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Weeks after Aaron Swartz’s death, a friend takes action

Providence State Representative David Segal's 2010 Congressional campaign was a shoestring affair. It would not prevail.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 01, 2013

The musical activism of Boots Riley

When Occupy erupted last year, politically aggressive artists had the choice either to walk the walk or quiet down.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012

When Disaster Strikes

For better or worse, hometown pride is as central to hip-hop as misogyny and marijuana.
Scream On
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012

Harvard students push for fossil-fuel divestment

Throughout's Do the Math tour this month, climate-change warrior Bill McKibben has blasted Harvard, his alma mater, for the school's failure to fully divest from South African companies two decades ago.
Oil and ivy
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 30, 2012

Raiding JJ Gonson’s fridge

Don't let the stroller-pushing yuppies at Whole Foods turn you off.

By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  November 16, 2012

Washington walkabout

KC Hoye walked nearly 500 miles to deliver a letter in which she introduces herself with five words most of us can relate to: "I am an average American."

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  November 16, 2012


Occupy energy ramps up Boston’s student power movement

On a gray Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, the first meeting of Boston's new student power movement is assembled in a Harvard auditorium: about 50 students from more than eight Boston-area schools, working out goals, structures, and values.
OB 201: Intro to Tuition Strikes  
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 14, 2012

Fables of the Occupation

It's been one year since thousands of outraged protesters swarmed Zuccotti Park to demand vast socio-economic changes, but the movement's aftertremors continue to be felt.
One year later, the movement continues
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 14, 2012

Occupiers then and now

Camp Dewey thrived between September 30 and December 10 of last year.
Class of 2011
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 14, 2012

Officials arm themselves for onslaught of democracy

With the Republican and Democratic national conventions approaching, federal, state, and local officials are working tirelessly to ensure that Tampa and Charlotte welcome all visitors to their cities with rose petals and open arms. Just kidding – they'r
Batten down the hatches
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 24, 2012

Portland activist in Palestine

Danny Muller, Portland resident and former executive director of Peace Action Maine, first traveled to Palestine in 2003 with Barbara Lubin, founder of the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), a California-based non-profit humanitarian aid organizatio
International Relations
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012


Open-carry activist takes to the streets

On a recent sunny morning at Coffee By Design on Congress Street, Norman Hamann is well-armed.
Gun Rights
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 22, 2012

What are they protesting? Whaddya got?

There are at least 99 reasons to grab a bullhorn this summer.
Once more, with feeling

Trans activist Gunner Scott says, despite increased visibility, it’s still dangerous to be transgender in America

I don't know why I'm transgender. I just am.
State of the Union
By GUNNER SCOTT  |  May 25, 2012

Homegrown trans rocker Evan Greer keeps her music political

Last month, when Tommy Gabel of Against Me! announced via Rolling Stone that she's transgender (and will now go by Laura Jane Grace), I immediately wondered what Evan Greer might be thinking.
Mother knows best
By LIZ PELLY  |  May 25, 2012

PHOTOS: NATO demonstrations in Chicago

#NoNATO actions in the Windy City
Scenes from the NATO protests | May 18-20
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  May 18, 2012


Occupy buries capitalism

Seattle Occupiers threw bricks through windows. Oakland anarchists got tear-gassed. Chicago protesters shut down five Bank of Americas.
Rest in pieces
By  |  May 02, 2012

Photos: Tea Party Rally and Counter-Protest at Boston Common

As the Mass Tea Party Coalition rallied at Boston Common on Sunday, April 15th, a group of approximately 60 activists held a counter-protest. The counter-protest called attention to the Tea Party's anti-gay sentiments, specifically protesting the afterno
Sunday, April 15th 2012
By ALI DONOHUE  |  April 20, 2012

South By Southwest gets a dose of Occupation

Even before Occupy protesters rallied on Sixth Street last Friday — bandanas wrapped around their grills, middle fingers raised — you could easily argue that social justice was the centerpiece of South by Southwest 2012.
Anonymous wrecks
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 23, 2012
TJI: Mass Pirate Party Conference

Putting the 'Arrrr' in DRM

Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the 2012 elections, November 6 will be Vote Like a Pirate Day — if you happened to have joined a growing number of hackers and Internet activists and registered as a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party (MAPP).
Booty Call
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 09, 2012

After a long winter of discontent, can Occupy Boston bloom again this spring?

It's been a long winter for Occupy. Chased from its marquee encampments — Boston included — the leaderless movement has struggled to maintain momentum, even as it's become a convenient target for desperate Republican candidates.
Organizing chaos
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 24, 2012


Activists rail at the T

The latest theater in the war against MBTA fare hikes and service cuts opened with a bang this week, as activists stormed every corner of the subway map.  
Bumpy Ride Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 17, 2012

Anarchistic and self-trained, are street medics the future of first aid?

April 25, 2009: outside of the IMF/World Bank meeting in Washington, DC, police with batons are attacking a group of protesters.
Medic alert
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 17, 2012

He will not be moved

A few months ago, Boston hip-hop vet Marco Antonio Ennis stepped into a home studio in Dorchester to cut a verse for an old friend's teenage son.
As a drug dealer, rapper, and clothing designer, Antonio Ennis was stabbed, jailed, and flamed by the media. Now he faces his nastiest adversary yet — big banks.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 03, 2012

Rising Temperature

Occupy Boston is dealing with a deep and contentious issue, with no clear mandate one way or the other. To suggest that our process is flawed because it has allowed to our movement to be "hijacked" by provocateurs is probably incorrect.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix  editors, January 27, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 27, 2012

All over Boston, artists, radicals, and entrepreneurs are finding new ways to work — together

In these strange economic times, groups of young creatives around Boston have banded together to start nontraditional, cooperative work spaces.
Tearing down the cubicle
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 13, 2012


PHOTOS: Occupy Boston defies Menino’s order to vacate Dewey Square

The scene from Occupy Boston after Mayor Menino gave orders to vacate.
Thousands rallied on the Greenway, and protesters packed up much of the camp for safekeeping | December 8, 2011
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  December 09, 2011

Photos: Occupy Boston plans financial district take-over

Hundreds of fiscally wary citizens gathered on Boston Common Tuesday, September 27, to organize a lasting protest occupation of Boston’s financial district.
Big money meets big opposition in Boston
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  September 30, 2011

Slideshow: Selections from ''We Shall Not Be Moved''

We Shall Not Be Moved is an on-going multimedia documentary project by Kelly Creedon, in partnership with City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant Association. The project tells the story of a growing grassroots movement that is using the power of bri
From the exhibit at Roxbury Community College's Resnikoff Gallery
By KELLY CREEDON  |  September 30, 2011

Young activists explore police department

There are three streets in Portland that police lieutenant Janine Roberts won't walk down alone, learned a group of interested citizens organized by the League of Young Voters on a visit to the Portland Police Department last Wednesday.
Portland 101
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011