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Drop in food insecurity ‘not statistically significant’

Recently published Census data shows a modest dip in the overall household poverty rate in 2016, yet the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) said that progress has been “too little and too slow.” “While progress is good, it merely underscores that poverty in this country remains too high, particularly harming children,” FRAC President Jim

Teachers out in force to protest Betsy DeVos at Harvard

When Education Secretary Betsy Devos came to the Kennedy School of Government last week, she faced protesters outside the school as well as inside. The crowd outside included members of the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, a coalition of teachers, parents, students, and civil rights groups. They were out front with signs and amplifiers making it

Extreme Weather Events: ‘Let’s Talk About Them’

With residents of Texas and Louisiana struggling to recover from what has now been classified as the worst rain event in U.S. history, Bay Staters will soon have a chance to discuss and learn more about extreme weather events. Karen Price is environmental co-chair for the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. The League is

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

Protesters assemble for Speaker Ryan’s Lawrence New Balance factory tour

Protesters in front of the Lawrence Train Station, on the opposite corner of the New Balance Factory. All photos: Alejandro Ramirez. Around 100 protesters gathered in front of the Lawrence, MA train station to protest U S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s tour of the nearby New Balance factory. Many held signs supporting Obamacare and calling

Deconstructing the Ongoing Travel Ban Court Battle

On Friday, January 30, President Donald Trump sparked an ongoing series of high-intensity debates, legal hearings, and protests when he signed an executive order temporarily halting the entry of all refugees and banning the immigration of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The order received a near immediate backlash in the form of weekend-long airport

From Selma to Congress: Street Sense Vendors Meet Civil Rights Hero (and Trump bête noir) John Lewis

Photo: Ken Martin By Josh Maxey and Angie Whitehurst From Selma, Alabama, to the halls of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans alike agree that U.S. Rep. John Lewis has been a monumental figure in American politics. Since his youth, Lewis has made fighting for equality for all Americans his mission. While a student at Fisk