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Standing their ground

In spite of the Trayvon Martin case, Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing for a controversial law that could promote violence as much as it prevents it
It seems like every decent person in America is scorching over the Trayvon Martin killing.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2012


South By Southwest gets a dose of Occupation

Anonymous wrecks
Even before Occupy protesters rallied on Sixth Street last Friday — bandanas wrapped around their grills, middle fingers raised — you could easily argue that social justice was the centerpiece of South by Southwest 2012.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 21, 2012


Michael Guglielmo was a career criminal. Now he's saving lives — one DNA sample at a time

Bad to the Bone Marrow
Inside a dilapidated boarding house in Manchester, New Hampshire, Michael Guglielmo sat with one hand on a beer, and the other on a MAC-10 machine gun.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 05, 2012


For Cherie King, paid employment doesn't bring shelter

The working homeless
According to a 2011 survey by the US Department of Mayors, Boston's homelessness rate is in moderate decline. Still, the plight of the working, struggling people on the street remains a real one.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 07, 2012


After a long winter of discontent, can Occupy Boston bloom again this spring?

Organizing chaos
It's been a long winter for Occupy. Chased from its marquee encampments — Boston included — the leaderless movement has struggled to maintain momentum, even as it's become a convenient target for desperate Republican candidates.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 22, 2012


George Clinton takes a victory lap through Boston

Dr. Funkenstein, PhD
We are all George Clinton's babies.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 23, 2012


Activists rail at the T

Bumpy Ride Dept.
The latest theater in the war against MBTA fare hikes and service cuts opened with a bang this week, as activists stormed every corner of the subway map.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 15, 2012


J the S | The Last Days

Same Plate/Greater Good
J the S has been promising The Last Days since he went by Jake the Snake.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 07, 2012


He will not be moved

As a drug dealer, rapper, and clothing designer, Antonio Ennis was stabbed, jailed, and flamed by the media. Now he faces his nastiest adversary yet — big banks.
A few months ago, Boston hip-hop vet Marco Antonio Ennis stepped into a home studio in Dorchester to cut a verse for an old friend's teenage son.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 03, 2012


Will Governor Patrick strike out?

Full Count Dept.
Governor Deval Patrick used part of Monday's State of the Commonwealth address to break his public silence on pending law-enforcement legislation.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 25, 2012


Occupying the New Hampshire primary

A Wedding and Four Funerals
The nation's first presidential primary isn't new terrain for activists.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 11, 2012


Kenji Nakayama takes an age-old craft to new places

Signs of the times
This winter, the Butera School of Art in Back Bay commences its last-ever sign-making classes, teaching students how to hand-letter everything from yachts to mom-and-pop shops.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 11, 2012

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Occupy First Night

New year, same Occupy
If the Boston Police Department had undercover officers embedded in the Occupy Boston First Night operation, they would have found a whole mess of juicy goods to bring back to the Suffolk County district attorney's office.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 04, 2012


Calling out 'three strikes'

Is the country's most notoriously failed law coming to the commonwealth?
Three nights before Christmas, hundreds of concerned citizens crammed into the St. James African Orthodox Church in Roxbury to address what one civil-rights activist calls "the most stunningly racist piece of legislation" to hit Massachusetts in decades.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 05, 2012

OWS 2.0

Occupy the future

As it evolves, the movement is building on a network laid down in the encampments
After barreling straight ahead for more than three months, Occupy is at its first fundamental turning point.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 28, 2011


Letter to an Old Contrarian

Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011
Most of the classes I had with Christopher Hitchens began the same way.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2011


A longing look at 2011's lost liberties

Shit that got banned
You might already be outraged over San Francisco's Happy Meal ban.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 21, 2011


The year 'new battling' took over Boston

Plan of attack
There's one thing that most people know about battle rapping: 8 Mile .
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 20, 2011


Occupy Everywhere

After the decimation of Dewey, the movement finds new allies
Forget the plowed debris field left at Dewey Square. That space is no longer synonymous with Occupy Boston — the movement is pushing forward.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 14, 2011


Mass Takes Back the Capitol

Brown out
Social activists haven't reached Scott Brown by picketing his Boston office on New Sudbury Street.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 07, 2011


With support among police quietly growing, can Occupy cross over the thin blue line?

Silent partners
As Occupy camps from coast to coast face evictions — and in many cases have already been pushed out of parks and plazas like so much human trash — it's clear that the institutional response to the movement is escalating dangerously.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2011

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