. Oh, and maybe a beer funnel or two. In my mind, the phrase “raising hell” is just a metaphor for having a wild time. However, maybe it’s not always just a metaphor. For some Harvard

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LAST WORD: Christina Sukghian Houle

About a month ago, an artist called Christina Sukhgian Houle dropped into the Spare Change News’ headquarters to meet with some of the vendors. Christina has joined forces with the newspaper’s co-founder, James Shearer, with the goal of making a documentary on homelessness in the Boston area. Christina is a relatively recent transplant to Greater

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Opinion: Homelessness service providers need more state funding

Homelessness knows no season. Many people feel compassion for men and women experiencing homelessness during a Massachusetts winter – when mountains of snow and bitterly cold temperatures can threaten the lives of people trying to get by and living on the street. Now that spring is finally setting in, it’s easier to forget that the

“Rachel Rising”: A Book Review

“Rachel Rising” by Terry Moore. Published by Abstract Studio. Imagine, if you can, digging yourself out of a grave in the ground and not having any memory of how you wound up there or who you really are. “Rachel Rising” is an amazing tale, but I really did not realize it at first. Let me

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Stanley Forman: 40 Years After the Soiling of Old Glory

The photo was chilling. Before a crowd of onlookers, a white man appears to be attempting to stab a black man with the tip of a flagpole. “It really showed racism,” said photographer Stanley Forman 40 years after he took the Pulitzer Prize-winning snapshot of an anti-busing protest that had turned violent. “It was whites

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