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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

Saul Alinsky and Progressive MA Politics

The other day I was re-reading Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and found his observations relevant to Massachusetts progressives, both in terms of criticism and insight. The upcoming special election for the Senate seat, vacated by John Kerry upon his confirmation as Secretary of State, provides opportunities beyond the result at the polls. Because the

Food for Free

Over the past three years, Food For Free, a Cambridge-based food recovery organization, has created partnerships with two prominent local food corporations: Boston Organics and the Greater Boston Food Bank. Their purpose is to deliver food to people facing food insecurity in Greater Boston with a population of 106,000 and a median household income of

Deval Patrick’s Tax Plan Is Regressive and Dangerous

  While credit is due to Governor Patrick for his submission of a revenue-progressive tax structure, the devil is in the details. A close look at the proposal – in particular the forty-five tax exemptions that are slated to be abolished – demonstrate that the proposal is not progressive at all. Indeed, the real-world effects

Mayor Menino Wants Aggressive Panhandling to End

Mayor Menino’s office is filing an ordinance to the city council regarding aggressive panhandling. The ordinance is the first step in a three-point plan to help change interactions between the general public and homeless people. According to Sheila Dillon, the Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development, the problem was recently brought to the Mayor’s

An Elegy for Innocence

“It is not suppose to happen here.” This phrase is uttered after every mass killing in pristine and pure suburban America. The latest casualty in American gun culture was described by the Consoler-in-Chief as a “quiet town full of good and decent people.” Six and 7-year-old bodies riddled with military grade bullets fired by an

Spare Change's Editor-in-Chief Discusses the Newtown Shooting at the Huffington Post

Spare Change News’s editor-in-chief, Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, has a new article up at the Huffington Post on the mass-shooting in Newtown, Connecticut: “An Elegy for Innocence.” Here’s an excerpt: This year alone in Chicago, Ill., more than 400 people have died from gun violence — many victims are children and teens. Yet there is

Thereabouts

826 Boston, the non profit educational group that provides free writing instruction for youth’s aged 6-18, held a ‘Books for Breakfast’ benefit at Wilmer Hale on December 4th . Author and historian David McCullough, who has received numerous writing awards—including two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book awards, the New York Public Library’s Literary Lion as

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