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Greg Watson will join the Schumacher Center's staff as Director of Policy and Systems Design.

Protesters stop traffic on I-93

In one of the boldest Greater Boston actions yet, anti-police violence protesters shut down traffic on Interstate 93 this morning, chaining themselves to steel barrels on the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway.

Dorchester residents slam police abuse, question complaint process

The meeting, convened by Rev. Jeffrey Brown, was meant to be a discussion about the city of Boston’s Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel (COOP), the three-member group that for the last seven years has provided community oversight of the Boston Police ...

Boston activists part of national effort to bring ‘Selma’ to school students

A network of African American business leaders across the U.S. have undertaken a national campaign to underwrite free admission to the Golden Globe-nominated film “SELMA” for students around the country.

Officers address homicide, race, community policing at Rox meeting

Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross and Deputy Superintendent John Brown spoke Jan. 10 to a gathering of people who have lost loved ones to homicide in communities of color. The event, held at Roxbury’s Bethel Baptist Church, was organized ...

Department of Children and Families seeks volunteers

The Foster Care Review Unit makes decisions regarding children who have been in foster care for 6 months or longer, assessing how well their needs are being met and what progress has been made towards establishing them in a permanent ...

Chinatown/South End collaborative opens pathway to Whole Foods jobs

The Chinatown/South End Collaborative launched an effort last year to increase local and minority hiring at new retail stores in the neighborhood. Led by the Chinese Progressive Association, the effort included the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Castle Square Tenants Organization, ...

Walsh pledges investments in housing, education

Mayor Martin Walsh pledged to build on Boston’s strengths with investments in housing and education in his first state of the city address, delivered at Symphony Hall Tuesday.

Local activists recall King’s presence in Hub

Martin Luther King Jr. touched Boston and Boston touched him. Being in Boston was an important part of his life, and his presence here during the ’50s and ’60s is part of our history.

Backlash over ‘Selma’ misses the point

Selma reminds us to honor not just the heroic figure making speeches, but the collective will of so many who made progress possible. Ultimately, the beating heart of this film rests not with its portrait of LBJ, or even King, ...

Why King turned attention to the North

In 1965 —50 years ago — Martin Luther King Jr. turned the attention of the Civil Rights Movement to the North. The same year King and other civil rights leaders fought for voting rights in Selma, Alabama, King also made ...

Business courses help stylist keep salon in the black

Erinn Danielle loves being a hair stylist. There is nothing the founder of Simply Erinn’s Unisex Salon in Cambridge would rather do with her day than help her customers feel great about their hair. But running a business is another ...

Small businesses looking forward to year of growth

Riding a wave of confidence, small business owners across the U.S. are expecting a banner year in 2015, with all indicators pointing to growth.

James Harris Wolff: Civil War veteran, prominent Boston attorney

Described by one observer as “one of the most learned men of his race in the legal profession,” attorney James Harris Wolff served his country honorably during the Civil War and demanded nothing less than full citizenship rights for all ...

Sports exec. shares love for lacrosse with city youth

Metro Lacrosse is the biggest urban lacrosse program in the country. More than 700 kids from 4th to 12th grade and from the city and surrounding areas take part each year. Since the programs began in 1994, Jones says about ...