The Scope: Boston

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The Scope is a digital storytelling lab based out of the Media Innovation program at Northeastern University. We tell stories of hope, justice and resilience through local accountability journalism that engages both community members and policy makers. Our work is inspired by Homicide Watch Boston, part of a network of crime beat websites founded by Chris and Laura Amico. We first expanded our mis

The Scope is a digital storytelling lab based out of the Media Innovation program at Northeastern University. We tell stories of hope, justice and resilience through local accountability journalism that engages both community members and policy makers. Our work is inspired by Homicide Watch Boston, part of a network of crime beat websites founded by Chris and Laura Amico. We first expanded our mis

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Boston While Black hosted a family reunion event at The Lawn on D on Saturday coinciding with the membership network's f...
07/27/2021
Family reunion event at The Lawn on D celebrates a year of Boston While Black membership network

Boston While Black hosted a family reunion event at The Lawn on D on Saturday coinciding with the membership network's first anniversary

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Hugs and smiles filled The Lawn on D last Saturday as families and Boston residents reunited. The joyful sounds of children at play mixed with the laughter of many friends, together, again Boston While Black hosted a “Family Reunion” event at the popular gathering spot in South Boston.Adults and...

Two Dorchester-based nonprofits have joined forces to create weekly art workshops for children and to help build opportu...
07/26/2021
Children’s artistic community blossoms in partnership between Dorchester nonprofits

Two Dorchester-based nonprofits have joined forces to create weekly art workshops for children and to help build opportunities for local artists of color looking to expand their craft.

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To give the children of Greater Boston an opportunity to let their creative juices flow, All Dorchester Sports and Leadership joined forces with Brain Arts Organization. All Dorchester Sports and Leadership, or ADSL, offers weekly art workshops at Dorchester Art Project, a Brain Arts facility locate...

Public servant and former outreach manager for @MIT's Educational Justice Institute, David Halbert, is running for a Bos...
07/23/2021
City council race: David Halbert running for at-large seat

Public servant and former outreach manager for @MIT's Educational Justice Institute, David Halbert, is running for a Boston City Council At-Large seat. Halbert took some time to talk to the Scope and share more about his campaign: https://bit.ly/36TE4j7

David Halbert, a veteran public servant and former outreach manager for the Educational Justice Institute at MIT, is running for a Boston City Council At-Large seat. Halbert is running against at least 15 other candidates, including incumbents Michael Flaherty and Julia Mejia. Councilors At-Large Mi...

The current executive director of the Boston Human Rights Commission CTE Evandro C. Carvalho is running to be the next B...
07/21/2021
City council race: Evandro Carvalho running for District 4

The current executive director of the Boston Human Rights Commission CTE Evandro C. Carvalho is running to be the next Boston City Councilor for District 4. Carvalho took some time to talk to the Scope and share more about his campaign: https://bit.ly/3wUNkxX

Evandro Carvalho, the current director of City Hall’s Human Rights Commission, is running for City Council in District 4, representing the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan and parts of Roslindale and Jamaica Plain. Carvalho lives in the Ashmont area of Dorchester with his wife and two daug...

Deeqo Jibril, a small business owner and community organizer, is running to be the next Boston City Councilor for Distri...
07/20/2021
City council race: Deeqo Jibril running for District 4

Deeqo Jibril, a small business owner and community organizer, is running to be the next Boston City Councilor for District 4. Jibril took some time to talk to the Scope and share more about her campaign: https://bit.ly/36RJhaW

  Deeqo Jibril, a community organizer, advocate and small business owner, is running for District 4 city councilor to represent the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Mattapan, as well as parts of Roslindale and Jamaica Plain. At the age of 12, Jibril came to Boston as a Somalian refugee and settled i...

The executive director at Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets, Tania Fernandes Anderson, is running to be the next Boston City C...
07/20/2021
City council race: Tania Fernandes Anderson for District 7

The executive director at Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets, Tania Fernandes Anderson, is running to be the next Boston City Councilor for District 7. The first-time candidate took some time to talk to the Scope and share more about her campaign: https://bit.ly/2W2hnae

  Tania Fernandes Anderson, entrepreneur and the executive director at Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets, is running to represent District 7 in the City Council. Anderson is running against Angelina Camacho, Leon Rivera, Brandy Brooks, Marisa Luse and Joao DePina. The incumbent councilor, Kim Janey, who ...

