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Roslindale Day Parade protest about greening Roslindale

Now that there has been a green issues forum that most of the candidates for Mayor attended, I have to feel some vindication about my idea to press for these things several years ago. A prophet is not appreciated in his hometown. The placement of solar and/or wind power generators on the roofs of City of Boston owned buildings was suggested, and I brought that issue up on Twitter several months ago.

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Whitey Saga: Stippo Rakes found dead

Click on this link to watch: http://bcove.me/pnyb87tj

Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, who claimed he was allegedly extorted for his Morrissey Boulevard Liquor Store by Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemming, and Kevin Weeks, was found dead on Mill Street in Lincoln, MA.

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Dan Conley begins TV Commercials today

According to Dave Wedge of the Boston Herald, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley will launch five TV commercials that will run on both local and cable networks starting today until at least the September 24, 2013 Mayoral Preliminary election.

According to the Herald, three of the issues in Conley's commercials will focus on:

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Socially Responsible Investing Skillshare

Uncertain how to work towards a secure financial future while living out your values? Join Socializing for Justice for a Socially Responsible Investing Skillshare on August 5th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

How do we manage our savings to best sustain ourselves and support our vision of a more just economy? This is a chance to learn investment basics and discuss financial management with a local progressive activist and finance professional. No prior knowledge expected: we'll start with fundamentals and definitions. Participants should come away with a more intuitive sense of how to use investments, and ideas about how to research and choose between different financial tools without checking your politics at the door.

6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner
6:30-8:30 Training and Q & A

DIRECTIONS - The NonProfit Center is located one block from South Station at 89 South Street. The Center is accessible through the main lobby to people who have restricted physical abilities.

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Skillshare on the Art of the Schmooze

**Please note: This was originally scheduled for Thursday, September 5th which coincided with Rosh Hashanah, the new date is Tuesday, September 3rd.**

Do you often get stuck in conversations? Not know how to approach people at networking events? Join Socializing for Justice for a fast-paced, fun & interactive Skillshare on the Art of the Schmooze on Tuesday, September 3rd, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

Register at www.sojust.org - Newcomers always welcomed!

Fee: $10-$20 (sliding scale) is split with the trainer.
Limited space - register ahead of time.
Credit cards accepted online. Cash only at the door (if space available).

SoJust's Co-Founder, Robbie Samuels, who is well known for his schmoozing skills, is this month's trainer.

Art of the Schmooze

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Michael Graham: "It's Open Season on Black Boys" Hate.

Right wing radio host Michael Graham has a photo of George Zimmerman as the avatar on his twitter account. The picture he chose was the one taken by police after George shot and killed Trayvon Martin, presumptively in self-defense, on February 26, 2012. Why?

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Crowdsourced photo ID

So, my wife was given a reproduction of a photo when she took her job with the city several years ago. We love the picture and have it hanging in our home, but I have never been able (through moderate-to-no actual research) to discern the timeframe, location, or persons captured in the photo. I was hoping some of you could help me crowdsource the answer. Rather than pull it out of the frame and disturb what is kind of a flimsy copy, I took a reasonably good pic with my phone. Help me UHub, you're my only hope.

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Boston Mayor Ballot Order for September 24, 2013

*The following is the ballot order for the September 24, 2013 Preliminary Election for Boston Mayor:

1. Charles L Clemons Jr

2. Bill Walczak

3. Charles Calvin Yancey

4. Rob Consalvo

5. Charlotte Golar Richie

6. Michael P Ross

7. Martin J Walsh

8. John R Connolly

9. Felix G Arroyo

10. David James Wyatt

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Late Fenway commuter rail train

Went to see the Sox play the Padres at Fenway tonight. Took the 4:56 p.m. Commuter Rail from Worcester to Yawkey Station. Left the game a little early to catch the 10:30 p.m. train back to Worcester. Uponarrival at the Yawkey T platform the digital news sign was posting "Train not moving in Worcester, presently 85 mins late" then each min we waited, the time on the sign increased.
We found alternative transportation back to the Worcester train station.
Does anyone know when or if the train ever showed up at Yawkey Sta. to pick up the Fenway passengers?

