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.
I've started seeing "Who is Annie Mulz" stickers all over my neighborhood. On signs, signposts, mailboxes, and so on.
A quick search shows me that Annie Mulz is an edgy clothing store on Newbury Street. By edgy, I mean the kind of place that looks like it might hire a publicity firm that might carry out a guerrilla marketing campaign that plasters stickers all over the place, all while being plausibly deniable and non-liable for damages and cleanup. This kind of thing makes our neighborhoods ugly and pisses me off. Does anyone have better insight into this problem...
Since he took office February 4, 2010, US Senator Scott Brown has yet to host a public town hall or open forum. His schedule has included more than 250 stops for ribbon cuttings, groundbreaking ceremonies and photo opportunities â€“ even a slew of book signings to market his autobiography. But Brown has yet to offer a single opportunity for Massachusetts taxpayers to gather in an open, public setting and ask questions of their senator.
The Longfellow Bridge has its design challenges ahead, and the BU bridge has been no picnic for engineers.
But another bridge in Boston â€“ the Chelsea Street bridge between Chelsea and East Boston â€“ is a simple affair. By the end of the summer, the new bridge, designed by HNTB and built by J.F. White of Framingham, may be complete. It may even happen ahead of schedule.
Although the men working with iron above the river are having no trouble, the men who move mud below it have been facing a dozen daunting engineering tasks for over a year.
Theyâ€™re all trying to figure out how to make the channel for oil tankers wider. Engineers, pilots, tug captains, oil companies, private landowners, and Coast Guard and Army personnel have been at the drawing board for two years now.
The new bridge, after all, will span the more than 200-ft. wide channel without interruption. Thatâ€™s thanks to two superstructures that now dominate the Chelsea skyline (anyone can see them from the Tobin Bridge). So the bridge, when opened, might be wide enough to fit a â€śPanamaxâ€ť oil tanker headed to the Gulf, Irving and Global tanks upstream.
Originally posted at Union Jack Creative on July 29th, 2011 - from two Boston bikers to hundreds of new Hubway riders, nine tips to make biking better for you, and for the rest of us.
Itâ€™s no secret that weâ€™re pretty big on bikes. We think theyâ€™re pretty fun to ride (and are kind of like magic carpets ferrying you home in the wee hours when everyone else is fighting for cabs) and we love when friends ask us for help breaking into biking in the city. More bikes are better for everyone involved, in our opinion.
And so, though weâ€™re a bit confused as to the target market, we really want to get behind Bostonâ€™s Hubway bike share initiative, which had its grand opening last Thursday. Kiosks are up, bikes are out and locals are signing up â€“ but what about that influx of new riders?