Articles by Shira Laucharoen

Get Politically Engaged With the Click of a Button

The best way to relay a message to someone that they will trust is through someone that they already know, says Outvote COO Emily DaSilva. This was the idea that sparked the genesis of Outvote, an app and website that encourages political activism. The Davis Square–based startup was founded by CEO Naseem Makiya, a former […]


Where Art Meets Activism

Somerville resident Nina Eichner participated in her first demonstration through the youth climate change movement Sunrise when she drove a 15-person van to Washington D.C. in December 2018. The group occupied the Capitol building and shared stories with lawmakers, urging them to back the select committee for the Green New Deal. Eichner currently works for […]


‘Everything Has Changed’: Breweries Move To Packaging

Remnant Brewing is trying to activate a new distribution model. Since the Somerville brewery’s taproom can no longer be open to the public—an effect of the novel coronavirus outbreak—management is moving to sell more packaged beer, which customers can pick up at the Bow Market location. Much of Remnant’s sales now come from their production […]


Sharing the Wealth: Somerville Restauranteurs Take Action To Feed All

Lucy Childs, a Somerville High School student and daughter of Trina’s Starlite Lounge owner Josh Childs, understands that so many children rely on breakfast and lunch provided by their schools. That was enough inspiration for her father’s eatery to take action during the coronavirus spread, says managing partner Emma Hollander. Trina’s began distributing food for […]


‘How do we build community through this?’: Local Businesses React To Coronavirus

Small businesses, nonprofits, and arts establishments in Somerville have been seeing the effects of the coronavirus firsthand. As the city shuts down, it seems that no industry is exempt from the impact of the pandemic.  While some storefronts and organizations have temporarily closed their doors, others have chosen to take steps to reinforce their support […]