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Massachusetts progressives working, writing, blogging and speaking for social and political change.

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Coming up on 12 years, my first political blog, Marry in Massachusetts, is going on hiatus. I'd long figured to shut it down when we had legal same-sex marriage nationwide. It's time. I'll cover politics here, a bit in my personal blog, Harrumph,... more

While I've lived 35 years in Boston, plus nearly two in Cambridge in college years, I have deep and wide Southern roots. As a child, I knew segregated schools, stores, pools and water fountains. My first college was in South Carolina. I used... more

BGEA reads like a gay-friendly support group. It's the opposite. The late Rev. Billy Graham;s son Franklin now heads daddy's church-like object. He doesn't care for homosexuals or equal rights and positively hates same-sex marriage. Lately... more

An activist from a family of activists, first-term Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim jumped right in. He chairs the Committee on Human Rights and Civil Rights. That alone lets him put fingers in many pies. He's on immigration, housing,... more

The Boston Globe has [assed my chokepoint, at $14.34 a week in its recent delivery price. Ihave subscribed since 1979 and flipping the bird is a bigger deal fol me than them. I shall move to the still exorbitant $3.99 online sub,... more

The high drama and low comedy of Boston politics surely plays out most publicly with its mayors. Yet since 1909, much of the real action and strongest personalities have been in the City Council. That's when Boston revised from a... more

Baltimore is burning but my mind is more with the Supremes in DC. I've but a lot of emotion and thought into marriage equality over the past 11 years. Now here we are two months away from a likely quasi-resolution. I do expect a Loving v.... more

The listing and the shuffling of Presidential candidates are great theater. We all figured Republicans to dance and change stage positions. Far more fascinating has been the quick and deep Elizabeth Warren-ization of Democrat... more

Say guilty 30 times for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber. Next up...execution or life in a federal pen. And for something completely different, MA Gov. Charlie Baker's Special Panel in Review of the MBTA (Metropolitan... more

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