SOMERVILLE—The mood of the room defied the typical political event. Martha Coakely sat the far end of a circle of tables and chairs, each seat filled by a woman, a mom, in fact. Each was talking about the struggles with addiction their children and grandchildren experienced and how, as providers, they, too, dealt with the impact.
The circle, set in a large bright room in the back of Connexion, a faith-based community center here, took on an intimacy that removed itself form the outer circle of onlooks—reporters and campaign staff—who, seeming out the participants’ minds, might as well have been in Rhode Island.
“You can’t get into a treatment program unless junk is in your system then,” one woman said.