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Changemaker: Mary Savoca, co-owner of South End sustainable fashion boutique

Mary Savoca, co-founder of sustainable fashion boutique, Ash and Rose. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Nia Beckett
November 7, 2019
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Amid an industry saturated with fast fashion brands, Mary Savoca, 30, prioritizes sustainability at South End boutique Ash & Rose. Growing up, Mary Savoca learned from her mother, Nea Savoca, to be mindful about only buying things she needed or loved. She pursues those values at Ash & Rose, which the mother-dau...

South End bookseller wins national award for empowering youth

More Than Words Graduate Mehki Jordan on stage with other finalists for Small Business Awards at eBay Open. Photo courtesy of eBay.

August 28, 2019
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By Catherine McGloin More Than Words, a nonprofit bookseller based in Boston’s South End, won eBay’s Small Business of the Year Award earlier this month, beating 1,600 other retailers across the country to win the $15,000 prize. But for the social enterprise — which runs an employment and trainin...

South End: Where have All the Activists Gone?

South End residents protested affordable housing losses in the 1960s. Today, activism is far more rare. Photo provided by Northeastern University, Archives and Special Collections Division.

Veer Mudambi
December 7, 2018
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By Veer Mudambi, Yuan Tian & Abhishek Majumdar “Urban renewal” programs are not uncommon in city neighborhoods, but typically the process occurs only once. Boston’s South End is one of the few neighborhoods that can claim to have gone through the metamorphosis twice. Nearly 50 years ago, res...

City of Boston’s response to COVID-19: the latest updates

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Catherine McGloin, Editor-in-chief
May 26, 2020
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Read about how we're covering COVID-19 and our sustained commitment to telling stories of hope, justice and resilience. Tuesday, May 26, 2020 A $6 million fund has been set up to support the safe reopening of small businesses in Boston. The Reopen Boston Fund, will award grants of up to $2,000 to sma...

Boston’s grocery workers demand more protection and hazard pay during pandemic

workers and their supporters lined Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End at 11 a.m. April 7.

Catherine McGloin, Editor-in-chief
April 16, 2020
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Boston-area grocery store workers lined up six-feet apart, faces masked, along Harrison Avenue outside Whole Foods on Tuesday morning, to protest against in-store working conditions and lack of protection against COVID-19. Customers and workers’ rights activists joined workers to demand that management at Stop & Shop, Whole ...

What to know about paying rent and evictions in Boston during COVID-19

What to know about paying rent and evictions in Boston during COVID-19

Eileen O'Grady, Editor
April 9, 2020
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UPDATED: April 20, 2020 With the closure of non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic, April saw many Boston residents out of a job and struggling to pay rent for the first time since the outbreak began, while some face the threat of eviction. As uncertainty over future rent...

Changemaker: Cassie Hurd, safe consumption site advocate and SIF MA Now founder

SIFMA Now members protest in Downtown Boston at a

Delia Harrington
January 13, 2020
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When it comes to the opioid epidemic, Cassie Hurd thinks it’s time for bold action and she has the solution: safe consumption sites.  The founding member of advocacy group SIF MA Now has spent the last three years advocating for safe injection facilities and safe consumption sites. Hurd says the...

Changemaker: Alice Stone, documentary filmmaker

Alice Stone at work at the Boston Center for the Arts Building, the Cyclorama in the South End. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Paige Stern
November 15, 2019
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When Alice Stone graduated from Harvard University in 1985, she had two goals: Learn filmmaking and live in Manhattan. In 34 years, she has accomplished both. Since she made her way back to Boston in 1991, Stone has focused on documentary filmmaking and, more recently, social justice. When she left H...

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...

Debtors’ prisons are back and rooted in racism, ACLU lawyer says

Nusrat Choudhury, deputy director of the national ACLU’s Racial Justice Program spoke last week at Boston University School of Public health. Photo courtesy of Boston University.

Catherine McGloin
September 25, 2019
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By Catherine McGloin Debtors' prisons are back and, according to ACLU lawyer Nusrat Choudhury, it’s black and Latino communities that are being disproportionately punished. Choudhury, who is the deputy director of the national ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, spoke last Wednesday at Boston University...

Boston People’s Plan Assembly rallies for rent control

Activist Armani White spoke to the Boston People's Plan Assembly, Sat. 22 in Field's Corner. Photo by Eileen O'Grady.

Eileen O'Grady
September 24, 2019
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The Boston People’s Plan Assembly convened on Sept. 22 to tackle Boston’s housing crisis in a day-long event focused on gathering support for rent control. Local activists from City Life/Vida Urbana, Right to the City Boston, Keep it 100% for Egleston, Reclaim Roxbury and other local housing activist gr...

Jamaica Plain ballerino beat the odds to captivate Boston Ballet audiences

Corina Gill and Isaac Akiba in Leonid Yakobson's Rodin; photo by Rachel Neville Photography; courtesy of Boston Ballet

Paige Stern
August 28, 2019
Filed under Features

Growing up, Isaac Akiba was a well rounded athletic machine. If he had chosen a typical path, he would have likely gone on to play high school football and to graduate with the rest of his peers.  But that never happened.  Instead, at nine years old, Akiba auditioned for the Boston Ballet’s Citydance ...

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