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A summer heatwave could hurt Boston neighborhoods already suffering from COVID-19

Dorchester and Roxbury do not have many air conditioned public spaces where residents can cool off during heat waves.

Julia Hong and Ben Farber
May 14, 2020
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As summer approaches and the social distancing measures necessitated by COVID-19 continue, Bostonians who lack consistent access to air conditioning in their homes face additional challenges and health risks. July 2019 was Boston’s hottest month on record, with a dozen days of high temperatures...

Boston City Council meeting April 8, 2020

Boston City Council meeting April 8, 2020

Jordan Erb, Reporter
April 9, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council, News

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on April 8, 2020, which was held virtually through the video-conferencing app Zoom and live-streamed. During the meeting, the following dockets were presented and discussed: Docket #0615 Councilor Julia Mejia offered a resolution to ...

Boston City Council meeting Feb. 26, 2020

All Boston City Councilors were in attendance for the meeting at City Hall Feb. 26. Photo by Jordan Erb.

Jordan Erb
February 27, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on Feb. 26, 2020, where the following dockets were presented and discussed. Docket #0422 Councilor Ed Flynn offered a resolution recognizing African American veteran achievements during Black History Month. Councilor Flynn proposed a...

Boston City Council meeting Jan. 15, 2020

Councilor Lydia Edwards addresses City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Jordan Erb
January 17, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on Jan. 15, 2020, where the following dockets were presented and discussed: Docket #0192 To accept and spend a grant of $1,794,683.47 that will fund approaches to combat gang violence through prevention and intervention, law enforcement, pr...

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
Filed under News

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
Filed under Changemakers

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
Filed under News

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
Filed under News

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
Filed under News

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
Filed under News

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...

Boston City Council meeting March 25, 2020

Boston City Council meeting March 25, 2020

Jordan Erb, Reporter
March 26, 2020
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council, News

All councilors were present for the Boston City Council meeting on March 25, 2020, which was held virtually through the video-conferencing app, Zoom. The video was live streamed on the City Council’s website, as well as on its YouTube channel, and can be viewed here. The meeting’s dockets wer...

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