Author: Mica Kanner-Mascolo

  • Family homelessness rises faster in Mass. than any other state

    New research from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finds that since 2007, Massachusetts has been experiencing the highest increase, by percentage, in family homelessness out of all the states in the country.   There are currently 3,400 families experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts.  HUD categorizes homelessness according to a handful of scenarios: trading […]

  • Angela Davis Speaks at Boston Public Library

    Angela Davis entered Rabb Hall to a standing ovation on May 29.  She was visiting the Boston Public Library (BPL) to give a lecture on the “Frameworks for Radical Feminism in the 21st Century” as part of the BPL’s Lowell Lecture Series.   Davis smiled at the audience and said,  “The feminism I want to […]

  • New MOMMIES Act Aims to Implement ‘Maternal Justice’

    The United States  allocates more money per person than any other country in the world on health care. Yet somehow, the U.S. is the only developed nation with a persistently growing maternal mortality rate.  Roughly 700 women die a year as a result of pregnancy related deaths, 60 percent of which are preventable, according to […]

  • Needle Take Back Day launches in Boston

    Needle Take Back Day launches in Boston

    Councilor Annissa Essaibi George (middle) at the inaugural Needle Take Back Day event. On Thursday, April 25, nearly 30 community health care organizations and centers across Boston banded together for the city’s inaugural Needle Take Back Day.  The event, promoted by City Councilor At-Large, Annissa Essaibi-George, is part of her continuing objective to increase the […]

  • Needle Take Back Day launches in Boston

    On Thursday, April 25, nearly 30 community health care organizations and centers across Boston banded together for the city’s inaugural Needle Take Back Day.  The event, promoted by City Councilor At-Large, Annissa Essaibi-George, is part of her continuing objective to increase the number of safe sharp collection locations throughout Boston.  Participants included the Mayor’s Office […]

  • ‘I call it my heart’s work’: Ayanna Pressley Visits Cambridge Senior Center

    “I’m very humbled to represent the Massachusetts’ 7th, and I went to Washington to kick butt, and I took that very literally and I almost broke my leg in the process… My limbs have been compromised but my voice is as strong as ever,” stated Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley.  On April 19, the Congresswoman visited the […]

  • Joint Committee of Ways and Means Hearing Ignites Impassioned Petitions

    On April 2, Gardner Auditorium buzzed as the Joint Committee of Ways and Means met to hold a public hearing to discuss the 2020 fiscal year budget.  The committee is made up of 52 House and Senate members whose job is to analyze all matters pertaining to the Commonwealth’s finances. “We view the budget as […]

  • Joint Committee of Ways and Means Hearing Ignites Impassioned Petitions

    On April 2, Gardner Auditorium buzzed as the Joint Committee of Ways and Means met to hold a public hearing to discuss the 2020 fiscal year budget.  The committee is made up of 52 House and Senate members whose job is to analyze all matters pertaining to the Commonwealth’s finances. “We view the budget as […]

  • Bill would offer college path to homeless and youths in foster care

    A new bill before the U.S. Congress seeks to give the country’s 1.3 million homeless students, and nearly 437,000 students in the foster care system, better access to college. The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY) was introduced by Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Washington Senator Patty Murray, both […]

  • Hundreds take to Boston’s street for annual Homeless Census

    “Most people walk by them, most people walk over them, and if they could, they’d walk through them,” said Mayor Martin Walsh as he stood in front of over 300 volunteers crammed into City Hall.  On the night of January 30, the temperatures dropped into the single digits as volunteers from all over Boston banned […]