On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, protesters gathered outside a Dracut restaurant in response to Republican U.S. Sen Scott Brown's decision to back a Republican bill which would allow employers or insurers to deny health care coverage of procedures or prescriptions based on religious or moral convictions.
Promising myself I'd explore Boston in ways I haven't previously, I marched myself to West Roxbury for the Ward 20 caucuses. In the process, I ate some tasty donuts and witnessed a side of Boston I'd only read about in history books.
Passing the threshold from semi-dreary grey daylight to the inside of the West Roxbury Pub brought with it a number of surprises, none of which should have actually been surprising. First was the sheer number of people. There had to be a hundred people crammed into this little function room. At the sign-in desk, I was questioned by a trio of pleasant, preened ladies who needed to know my precinct. I didnâ€™t know what it was, and they were kind enough to look it up for me. While waiting, I was pushed and pressed back and forth by the deluge of democrats coming through the door. Finally, I was given the precinct number and instructed by a friendly middle-aged woman in a red suit who seemed to know what was going on that I was to sign in, take a ballot for female delegates, and move along.
Are you a fan of equal justice for all? Join Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders on Wednesday, February 22nd at our next GLADHour, a free after-work happy hour! Enjoy great food and drinks in a relaxed and fun atmosphere while networking with fellow supporters of LGBT equality.
Connolly to Lead Council's Review of Student Assignment Process
City Councilor John Connolly will lead the Council's review of the Boston Public Schools student assignment plan. His announcement comes days after Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's State of the City Address in which the Mayor called for "a radically different student assignment plan."
Just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Boston City Council readily presented their version of Boston race relations by making an example out of Charles Yancey, a black City Councilor who committed the egregious offense of actually trying to do his job and look out for his constituents.
The annual release of City Council Committee chairs is always a good way to get a sense of where the councilors stand in the eyes of the City Council power structure and this year was no different.
When Council President Stephen Murphy released his assignments last week, we learned that Matt Oâ€™Malley has proven himself as a willing stooge of the status quo, so of course he was handed the chair of the Government Operations Committee, which had been left available when Maureen Feeney finally decided to drop any pretense of giving a shit about her Dorchester constituents and went after a major pay raise.
Another major change was that Charles Yancey was removed from his chairmanship of the Post Audit and Oversight Committee.
Among councilors, Yancey is often criticized for not doing anything, but only because trying to improve the community in Mattapan doesnâ€™t count among City Hallâ€™s paler politicians.
Itâ€™s been years since the eponymous WBCN radio graced the airwaves but its legacy has not been forgotten. During the golden era of underground stations, WBCN was belting out its message of revolution during the civil rights times of 1968 to 1974. Keeping the nostalgia alive, curator Bill Lichtenstein has compiled a vast library of archival footage for a new documentary film about the station and the time it affected. â€śWeâ€™ve received more than 50,000 pieces of memorabilia, donated by people across the countryâ€¦weâ€™re counting on this nationwide enthusiasm â€” from both those who were there and from young people inspired by what WBCN meant,â€ť Lichtenstein said. Like many other artists today, Bill has taken to the internet with a call to arms. The project will be funded by those who care about it most on Kickstarter.com
Even famed Boston Red Sox pitcher, Bill â€śSpacemanâ€ť Lee has signed on to help the project in its homerun stretch before its Monday, December 19th deadline. Earlier today he sent out this blast:
A Special Message from former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee about the www.KickstartWBCN.com campaign for "The American Revolution."
Attention! This is Bill "Spaceman" Lee.
The premiere of Unreliable Narrator's first web series The Way of the Warrior-Bunny is taking place Tuesday, November 29. Performances are at 7 and 9 PM at the microcinema at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA). Admission is $6.00; for reservations email [email protected].
(Originally appeared at www.bostonbastard.com. This post reflects the opinion of the Boston Bastard and not that of UHub and Adam G.)
In September, Suzanne Lee had one thing that Bill Linehan didnâ€™t â€“ the element of surprise. No one expected a first-time candidate from Chinatown to give much trouble to an incumbent South Bostonian in â€śSouth Bostonâ€™s District.â€ť
That all changed when Lee smacked Linehan across the face in the polls, Sept. 27, taking the top spot in the preliminary election.
All of a sudden, what was not expected to be a difficult battle for Linehan, has turned into one of two hotly-contested district races this year.
It remains to be seen how much support Linehan was able to drum up since coming in second, but itâ€™s clear the race would not be a cake walk.
As far as campaign financing goes, both Linehan and Lee reported roughly the same amount of total campaign donations for the year at the time of the election, September 27. But on the Friday following the election, Linehanâ€™s campaign deposited $23,630 in donations.
Linehan didnâ€™t actually report any receipts in the first two weeks of October, but in that time, he did sink $ 17,936.18 into his campaign, predominately in local media advertising.
(Originally appeared at www.bostonbastard.com)
I can remember watching Steve Murphy speaking over a year ago to the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). Murphy was still in the midst of his failed run at the State Treasurerâ€™s office, and was asked to speak along with fellow candidate Steve Grossman and then-Treasurer Tim Cahill.
The GBIO had been campaigning against banks that are not headquartered in Massachusetts, and thus have no legal obligation to loan money at less than 18 percent interest â€“ the state mandated usury limit.
The GBIO asked the candidates about their willingness to move state funds out of any banks that do not recognize that 18 percent interest usury limit.
While Grossman came off as a polished politician giving lip service, and Cahill was just full of shit in general, Murphy easily stole the show, speaking about growing up around churches that are now a part of the GBIO and the importance of social justice that was instilled in him as a youth.
(This post originally appeared with graphics at bostonbastard.com)
Anytime there is a large enough crowd of people protesting long enough or in large enough numbers for the media to take more than a passing notice of, there is always pundits who criticize the protesters for not taking part in the electoral process.
It doesnâ€™t matter that many who do protest also actually vote, nor does it manner that direct action can be more effective than the ballot box, thereâ€™s always a compulsion/borderline-addiction among those in the media to focus all of their coverage on what the protesters are doing wrong â€“ which has been Fox 25 and the Boston Heraldâ€™s MO from the first day of Occupy Boston.
Bullshit aside, I figured it couldnâ€™t hurt for the protesters who are registered Boston voters to know which At-Large City Council candidates are sympathetic to the cause and which ones are just half-assing a show of support because theyâ€™re too wimpy to come out against them.
Sean Ryan was the only candidate willing to offer any discussion on the campaign at Dewey Square, when directly contacted through email.
The Rockport Legion Band, Cape Ann's community band (established in 1932) is seeking musicians on all traditional concert band instruments. We are a non-audition organization that rehearses and performs all year.
If you are a "lapsed" musician (that is, you played well in high school or college and you'd like to take up playing again) OR you continued playing after school and need an outlet to for your talents, then we may be the perfect place for you. We have players from all over the North Shore and from as far away as Woburn.