Author Archives: Alejandro Ramirez

Ego and the Enemy: A Q&A with M-Dot

Ego and the Enemy: A Q&A with M-Dot

Photo: Syben Vanoverberghe M-Dot doesn’t have time for arrogant, boastful rappers. The Revere native puts in too many hours on the stage, in the booth, and behind mixing boards to worry about someone else’s self-aggrandizing bars. He’d rather prove it with hard work. It’s not easy, though. As the title of his new album, “egO

Point in time count 2017

At last year’s point in time count—the city’s annual homeless census where groups of volunteers physically count the homeless folks they see in the streets—Mayor Marty Walsh had recently announced the City of Boston functionally ended veteran homelessness. This year, to a crowd of 400 volunteers, he announced that two-and-a-half years of housing first initiatives

Hundreds protest Trump advisors’ invitation to Harvard Kennedy School

On Wednesday night, hundreds of demonstrators rallied in front of the Harvard Kennedy School to protest the school’s decision to invite President-elect Donald Trump’s advisors to a local conference. A day before the rally, Stephen Bannon, Trump’s chief White House strategist and former chief executive of Breitbart News, canceled his appearance, which was scheduled for

2016 Fall Appeal

Dear Friend of Spare Change News, For the past 24 years, Spare Change News has produced a twice-a-month social justice newspaper sold by vendors seeking to raise themselves out of poverty. Twice a month, Spare Change News vendors crowd into the basement of Old Cambridge Baptist Church and pick up copies of the latest edition.

Q&A with Elizabeth Warren: the senator talks about the presidential race and Wells Fargo scandal

Senator Elizabeth Warren at the opening of Cambridge’s Y2Y youth shelter. Photo: Zengzheng Wang. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been one of the most prominent critics of Wall Street and big banks since the 2008 recession began. Her tough interrogations of bankers and businessmen in the Senate Banking Committee launched many viral videos, the most

City Offers Update on Homeless and Recovery Services

When Boston closed down the Long Island health campus in 2014, it lost over 400 shelter beds and over 200 recovery beds. Two years later, the city has restored over 600 beds, rivaling 2014’s numbers. The city revealed the numbers at a press roundtable in early October to highlight the early success of their Boston’s

Renters Day of Action: Bostonians March Against Displacement and Gentrification

All photos: Anthony Williams As rents in Boston continue to increase, housing activists rallied and marched from City Hall to Chinatown demanding a freeze on rent increases and better eviction prevention for city residents. After a brief introduction at One Center Plaza, a giant prop fence reading “Eviction Free Zone” proceeded to lead the moving

Boston’s 311 line can now connect citizens with addiction recovery services

Tuesday afternoon, the city of Boston announced that people looking for addiction recovery services can now call 311 for help. Officials hope this new integration will make it easier for Bostonians to find a recovery program for themselves or their loved ones. “A lot of families… don’t know who they should call or when they

Advocates rally to “take back Long Island” following news about b.good, tax money

The first big news item that inspired the rally was the revelation that fast food chain b.good will now manage a farm on the island that once benefited the homeless. The farm was originally part of the city-run Serving Ourselves job program for shelter and recovery clients. The farm also produced 50 percent of the

Wendy Oxenhorn on co-founding Street News and her life helping those living in homelessness and poverty

By Adam Kampe and Eric Falquero Courtesy of / Street Sense In 1989, Wendy Oxenhorn was approached by a rock musician to find a way to help people experiencing homelessness in New York City. Hutchinson Persons wanted to organize a large concert that would function as a canned food drive. He had heard of