“What is multilingual justice?” The room of teens is quiet for a moment as they digest the question from interpreter Loreto Paz Ansaldo. The youths, part of the Liaison Interpreters Program of Somerville (LIPS), work with the two interpreters from the Boston Interpreters Collective to define the term. Their definition: “Equal rights and respect for […]
the welcome project
Somerville is home to a veritable army of nonprofits, community organizations, meet-ups and groups working to make our little corner of the world a better place. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and want to do something right now, why not find other people who are doing something awesome and ask, “How can I help?” Here’s […]
In the face of immigration bans and threats to sanctuary cities, what can people in our “liberal bubble” do to help?
A wind chill that had temps hovering around 15 degrees wasn’t enough to deter hundreds from gathering outside Somerville High School for Saturday morning’s “We Are One Somerville: Sanctuary City Rally.” In between chants of “This is what community looks like!” and bites of international fare from Somerville Arts Council Nibble entrepreneurs, attendees listened to speeches […]
In 2010, Randi Freundlich was working as a social worker in Allston and Brighton, where—thanks to her involvement in parenting and family programs—she was meeting people who came to America from all over the world. “What I was so fascinated by was that the things the parents were dealing with—their stories—were the regular parenting challenges,” […]
This is the fourth and final installment in our series highlighting local leaders in Somerville, which first appeared in our July/August issue. You can find part I here, part II here and part III here. “It feels like the city changes whenever we ride through it. You can ride your regular bike through Somerville, but then if you […]
When Elizabeth Weinbloom was running for Ward 6 Alderman last fall, she called herself “the U-Haul version of an ambulance chaser.” As hoards of renters set upon their new (and likely temporary) homes, she was eager to introduce herself and suggest they register to vote. Somerville is a city of renters, with up to two-thirds […]