The fourth annual Roxbury Unity Day Parade was held yesterday, and the Scope was there to check it out. Here's a quick r...
07/19/2021
Roxbury Unity Day Parade brings out residents and political candidates

The fourth annual Roxbury Unity Day Parade was held yesterday, and the Scope was there to check it out. Here's a quick recap with photos: https://bit.ly/36SzPUF

Small groups gathered outside Madison Park Technical Vocational High School early afternoon on Sunday to attend the fourth annual Roxbury Unity Day Parade. The parade is meant to celebrate Roxbury, Black culture and to drive more tourism to the area. Parade founder and born and raised Roxbury reside...

Boston College adjunct and medical technologist, Winnie Eke, is running for City Council to represent District 6. Find o...
07/19/2021
City council race: Winnie Eke for District 6

Boston College adjunct and medical technologist, Winnie Eke, is running for City Council to represent District 6. Find out more about her platform here: https://bit.ly/3kkujCm

  Winnie Eke, an educator, medical technologist and community advocate, is running for city council in District 6. The incumbent, Councilor Matt O’Malley, said he will not seek re-election this year. Eke is running against Kendra Hicks, Mary Tamer and Kelly Ransom for the District 6 seat. Eke has...

Community organizer and incumbent councilor Julia Mejia is running for reelection. With more than 15 candidates vying fo...
07/19/2021
City council race: Julia Mejia running for reelection for at-large seat

Community organizer and incumbent councilor Julia Mejia is running for reelection. With more than 15 candidates vying for one of four at-large seats, find out more about Mejia's platform and her plans for the community https://bit.ly/3wQ1dgE

  Incumbent Boston City Councilor At-Large, Julia Mejia, a community organizer who won her seat in 2019 by one vote after a recount, is running for re-election. Mejia is running against at least 15 other candidates, including incumbent Michael Flaherty in the race for the at-large seat on the City ...

Boston residents, organizers express mixed feelings over Independence Day holiday
07/09/2021
Boston residents, organizers express mixed feelings over Independence Day holiday

Boston residents, organizers express mixed feelings over Independence Day holiday

For many Americans, the 4th of July is a time to celebrate national pride and the American ideals of freedom, justice, and equality. But for others, the day is yet another reminder of a promise that remains unfulfilled. July 4 is viewed by many as the birth of the United States, when the Declaration...

Leon Rivera, a Roxbury community organizer, is running to be the next Boston city councilor for District 7. The first-ti...
07/09/2021
City council race: Leon Rivera running for District 7

Leon Rivera, a Roxbury community organizer, is running to be the next Boston city councilor for District 7. The first-time candidate took some time to talk to the Scope and share more about his campaign. #bospoli

  Santiago “Leon” Rivera, a community organizer and activist born and raised in Roxbury, is running to represent District 7 in the city council. Rivera is running against Angelina Camacho, Tania Anderson, and Marisa Luse. The incumbent councilor, Kim Janey, who was also council president, is ru...

A new treatment center (New Begininngs Reentry Services, Inc.) for formerly incarcerated women is coming to Roxbury late...
07/07/2021
Incarcerated women need treatment, not punishment. Stacey Borden knows firsthand.

A new treatment center (New Begininngs Reentry Services, Inc.) for formerly incarcerated women is coming to Roxbury later this summer. Its founder, Stacey Borden, talks with The Scope about per past experiences of trauma and transitioning out of the prison system herself.

Formerly incarcerated woman sets to provide housing and support in Roxbury for women coming out of the prison system to help them recover from their trauma.

Hundreds of ralliers gathered on Boston Common Saturday afternoon in support of the For the People Act, S1/HR1, which wo...
06/28/2021
Lawmakers, advocates gather on Boston Common in support of For the People Act

Hundreds of ralliers gathered on Boston Common Saturday afternoon in support of the For the People Act, S1/HR1, which would counter voter suppression and gerrymandering and limit money’s influence in politics.

Hundreds of ralliers gathered on Boston Common Saturday afternoon in support of the For the People Act, S1/HR1, which would counter voter suppression and gerrymandering and limit money’s influence in politics. The event coincided with the arrival of the Black Voters Matter Freedom Ride bus tour in...

