Community journalism

By - 4/22/15 - 11:28 pm

Randi Weingarten, President, American
Federation of Teachers writes:

Sonya Romero-Smith is a kindergarten teacher in Albuquerque, N.M., where three-quarters of the students are poor. Before class each day, she feeds hungry students, cleans others with bathroom wipes and toothbrushes, and offers clean socks, underwear, pants and shoes to those who need them. This past fall, she became the foster mother of two of... Read more

By - 4/15/15 - 2:33 pm

Protests are being held across the country today in what organizers call the "largest-ever mobilization of underpaid workers." Fast-food workers in 230 cities are walking off the job as part of the "Fight for $15" campaign, a push for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union.

A thousand workers in Boston held their action one day early in deference to... Read more

By - 4/15/15 - 12:00 am

Healthcare, airport, theater, and fast food workers, adjuncts, drivers, students all showed up in a big way for #WageAction in Boston Tuesday.

wageaction.org:

BOSTON, MA – Thousands of underpaid workers frustrated by low wages will rally,

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By - 3/26/15 - 6:31 pm

Somerville, MA, Mar. 25, 2015 – On March 11, some 50 residents, business owners and others marched and protested in Union Square to protest the ongoing planning process for Union Square redevelopment.

“Whose Somerville? Our Somerville! Whose Square? Our Square!” the marchers chanted as they carried signs and banners with slogans like “Development without displacement” and “Community Benefits Agreement ≠ City Benefits Agreement.”

About 12... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 6:19 pm

Somerville, MA, Mar. 25, 2015 – A number of community groups, non-profits, business owners and residents are not happy with the ongoing planning process for the redevelopment of Union Square.

About 12 acres, located on seven blocks of real estate, are slated to be redeveloped by a master developer, chosen by the City last year. Union Square Station Associates, or US2, is a consortium of... Read more

By - 3/24/15 - 11:23 pm

WBUR reports on a BPS report that found school officials followed their own protocols for disciplining Shaun Harrison before he allegedly shot a student selling pot for him, but that that may not have been enough.

WBUR posted a copy of the report, which details the incident at English High School the same day as the shooting that that led officials to... Read more

By - 3/16/15 - 4:23 pm

Watertown PD Sgt. John "Mac" MacLellan.testified today that Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev could have escaped police on Laurel Street in Watertown in Dun "Danny" Meng's car-jacked Mercedes without killing his brother Tamerlan who had been apprehended.

By - 3/4/15 - 5:53 pm

Programming Spotlights: Watch on Ch.3 or online
Here are some SCATV programs featured for March. All shows are also streamed live on our website at www.scatvsomerville.org/watch.

Looking for a weekly news digest of local headlines? Make sure to catch the Somerville Times and Journal Reading on Sundays at 1:30pm. Join Dr. Ira every week to hear about the latest health issues and... Read more

By - 2/26/15 - 7:45 pm

Somerville, MA, Feb. 24, 2015 – Despite the freezing temperatures and mountains of snow, since early January residents have been trudging to meetings about the future of Union Square in the old Post Office.

The gatherings are hosted by City officials and by representatives of US2 (Union Square Station Associates), the master developer for the 12 acres on seven blocks of property in and around... Read more

By - 2/24/15 - 5:13 pm

Please join your neighbors at this free, public panel discussion: Our Lives Matter: Art as Protest

Thursday, March 5th from 7-8pm at SCATV (90 Union Square).

We will discuss how local artists, poets and performers use creative expression to respond to current events and social injustices. The panelists will highlight their own work and how this was used to raise awareness about a particular issue... Read more

By - 2/15/15 - 7:58 pm

LinaMariaGiraldo.com brings us a new time lapse video of the storm, but this time focuses on the awesome neighborhood cleanup!

By - 1/28/15 - 9:08 pm

So far, this is my favorite timelapse of the storm. Pay close attention to Minute 2:30 when the cleanup begins

By - 1/28/15 - 10:11 am

Jan. 27, 2015 – Check out the Martin Luther King Day concert and meet some performers, attend the meeting to learn about the city’s new zoning ordinance, find out about the concerns surrounding the Union Square “community benefits agreement,” visit a Somerville High School health careers class and hear from union members on why they’re upset the new mega-apartment building at Assembly Square will be... Read more

By - 1/23/15 - 5:27 am

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In think teach transform Molly Richard writes:

"The debate around Boston hosting the Olympics has many asking, “What makes a world-class city?”

Boston2024, the private entity that bid Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, would like us to think a world-class city emerges from the benefits incurred by Olympic host cities. However, in a public meeting last... Read more

By - 1/17/15 - 2:42 am

If people reacted to the murder of black lives like they do to traffic, this wouldn't be necessary.

By - 1/16/15 - 9:16 pm

latinorebels:

Let’s get the cliché right out the way: it was just another cold winter January weekday morning in the town where I live, just seven miles from the center of Boston, Massachusetts. Wake up in the dark, get the kids going, make the coffee and breakfast, turn on the radio, start the cars up and tell the kids it’s time for school.

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By - 1/16/15 - 9:06 pm

Rebecca Hains writes about the disingenuous media narrative advanced about the I-93 Black Lives Matter non-violent civil disobedience on Martin Luther King's birthday, Thursday, Dec 15, 2015.

RebeccaHains.com:

I am a local resident myself, and I’ve encountered conversations about the protests everywhere today. Many people support the protests, but the most vocal responses I’ve seen online seem to be from those who object. They

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By - 12/30/14 - 11:05 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the home-invasion and kidnapping convictions of a man who, with an accomplice, tied up all the participants in a high-stakes poker game in North Andover, took all the money and fled.

When Santiago Navarro and another masked man tied up all the players, he left Christopher "Shorty" Maldonado's zip tie loose enough that he could easily undo them -... Read more

By - 12/22/14 - 2:34 pm

Following a demonstration outside the Waltham offices of Spectra Energy Thursday afternoon (12/18/14), West Roxbury residents and environmental group representatives met Friday with Boston staff for Senators Markey and Warren.

By - 12/19/14 - 4:15 am

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh held a community forum at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury Thursday Night starting at 7:00 P.M., and running for almost five hours.

They made presentations and answered questions about how Boston Police Department officer involved shootings are investigated and related issues.

Rev Laura Everett live-tweeted the event.... Read more

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