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Jason Pramas
Boston, MA USA
photojournalist, executive editor and associate publisher of DigBoston, network director of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, contributing editor of DigBoston
Interests: photojournalism, politics, technology, art, social media, technology
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Photo by John Phelan (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons] Crutchfield sues Mass over online taxes, unions protest Siemens November 2, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Online retailer tries to duck sales taxes For a long time, the internet was like the Wild West for online sales. Companies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
Students at rally at Boston City Hall by NewtonCourt (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons From the guy that brings you Apparent Horizon October 18, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS The rich and powerful interests that control Massachusetts politics and the state economy have their fingers in every... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
Students at rally at Boston City Hall by NewtonCourt (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons From the guy that brings you Apparent Horizon October 18, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS The rich and powerful interests that control Massachusetts politics and the state economy have their fingers in every... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
Vertex Headquarters. Photo ©2015 Derek Kouyoumjian Pharma’s Donation to Boston, Other Cities Converts Public Funds to PR Gold October 24, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Vertex Pharmaceuticals made a big PR splash last week with an announcement of a significant donation to Boston and other cities where it does business.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
Mass pols stand ready to fight each other for the right to bribe a multinational October 10, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS At least 17 Massachusetts cities and towns are now preparing to do battle with each other—and hundreds more municipalities nationwide—for the dubious “honor” of “winning” the right to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
Sketch of the Merrimack Valley Works plant at North Andover while under construction in 1955 Merrimack Valley pols courting the tech behemoth have forgotten recent history Sept 26, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS A couple of weeks ago, I criticized the possibility of an Amazon Boston deal—on the grounds that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Locals have until Oct 19 to say ‘No Public Bribes to Corporate Scofflaws’ Sept. 12, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Fresh off of throwing tens of millions of dollars at General Electric, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker are now planning to enter the international horse race... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Photo by Kori Feener Mayor Walsh and various police agencies were no friends of civil liberties at Boston’s monster protests against the ultra right August 22, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Despite the “mission accomplished” happy talk in most of the news media, Saturday’s 40,000-strong Boston protests against extremism — and the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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The best way to defeat the ultra right is to stop playing their game August 15, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Street protest is a vital part of any genuinely democratic political system. But how and when people choose to demonstrate (or counterdemonstrate) determines the tactic’s relative success or failure.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) demonstration with Joseph J. Ettor speaking from platform to striking barbers in Union Square, New York. (1913) You don’t need a union to take action for justice on the job July 18, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Last week 1,200 Tufts Medical Center nurses... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Evolving the way the world moves … beyond Uber (and Lyft) July 7, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS The following column was written as commentary for the July 2017 episode of the Beyond Boston monthly video news digest — produced by the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and several area public access... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Urban multimodal network needed to make bicycles a viable alternative in the ’burbs June 21, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS The following column was written as commentary for the June 2017 episode of the Beyond Boston monthly video news digest — produced by the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and several area... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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June 14, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS A recent column by the Boston Globe‘s Shirley Leung perfectly encapsulates the problem with local media cheerleading for General Electric’s decision to move its headquarters to Boston. The title alone says it all: “Will GE’s new CEO remain committed to Boston?” Because, like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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A better way forward for the federal government May 30, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS At this point, anyone who pays attention to current affairs in even a cursory manner will be aware that President Donald Trump’s proposal for the next federal budget is a savage attack on working families — and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Photo by Luke O’Neil ‘Boston Free Speech’ protesters and counter demonstrators both lose the day May 17, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Last week’s right-wing Boston Free Speech protest at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common did not require a response from the left wing. Let’s get that out of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Only multiparty democracy will ensure that left policies are enacted in Mass May 10, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS There is a persistent myth that Massachusetts is a left-wing state. The basis of this demonstrably false conceit is that the Commonwealth has had a Democratic majority in its legislature for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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How corporate ed reform threatens democracy April 25, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Over the last couple of decades, it has become fashionable for Americans to attack our public education system. Behind these attacks is that most un-American of attitudes: elitism. This is problematic for a number of reasons — the main... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Sherri Mitchell Questioning capitalism? Learn more about an increasingly popular alternative. April 19, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Last year, a Harvard University survey concluded that a majority of young Americans between 18 and 29 years old rejected capitalism, and fully one-third now support socialism as an alternative. Despite this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Photo of giant Charlie by Chris Faraone March 21, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Over the long four months since the election of President Donald Trump, this column has focused more on national politics than usual — with special attention to the promising wave of broadly progressive grassroots activism that has resulted.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
Original flag image by Adbusters. Or Betsy Ross, depending on who you ask March 7, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS Immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government. Yet Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and related federal agencies often rely on local police to help round up undocumented immigrants... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
NYC (1970) February 22, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS You know we live in interesting times when general strikes get discussed matter-of-factly in an American big city newspaper. A subject which would have only been raised in a publication like the Boston Globe in recent decades to attack it. But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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Photo by Chris Faraone February 6, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS So you went to one of the recent big anti-Trump actions, and you want to become a progressive activist. Not just vote every year or two. Great. But there are dozens of major left activist organizations and hundreds of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
Photo by Scott Murry January 24, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS The Boston Women’s March for America was a tremendous success by any metric. Likely the largest political demonstration in the city’s history, its estimated 175,000 attendees made it big enough to dwarf even many national demonstrations of the last... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
January 10, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS The opioid crisis is dire enough without adding insult to injury. With almost 12,000 deaths from overdoses in Massachusetts since the year 2000—increasing sharply in recent years with fentanyl-laced heroin hitting the streets—the human cost to users, their families, and our communities is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON
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January 4, 2017 BY JASON PRAMAS @JASONPRAMAS As another calendar year begins, it is my custom to prognosticate about what I think is most important for my audience to consider in the months to come. Last year at this time, I asked readers if they wanted to live in a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at APPARENT HORIZON