IBA looks back at 50 years of community achievements

Originally published on Nov. 29, 2017 in the Bay State Banner.  By Karen Morales For the past half-century, the community development corporation Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción has helped the Puerto Rican and Latino communities persevere and thrive in the South End. August 28, 2018 will mark IBA’s 50th year of working towards displacement prevention, anti-gentrification,… Read More IBA looks back at 50 years of community achievements

Vietnamese-American Culture Featured in Fields Corner Mural

Published in the Bay State Banner, September 28, 2017 Photo by Karen Morales The Fields Corner neighborhood of Dorchester has one of the largest concentrations of Vietnamese-Americans in Boston. A diverse group of local artists and neighbors set out recently to increase the visibility of this vibrant community with a mural outside of Pho Hoa… Read More Vietnamese-American Culture Featured in Fields Corner Mural

The Hard Work of Winning at Caribbean Carnival

Published in the Bay State Banner, August 18, 2017 Photo by The Bay State Banner  The Boston Caribbean Carnival is a beloved annual tradition filled with pounding soca music, thousands of dancing participants, brilliant colors and unbelievably extravagant costumes. But the period leading up to the joyous celebration is no walk in the park, especially… Read More The Hard Work of Winning at Caribbean Carnival

A Maverick Approach to Liquor Licensing

Published in DigBoston, September 8, 2016 Photo provided by Maverick Marketplace Cafe It’s a Wednesday summer evening, and Sean Von Clauss is performing in the corner of a dimly lit cafe in East Boston. Behind the venue’s nine wooden dinner tables, patrons at the eight-seat bar watch along enthusiastically. An antique-style rug covers most of… Read More A Maverick Approach to Liquor Licensing

2016 – Festival Betances Celebrates Latin American Culture & Community History

Published in the Bay State Banner, July 21, 2016 Last week, New England’s longest running Latino festival, Festival Betances, celebrated its 43rd year in the Villa Victoria Community in the South End. The festival’s history is rooted in triumph against gentrification and displacement and has become a weekend event where multiple Latin nationalities come together… Read More 2016 – Festival Betances Celebrates Latin American Culture & Community History