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A Year of Racial Reckoning at CRLS

If history teacher Kevin Dua could go back to any point in time, he would go to the room where our country’s forefathers were finalizing the Declaration of Independence. “I would challenge everything. I would say, ‘Do not leave this room until you change it from “all men are created equal” to “all humans are […]


Are Microgrids the Key to Energy Democracy?

What if your individual neighborhood could choose how it gets its energy? Climable, a small, local nonprofit run by women, offers microgrids as the solution to two major issues surrounding energy use: energy democracy and environmental justice. Microgrids are small, neighborhood-sized grids that can be detached from the larger grid. Climable’s clean energy microgrid plan […]


Cambridge Community Foundation Raises Funds For Local Immigrants

As the United States becomes increasingly unfriendly to immigrants at the federal level, the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is working to support immigrants within the bounds of the city. The CCF supports projects that help Cambridge residents from all backgrounds. The nonprofit, founded in 1916, has provided help to immigrants in the community for years—by […]


‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

Community Servings Crafts Medically Tailored Meals for Some of Cambridge’s Most Vulnerable Populations A woman with diabetes had to call an ambulance every month to stabilize her glucose levels. The financial burden and disruption to her life were enormous. But after getting connected to Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves medically tailored meals to people […]


Local Musicians Face Leaving the City As EMF Evictions Loom

Local musician Anna Rae says she was surprised and angry when she found out that her band and nearly 200 other artists and musicians were being evicted from the EMF building near Central Square this past February. “It’s devastating for the individual artists and the music community,” Rae says. “It’s a critical resource that we […]


You Can Check a ‘Human Book’ Out of the Library This Weekend

Who’s better suited to remind you to not judge a book by its cover than the library? The Cambridge Public Library and CCTV are teaming up this weekend to let people “check out” “human books” to combat discrimination and to help people understand others’ perspectives. Participants will have the chance to speak with one of […]


PHOTOS: Juliet’s Josh Lewin Teaches at Community Cooks Fundraiser

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Community Cooks have teamed up for a series of cooking classes to benefit Community Cooks, a network of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for people in need. The classes feature celebrated chefs. Juliet‘s Chef Josh Lewin guided participants through making a cassoulet on Monday evening, from butchering four […]


How Central Square’s Graffiti Haven Came to Be

On the first day temperatures rose above 40 in January, clusters of street artists arrived at “Graffiti Alley” in Central Square, staking out a space among dozens of colorful spray cans. They had come out to contribute to The Wall, an ever-evolving art installation lining the corridor between Central Kitchen and Hilton’s Tent City. The […]


Supporting the Arts, One Musician At a Time

Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the whole […]


Cambridge Men Explore Their Roles in the #MeToo Movement

Content warning: This article discusses gender-based violence. “Those of us who identify as male most likely learned some behaviors that were very harmful, specifically to women,” Duane de Four, a member of Mending Cambridge who works with universities, the military, and professional sports leagues to end gender-based violence, told 20 participants. “Think about some of […]


Harvard Law Students Carve Out Space for Queer Crushes

Heather Lynn Pickerell and Sejal Singh stood with drinks in hand, surrounded by friends and strangers, at Russell House Tavern in late October. The two Harvard law students had invited some of their new classmates to their inaugural “Queer Crush Happy Hour”—an evening for queer women and transgender and non- binary folks. With booze flowing, […]


CRLS Black Student Union Takes to the Press

Members of the Black Student Union, which was resurrected at Cambridge Rindge and Latin this school year, will launch a news publication focusing on the lived experiences of students of color this February. Students were inspired to start The Volume by Frederick Douglass’s anti-slavery publication, The North Star, and by the Black Panther Party’s newspaper. […]