On Saturday, for its fourth weekend in a row, the streets of Chinatown became lively, as two different lion dance perfor...
06/28/2021
Initiatives to bring back shoppers to the Chinatown neighborhood are underway

On Saturday, for its fourth weekend in a row, the streets of Chinatown became lively, as two different lion dance performances took place at the Chinatown Gate and later formed a parade route that promenaded a few short blocks of the historic cultural area.

As a young boy, Kenrick Tsang used to be terrified of the lion dance street performances that would promenade the streets of Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood during Lunar New Year celebrations. But, eleven years ago, when he was looking for a new physical activity that would fuse both his love for ...

ICYMI: Over the weekend, our Scope staff partnered up with GBH News for #Juneteenth weekend coverage. Our coverage domin...
06/21/2021
Juneteenth Flag Flies Over Carson Beach, Once A Symbol Of Boston Racism

ICYMI: Over the weekend, our Scope staff partnered up with GBH News for #Juneteenth weekend coverage. Our coverage dominated the weekend and was featured in Politico's morning roundup newsletter: https://www.politico.com/newsletters/massachusetts-playbook/2021/06/21/eyes-on-rollins-and-her-da-seat-boston-city-council-shakeup-nurses-strike-2nd-longest-in-state-history-493305?fbclid=IwAR1bXTeg5x0Kq1kJL5RIxV1h7d9LOgwYXmYULtYgAiOljYWWJN3H7kdwdKU

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https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2021/06/19/juneteenth-flag-flies-over-carson-beach-once-a-symbol-of-boston-racism

Celebrations around the city mark the first state and federal recognition of the holiday making the end of slavery after the Civil War.

The 27-year-old Boston resident is one of 30 women in the nation to qualify for the June 18 Olympic Trials in the 1,500 ...
05/26/2021
From Boston Children’s Hospital to the Olympic trials: How Dana Giordano got her life back on track after cancer

The 27-year-old Boston resident is one of 30 women in the nation to qualify for the June 18 Olympic Trials in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters. To secure a spot on the US team, she must finish with one of the three fastest times. #Olympics
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The glaring sunlight poured through the windows, warming the living room of her grandparents’ coastal cottage. It was a hot, August afternoon in Martha’s Vineyard, and 14-year-old Dana Giordano wanted nothing more than to swim in the crashing waves and enjoy the fleeting summer sun. But instead,...

05/26/2021

Although black owned businesses are among the hardest hit by the pandemic, Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen in Roxbury remains teeming with life. @j0urnalistkatie talks to owner Nia Grace about their efforts to maintain its welcoming and fun-loving essence.
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For the ballet community in Boston and beyond, this past year has been like no other for the art form, which has an agin...
05/26/2021
As Boston ballet community reckons with a year of change, dancers advocate for more agency

For the ballet community in Boston and beyond, this past year has been like no other for the art form, which has an aging reputation for being white, elitist and resistant to breaking from tradition. Read more on The Scope.
#Bostonballet
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In a highly competitive field in which careers are more finite than most, it’s rare for classical ballet dancers to stop moving. But when the pandemic hit last year, things changed. For Chyrstyn Fentroy, a soloist for the Boston Ballet, the unexpected halt left her grappling with a question she no...

Darrell Jones, wrongfully imprisoned for murder 32 Years, now uses his freedom to fight for others' injustice. #socialju...
05/25/2021
Darrell Jones, Wrongfully Imprisoned for 32 Years, Uses His Freedom to Fight for Others

Darrell Jones, wrongfully imprisoned for murder 32 Years, now uses his freedom to fight for others' injustice.
#socialjustice #DarrellJones
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At 2:37 a.m. on April 19, Darrell “Diamond” Jones stood alone in front of Cup Foods in Minneapolis — the site of George Floyd’s death almost a year prior. Then he filmed himself and livestreamed it on Facebook. “It was necessary for us to represent Boston and where we’re at,” Jones, a ...

A Boston-based grassroots union of rideshare drivers are fighting to pass a bill of rights in the State House that would...
05/25/2021
Boston-based grassroots union of rideshare drivers fights for adequate benefits and bargaining rights

A Boston-based grassroots union of rideshare drivers are fighting to pass a bill of rights in the State House that would extend collective bargaining rights, coverage of work-related expenses, paid sick leave and overtime to rideshare drivers. By @MaaishaO
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During the summer of 2018, when Felipe V. Martinez used to drop Uber customers at the Boston Logan airport lot, he had warm encounters with a group of drivers who shared his frustration over Uber and Lyft’s rate cuts. Uber says they reduce prices seasonally to entice customers to use the service b...

