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Addiction: The Illness That Talks

After more than three decades of heroin addiction, I was on my way to detox again. I had been to at least 40 detoxes, some of which I completed and some of which I bolted out the door before they wanted me to, or as they call it “A.M.A.” (Against Medical Advice). Addiction is like

Reflections on the Poor People’s Congress

In June I attended  the Poor People’s Moral Action Congress in Washington DC where 1,000 poor people gathered from 40 states. The Congress is part of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and it was emotional for me for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the original Poor People’s Campaign

Former Fair Housing and Equity Staffer Hopes to Replace Three-Term Councilor in District 5 Race

Housing affordability has been an issue that Boston city council candidate Alkia Powell has dealt with throughout her life. Powell, vying to replace District 5 Councilor Tim McCarthy, who is not running for reelection, has left her post with the city’s economic development office to be a voice for Roslindale, Mattapan and Hyde Park –

MIT report says subsidizing the T would benefit low-income people

A study by MIT transportation and urban planning professors suggests that low-income folk would benefit from a reduced costs associated with riding the MBTA. Preliminary findings from the report “How Low-income Transit Riders in Boston Respond to Discounted Fares” found that reducing the cost of riding the MBTA would increase ridership for those who are

Boston police shoot and kill 19-year-old man in Dorchester

Officers in Dorchester shot and killed a 19-year-old after he opened fire on them, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Gross. Gross held a 10-minute press conference at Boston Police Headquarters on Monday, June 24, hours after the shooting. According to Gross, the victim was wielding a firearm at two officers who were on bicycle

Dragon Boat Festival celebrates Asian American culture

The 40th annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival kicked off on the banks of the Charles River on June 9. Thousands of spectators watched hundreds of participants paddling along the river while enjoying Asian snacks and cultural performances.   Known for being the oldest dragon boat race in North America, the festival gathered race teams from

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