Janelle Anderson

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I am an intern with NeighborMedia and currently pursuing a degree in journalism at Simmons College. After years of sustaining my news junkie habits, I've decided to contribute to the news content I consume. I look forward to contributing to news about Cambridge and the community among it.

 

Stories by Janelle Anderson

Nadya Okamoto on a phonecall with DivaCup for her non-profit organization,PERIOD.

On Tuesdays, Nadya Okamoto has two classes, Human Colloquium and Beginners Spanish II. By 2 o’clock,  she’s done with courses and yet, on a recent Tuesday afternoon, Okamoto found herself without free time to relax in her dorm or throw a frisbee on the campus lawn. She had six scheduled meetings, two discussion panels, and dance practice squeezed onto the day’s agenda on her phone.

Doresta McIntosh getting bags of pre-packed meals out of her car.

At 10 a.m. on a recent Friday morning, Doresta McIntosh was in her Kia Sportage. The radio played 70s music on SiriusXM’s ‘70’s on 7’ station and McIntosh’s half-eaten breakfast sat in the cupholder. In her backseat were four red packages filled with food.

“Fridays are the heavier days because I get frozens for the weekend,” explained McIntosh.

McIntosh is a Meals on Wheels driver through the Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) and delivers meals to senior citizens 5 days a week.

Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, MA

After school, Jennifer Kay.Goodman can be found behind her desk surrounded by canvas totes bags, stacks of stackable chairs, and piles of student papers. Next to the pile of papers are her knitting needles wrapped around a current project of colorful yarn shaped into kitten ears.

“I’ve been knitting pussy hats” said Kay.Goodman sporting a magenta and orange hat she recently finished.“I can bust one out in 1-2 hours. I’ve been making them more since the election.”   

On Friday March 17, members of the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) are holding a meet-and-greet with Indivisible Cambridge (IC), a local advocacy group in Cambridge.

Indivisible Cambridge is an advocacy group on Facebook with a simple but important mission; “resist Trump and his dangerous agenda”. The group currently has over 500 members in its closed Facebook group and The Cambridge branch of ISB welcomes Indivisible Cambridge members to attend one of their Friday prayer services. The group is invited to ISB's Juma prayer at 1 p.m. at their center's location at 204 Prospect St.

On Monday Feb. 6 Mayor E. Denise Simmons and Vice Mayor Marc McGovern plan to demonstrate Cambridge’s support of social justice, equality, sanctuary cities along with members of the Cambridge community.

Across the country people have protested at airports, lawyers have volunteered their time to help free detained travelers, and city officials have spoken out and against the Trump administration in favor of their sanctuary statuses.

“We were not planning on closing” says Chris Kotelly, the current owner of the Crimson Corner, a newsstand located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Brattle Street across the street from Harvard Square.

Outside the Harvard Square landmark, current issues of The Boston Globe, The New York Times and other well-known newspaper publications fill the bottom shelf in front of the establishment. Above the shelves, customers can find whatever covers their interests from spring wedding trends to to the latest health kick craze.