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

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Only the latest much publicized multiple gun murder...this time in Virginia...raises the curtain on guns-don't-kill v. gun-control-laws-save-lives choruses. Let's get real this afternoon. That doesn't go any place. Shout over the fence. I'm... more

For those younguns who say, "I wasn't even born yet" as an excuse for ignorance, let's talk Congress and President. The pols may claim they are bipartisan or above it all (that's a good compagin ploy) but the memories of their parties'... more

It's earlier than Christmas gear in August. 2016 conventions and elections are far away. Yet, news is oozing memes. It's the Republican clown car. Hillary awaits coronation. Yadda Yadda. Feel free to call and rant on your own (718-664-6966,... more

That was quick. Just days ago after over half a year of boosterism (and the incumbent lies), there were promises that the meeting with the US Olympics Committee would go fine, just fine. Instead, Boston's Mayor Walsh pushed back.... more

What about Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman? The instant bestseller is quite relevant. Particularly with state, Congressional and SCOTUS efforts to restrict voting, you bet it is. I review the book with attention to the orations and political... more

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

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