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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...

Boston City Council meeting Oct. 30, 2019

Boston City Council meeting Oct. 30, 2019

Joseph Handel
October 30, 2019
Filed under Meeting minutes: Boston City Council

Docket 0396 A report from the Committee on Healthy Women, Families and Communities about black maternal health. Councilor Matt O'Malley spoke at length about statistics showing disparities in health along racial lines. He also said that he understands that the Boston City Council cannot solve the entire...

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...

City Councilors pitch sweeping urban planning overhaul to East Boston community

Wu wants to replace the BPDA with a new planning department, reexamine the city’s zoning codes and create new rules for future development. Photo by Eileen O'Grady.

Eileen O'Grady
October 18, 2019
Filed under News

By Eileen O'Grady City Councilors Lydia Edwards and Michelle Wu held a joint public meeting in East Boston on Tuesday Oct. 15, where they pitched their plans for changing Boston’s approach to urban planning. In the basement community room of the Ashley Street YMCA, Wu and Edwards presented their pr...

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 students join global Climate Strike rally

Protestors referred to themselves as

Ruth Hunger
September 24, 2019
Filed under News

By Ruth Hunger On a Friday morning when she normally would have been in school, Anjali Mitra, 17, was directing and guiding people as they entered Boston’s City Hall Plaza for the Boston Climate Strike.   “I hope that, especially [Gov.] Charlie Baker and all the other politicians in the Massachuset...

Faced with a Housing Crisis, Chinatown Residents Note the Absence of Media Coverage

Faced with a Housing Crisis, Chinatown Residents Note the Absence of Media Coverage

Jasmine Wu
February 9, 2018
Filed under Features

By Jasmine Wu In 2015, Joyce Chen won the housing lottery. Out of nearly 4,500 applications, the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) awarded 95 affordable housing units in Chinatown. Chen knew that she was getting a rare opportunity. “There are not too many rooms for renting out. An...

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