March, 2013:

Bessie King’s Reflections Mayor Menino’s Tenure

ONEin3 Council Member Bessie King Reflects on her experience with Mayor Menino and her desire to continue his legacy of bettering our city.

My family arrived in Massachusetts during Mayor Menino’s second term and Boston was not quite the attractive city it is today. We lived in the suburbs and it wasn’t until the time came for me to go to college in the city that I truly got to know Boston.

In my first two years, I learnt of our restrictive T-curfew and refused to photograph our infamous City Hall when friends came to visit from other schools. I was not impressed. By my last two years of college I became aware of the reputation shift certain parts of the city had, understood why retaining a younger demographic was integral to the city’s development and even got to enjoy the introduction of city-funded programs like bike-sharing. Boston changed, in my mind and in reality, within the ten years that I arrived, attended college and was beginning my master’s.

I became proud of being a Bostonian and grew a collection of sports teams, United Way or Paul Revere-circa the 2004 DNC, t-shirts that I still sport on weekends or vacations. What I had not realized until two years ago is that all this change happened thanks to our Mayor. For the past two years my family has been searching for space to relocate our food business due to redevelopment in the building we were located in. We searched for help everywhere, women’s groups, business associations, banks, real-estate agencies, far and wide across the city. We found a place but, unfortunately, our surrounding community did not feel comfortable with its location inside of a neighborhood block.

We were ready to give up until we met Mayor Menino at a non-profit event we catered. My mom, a direct and uninhibited Mexican woman, asked him pointedly if he could help her save our business during his greeting. He said, “Will I get free food?” and made her laugh. After taking out his business card and scribbling down his secretary’s name on it, he assured us he’d try his best to help us. That, he has.



Hundreds gather on City Hall Plaza to Support Marriage Equality

Crowds gathered on City Hall Plaza today to raise awareness about two freedom to marry cases to be considered tomorrow by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mayor Menino addressed the crowd, reiterating his support for equal rights for same sex couples.

According to a press release put out by MassEquality, organizers of the rally, “In 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the country to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples. Despite being able to legally wed in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and eight other states (Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Iowa, Washington, Maryland, New York), married same-sex couples are denied the federal benefits of marriage because of the Defense of Marriage Act.  This means that married same-sex couples are not able to access many of the safety nets afforded other married couples such as social security survivor benefits; Medicaid long-term care benefits; spousal veteran benefits; or rights of inheritance.”


Have a Plane. Need Fuel.


A Boston-based team comprised of an entertainment attorney, graphic designer, interior designer, filmmaker and SUPER-intern from Boston University are raising money on KickStarter for positive impact . The Launch team has created a docu-series chronicling the challenges of launching creative projects through the lives of four YOUNG Boston creatives.

Passionate about helping others pursue their passion, the team promises the series will be “wildly entertaining” as it chronicles the trials and tribulations of four independent creatives, taking chances to realize their vision on camera. Shamelessly.  To become a part of the Launch movement and add a little fuel to put the team in flight, visit their KickStarter Site. 


Pilates in the Cradle of Liberty (Faneuil Hall - DUH!)

How many people can say they did pilates in the same place that our friend and firebrand Samuel Adams rallied Americans for the cause of independence? Or the location that has hosted impassioned speakers, from Oliver Wendall Holmes and Susan B. Anthony to Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy?

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