“They tell us, they put up signs, but many don’t read them or ignore them and don’t want to listen, either. None of these people are understanding what we have in front of us."
“Everyone knows we are a mosquito on the butt of an elephant ... I’ve had cops see my shirt and get inches from my face about it.”
As Tufts was announcing last week that it plans to “remove [the] Sackler name from [its] medical school facilities and programs," on Dec 6, one city over in Cambridge, Harvard students joined community members in unveiling a pointed art installation on the topic.
Capobianco was the department’s—and the city’s—worst-kept secret, and over the course of more than a decade, numerous officers informed SPD administrators about his addiction and dealing. Yet not a single person took action to address the issue.
"It’s going from Central Square in Cambridge over the Mass Ave Bridge and then into the Boston Common. Both cities are heavily affected by drugs and alcohol, and most have a deep sense of community. Families have been torn apart, and they’ve also been brought back together."
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I got people telling me, “Yes, I’m in recovery, but who the fuck are you to tell somebody how they should recover? Who the fuck are you to tell somebody that they aren’t in recovery because they are on medication?” And I’m like, “Because they’re fucking not! What the fuck are you talking about?”