508 #277: VegWorcester

posted by Mike on March 22nd, 2017

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with Nicole Melone and Greg Opperman about the history of Vegworcester and the upcoming 8th annual New England VegFest. (Sunday, April 30, 2017, 11am-5pm, DCU Center, Worcester, Mass.) Also: Crime.

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Antifascist protesters block streets, hit reporter, get arrested in Worcester

posted by Mike on February 19th, 2017

Kim Ring for the T&G: Protesters who blocked streets, chanted slogans arrested in Worcester:

A group of 50 young men and women, many wearing handkerchiefs tied over their faces, carried an effigy of Donald Trump and a large sign reading Antifascist Action New England.

I am told 3-7 6 7 people were arrested. This was an “Anti-President’s Day” event.

Kim was the reporter who was hit: “Thanks guys! I’m fine. Took a couple of whacks. I wish the protesters would have commented what they were protesting.”

This is really, really not my kind of protest, but I post it here as part of my general interest in civil disobedience (broadly defined) in Worcester. This has got to be the first Worcester protest with both some violence and multiple arrests in a long time.

508 #276: Ones to Watch 2017

posted by Mike on January 26th, 2017

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Brendan Melican and Juliet Feibel. We talk about The Pulse magazine’s “2017 People to Watch.” We also talk about ways in which 2016 was a great year for Worcester, art in the city, and housing policy.

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Worcester Civil Disobedience Against Dakota Access Pipeline; 2 Arrested

posted by Mike on November 14th, 2016

As part of a nationwide effort opposing construction of the fracked-oil Dakota Access Pipeline, two Worcester residents (Jen Burt and Kyle Schulz) this morning locked themselves to the front door of the downtown Worcester branch of TD Bank, a sister company of TD Securities, one of the financial institutions financing the pipeline. Once their locks had been cut, they were arrested.

Update: They have been charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. A December court date has been set.

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I think this is the first civil disobedience in the city since the January 2015 Black Lives Matter protest in Kelley Square. That protest involved four protesters being charged (two months after the five-minute protest) with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. After a brief trial, three of them were “adjudicated responsible” and fined $100 each, and the fourth found “not responsible.”

(I should note that anti-fracking and indigenous rights not causes I’ve been involved with or know much about, but you won’t be surprised I’m generally sympathetic to them, and moreover these two are my friends and I wish them the best of luck.)

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Worcester Catholic Worker community celebrates 30 years on Mason Street

posted by Mike on August 13th, 2016

Today we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Saints Francis and Thérèse Catholic Worker community.

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Folks from far and wide packed the backyard at 52 Mason Street tonight for a mass marking the 30th anniversary of the Saints Francis and Thérèse Catholic Worker community. Mass was celebrated by Father Madden from St. John’s.

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It was fantastic to see so many Central Massachusetts lay Catholic communities represented, as well as so many people from other communities of faith and action.

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508 #275: Technocopia, part 2

posted by Mike on July 29th, 2016

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we tour Technocopia’s new downtown space with Nick Bold, Joe Forjette, and Adam Zelny.

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508 #274: Ionic Ave Creative Hub

posted by Mike on July 14th, 2016

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Laura Marotta takes us on a tour of the old Boys & Girls Club and explains the plan to turn it into Creative Hub Worcester.

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508 #273: Urban Redevelopment

posted by Mike on May 19th, 2016

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk about the Worcester Redevelopment Authority’s latest Urban Redevelopment Plan with urban planner Paul Dell’Aquila.

[PDF of the plan.]

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508 #272: Mercy Matters

posted by Mike on May 5th, 2016

508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk to Mat Schmalz about his new book Mercy Matters.

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508 #271: Sneaker Nerds

posted by Mike on April 28th, 2016

508 is a show about Worcester. This week we talk to Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder about being a sneakerhead and that New York Times Magazine article on Worcester.

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