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Let Them Eat Cake!

Let Them Eat Cake!

On January 21st 2017, the day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the new President of the United States, a news item came out about The Inaugural Cake. The celebrity baker Duff Goldman, owner of Charm City bakery in Baltimore, and the star of the television show Ace of Cakes, took to Twitter for a

Lessons for the News Media in the Time of Trump

The news media stumbled even before reaching the starting gate of the Donald Trump presidency. First BuzzFeed enabled this boorish, bullying man to claim the high ground when in reprinted in full a salacious yet admittedly “unverified” account of Trump’s Russia connections, enticing other media to awkwardly carry varying aspects of a “story” that really

Lawsuit accuses Baker administration of denying shelter to homeless families

Naikis Cepeda is often forced to answer a question from her children that no parent ever wants to face: why don’t we have a home? The 28-year-old mother of two has confronted this question several times since her abusive husband abandoned her, leaving the family homeless. On nights when she was denied emergency shelter from

10.5 million households face limited access to adequate food HUD survey finds

The number of occupied households facing limited access to adequate food reached 10.5 million in the past month, roughy 8.9 percent nationwide, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in a press release. According to HUD’s 2015 American Housing Survey, released on December 18, the households with financial limitations were those with

Sexual abuse still persists fifteen years after Spotlight, attorney and source argues

Fifteen years after the Boston Globe’s Spotlight series uncovered the widespread sexual abuse of Catholic priest — and more than a year after it became a highly acclaimed film on the big screen — the issue of priest molesting children still exists throughout Massachusetts and worldwide. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian and members of the Survivors Network

National Coalition for the Homeless criticizes HUD homelessness count

The National Coalition for the Homeless is contesting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s latest count of the country’s homeless population. The 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, released in November, found that 549,928 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2016, a 3 percent decline from 2015. But

Vice Mayor Marc McGovern talks to SCN about the city’s efforts to help the victims of last weeks 10-alarm fire in Cambridge

(Photo: Brett Boston) Days after the devastating fire that destroyed several houses along Berkshire Street in Cambridge and displaced almost 150 people, the city’s vice mayor Marc McGovern talked to Spare Change News about what he and his colleagues were doing to help those in need. Q: How are you guys helping people who lost

2016 Fall Appeal

Dear Friend of Spare Change News, For the past 24 years, Spare Change News has produced a twice-a-month social justice newspaper sold by vendors seeking to raise themselves out of poverty. Twice a month, Spare Change News vendors crowd into the basement of Old Cambridge Baptist Church and pick up copies of the latest edition.

SCN Exclusive: Carl Bernstein on Trump, voters, and the media

In 1992, legendary journalist Carl Bernstein blasted the media for its obsession with celebrity, manufactured controversy,  gossip, and sensationalism in his article “The Idiot Culture” for the New Republic. At the time, the front pages of newspapers across the country were more focused on Donald and Ivana Trump’s divorce than they were on Nelson Mandela’s

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