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Flash Mob for Change

On Thursday, February 14, 2013, the “V” in V-Day didn’t just stand for Valentine’s; it stood for change. One Billion Rising, a global initiative, chose the day of love to take a stand against domestic violence. Project Hip-Hop, an organization based out of Roxbury that works with young hip hop artists to challenge the community

Souper Bowl V Serves Up Fun and Funds

A freezing rain fell from dreary February skies, but inside the Haley House Café, the mood was bright and cheerful as fans of local cuisine gathered for the fifth annual Souper Bowl. The yearly event is a fundraiser for the Haley House soup kitchen. The Souper Bowl is an all-you-can-eat soup buffet, in which guests

Is Springfield America's Second Gayest City?

Springfield, Massachuestts was chosen as the Advocate’s second most LGBT friendly city in America this January, beating out other big names like St. Louis and Seattle. The Advocate publishes a list of America’s Gayest Cities every year, and chose Tacoma, Wash. as this year’s winner. Springfield was the only New England city chosen besides Providence,

Citizens United

U.S Representative Jim McGovern introduced two constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Rep. McGovern’s first amendment, HJ Res 20, would restore Congress’ and the states’ authority to regulate campaign spending. The second amendment, HJ Res 21, would overturn Citizens United and clarify that constitutional rights apply to living persons, not

Cookie Day at the State House

Repeated rallying cries of “Housing!” echoed off the marble wall of the State House on February 13th. Concerned citizens gathered in the State House’s Nurses’ Hall to demand 20 million dollars in additional funding for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) in the 2014 fiscal year budget. The event, known as “Cookie Day” for the

Tito Jackson Making History

Spare Change News: Tell me about your childhood. Councilman Tito Jackson: Unlike my older siblings, I like to remind them that I was actually chosen. I was adopted when I was two months old. I stayed in the hospital for about two months and I’m thankful so much for Herbert and Rosa Jackson, they’re my

Give What You Can

Walk into the newest member at 3 Center Plaza in Government Center and you’ll notice a familiar atmosphere of breads and soups and a menu you love, but people greet you and explain that it’s not exactly the same. On January 23, the first Panera Cares Café opened up in Government Center in Boston. It’s

No Room in the Inn

Since the 1980s, motels have been the place where homeless families with nowhere to turn have been placed. When the state’s emergency shelter system hits capacity, the motels have served to house struggling families and individuals. These motel stints are paid for by taxpayers (nearly $45 million total in the 2012). While nearly everyone involved

Helping Hands

In spite of chilly temperatures, a crowd of people gathered on the steps of Cambridge City Hall, coming together to honor the life and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They braved the cold for Many Helping Hands’ Third Annual MLK Day of Service, and over 1,300 people of all ages participated. The number

Son of Southie: John "Red" Shea

John “Red” Shea and world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza (courtesy photo) At 25 years old, John “Red” Shea was staring at a 12-year federal prison sentence for refusing to testify against his boss and mentor, James “Whitey” Bulger. It was during those years in prison that Shea, who got into many fights defending Bulger’s integrity