Families face eviction from property near GLX

Five families in Somerville are facing eviction and potential displacement after their home was acquired by landlords seeking to raise rents on a property close to the Green Line Extension. The 182–184 Tremont Street home currently houses primarily Salvadoran and Haitian families, some of whom have lived there for more than 25 years.  On Sept. […]

Somerville city councilors introduce resolution to end Cuba blockade

Somerville City Councilor At-Large Willie Burnley Jr. introduced a resolution on Sept. 22 that calls upon President Biden to remove Cuba from the State Sponsor of Terrorism List and pressure Congress to end the “failed policy of regime change.” Similar resolutions have been introduced by Cambridge, Boston and the town of Brookline in the past […]

City of Somerville announces Pollinator Action Plan

The City of Somerville announced that they will establish an advisory committee to create a Pollinator Action Plan. The plan aims to protect pollinator species and preserve the health of the local urban ecosystem. The Somerville Pollinator Action Plan comes as a response to a decrease in pollinator populations throughout New England and worldwide, resulting […]

Ayanna Pressley, “The Squad” rallies supporters in Somerville

Members of the congressional ‘Squad’ spoke to a crowd of supporters at the Somerville Theatre on Saturday evening. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, who represents Somerville in the U.S. House of Representatives, was joined by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Cori Bush at the sold-out event. Ibram X. Kendi, the bestselling author of “How […]

Somerville residents hold Safe Streets rally for improved transportation infrastructure

Residents of Somerville gathered on Sept. 17 for a rally in support of safer streets at Seven Hills Park in Davis Square. The event was held in response to the death of Stephen Conley, a Somerville resident who was fatally struck by a car door while riding his bike on Broadway on Aug. 12. A […]

Somerville moves one step closer to a net-zero emissions policy for new buildings

In late August, the Somerville City Council unanimously passed a home rule petition creating a net-zero fossil fuel emissions policy for new construction projects and major renovations in the city. The policy was introduced by Councilors Ben Ewen-Campen and Lance Davis with support from Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne.  This action builds on the city’s Climate […]

The Rev. Mariama White-Hammond talks Green New Deal, environmental justice work in Boston

The Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, chief of environment, energy and open space for the City of Boston, visited Tufts University on Sept. 8 in the first installment of this year’s Hoch Cunningham Environmental Lecture series. White-Hammond joined to discuss the ways that Boston is acting as a Green New Deal city and the importance of centering […]

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Somerville Community Land Trust acquires first property, aims to lessen city’s housing crisis

On Aug. 17, the Somerville Community Land Trust held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its first property acquisition at 7 Summer St. By maintaining community ownership of the property, the SCLT hopes to increase the availability of affordable housing in Somerville. Community land trusts purchase properties like other developers, but instead of trying to flip properties […]

Tufts community reacts to Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness plan

Editor’s note: Trent Bunker was a former staff writer at the Daily. He did not contribute to the writing or editing of this article.  The White House announced on Aug. 24 that it would forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for individuals with an annual income of less than $125,000. The initiative […]

Established Democrats defeat lesser-known challengers in Mass. primaries

Incumbent State Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven won the 27th Middlesex District Democratic primary on Sept. 6, defeating opponent Jason Mackey. Uyterhoeven, who is currently running uncontested in the general election, won with 87% of the vote and is on track to continue representing the city of Somerville in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Uyterhoeven first assumed […]

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