Community Voices


Activists troubled by anti-Muslim backlash

In the Boston area, the flare-up of anti-Muslim and anti-refugee sentiment has prompted action from local human rights activists. On Friday, hundreds rallied outside the Massachusetts State House, protesting Governor Charlie Baker’s statement that Massachusetts would not accept Syrian refugees.

New policies needed to fight growing income inequality

In an opportunity forum on inequality and income class mobility in the city, The Boston Foundation examined the causes behind the dramatic income divide. Speakers said equity gaps are influenced by factors outside individual control and that new policy is ...

Two sides, two strategies in charter cap fight

Both sides of the charter cap debate are gearing up for a vote in the House and Senate and a statewide ballot on the issue. Supporters of lifting the cap appear to be outspending their opposition and getting their message ...

Congress must help Puerto Rico fix flawed economy

Puerto Rico was set up to fail and the federal government needs to take some responsibility, claim a group of activists seeking to mobilize constructive action. That was a call made by Alliance for Puerto Rico Massachusetts, an organization of ...

Activists call for $15 min wage

Hundreds of activists marched on the State House last week demanding better wages as part of a national Fight for $15 action supported by labor groups across the country. Activists say not only is the increasing minimum wage for workers ...

Generational Lessons and Stories about Succeeding in Entrepreneurship

On Thursday, November 19th, SkyLab Boston and the National MBA Association, Inc., Boston Chapter will host an event Historians, Visionaries and Millenials (HVM).

Documentary captures stories of families who shaped Roxbury

Roxbury native Wadi Muhammad created a documentary film to preserve the stories of his neighborhood and the families who shaped it for generations. Muhammad unveiled the 14-minute trailer at the Bolling Building last week. In it, voices of residents recalled ...

The Bay State Banner's 50th Anniversary Event

Join us as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

BPD revives cadet program to counter mass retirement of black officers

As hundreds of police officers face retirement, the numbers of black members of the BPD will sharply decline. The current level of black officers roughly represents the city percentage, but many are aging out and traditionally, incoming recruit classes are ...

Committee pushes back on student housing plan

Two weeks ago members of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan Oversight Committee grilled developers over two controversial plans: one calling for Northeastern University student housing on Parcel 3 and another calling for a new Conservatory Lab Charter School building at ...

Former St. Kevin’s Parish reborn as 80 units of affordable housing

St. Kevin’s Parish in Upham’s Corner, Dorchester, closed in 2008, now reopens as a new facility that will house 80 families and provide support services to the formerly homeless.

Schools need millions more dollars, urgently

The Foundation Budget Review Commission, a 21-member group representing educational, business, governmental, philanthropic and civic communities, released its report calling for major changes to how school budgets are calculated and for the state and district governments to put millions more ...

Legislators join forces on criminal justice reforms

In an unprecedented collaboration, members of the Black and Latino Caucus, the Women’s Caucus, the Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus and the House and Senate Progressive caucuses came together to share information and build support for a coordinated ...

Press Pass TV Presents Award-winning Documentary “Fly By Light”

FLY BY LIGHT documentary film and post-screening Q&A with filmmaker and Executive Director of One Common Unity, Hawah Kasat and Press Pass TV’s Co-director, Dr. Cara Lisa Berg Powers on November 9.

BPCAT calls for vote on police body camera plan

Last week, activists with the Boston Police Camera Action Team were back in City Hall, calling on the council to vote on an ordinance mandating body-worn cameras for Boston Police Officers. Representatives of Boston Police Camera Action Team, ACLU Massachusetts ...