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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 […]

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Redefining ‘The Holidays’

At some point, people started referring to the nebulous stretch of time between the end of November and early January as “the holidays.” Dwelling in the spacious interior of that period is a number of celebrations that get top billing in the United States: Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and the king of them all: Christmas. […]


Something Ventured: Union Press

In an otherwise ordinary building on Somerville Avenue, a spiral staircase brings you to a small room filled with letters. There are cases of them—wide, flat drawers of them stacked in what could almost be dressers. Others are assembled and at the ready, negative spaces carefully tucked around them. Eli Epstein was told it was […]


Afruza Akther Fights to Keep Somerville Affordable

Afruza Akther didn’t want to get involved in politics when she immigrated to Union Square from Bangladesh in 2004. And for about a decade, she didn’t—until 2014, when she was almost forced to leave Somerville because her family couldn’t afford the increasing rent of her Putnam Street apartment. Luckily, they were able get a housing […]