This sandwich fights fascists

Mei Mei Street Kitchen reports that tomorrow it will donate all proceeds from the sale of its signature Double Awesome sandwiches to the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Some people are saying that restaurants should stay out of politics. But we're one of few minority-woman owned restaurants among our peers, operating in an industry that grapples with significant gender and racial inequality. Our staff is over 50% people of color, and over 50% women. We know from experience that it’s not enough to just "not be racist." We must speak and we must act. Silence would betray our commitment to anti-racism. It would tell our team that avoiding controversy is more important than they are.

Project to repair courthouse steps in Brighton turning into a micro Big Dig

Steps o' doom.

Longtime Brighton residents are starting to forget a time when the front steps of Brighton Municipal Court didn't look like the aftermath of a meteor strike.

State officials keep promising to fix the steps, but don't because they keep finding more things wrong with the courthouse that also need fixing and keep throwing those things onto an ever expanding project list.

In a post on several Brighton mailing lists today, state Sen. William Brownsberger breaks it down:

When last we checked, the project was about $9 million. My aide, Andrew Bettinelli, checked this week and it is up to $13.5 million. It is not simply going to fix the steps but will do a full top to bottom renovation of the Brighton District Court.

The good news is the $13.5 million project is designed and ready to go out to bid. The bad news is that the Commonwealth is out of bond authorization. The Governor filed a bond bill that is currently in House Bonding and includes $375 million for the Trial Court. DCAMM expects the House to take up the bond bill in September. As soon as the funds are authorized the Trial Court should be able to put the project out to bid.

Bidding is a 3 month process, and the court will also need some time to move its operations to a temporary location, so construction wouldn’t begin until the middle of 2018 at the earliest.

Summary: Good news is that it is likely to get done right. Bad news is that it will take a while longer.

Cookout Saturday to honor Roxbury civil-rights leader

The Melnea Cass Recreation Complex, 120 Martin Luther King Blvd., holds its annual Cass Family Olympics Day, noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, in memory of Melnea Cass, who started her long career in civil justice by helping black women register to vote after the enactment of suffrage in 1920 and who later helped found ABCD.

Besides free food, there will be a swim meet, bouncy houses and face painting and volleyball with a giant inflatable ball.

More than 500 cops to patrol Common tomorrow; Walsh urges people to stay away and not give Nazis the attention they crave

Mayor Walsh says he'll be spending Saturday going from one barbecue to another in Boston's neighborhoods, many as part of annual "unity" events at the city's housing projects.

That, he says, is how Bostonians should react to tomorrow's racism rally at the Parkman Bandstand.

But, Walsh continued at a morning press conference, police will be out in force on and around the Common to make sure there are no repeats of what happened in Charlottesville.

"The courts have made it abundantly clear they have the right to gather no matter how repugnant their views are," Walsh said, adding, however, they don't have the right to incite violence. "In return [for a permit], they must respect our city. ... If anything gets out of hand we will shut it down."

He urged Bostonians who do go down to the Common to protest the race-baiting anti-Semites to avoid giving them what they want - attention and interaction - and show the world that Bostonians are for peace and equality.

Walsh, Gov. Baker and Police Commissioner William Evans said that in addition to at least 500 uniformed and undercover cops roaming the Common and nearby streets, more cops will be stationed at staging areas, just in case. Evans said police will confiscate any bats, sticks or other potential weapons.

"We have to make it clear what we stand for in the city of Boston," Walsh said. "We ask everyone to help us promote peace."

Walsh even said he is still urging tourists to come to Boston tomorrow - except maybe during the rally's hours of noon to 3 p.m.

Evans said Tremont Street along the Common will be shut around 10:30 a.m. The Common garage will also be shut, but all downtown T stations will remain open (except Bowdoin, but that's because it's normally closed on weekends).

Evans added he kind of blames the local media for whipping up hysteria over what Walsh said would be "5 people [coming to Boston] to spew hate."

"Everyone thinks there's going to be a war tomorrow," Evans said.

Parkman panopticon

Brian Moore spotted workers installing security cameras atop the Parkman Bandstand today, in advance of tomorrow's racist protest and counter demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Union Capital Boston has sort of formalized the idea of making lemonade from Nazi lemons with a pledge-a-dollar-for-every-racist site. Use the site to pledge $1 for every white supremacist and your money will go to a variety of anti-racist groups.

Also, the city Parks and Recreation Department confirmed this morning that, in addition to banning pushcart vendors and shutting the Swan Boats, the city has ordered the Earl of Sandwich to shut down for the day.

Make Way for Nazis

WFXT reports the Swan Boats in the Public Garden will be locked down Saturday as a precaution during the planned white-supremacist rally across the street on the Common.

No word yet on whether the Make Way for Ducklings statues will also be sealed off, but the mayor has a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday (ed. note: Although, to be honest, if they're shutting down the Frog Pond and the Swan Boats, you might not want to bring little kids anywhere near either park on Saturday).

The racists have also forced the shutdown of Frog Pond and the evacuation of the vendors who sell food and clothes on the Common.

H/t Spitbull for the headline.

14-year-old with crowbar was up to no good inside a Dorchester Dunkin' Donuts at 1:55 a.m., police say

Boston Police report arresting a young teen inside the Dunkin' Donuts at Dorchester Avenue and Adams Street in Lower Mills early Tuesday after he'd allegedly smashed open the door and was attempting to use a yellow crow bar to pry open an ATM inside the closed donut shop.

Upon seeing the officers, the suspect exited the building and fled on foot but was placed in custody without further incident after a brief pursuit.

The kind was charged with being delinquent for breaking and entering, willful and malicious destruction of property and, naturally, possession of burglarious tools.

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