Deborah Riley Draper’s ‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’ to screen at Vineyard film fest

Named earlier this year by Variety magazine as one of their “Top 10 Documakers to Watch,” Deborah Riley Draper is driven by passion to tell the stories of the numerous unsung African American trailblazers and heroes whose achievements and lives ...

Rev. Barber, in Boston, urges a moral lens on policy issues

North Carolina minister and political leader Rev. Dr. William Barber II electrified an overflow crowd in Boston last week as he hammered out an agenda for a “moral revolution of values” in times of pain, injustice and outrage.

Celina Miranda

The Hyde Square Task Force’s Board of Directors is very pleased to announce that Celina Miranda has been named executive director of Hyde Square Task Force effective August 22, 2016.

Union raises pay for hospital workers

Members of the health care workers union 1199 SEIU have negotiated a labor contract with Steward Health Care that will raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019 and guarantee them access to affordable health insurance.

Council votes to oppose ballot question 2

Boston City Councilors voted 11-2 to pass a resolution against ballot question 2, which calls for lifting the statewide cap on new charter schools in Massachusetts. City Councilors Andrea Campbell and Joshua Zakim cast the sole votes against the resolution, ...

A creative business plan

When optometrist Lesa Dennis-Mahamed opened her new full-service eye care shop in Dudley Square’s Bolling Building last fall, she chose a name infused with multiple layers of meaning.

Councilor explores housing, small business issues in Rox.

Anissa Essaibi-George toured Roxbury two weeks ago, looking into issue of homelessness and small business development. Although the Dorchester native hasn’t spent much of her career working in Roxbury, she became familiar with the issue of homeless students during her ...

Somerville mayor confronts racism

A “Black Lives Matter” banner has hung from Somerville’s City Hall building throughout the last 12 months, a provocative statement at a time when people around the country are debating the role of race in law enforcement and the criminal ...

Closing the food loop: A compost firm grows

Every day as tons of Boston’s food waste gets hauled off to landfills, two garbage haulers with the acronym CERO divert a small portion to a farm in South Hamilton. There, microbes do the hard work of breaking down orange ...

Charter school proponents draw funds from NY donors

“What we can say is that the privatization effort in Massachusetts is a construct of several wealthy families and that the campaign has been going on longer than is generally realized."

Ken Cooper

WGBH News announced that Ken Cooper, formerly of The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, has joined the newsroom for three months as its first-ever editor in residence. Cooper is working with the WGBH News team generating story ideas, sourcing, ...

City and state team up to house chronically homeless elders

The City of Boston, in partnership with the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs, hosted a first of its kind “housing surge,” designed to connect chronically homeless seniors with housing and services. The event, held at the Laboure Center in ...

Walsh outlines changes to strengthen oversight and safety at BCYF drop-in programs

Mayor Martin Walsh joined Boston Centers for Youth & Families to announce that all BCYF drop-in programs will follow rigorous new standards in an effort to strengthen oversight and child safety. These changes are a result of an assessment of ...

Cannon runs for 7th Suffolk rep. seat

Monica Cannon spoke with the Banner about her campaign for the Seventh Suffolk district state representative seat.

Pop-up ‘kitchen table’ talks seek passersby’s ideas on BuildBPS

BPS and the City held the first of seven planned “BuildBPS Kitchen Table Talks” — pop-up forums designed to capture local feedback through casual conversations and provide information on the school department’s ten-year facilities and educational vision.