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Not in Here You Don’t: Plans to Ban Smoking in Boston Public Housing

Marisela Fermin In January 2010, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced his vision for smoke-free public housing by 2014. The proposed ban would prohibit public housing residents from smoking within their apartment units and in shared common spaces. Individuals who want to smoke would have to do so outside their buildings. Low-income smokers in MA also

The Argument for Prevention

Amid competing cries of triumph and consternation—along with some grunts of cynicism—health care reform in America will become reality. Scholars, journalists and politicians have together acknowledged the significance of the Health Care Bill, passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on March 21st as the Reconciliation Act of 2010. The package represents the culmination of

The Graduate

Robert L. Karash Spare Change News When one thinks of graduation, one might envision an idyllic campus in June, nice weather, greenery, caps and gowns, and the future with success. But for homeless people, a graduation from a transitional housing program means the beginning of a new life with a new home. For the general

From Bullets to Books: Vets Reintegrate into the Academy

The war to earn an education raged on as the number of veterans occupying Bunker Hill Community College grew even larger this semester. Bunker Hill unveiled their new Veteran’s Learning Community seminar this semester entitled, “The Military: Life Before, During and After.” The seminar helps veterans transition into an educational environment and provides them with

The Politics of Panhandling: Part 1

Just last week I was reading about how the city of Seattle was thinking about enacting a ban against aggressive panhandling. They wouldn’t be the first to do so, as many cities are either considering or already have such a ban on the books. I am personally torn when it comes to the subject of

Houseboats: Weathering the Economic

As many Americans ditch their gas guzzling clunkers for more fuel-efficient vehicles, others are going a step further and trading in their rent and utility bills for life at sea. Living aboard is a very unique trend in the United States, providing some with the adventure of traveling the seven seas and others a cheaper

Local Community to Walk for Haiti

Jacques Fleury: The Haitian Firefly Spare Change News Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” So let’s take a moment to remember the less fortunate and, instead of accumulating more “stuff” that we don’t really need, work to help our brothers and sisters in

Faith-Based Groups Advocate for Fair Practice in Mortgage Lending

Four decades prior to the millennium, faith-based community groups organized to become a very powerful force to confront the Pentagon and two U.S. Presidents—Johnson and Nixon—to stop the Vietnam War. These faith-based agencies facilitated anti-war protests nationally and offered draft resistance counseling to young men facing conscription. As these groups organized anti-war marches on our