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TLC # 39 — NTRVW: Alex Morse

In this episode, we speak with Holyoke, Mass. Mayor Alex Morse, who hopes to unseat incumbent Richard Neal in the September 1 Democratic primary for U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts First District.

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Despite Federal Ban, Landlords Are Still Moving to Evict People During the Pandemic

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Tenants who suddenly find themselves without income and no way to secure new housing are also at risk of losing furniture and belongings when landlords enforce evictions; photo by DodgertonSkillhause Productions.

ProPublica found landlords in at least four states have violated the ban, which was put in place by the CARES Act but has no clear enforcement mechanism.

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Year of the Pig: If only politicians were more like them

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Your average pig tries to live a pretty clean life, and would likely avoid the Beltway if at all possible; photo by Jason Velázquez.

My image of our leaders in Washington is of a herd of pigs wallowing in the muck. But that’s a disservice to pigs. I love pigs, and I really wish politicians were more like them.

I raised pigs for several years, beginning with Milda, a Yorkshire I had every intention of raising to 150 pounds and

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For want of a nail…
Opportunity in America’s infrastructure

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Massachusetts ranked 8th in a recent survey of the worst infrastructure in the U.S. by 247 Wall Street; photo, Interstate 495 over Merrimack River, Haverhill, courtesy Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

How solid is a home that is sitting on a crumbling foundation? What other parts of this home are being stressed by having a weak infrastructure? Well, America IS our home and when we think about creating American jobs, we are literally standing on the solution.…

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Cole Harrison on Senate vote on Saudi-led war in Yemen

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Villagers scour rubble after the bombing of Hajar Aukaish, Yemen, April 2015; photo by Almigdad Mojalli.

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In this episode of Growl, we speak with Cole Harrison, Executive Director of Massachusetts Peace Action, based in Cambridge, Mass. At issue is last week’s Senate vote in favor of allowing floor debate on Senate Joint Resolution 54 to proceed, which would pave the way for ending

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TLC #65: INTERVIEW — Tahirah Amatul-Wadud

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Tahirah Amatul-Wadud; submitted photo.

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Congressional Democratic primary challenger to 15-term Richard Neal

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud; submitted photo.

Hey, Greylock Nation, today is Thursday, August 21, and you’re listening to TLC episode #65. I’m your host, Jason Velázquez, and, as always, I’m grateful to have you here with me. …

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Plenty #8: Chef Power Hour — How to influence food policy

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This episode of Plenty is unusual for the unique, unfiltered look it provides into one way advocacy can result in changes to food policy. We sat in on the September “Chef Power Hour,” a monthly meeting of the minds hosted by the Chefs Collaborative

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