Local Issues

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My second home

Children in a Classroom. In the back of a classroom, are children about 11 years old with a female teacher talking about the subject - "If Someone in Your Family Has Cancer." Photograph by Michael Anderson, photo courtesy of the National Cancer Institute on Unsplash.

The one-size-fits-all model of public education is failing its members

A comic-style illustration of a food desert. Art credit to Shirley Cannon.

Food deserts: bringing awareness during the pandemic

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Local business leaders reflect on surviving one year of COVID-19

View of the Boston skyline's buildings lit up at night, reflecting on water. Photo courtesy of Osman Rana on Unsplash.

Boston's gentrification problem

A street lined with local storefronts. Photo courtesy of Mariah Solomon on Unsplash.

Small businesses are struggling in the pandemic: why?

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The effect of guns

A snowy view from the porch of the author's house in Jamaica Plain. Photo taken by Lauren Johnson.

Money shouldn’t be a taboo subject

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The rules of life

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Giving back to the community

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It is only right to help

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What lies in the future of the Supreme Court?

Photo of protest sign with an image of a burning earth with the words, "Wake up." Image courtesy of Markus Spiske via Unsplash.

Wake up, Bostonians — Our environment is falling apart

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Here's why your vote matters

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Christmas

An "I Voted" sticker on denim. Photo courtesy of the author.

Felony disenfranchisement must come to an end

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Living in fear

File photo of a teacher speaking with one of her students in a brightly-colored classroom.

The Boston Teachers’ Union should meet with students

Hughes' grandfather, Army Corporal Gerald Hughes of Roslindale, MA, outside the 312th Evac. Hospital in Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, Spring 1969. Photo courtesy of Maxwell Hughes.

Veterans should not carry the weight of war alone

Empty schools desks lined in rows in a dark classroom. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

School re-openings: possible solutions

A person holds a slip of paper that reads "Spread LOVE not HATE." Photo courtesy of Dan Edge on Unsplash.

Homophobia has no place in Boston

A hand holds a small field of solar panels and wind towers in its palm.

A sustainable future is imperative

Cars on the street in Roxbury. Photo courtesy of Lauren Johnson.

Roxbury residents are facing gentrification

A skyline of downtown Boston. Photo courtesy of Osman Rana on Unsplash.

Necessary improvements for our foster care system

A row of seats on an MBTA green line train car. Photo courtesy of Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

Lower fares increase accessibility

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When will change mean change?

Black Trans Pride March event poster. Photo courtesy of The Black Lotus.

Black trans pride in Boston

Crowds gather for a vigil for Black lives. Photo courtesy of Relly Tha Prophet.

Local Juneteenth celebrations