The Scope

Election Day may be over, but one seat remains contested

Julia Mejia claims victory at the Frogmore in Hyde Square. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Alexa Gagosz
November 12, 2019
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A swarm of supporters surrounded Julia Mejia when she declared victory on Election night in her bid for one of the at-large seats on Boston’s city council. Someone held a Dominican flag high as Mejia made the rounds at the Frogmore in Jamaica Plain and the crowd shouted “power to the people” and “si se pue...

Changemaker: Anne Rousseau, co-founder of JP Progressives

Anne Rousseau is the co-founder of JP Progressives. Photo by Eileen O'Grady.

Ali Dusinberre
November 4, 2019
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Anne Rousseau discovered a passion for grassroots campaigning and progressive politics around a decade ago, after working on the election of former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Although she had volunteered for presidential campaigns in the past, there was something about organizing for a loc...

Can rent control end displacement? At-large candidates discuss in community forum

Candidates discussed affordable housing measures, including rent control. Above (left to right) Councilor Michael Flaherty, Alejandra St. Guillen, Councilor Michelle Wu, Julia Mejia, Erin Murphy, David Halbert, Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Alexa Gagosz
October 22, 2019
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Lifelong Dorchester resident Alma Chisholm sat alone in the main hall of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, having arrived early for the “grassroots solidarity,” at-large City Council candidate forum held on Oct. 9. “I never miss the city councilor general election,” said Chisholm, a registered Demo...

Opioid crisis touches lives of City Council candidates

City Councilor at-large candidate Erin Murphy has repeatedly told voters that the opioid epidemic has impacted her personally. Up until last week, at the Right to the City forum on Oct. 9, she had never publicly disclosed any details. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Alexa Gagosz
October 22, 2019
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City Councilor at-large candidate Erin Murphy has repeatedly told voters the opioid epidemic impacts her personally, without publicly disclosing any details. That is, until a campaign event earlier this month. At the Right to the City forum on Oct. 9, the audience gathered at the Islamic Society of Bosto...

At-large candidates propose eliminating MBTA fares, make climate justice a priority

City Councilor at-large Michelle Wu (far right) as she discusses scrapping the MBTA fares. Next to her is City-Councilor at-large Annissa Essaibi-George (middle) and at-large candidate Julia Mejia (left).

Alexa Gagosz
October 4, 2019
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Most of the remaining at-large City Council contenders agree: MBTA fares are too high and should be reduced or scrapped altogether.  On Wednesday night, at the at-large candidate forum on energy and the environment held at the central branch of the Boston Public Library, Michelle Wu repeated her claim that residents can...

At-large candidates call for separate planning department, question exam school admissions

(From left to right) At-large City Councilor candidates, Councilor Michael Flaherty, Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, Alejandra St. Guillen, Erin Murphy, David Halbert, Julia Mejia and Councilor Michelle Wu, met on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Florian Hall to discuss voters' issues. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Alexa Gagosz
October 3, 2019
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Following a week of victory parties and media coverage, seven of the eight finalists for at-large City Council seats congregated for a candidate forum in Dorchester on Tuesday night, after clinching their spots in a race that could bring Boston’s most historically diverse legislative body. Last week...

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