There are so many problems in the world these days. And they are the same problems that have been around for a long time. Turn on the news or listen to the stories on social media and you will hear the cries for help. Gun violence, Drug addiction, homelessness, mass incarceration, Gentrification (or revitalization depending on who it is you talk to), displacement of communities the break down of respect, community, family, systemic oppression, broken education systems…. But where many people will talk about the problems… rarely do you see a solution offered. Or often when a solution is...Read More
Author: Adam Cheung
If you are to look at the changes in time as an issue by itself, it is easy to get sucked into an argument about “optimization” and “algorithms.” It is easy to begin to look at it as an attempt, an effort worthy of a pat on the back, if not failing in some ways, to try and change the systemic issues of Boston’s inequalities. An attempt from an outsider, with a background as an educator. Most people you talk to are saying it is a mixed bag of reactions. Even teachers who see the benefit to their own...Read More
Isabel Gomes is a Cape Verdean business owner in Dorchester. English is not her first language but since I do not speak Kriolu or Portuguese that is the language the interview was conducted in. She has owned a hair salon for years, is part of a thriving Church in the Community, and last year she opened a restaurant. She is well known in the Dorchester Cape Verdean Community. It was interesting to talk to her for me (as a non Cape Verdean) because I noticed that the perspective that she brought to this upcoming election was very different then...Read More
I recently had the opportunity to talk to the first Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician in the United States who was born on the Cape Verde Islands, Veronica Maria Pimentel. So what was Dr. Pimentel’s journey like? “I was born in Ribeira Brava, S. Nicolau and grew up on the footsteps of the hospital. As a little girl, I used to travel with the medical team to the outskirts of the island as they provided care to the population. I was fascinated by the knowledge, leadership and empathy of the physicians and wanted to be like them. My father passed away...Read More
Recently the Asian American community has become divided especially among new arrivals from China and Chinese who have been here for a few generations over one political issue in particular… data disaggregation. dis… desegregation… what? American state legislator serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives Basically those fancy words, “data disaggregation” refer to the boxes you check off when you state what ethnicity you are. Massachusetts State Representative Tackey Chan is pushing for a bill that will have individual boxes for many of the groups under that “Asian American and/or Pacific Islander” umbrella. The split is that many newly...Read More
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