Tag Archives: Issue 05-06-2013

Boston Love

The randomness of the streets laid out as they grew, organically, in this Neighborhood City. Home of the Midnight Ride; small enough to bike anywhere; the Walkable City. And first in North America: the T, where every language is spoken, and which originally had Rapid in it’s name–until a rider sued on the grounds that

NOS4A2: A Review

Like father, like son, some people say. Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. As a matter of fact, this apple is even sweeter if you like your books tinged with tales of horror and love. Joe Hill slips you quickly into his world like slipping a

What Color Is Terror?

Watching professional broadcast journalists attempt to compete with social media hobbyists for any nugget of information during last week’s manhunt for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, many us felt a familiar dread. We know, either intuitively, through direct experience or via professional training, that media have a collective power to help diffuse or fuel

Terror, Torture, and Resistance

When I heard about the Boston Marathon bombings, I’d just finished reading Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel’s harrowing op-ed in the New York Times. Moqbel has been on hunger strike since February to protest his indefinite imprisonment, without trial, at the United States’ detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. According to the U.S. military, ninety-nine

Brian Christopher: The Aftermath of Celebrity

When Brian Christopher walked into the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in early December 2010, he had only one thought on his mind: making himself whole again. The then 49-year-old Navy veteran, who had long struggled with emotional issues as well as alcoholism, had sought out the shelter in order to heal and finally

LGBT Undocumented Immigrants

On Monday, April 15, ten South Floridian activists gathered for a press conference in front of Senator Mark Rubio’s (R-Fla.) office to ask him to consider LGBT concerns in the immigration reform package set to release the next day. The protest included representatives of the grassroots group GetEQUAL and members of the Florida Immigration Coalition,

Old, Female, and Homeless

The doors of the Mission Neighborhood Health Center in San Francisco don’t open until 7 a.m., but on the Saturday morning I was there, a dozen or so people were already lined up by 5:30 a.m.. The group included a middle-aged white man who had lost his job managing a high-end restaurant and a black

Learning English and U.S. Culture Through Service and Social Justice Education

Foreign students who come to the United States for college often need to improve their English skills and learn more about U.S. culture. Julie Miller’s students are doing just that. They learn through service, as they venture beyond their Northeastern University classroom to volunteer at several sites around Boston. The academic course, entitled “Global Experience,”