Community Voices


Chinatown residents seek say on city-owned parcels

Several dozen Chinatown activists met with city officials at the Quincy School last week to discuss strategies to stem the ongoing displacement residents are facing as pressure from for-profit developers continues to build. The activists want the Boston Redevelopment Authority ...

Stopped, frisked and searched

Jean-Paul Wahnon has never run afoul of the law. So when a Walpole police officer rifled through his Toyota Prius on an August afternoon and repeatedly asked whether the car was his and whether he had a gun in his ...

Worcester athlete in national media spotlight after national anthem protest

While the national anthem played during the team's game on September, Michael Oppong knelt on one knee on the sideline as a silent protest. Oppong says he was inspired by NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has sparked a national discussion ...

MBTA’s bus driving & maintenance can be considered for privatization

Core MBTA functions are now on the table for privatization, sparking concerns from those who believe the T’s loosened oversight and standards for outsourcing process could generate greater, not fewer, taxpayer expenses.

Protesters condemn CEOs who profit off Puerto Rico’s debt

Demonstrators marched outside the downtown Boston headquarters of a firm they claim worsened Puerto Rico’s debt crisis by perpetrating predatory lending to turn a profit. The protest coincided with demonstrations in Florida, Connecticut and Puerto Rico as well as the ...

MBTA janitors hold protests on imminent layoffs, hour loss

A few dozen janitors in purple SEIU T-shirts and several in full-body cockroach costumes gathered on the lawn by the Brewer’s Fountain Plaza where they performed a parody of “Charlie on the MBTA” to protest pending layoffs.

Rox youth report stress, distrust of police in poll

A teen- and young adult-led community self-study of 128 Roxbury youth found most reported being stressed, impacted from community violence and unlikely to go to police for help.

Q&A: Mayor Walsh talks on housing, police hiring, body cams & schools

Bay State Banner reporters sat down with Mayor Martin Walsh to discuss diversity in policing, body cameras, affordable housing and next year’s Boston Public School budget outlook.

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 ...

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.

Effort underway to rein in sober homes

State officials hope a voluntary certification system governing the operation of sober homes in Massachusetts will help increase safety and curtail abuse in the unregulated market for the group homes. But a group of Roxbury neighbors who turned out for ...

Save Our Public Schools puts focus on canvassing

Facing a better-funded opposition, Save Our Public Schools members frequently cite door knocking and canvassing as the primary outreach method they hope will lead them to a ballot victory in November.

Legislature takes a pass on criminal justice reform

At midnight on July 31st, the state legislature ended formal session without taking action on criminal justice and police reforms proposed by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus in response to nationwide police brutality.

BPS convenes first strategic implementation plan community forum

Boston Public School officials convened in East Boston on Monday night for the first of three meetings designed to elicit community feedback on its draft strategic implementation plan. The plan identifies five key goals animating the district over the next ...

Roxbury’s Dudley-Eliot Square seeks state cultural district status

A coalition of Roxbury groups are making a case for a Dudley-Eliot Square Cultural District — a designation they hope will enhance the neighborhood’s cultural scene and boost economic activity.