Somerville Community Corporation

It Takes A ‘Ville-age: Part I

A few years ago, Somerville’s Center for Teen Empowerment (TE) was in trouble, down to just two staffers: Danny McLaughlin and Sassy Estany. “And I was part-time, but I was definitely doing way more than part-time,” Sassy laughs. “It was a lot.” Undeterred, Sassy helped work to rebuild the program. She and McLaughlin sent countless […]


SCC’s Leadership Development Institute Aims to Empower the Community

Last May, Tufts undergrad David Ferrándiz was suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Then a sophomore, Ferrándiz was a member of the Tufts Labor Coalition, a group of student and staff activists which banded together to protest the university’s plan to cut up to 35 janitorial jobs. He found himself speaking with local media—the Globe, the Somerville Journal, NECN—on behalf […]



Union Uneasy: Community Members Anxious over Development

Bukhari Brown is only 17 years old, but he already knows what it’s like to be displaced from Somerville. He was born and raised here, for the most part, but spent a couple years of his short life in Everett because his family could not afford to live in the city. “I have plenty of stories. […]


NEWS: Study Finds Latinos Underrepresented in City Government

In December, the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN) released a study on the lack of representation in the municipal governments of Boston, Chelsea and Somerville. The study, titled “The Silent Crisis,” found that while Latinos make up 10 percent of Somerville’s population, very few city positions are held by Latinos. Out of the 28 executive […]