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Bennett's Mayoral Candidate Power Rankings (July 1, 2013)

With 86 days to go to the September 24, 2013 Preliminary Election, the following list is the Power Rankings of Boston Mayoral Candidates as July 1, 2013. Just to note, David Portnoy, John Laing, and Robert Cappucci who had been ranked previously did not make the ballot and thus have been eliminated:

1. John R Connolly, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 10)

2. Martin J Walsh, Savin Hill (Ward 13, Precinct 10)

3. Charlotte Golar Richie, Meeting House Hill (Ward 15, Precinct 3)

4. Daniel F Conley, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 20)

5. Rob Consalvo, Hyde Park (Ward 18, Precinct 18)

6. Felix G Arroyo, Jamaica Plain (Ward 19, Precinct 7)

7. Charles L Clemons Jr Dorchester (Ward 14, Precinct 4)

8. Michael P Ross, Mission Hill (Ward 10, Precinct 5)

9. Bill Walczak, Savin Hill(Ward 13, Precinct 10)

10. Charles Calvin Yancey, Mattapan (Ward 17, Precinct 3)

11. John F Barros, Uphams Corner(Ward 13, Precinct 5)

12. David James Wyatt, Roxbury (Ward 11, Precinct 2)

ANALYSIS of MAYORAL CANDIDATE RANKINGS

1. John R Connolly, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 10) (Previous Rank #2)

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Wynn versus Suffolk Downs finds Wynn in lead

Those following the casino application and licensing drama are a small crowd compared with those yawning about the process and the time it has consumed.
There is a great deal of not caring held among the people of Massachusetts about casinos – and three are coming in 2014 although the first openings may not come until 2015.
All the major action in this expanded gaming tableau is taking place in Everett and to a lesser extent these days in the Revere/East Boston nexus. The referendum in Everett last week on whether or not that industrial, middle class city would welcome a casino showed that those against such a facility on a contaminated 35-acre site were very hard to find.
Eighty-six per cent of the more than 5500 who voted cast a ballot in favor of Steve Wynn’s planned $1.2 billion investment. The general sentiment in Everett is that the casino is a bonus, a cash cow, a jobs provider and an overall plus for the hardscrabble city.
It is all of those indeed – and more.
Wynn’s salient into Everett has not caused the folks at Suffolk Downs to change their business model at all as they too go about the task of trying to gain a license at the famed racetrack.

RAW VIDEO: Joe Biden's Motorcade in Southie


At 1:30PM on 6/22/13, Vice President Joe Biden and his motorcade drove out of South Boston after getting a Hot Dog at Castle Island. The Vice President's limo is the first car seen in the video. There were two security vehicles ahead of him. The rest of his entourage follows.

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Beach for Justice

Looking to meet like-minded progressives while working on your tan? Well, bring your sunscreen - we'll be soaking up the sun for justice at Carson Beach, 600 William Day Blvd, South Boston on Saturday, July 20th!

We'll be there from 11am-1pm so stop by anytime. We'll be the gaggle of folks having fun in front of the first parking lot! Plan ahead and bring snacks to share or get something at the snack bar. This is definitely a family-friendly event - dogs are welcome too! (They have to stay on the boardwalk.)

RSVP at www.sojust.org - Newcomers always welcomed!
Donation: $2 cash.

Never been to Carson Beach? Check out all the amenities!
DIRECTIONS: Take the Red Line to JFK/UMass. Exit the station to your right. Take the second exit of the rotary (or go straight through) and walk towards the beach. * Public Parking: Free public parking is available. * Bus: Take MBTA Route 5, 8, 11, 16, or 41.

