Category: Voices from the Streets

  • Rising street paper star found dead on the street

    Rising street paper star found dead on the street

    Community organizer, activist, and editor-in-chief of the world’s newest street paper Raven Canon was found dead under a highway pavilion in Colorado Springs. On March 4, at 9:30 a.m., a homeless woman was found unresponsive on the streets of Colorado Springs, wrapped against the 29°F cold in a blanket. Raven Canon was at least the […]

  • OUT ON HER OWN: A Story of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

    OUT ON HER OWN: A Story of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

    Photo by Mike DeSocio. Author’s Note: The central character in this story, Liniște, asked that she be referred to by a pseudonym for safety reasons. I met Liniște in September and spent five months following her throughout various parts of her life, closely observing her experiences with homelessness and sexuality. This approach seemed most appropriate […]

  • Goodbye Harvard Square?

    Goodbye Harvard Square?

    Late last week, I found out about a meeting taking place at Cambridge City Hall held by the Cambridge Historical Commission regarding the controversial proposal to gut the buildings that house the Curious George bookstore and Urban Outfitters and essentially turn it into a mall. I looked forward to the meeting with some excitement because […]

  • Paying The Price

    Paying The Price

    About two weeks ago, my chest started bothering me. I couldn’t really describe the feeling; it was like an itching across the inside of my chest. I didn’t know whether it was my heart or my lungs. When I was 11 years, I started smoking Camel non-filters and smoked regularly from then until my last […]

  • Remember Them?

    Remember Them?

    As I sit here putting together another column, the city of Boston and the entire state is being hit with our first real winter storm of the season. I can’t help but think of the homeless caught out in it—just this very morning, I saw a video of a group of homeless people and advocates […]

  • “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman: A Book Review

    “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman: A Book Review

    Neil Gaiman respects the old gods, and that’s why he’s the proper man to write their tales. Gaiman did not just read tales that modern men have written to decipher the old god’s realities. He went back and studied the original translations of Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda and the verses of the Poetic Edda, which […]

  • 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 […]

  • “American Carnage:” Trumpism and the Nationalist Turn

    “American Carnage:” Trumpism and the Nationalist Turn

    President Donald Trump gave his inaugural address this week. In it he painted a dystopian, apocalyptic landscape in America where factories were tombstones and people were wandering hungry and homeless. It was dark image of America and the world: a strange image given that American income has risen, unemployment has dropped, 20 million more Americans […]

  • Marijuana Sales Delay: Lawmakers Thwart The Freedom of the People

    Marijuana Sales Delay: Lawmakers Thwart The Freedom of the People

    Practically hidden from view, with the exception of Stanley Rosenberg, the Senate president and Republican Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr pushed through an amendment which delays the opening of Marijuana stores by 6 months, despite the fact that the public vote to open those stores was passed by a vote of 54% of the people […]

  • Fossil Fuel and Other Things

    Fossil Fuel and Other Things

    It was just a little over 100 years ago when the automobile was invented. One only need look at today’s traffic reports to see what has happened. We’ve built a civilization where the automobile holds us captive. Most of us need the car to get to work, or we think we do. Picture the size […]