Author Archives: Adam Sennott

Rev. Al Sharpton: “We Are Not Going Backwards”

Rev. Al Sharpton: “We Are Not Going Backwards”

On January 19, the eve of the presidential inauguration, the Rev. Al Sharpton stood outside Trump International Hotel in New York City with Mayor Bill De Blasio, filmmaker Michael Moore, actor Alec Baldwin and thousands of protesters to kick off their 100 days of resistance to the president-elect’s agenda. “We are sending you a message

SCN Exclusive: Carl Bernstein on Trump, voters, and the media

In 1992, legendary journalist Carl Bernstein blasted the media for its obsession with celebrity, manufactured controversy,  gossip, and sensationalism in his article “The Idiot Culture” for the New Republic. At the time, the front pages of newspapers across the country were more focused on Donald and Ivana Trump’s divorce than they were on Nelson Mandela’s

Michael Patrick MacDonald: Families of All Souls “Are all Dealing with Heroin”

(Photo: Bill Brett) When Michael Patrick MacDonald walks down ‘methadone mile’ he sees a familiar story among the addicts and panhandlers. “Most people down there come from places like I come from,” MacDonald said. Places of “poverty” and “trauma.” MacDonald grew up in the Old Colony housing projects during the height of the cocaine epidemic

Life on Skid Row

(Photo: Zengzheng Wang) 1890 was a good year for California oil baron Lyman Stewart. His company had merged with Sespe Oil and the Mission Transfer Company to form Union Oil, Paul Rood, adjunct professor of political science and history at Biola University, said. At the time it was the largest oil company in California, responsible

Bill Keller: Holding the Criminal Justice System Accountable

Photo Credit: Zengzheng Wang In February 2014 Bill Keller shocked the media world when he left the New York Times after 30 years to start a national conversation about the U.S. criminal justice system as editor of The Marshall Project. “This felt like an area where there might actually be a chance to make a

Jerome Winegar: The rise and fall of South Boston High School

Jerome C. Winegar sat at his desk in St. Paul, Minnesota when his phone rang. He was weeks away from taking over as headmaster of South Boston High School. It was Federal Judge W. Arthur Garrity, and he had specific instructions for Winegar. “Mr. Winegar, I don’t care, whatever you say you need. I’m going

Raymond Flynn: The South Boston insider who struggled to keep his alma mater open and ascended to political prominence

During four days of violence in October 1979, bands of boycotting high school students roamed the streets of Downtown Crossing, attacking and intimidating black workers and students. One of the groups had just chased away some black youths near the Common. Two black teens, Allen Moore, 19, and Denise Smith, 16, were having lunch nearby

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Cambridge celebrates new youth shelter

Photo Credit: Zengzheng Wang A group of Harvard students will open America’s first student-run youth overnight shelter in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Y2Y Harvard Square overnight shelter will open in December. On November 6, founders Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz – both Harvard graduates – met with state officials, service providers and members of the homeless

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