It’s a new year with a new beginning.
Happy Black History Month. Every day should be
Black History Day.
This country was built upon the backs of people
of color due to the ingenious idea
of slavery. In this country the color of my skin should not be a crime.
So where are my REPARATIONS?
Al Action needs that money
in cash to buy not one,
not two but three brick
buildings in the South End of Boston, where I was born.
IT’S MY MONEY! I want it now.
Somebody help me.
The address is on my birth
certificate plus each building on each side.
THAT IS WHAT I WANT
FOR ME AND MY CHILDREN.
If nobody told you
that they love you today,
well, tough shit nobody told
me either. I might have to find
new friends. What about you?
My dear brothers and sisters.
My name is Al, Al Action.
I am a vendor for Spare
Mr. James Shearer is the co-founder of SCNews. I call James affectionately Big Dog. Mr. James comes with a Big Bang.
Let us look at the facts.
Al Action is a black man. I was
raised up in a housing project
in Boston, MA.
He has very little formal education.
He has very little work experience.
He comes with a very dubious and suspicious past
but is a veteran
with an honorable discharge.
OK. The past is the past. BUT
Big Dog, The Champion of Poor
Folks, gave Al Action a job
when no one else would,
four years ago. Well, it brings
tears to my eyes thinking about it.
James Shearer, along with
a small crew of men and women,
started and created Spare Change News,
the nation’s oldest street
newspaper, in 1992.
it is a rainbow coalition of
people helping people in whom
the quality of services has not
diminish to our readership or
It has been a 30-year run for SCNews! WOW!
Al Action, a vendor for SCNews,
can’t do many things for more
than 30 minutes, but Mr. James
Shearer has been doing it for
three decades. WOW! again.
How many national, regional
and local newspaper have
come and gone since this time?
The answer is too many.
SCNEWS. The nation’s oldest
street news paper is alive and
well in the Boston/Cambridge arena.
I really believe that All Lives Matter.
Your life matters. My life matters. Native American lives matters, Jewish lives matter. Women lives matter. LGBTQ lives matters. Poor white folks’ lives matters. Afro-American lives matter, but …..
a. No lives matter until addicts
b. No lives matter until the
not-housed-yet lives matter, until the housing insecure
c. No lives matter until the
mental health lives matter.
d. No lives matter until poor
folks lives matter, until the lives of
the less privileged matter
e. No lives matter
until people of color’s lives matter.
f. No lives matter until the…
h. No lives matter until the
racially incarcerated individuals
in federal institutions matter.
I call the latter classifications,
Mr. James Shearer has been a champion
for all these people for many years.
Just review his total collection
of writings and his involvement in The Poor People’s Campaigns.
So I give a big shoutout to
Big Dog James Shearer, a
cofounder of SCNews.
You should too. Big Dog put
us poor folks to work.
He created jobs and
opportunity for people
other people would not employ.
It brings a smile to my face
thinking about all the fcuking
money I made selling papers for
SCNews. Thank you, Readership.
The people who buy our papers.
Nevertheless it was really
about developing relationships
with our readership which has put
a smile on my face.
For example, Robert K. of The Patriots gave me 15 minutes of his time and 200 dollars on Newbury St. while I was selling papers in 2020. I have pictures to prove it.
One little boy, who happened to be
white, went to the car with his
parents then came back to me
with his piggy bank full of money
and gave it to me while I was selling papers for SCNews near the BSO on Huntington Ave.
That was a KODAK MOMENT.
If that doesn’t bring a tear to
your eyes, I do not know what will.
It does for me.
Just the other day a lady
put two cents into my baseball cap.
I ask her, “Do you want a paper?”
She said, “No,
but keep the change.”
This did not bring a smile to
my face, but I kept the money.
A little bit of money is better
than no money at all.
It adds up. Believe me.
In the words of Abby and
James in a letter to our
Readers, Al Action, a vendor for SCNews, is “So thankful for your generosity. With love.”
So to our readership, I say also
give yourself a hand of
applause and a good pat
on the back, on the shoulder,
but don’t pat too hard
because you might fall over.
In conclusion, James Shearer
gave me a job with a badge to
sell street papers for the nation’s
oldest street news paper
and for that Al Action is grateful.
James Shearer is the person of
the year for his community
services over the last 30 years.
Wherever you are, give him
a hand of applause.
Dear Mr. James
Shearer, if nobody
told you that they love you today — well, Al Action loves you, baby.