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Minimum Wage Forum in Boston

Raising the minimum wage isn’t for the purpose of helping workers to afford luxuries, it’s for the necessities, said acting Secretary of Labor Seth D. Harris during a town-hall style discussion with low-wage workers on Feb. 28 at a family service center in Boston.   “It’s not go-to-the movies money,” Harris told the two dozen

Breaking the Silence of Extreme Poverty

The Center for Social Policy at UMass, the International Fourth World Foundation, Project Serve, and UMass Boston’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion cosponsored a conference at UMass on March 12. The conference featured several co-authors of a recently published book, Not Meant to Live Like This: Weathering the Storm of Our Lives in New Orleans.

Brother Blue Honored at Cambridge Public Library

A familiar sight in Cambridge for decades, Brother Blue is gone now but not forgotten. Before his death in 2009, the local storyteller, who was the Official Storyteller of both Cambridge and Boston, could be spotted all around Cambridge in his trademark blue beret and clothing, always adorned with butterfly pins and pendants. On March

Picketers Protest Price Hikes

A group of more than 70 tenants of City Realty Group, LLC, gathered outside the company’s Brighton, Mass. headquarters to protest what they call predatory rent spikes and unfair evictions. Organized by tenant rights groups: City Life/Vida Urbana and Chelsea Collaborative, the demonstration comes on the heels of multiple attempts to negotiate affordable rents for

Legislative Day of Action for the Homeless

On February 27th, a large group of concerned citizens met at the State House to ask the State Legislature to protect families by increasing funding for housing and protecting safety net programs. The day was also meant to focus attention on the need to protect programs designed to help homeless youth under the age of

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

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