Voices of the City

This issue is all about letting your voices shine. Your voices are what make this city what it is, from the leaders you elect to the art you create to the conversations you spark.

Highlighting local voices is always one of our main goals at Scout, but it’s been rewarding to really zero in on that objective in this edition.

Many of the stories in this issue are about people using their voices to create a sense of belonging and connection, like a project at MIT that gathers oral histories to honor the women who have attended the university and to inspire the women who study there now (p.18).

We learned about Jetpac, a nonprofit that helps Muslim candidates get elected and turn the dial on Muslim underrepresentation in our politics (p.14), and Voices Rising, a chorus for local LGBTQ and women’s communities (p.22). We turned to city leadership and asked Chief of Staff Wilford Durbin about what goes into writing the mayor’s speeches (p.24).

We also profile projects that use the voice to help people overcome trauma: The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center’s Survivor Speakers Bureau empowers survivors to tell their stories and support other survivors (p.20), while My City, My Voice provides a safe, artistic space for teens affected by local violence (p.16).

We loved putting this issue together, and hope you love reading it.

Reena Karasin

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