Author Archives: Spare Change

Alice Rothchild: Boston's Dr. Peace

Alice Rothchild’s work bears witness to life in Israel and Palestine. Through her regularly updated blog, her book (Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience), and forthcoming documentary film (Voices Across the Divide), Rothchild offers an alternative to the biased portrayals of the Holy Land presented in the mainstream media.

Serving Food for Body and Soul

Salvation Army, as the name suggests, is a charitable Christian organization that is highly structured. It is a worldwide organization, sending missionaries all around the globe. They are perhaps most visible around the holiday season when one may see Salvationists ringing their bells for their cause in front of mall entrances. Thrift store purchases and

Gun Control At Home & Abroad

There has been a lot of attention given to gun violence since the day Adam Lanza armed himself with hundreds of bullets and took the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. This tragic story has gotten the attention of corporate media, the nation, and from a President who hails from

International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day was held on December 10, 2012 all around the world. Personally, it seems more appropriate to have December as International Human Rights Month, because of all the reasons people complain, fight and celebrate in December. You ask yourself; “When was the last time I celebrated or even gave a thought about

Hobo Jacket

1. What experiences or concerns did you bring to bear on your decision to launch Hobo Jacket? Do you have a background in homelessness issues, fundraising, programming, social networking, etc.? Do your specific life experiences connect meaningfully with your decision? As a kid, I’ve seen the unfortunate struggle for donations, and I’ve always felt bad

Do You See What I See?

“Imagine your son or daughter between the ages of 18-24 on the streets homeless, scared and alone. Imagine yourself in the shoes of a homeless person, where would you go to stay warm? A coffee shop, to blend in, a doorway of a department store or an alleyway?” Boston’s Homelessness Czar, Jim Greene, raised these

No Voto Latino

Regressive voting laws pushed by Republican controlled legislatures in 23 states across the country could keep more than 10 million Latino citizens from registering and voting this year, according to a new study to be released Monday. The new report by the Advancement Project, a multi-racial civil rights organization, is the first state-by-state analysis of

America Demands Homeless Bill of Rights

A homeless man lies on a retaining wall in Washington. Under current legislation, such activity can be deemed criminal by law enforcers. Advocates and homeless organizations across America are unifying in protest and calling for a Homeless Bill of Rights. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Reed Homeward Street Journal – USA The United States has a long

Nuns on the Bus

Sister Simone Campbell gets off the bus in Columbus, Ohio, a day that included a visit to House Speaker John Boehner’s office. The tour was organized by NETWORK, a social justice advocacy group which is run by Catholic Sisters. The tour was intended to highlight the work Sisters do, meet the people they serve and