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On Twitter? Follow @SoJust and SoJust's Co-Founder @RobbieSamuels #sojust

Socializing for Justice - www.sojust.org

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Productivity Tech Tips Skillshare

Ever wonder how busy people get so much done? Secrets revealed! Join Socializing for Justice for a Productivity Tech Tips Skillshare on July 8, 6:00 - 8:30 PM. [Note: This is the 2nd Monday in July.]

SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We create social spaces that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which builds our individual capacity to make a difference in the world.

Register at www.sojust.org - Newcomers always welcomed!

Fee: $10-$20 (sliding scale) is split with the trainer.
Limited space - register ahead of time.
Credit cards accepted online. Cash only at the door (if space available).

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6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner
6:30-8:30 Training and Q & A

Productivity Tech Tips

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NFL: Is Tim Tebow the next Steve Young?

To lighten up the political discussion here in Boston, with the most popular athlete in the world coming to understudy Tom Brady as the future Quarterback of our New England Patriots, I ask all those who participate on UniversalHub.com to give their answer on whether they believe that Tim Tebow is the second coming of Steve Young? Please answer any way you like.

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Update on Boston Mayoral Race signature total

According to members of the Boston Elections Department that asked to remain nameless out of fear of losing their job said that it is unlikely both Robert Cappucci and John Laing will make the ballot.

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Charles Clemons and Mike Ross make Mayoral Ballot

Both Touch 106.1FM Radio King Charles Clemons and former Boston City Council President Mike Ross qualified for the September 24, 2013 Preliminary Election with an impressive 3000 plus signatures to make the ballot for Boston Mayor according to Boston Elections Commissioner Sabino Piemonte.

Clemons and Ross join Arroyo, Barros, Conley, Connolly, Consalvo, Richie, Walsh, Walzciak, Wyatt, and Yancey.

The Mayoral Contest has twelve strong candidates while the Councilor At-Large Race has 18 candidates who have qualified.

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BREAKING: David James Wyatt makes Mayoral Ballot...

It's official. Set a place at the debate table for David James Wyatt of Roxbury who has made the ballot by qualifying an impressive 3000 plus signatures to make the ballot for Boston Mayor in the September 24, 2013 Preliminary Election according to Boston Elections Commissioner Sabino Piemonte.

Wyatt joins Arroyo, Barros, Conley, Connolly, Consalvo, Richie, Walsh, Walzciak, and Yancey.

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Sheriff Douglas Bennett

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YmxJftD_VQ&feature...

BOSTON- Dorchester’s Douglas Bennett for Sheriff of Suffolk County.

Bennett's statement is as follows and he will be explaining to the voters why they should vote for him tomorrow morning Friday May 31th at 7AM on TOUCH 106.1FM:

"With the appointment of Andrea Cabral to the Public Safety Cabinet Position in the Governor’s administration, there will be a special election in September 2014 to elect a full-time Sheriff to serve out the remainder of a six year term which expires in 2016. Therefore, I ask for your support for Sheriff of Suffolk County. I am starting early in effort to run an aggressive and triumphant campaign.

As Sheriff, I will oversee a $122 million budget, the Nashua Street Jail and South Bay House of Correction, and the Civil Service Process here in the county.

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Socializing for Justice for a Skillshare on Video

Interested in adding the power of video to your social justice or nonprofit work? Learn to use video to not only educate and inform, but to spur action and engagement. Join Socializing for Justice for a Skillshare on Video for Social Change on June 3rd, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.

SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We create social spaces that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which builds our individual capacity to make a difference in the world.

Register at www.sojust.org - Newcomers always welcomed!

Fee: $10-$20 (sliding scale) is split with the trainer.
Limited space - register ahead of time.
Credit cards accepted online. Cash only at the door (if space available).

SCHEDULE
6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner
6:30-8:30 Training and Q & A

Video for Social Change: Using Video for Activism, Education, and Nonprofit Work

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