Politics

Activist-essayist-poet Jackie Wang Tackles Incarceration

Local poet Jackie Wang will not be pigeon-holed. She’s a performer, the author of multiple radical zines, and a self-described “poetry-school drop-out,” “library rat,” and “trauma monster.” She’s also a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard in African and African American Studies, and, she cheerfully adds, “I also make music and films!” You may have heard her […]


Lee Erica Palmer Inspires State Legislation

While most elected officials can vividly recall the blood, sweat, and tear-soaked path to completing their first campaign for office, Lee Erica Palmer couldn’t have been more prepared for her initial run as school committee representative for Ward 3 in 2015. “Unlike a lot of first-time candidates who can be surprised by what it takes […]


Ben Ewen-Campen Helps Usher In a New Era of Local Politics

Progressive candidates backed by the local chapter of Our Revolution ushered the city into a new political era in November, when all nine candidates who were endorsed by the Bernie Sanders-inspired group took seats on the board of aldermen and the school committee. Ben Ewen-Campen brought to the table a platform rooted in creating affordable […]



The City-Wide Waiting Game for Weed

What the Path Forward Looks Like for Hopeful Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries After nearly two years of legislative discussion and preparation, the day that recreational marijuana advocates in Massachusetts have been waiting for … well, sort of arrived. July 1 was the first day that recreational dispensaries could open, but the state didn’t even announce its […]



After the March

At the Women’s March, a year ago this Jan. 21, the number of protesters who filled public spaces across the country roughly matched the three million votes by which President Donald Trump had lost the popular vote in November 2016. The Women’s March was a watershed moment for those who opposed Trump and his policies, […]


Unofficial Election Results

Tuesday’s elections were a major win for candidates endorsed by Bernie Sanders-inspired group Our Revolution. All nine candidates that the group endorsed—after pulling its support for mayoral candidate Payton Corbett—were elected, according to preliminary results. For Board of Aldermen, Our Revolution Somerville endorsed Matt McLaughlin (Ward 1), JT Scott (Ward 2), Ben Ewen-Campen (Ward 3), Jesse […]


Sign Holders of Somerville

Although Mayor Joseph Curtatone certainly made the rounds to polling locations earlier today as Somerville decided whether to re-elect him or side with challenger Payton Corbett, the hand-shaking and general waving was slightly pared down with a sling around his arm. A fall on the ice at his son’s hockey practice was the cause, but […]


2017 Election Voter Guide

Election Day is here. We’ve been publishing profiles on all the candidates running for office in the Nov. 7 elections, and are putting those profiles in one place so you can do your last-minute research before hitting the polls. There are several contested races, including a mayoral challenger to 14-year incumbent Joseph Curtatone. Seven candidates are […]


Mayor Joseph Curtatone On His Re-election Bid

What should we know about you? I was born and raised in Somerville, part of an immigrant family that came here from Gaeta, Italy. In my youth, my parents worked in area factories, cut hair, drove a snow plow, and ran a nursing home. I attended Somerville High School, where I was in the marching […]


Get to Know Payton Corbett

What should we know about you? I’m a 13-year resident of Somerville and I currently live in Ward 1 with my wife, Jenny. Like the majority of Somerville residents, we are renters and understand the challenges that working families in this city are facing. I’m an elected officer of my local union and I serve […]