About a year ago I posted the following about a rainy day in the Moria Refugee Camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece: “When the rain let up a bit, we started again distributing the thermal underwear. As I walked up a hill, to my left, I noticed a young woman peeking through the opening … Continue reading A Return to Moria Refugee Camp
Photo taken by Chief of Staff, Andrea Pessolano, from our State House window as snow falls at sundown. Dear Friends, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, and that your New Year is off to a great start. As we kick of 2020, I wanted to give you a glimpse … Continue reading Newsletter – Welcome to 2020
Whether he is commuting to and from the State House, meeting with constituents in the district, or traveling with his wife and three boys, Senator Keenan always has his camera ready. Below are a few shots he's taken on his iPhone. To see where these pictures were taken and to check out more photos, follow … Continue reading “I walk. I see. I stop. I snap.”
July Red Line Update As a regular Red Line commuter, I know firsthand how frustrating the commute has been the last couple of weeks. Over the years, I’ve been vocal about increasing funding for a safe, reliable and modern MBTA. Hopefully, the recent derailment now highlights for all in government the need for greater investment … Continue reading Most Recent Red Line Update
On November 27, 2019, Massachusetts made history when Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control into law. This first-in-the-nation tobacco control legislation bans the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Massachusetts, imposes new regulations on the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices, and increases access to cessation products for all those looking … Continue reading An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control
January 6, 2019 I woke this morning and reached for my phone on the windowsill. I pulled the curtain aside and the first thing I saw was a branch, with droplets of water glistening. Today was a day off. The first real down time since arriving 10 days ago. I went for a ride to … Continue reading Only women and men.
January 2, 2019 After a long day in the Moria Refugee Camp on Lesvos, our group went for dinner at a restaurant in Mytilene. It's owned by a Syrian refugee who spent time in the Moria Camp. After months, he was able to travel in Greece, and ultimately could have gone to France. He chose … Continue reading More Reflections and thoughts on the Moria Refugee Camp, Lesvos, Greece
I have spent the last week on the island of Lesvos, Greece, working in the Moria and Kara Tepe refugee camps. Below are some reflections and thoughts. Monday, December 31, 2019 We cooked and we danced. As we cooked together, the meal preparation was interrupted several times by spontaneous dance to the Arabic music playing … Continue reading Reflections and thoughts on the Moria Refugee Camp, Lesvos, Greece
It had been a while since I walked the streets of Mass Ave. and Melnea Cass Boulevard, the area seen by many as the face of the opioid epidemic in Boston. With recent reports that overdoses and overdose deaths are dropping, I was hoping, but not really expecting, to see visible changes on the streets. … Continue reading Still more miles to go…
Thank you for reaching out about the many projects planned for the Red Line over the next few years. At the outset, I apologize for the length of my response, but I feel it is important to express my thoughts, concerns, and hopes for these projects.