Author: Spare Change News

  • Spare Change Vendor Remembered

    The following is a lightly edited letter from Sumner McClain about Isaac Crawford, a Spare Change News vendor who recently passed away.   I met Isaac Crawford several years ago in Porter Square where he was selling Spare Change News, always with a smile. He introduced himself as “Ike,” and I shared my name, Sumner, with […]

  • Today: Rally for rent control outside of State House hearing

    The Massachusetts legislature will hold a hearing today, Tuesday, Jan. 14, on a bill aimed at restoring the ability of cities and towns in Massachusetts to implement rent control in their respective municipalities. At 1p.m. a number of activist organizations will rally outside of the State House in support of the bill. The bill is […]

  • Celebrate the release of SCN writer’s book at the Lizard Lounge

    Come out to the Lizard Lounge and celebrate the release of “Heroin’s Harbour,” the forthcoming book by Spare Change News Columnist, Vendor, and Poetry Editor Marc Goldfinger on Sunday, Dec. 8.  The night will kick off with a poetry slam at 8p.m., and Marc will take the stage to do a reading at about 9:30p.m. […]

  • Austin expels homeless from under bridge, promises them giant tent

    Austin, Texas – The City of Austin plans to erect a giant tent to accommodate roughly 300 homeless people who were evicted from their roadside homes as winter approaches. Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered the displacement of the City of Austin’s homeless population from their homes under bridges in the city, using the state’s ownership […]

  • SCN Fall Gala

    SCN Fall Gala

    It’s time to buy tickets to the Spare Change News “Celebration of Empowerment” Fall Gala! Tickets are $45, and the event will include a cash bar and silent auction, and will support our mission of helping homeless people to recognize their power and take charge of their lives. Click here to purchase tickets.

  • Man indicted for deadly beating of homeless man

    A Suffolk County Grand Jury has indicted 30-year-old Clifton Moore with first-degree murder in the Sept. 6 beating death of Joshua Rivera, 54, who was sleeping in a Charleston playground. According to a press release by the Suffolk County District Attorney, Moore is already locked up in Middlesex County on an unrelated assault charge. Suffolk […]

  • Thank you for supporting our cookout!

    Thank you for supporting our cookout!

    Photos by Erika Hinton We didn’t let the rain spoil our cookout on August 11! Our vendors, board members, and supporters joined us inside the basement of the Old Baptist Church to welcome our new executive director, Mimi Bouchouar. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and showed support!  

  • Annual Vendor Cookout Coming to Cambridge

    The Homeless Empowerment and Spare Change News will host its annual vendor cookout Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. at Old Cambridge Baptist Church, located at 1151 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge.   If it rains Saturday, the cookout will go ahead as planned, inside the church building. HEP/Spare Change News is welcoming Mimi Bouchouar, […]

  • Sponsor a Spare Change Vendor!

    Sponsor a Spare Change Vendor!

    If you want to help our vendors stay warm this winter, you can order them some winter gear directly though our Amazon wish list here: This year we have 22 vendors who have need of winter gear that will enable them to sell papers in inclement weather. We are handling this event a bit […]

  • Ground Zero, 15 Years later: A slideshow

    Ground Zero, 15 Years later: A slideshow

    Photographer Zengzheng Wang contributed these photos from the memorial at the base of the One World Trade Center in New York, fifteen years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Flowers, letters, and names adorn the memorial — a calm, solemn tribute to those we lost that day. All photos: Zengzheng Wang.