Program provides ‘Future Hope’ for ex-offenders

By Talia Whyte

The Bay State Banner

Like many young men, Marcus Barrow got caught up in the negative influences in the community. He started hanging around the wrong crowd, eventually getting involved in gang activity. For the last five years, Barrow has been in and out of prison for his crimes. Determined to change his life after being released in April, Barrow took some classes while working a part-time job.

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Peace Institute a beacon of hope for the community

By Talia Whyte

Bay State Banner

Tina Chéry is one of the leading forces in peace activism in Boston. A mother with a passion for the community, she is best known for her efforts in organizing the annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace — an event that brings hundreds of activists together each year to stand up against violence in the city.

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