Tag Archives: Issue 03-26-2013

Sights of the City Haiku

Boston winter night— streetlight caught in the glass rim of a sun-catcher. Dark birds float to a bare tree. Underneath pages of newspaper blow. A young man reads poems by Lorca on the train, lips moving, body still. Sky of milk and slate— the sails below are whiter, the river bluer. Vs of geese fly

Thinking Green

Massachus’ians are thinkers. There is scant shortage of intellectual pursuit in this state; Cambridge and Boston especially are visibly abuzz with the life of the mind, in all its variety of bloom. So it is all the more notable that the Northeastern CannaBusiness Symposium, held Saturday March 16th in downtown Boston by the National Cannabis

Mary McIntosh: Founder of Feminist Review

Mary McIntosh was an intellectual, a socialist and a feminist activist. She was a woman of strong principles, combined with an abundance of personal kindness. She occupied a pioneering role in many social movements of the late twentieth century, in particular the Gay Liberation Front and the second-wave feminist movements of the 1970s. Mary was

The Freedom of Love

The following series of essays have been written while teaching ESL classes to adult students from all corners of the world (this writing exercise began last month, and continues to be a part of my classes). Each morning, the first class – that began this project – was required to answer one of two questions.

Remembering Odetta

Odetta Holmes was born in Birmingham, Alabama during the Great Depression to a poor, working-class African-American family. At an early age, Odetta demonstrated a love for music, singing in church and at school. It was an elementary school teacher that noticed her singing and recommended to her mother that she begin vocal training. Odetta’s father,

Living Beyond Class

We are living in a time of seemingly impenetrable race and class division. I say “seemingly” because we have seen what may have been perceived to be impossible made possible in that a surplus of minorities have gained social and economic advancement because of pioneers in political and social activism. One such pioneer is Betsy

Olivia Pope & the Scandal of Representation

On April 5, 2012, Shonda Rhimes premiered yet another television drama that would entice millions of viewers to their couches weekly to watch her newest production – Scandal. In case you haven’t seen it, this drama purportedly centers on protagonist Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), a “professional fixer,” and her efforts to make political problems go

Alice Rothchild: Boston's Dr. Peace

Alice Rothchild’s work bears witness to life in Israel and Palestine. Through her regularly updated blog, her book (Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience), and forthcoming documentary film (Voices Across the Divide), Rothchild offers an alternative to the biased portrayals of the Holy Land presented in the mainstream media.

Women & Poverty in Bangladesh

Kalpana Rani Pal’s pottery business is modest by any yardstick, but it is small enterprises like these that are helping reduce poverty levels in Bangladesh.   “I earn about Bangladeshi taka 6,000 ($72) a month from selling the earthenware I make,” said Kalpana, 34, who is glad she enrolled for a three-month pottery-making course run

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