Nurses call out lack of improvements to staffing, pay and benefits at 3 Cambridge Health Alliance hospitals. “When they ...
05/25/2021
Nurses call out lack of improvements to staffing, pay and benefits at three Cambridge Health Alliance hospitals

Nurses call out lack of improvements to staffing, pay and benefits at 3 Cambridge Health Alliance hospitals. “When they were calling us heroes during the pandemic, I was thinking talk is cheap, everyone can say anything.” #nurses #nursesweek #healthcareworkers
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Hundreds of nurses represented by Massachusetts Nurses Association picketed outside Cambridge Health Alliance during National Nurses Week, on May 8 to call attention to a contract negotiation that excludes much-needed improvements to staffing, pay and benefits. The contract being negotiated between....

Representatives and senators in Massachusetts just received a bump in their salaries due to a law passed in 2017. What s...
05/25/2021
Legislators on Beacon Hill are getting raises, but what about their staffers?

Representatives and senators in Massachusetts just received a bump in their salaries due to a law passed in 2017. What strikes @marielacasellas, a former legislative aide is that these raises are not applied at the staff level. #bospoli
https://bit.ly/2SlccQW

For almost two years, I worked as a legislative aide for a Massachusetts state representative. I was her only staffer, which means that I handled constituent cases, managed the calendar and phone, filed amendments, drafted talking points and attended briefings and meetings in the district on my boss...

Intentional communities, groups of individuals who choose to live together or share resources on the basis of shared val...
05/24/2021
Burgeoning ‘intentional communities’ throughout Boston relieve residents’ loneliness in pandemic times

Intentional communities, groups of individuals who choose to live together or share resources on the basis of shared values, are not new, but they were historically located in rural areas. Today, they are gaining traction in urban areas.
@MattCData
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Explore Boston’s intentional communities with our StoryMap. Click on “Start Exploring” to begin. Map by Rachel Gore. While people all over the country were experiencing the crushing isolation that came with the pandemic last year, residents of Boston’s so-called intentional communities were ...

Nurses call out lack of improvements to staffing, pay and benefits at 3 Cambridge Health Alliance hospitals. “When they ...
05/24/2021
Nurses call out lack of improvements to staffing, pay and benefits at three Cambridge Health Alliance hospitals

Nurses call out lack of improvements to staffing, pay and benefits at 3 Cambridge Health Alliance hospitals. “When they were calling us heroes during the pandemic, I was thinking talk is cheap, everyone can say anything,” practicing ICU nurse Katie Murphy said.
https://bit.ly/3ozSCfB

Hundreds of nurses represented by Massachusetts Nurses Association picketed outside Cambridge Health Alliance during National Nurses Week, on May 8 to call attention to a contract negotiation that excludes much-needed improvements to staffing, pay and benefits. The contract being negotiated between....

Representatives and senators in Massachusetts just received a bump in their salaries due to a law passed in 2017. What s...
05/24/2021
Legislators on Beacon Hill are getting raises, but what about their staffers?

Representatives and senators in Massachusetts just received a bump in their salaries due to a law passed in 2017. What strikes @marielacasellas, a former legislative aide is that these raises are not applied at the staff level. #beaconhill
https://bit.ly/2SlccQW

For almost two years, I worked as a legislative aide for a Massachusetts state representative. I was her only staffer, which means that I handled constituent cases, managed the calendar and phone, filed amendments, drafted talking points and attended briefings and meetings in the district on my boss...

Hundreds of nurses represented by Massachusetts Nurses Association picketed outside Cambridge Health Alliance to call at...
05/19/2021
Nurses call out lack of improvements to staffing, pay and benefits at three Cambridge Health Alliance hospitals

Hundreds of nurses represented by Massachusetts Nurses Association picketed outside Cambridge Health Alliance to call attention to a contract negotiation that excludes much-needed improvements to staffing, pay and benefits. #nursesweek #nurses
https://bit.ly/3ozSCfB

Hundreds of nurses represented by Massachusetts Nurses Association picketed outside Cambridge Health Alliance during National Nurses Week, on May 8 to call attention to a contract negotiation that excludes much-needed improvements to staffing, pay and benefits. The contract being negotiated between....

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