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Denver Homelessness Organizer Avoids Jail Time, Still on Probation

An advocate for the homeless who was subject to a trespassing and unauthorized camping violation in Denver won’t face jail time after appearing in court and facing a possible sentence of up to 30 days behind bars. Lawyers for Terese Howard, 31, an organizer with Denver Homeless Out Loud, an organization advocating for the dignity,

Allston-Brighton City Council Candidates Discuss Housing Issues

At the Allston-Brighton District 9 Candidates Forum on Sept. 14, the dominating theme was affordable housing. Moderated by DigBoston Editor Chris Faraone, Councilor Mark Ciommo, Brandon Bowser and Alex Golonka faced off in a town hall meeting. While Ciommo’s positioning himself as the experienced candidate, Bowser’s running as a community-oriented educator and arts advocate and

Affordable Homes Combat Gentrification in Somerville

The shy New England sun shone brightly this past Saturday in Somerville for the groundbreaking ceremony of the 11 condominium development at 163 Glen St.   Since its inception almost three and half years ago, Somerville Community Corporation and the City have worked tirelessly to acquire the funds to support the construction of the condominiums.

Boston puts Advanced Property Management on notice in kickoff to Renters’ Week of Action

All photos: Jordan Frias About 100 residents from the Boston area organized outside of Back Bay Station on Dartmouth Street on Saturday, September 16 to kickoff Renters’ Week of Action, which is being held in 45 cities nationwide. City Life/Vida Urbana organizers led chants against Advanced Property Management and urged the public to sign a

Boston Courts to Homeless People: You Don’t Matter

My column this week was supposed to be about the so-called “Free Speech Rally.” It was supposed to be about the pride that swelled in my chest as my adopted hometown—which has itself faced more than enough issues when it comes to racism—overwhelmingly rejected (to the tune of 40,000 people) the same crap that engulfed

Mass. Activists and Politicians React to Trump’s DACA Repeal

Update: As of Sept. 14, President Donald Trump and the Democratic party have worked closer towards a deal on DACA. Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced working on a deal with the President, though the President has both denied and confirmed reports of the deal. The details are murky, though it seems

Caring for the Pets of Marginalised Youth

On the premises of the organisation Dans la rue, at the corner of Ontario and Papineau Streets, Nicolas and Angie are waiting for the veterinarian who will examine their rabbit, Batman. The rabbit was given this name due to a birthmark on its back that looks like a cape, vaguely recalling that of the superhero.

Fresh Truck Brings Fresh Produce to Dorchester Neighborhood

Photos By Jordan Frias The Fresh Truck made a visit to the Codman Square Community Health Center in Dorchester on Thursday, August 17, to provide residents, workers and others in the neighborhood with fresh produce, free of charge. Reusable shopping bags were handed to the first 100 customers of the Fresh Truck, with $10 worth

Guitar God Tom Morello is Ready to Rage:“If You Aren’t Angry, You Aren’t Paying Attention”

Courtesy photo Back in the 1980s, Tom Morello—years before becoming Rage Against the Machine’s resident Guitar God—was just a young man in spandex who loved heavy metal and practiced guitar in the stairwell of a Harvard dorm. “I started playing guitar relatively late, when I was 17,” said Morello. “So, it was actually in my

Boston City Council Discusses Action for Safe Needle Disposal

This past Wednesday, August 19, Boston City Council held a hearing calling for an ordinance that would force pharmacies and other retailers of “sharps”—or disposable needles—to also provide safe and free waste sites for buyers. If the ordinance is passed, retailers would effectively take on a burden that has almost solely been held by public

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