Thank you for picking this paper up. In your hands you have the product of a few concerned Boston residents who are seeking to effectively inform and connect people in different parts of Boston who are struggling for justice in their communities. This paper is for us as much as it is for you. Boston, like other cities in this nation, cradles a general sense of dissatisfaction with the way things are going: political, social, and cultural things. Things that were once determined at a community level by people who respected diversity of opinions, creative ambitions, and the uniqueness of living in the Northeast bioregion of this continent.
Mainstream media outlets would have you believe that there is no strength in cohesive communities, that it is okay to disrespect the land you live on and the people and other animals who live there, and that resistance to dominant culture and political decisions don’t exist in Boston. This is simply not true. Everyday our Boston communities are struggling for change and openly declaring dissatsifaction with the instituions and people that would oppress them. The Boston Underground seeks to expose these struggles as sources of inspiration for further action. In time, communjication between our communities will be solidified, making us that much stronger.
The foundation has already been set: community health clinics like Sidney Borum; groups like Earth Works and the Food Project that stress the importance of growing your own food and sustainable living; empowered youth in the Hyde Square Task Force and the Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project that seek to participate in decisions that affect their lives, and many more!
Your are not alone, and there is an entire network of empowered community projects to participate in. So, please, take advantage of this paper, contact us, and let us struggle together!
With love and in solidarity,
The Boston Underground Collective