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10,000 Strong Boston 2010 Press Coverage

Jesse Winfrey (left) greets Mercedes Reid at the 10,000 Strong Boston event on Father’s Day. Activists and politicians spoke.

Rally addresses neighborhood violence, drugs
Youths suggest more activities to occupy peers
By Jack Nicas | Boston Globe

To 21-year-old Jesse Winfrey, growing up in Roxbury was not easy. There were few summer jobs, and fewer alternatives to the streets. Drugs and guns were just a part of life.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody my age who’s not somehow connected to the negative lifestyle,’’ said Winfrey, who spends much of his time writing rap lyrics about the issues afflicting his community. “Just living here, knowing people, you get automatically involved.’’

Three weeks ago, his friend Ivol Brown was stabbed to death in Mattapan, one of four teens killed in the city last month.

Last week, Winfrey was in a corner store near his home when he heard gunshots outside.

“Had I left my house two minutes later,’’ he said, “I could have been dead.’’

But there is hope for a better Boston, Winfrey and four other Roxbury youths said yesterday at an antiviolence event at Franklin Park.

READ FULL STORY on boston.com »

The Boston Globe
Deval Mr. Patrick Goes to Franklin Park
'Deval in the 'Hood' Dept.
By Chris Farone  |  June 24, 2010

As Deval Patrick engaged constituents at the third annual 10,000 Strong Boston barbecue in Franklin Park on Father's Day, it was clear that his support from black voters doesn't derive solely from the luster of his climb from Chicago's hardscrabble streets to the top spot on the Beacon Hill food chain.

When Patrick ran for governor in 2006, he had never held elected office, and instead had to rely on a compelling life story to carry his campaign. But it was not long before the same black voters who had helped him win voiced discontent with his leadership. Now, it looks like Patrick is poised to once again capture minority voters' confidence — not only with his inspiring bio, but on the strength of his political actions.

READ FULL STORY on Boston Phoenix»

Boston Phoenix
10,000 Strong

Recap: 10,000 Strong Boston
The Fab Empire | June 23, 2010

Fab Empire

Weekend updates
Katy Jordan | Boston Herald
June 18, 2010

On Father’s Day, Patrick will swing by the “10,000 Strong Boston,” the third annual community building event aimed at stopping youth violence, taking place at the Franklin Park Playstead in Dorchester.


The Boston Herald

10,000 Strong comes together to heal Boston’s hood
That's Major | June 18, 2010

That's major

10,000 Strong Boston in Franklin Park
The Fab Empire | June 7, 2010

Fab Empire


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