Community Voices


Puerto Rican debt crisis enriches CEO charged with fixing it, protesters say

Protesters demonstrated in Newton against the financial services CEO who they say profited off helping plunge Puerto Rico into debt and now is profiting off providing high-interest loans to impoverished citizens with few other options, while being charged with fixing ...

Political targeting seen in activists’ detainment

Three Vermont activists who are unauthorized immigrants were picked up by ICE, sparking a protest outside the site of their Boston bond hearing. Demonstrators say the detainments were politically motivated and that the activists represent a boon, not threat, to ...

Home in sight for Dorchester Food Co-op

Named the preferred tenant for Viet-Aid’s 191-195 Bowdoin Street development in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, the Dorchester Community Food Co-op may finally get the brick-and-mortar presence always envisioned for it.

UMass Boston professors say budget risks school mission and quality

Professors say the budget cuts impede their ability to do their jobs — both as teachers and researchers at the state’s only public research university.

Dorchester pastor speaks in defense of Codman Square parking lot

Until significant transit improvements are made, the city’s promotion of a less car-dependent future clashes with reality is parts of the outer neighborhoods. A local pastor's defense of the Codman Square parking lot brings to light how cars remain a ...

Report details racially disparate suspension rates in Massachusetts

With black students in Massachusetts on average losing three times as many days of instruction than white peers for suspensions for minor offenses, researchers call for accountability reporting on lost class time.

Activists press Santander bank to deal locally

Under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, banks are required to extend credit to businesses and residents of low-income communities where bank services historically have been lacking. While those agreements have traditionally been negotiated with community-based organizations and nonprofits, Santander ...

Boston teachers’ union holds walk-in to protest stalled contract negotiations

Teachers’ union negotiations has stalled while an expensive police union contract sailed through relatively briskly. The disparity in negotiating power is nothing new between the two groups.

Boston's Day Without a Woman focuses on economics

Boston’s A Day Without a Woman rally focused on concrete goals for improving women’s economic survival and quality of life.

Brookline seeks to fire black cops who complained of racism, unsafety

In a hearing last week, the town of Brookline argued that it has the right to fire two black police officers for refusing to return to work until stronger action is taken to remedy what the officers say is a ...

Advocates call for more affordable public higher education

Massachusetts’ public higher education institutions open doors to a better life, but increasingly students graduate in debt.

Boston Planning and Development Authority Board gives green light to Tremont Crossing project

The dust had hardly settled on demonstrations against the Boston Planning and Development Authority’s Plan JP/Rox initiative when supporters and opponents of the Tremont Crossing project crowded into the board room on the 9th floor of City Hall for a ...

Boston Public School officials, Committee debate school funding, cuts

While Boston Public School officials touted a $40 million increase in school funding for 2018, School Committee members last week had pointed questions about how 49 schools are receiving cuts of up to $1 million while other schools are slated ...

Plan JP/Rox passes after protests

Plan JP/Rox, the city’s 15 year plan for guiding development in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, passed in a BPDA vote last week despite fierce protest by resident activists who say it will usher in displacement.

Immigrant, minority youth rally together in Jamaica Plain as Trump menaces

Immigrant and muslim youth gathered at Jamaica Plain’s First Baptist church for a speak-out in which they shared stories, rallied in mutual support and identified resources to support immigrants in the era of Donald Trump.