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Elected Officials Declare Homelessness an Emergency

Elected Officials Declare Homelessness an Emergency

First it was Los Angeles, then it was Portland, and now it’s the state of Hawaii. All three places have declared a state of emergency to address homelessness. On September 22nd, the Los Angeles city council declared a state of emergency to address homelessness. The city council appropriated $100 million to fund initiatives such as

DAN RATHER: On the decline of investigative journalism

After more than 60 years in journalism, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather still believes that a free and independent press is the “red beating heart of freedom and democracy.” But news organizations aren’t living up to that standard, he says. Nor are they working hard enough to “give voice to the voiceless.” Currently anchoring

ONE YEAR LATER: Boston Warm's successes, challenges, and future

Boston Warm was formed on November 20, 2014, a bit over a month after the Long Island bridge was closed. A group of interfaith leaders felt the city wasn’t handling the situation and decided to take action. Since then, the group has opened two warming centers, advocated for the reestablishment of treatment beds, produced a

MCGORRY ON MURDER: Actor Matt McGorry discusses feminism, Boston and performing

Matt McGorry, star of ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder and the Netflix original smash hit Orange Is The New Black, has made a splash in the celebrity advocacy scene over the last few months. The actor, an Emerson College graduate, continues to blaze the trail for many social justice causes. In fact, McGorry’s

ONLINE: Cambridge gets creative with "charrette" on homelessness

The City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs will host a public conversation about homelessness, bringing together the local community and experts to discuss problems and work toward solutions. Coordinating with Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), the Charrette on Homelessness will take place from September 15 to 18, featuring six two-hour discussions and a

KEN BURNS EFFECT: Filmmaker reflects on The Civil War series, social equality

It’s hard to have a conversation about American history in today’s world without referencing at least one of Ken Burns’ documentaries. From National Parks to Baseball to The Roosevelts to The Civil War (the latter celebrates its 25th anniversary this month with a re-broadcasting of the groundbreaking series), it’s undeniable that Ken Burns has cemented

FRANK TALK: Frank Turner talks fame and volunteering

He’s traveled the world, playing to sold out crowds everywhere from bars and nightclubs like the Paradise Rock Club to full-fledged stadiums like Wembley in London. And for Frank Turner, who visits Boston’s House of Blues on September 25 and 26, it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon. From very early on, the

NOT AFFORDABLE: The battle for Egleston Square

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved a controversial development in Jamaica Plain’s Egleston Square on Wednesday. Located at 3200 Washington Street, the mixed use development has raised concerns from local activists about affordability and displacement. The planned development will feature ground floor retail, 76 residential units, and 40 parking spaces. While the developer, 3190 Washington

BID ADIEU: Boston 2024 loses, vulnerable communities win

Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games is dead, which is a huge relief for the homeless, low-income communities and people of color. Opponents of the bid argued that these populations were most in danger of displacement and harassment should the Summer Olympics have come to town. While the Atlanta 1996 Olympics are often

DRAGON SLAYERS: Massachusetts communities fight heroin and opioid addiction

Travis “The Featherhawk” Snyder was chasing the dragon, a euphemism for heroin and opioid addiction, until he had enough. It was three days before Christmas in 2011 and he was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Detoxing in a jail cell in Pennsylvania, Snyder hit rock bottom. He then did the unthinkable. Snyder

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