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Vargas “choking” incident inspires further calls for police reform

Mass Action Against Police Brutality lead a protest in which they called for the firing of Officer Ted Rivera for his conduct towards Elvin Vargas. They also decried the Mayor’s statement that Rivera’s treatment of Vargas did not constitute choking. ...

National Association of Asian American Professionals’ Boston Chapter holds Asia Fest

The National Association of Asian American Professionals Boston Chapter held the 2nd annual Asia Fest on August 15th at Dewey Square in Boston to celebrate and increase awareness to Asian-owned or Asian-focused businesses.

Chinese Youth Initiative’s ‘Aim to Reclaim’ event offers sampling of library’s value to Chinatown

Chinese Youth Initiative of the Chinese Progressive Association hosted an event to give passerbys a taste of what a library could offer. The event, called “AIM TO RECLAIM: The Chinatown Library Campaign,” is the latest in a decades-long battle to ...

Black cops suing department over ‘false positives’ in hair tests

The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice has filed lawsuits alleging the hair testing the Boston Police Department uses to determine whether officers have used drugs is scientifically unsound and more like to generate false positives among blacks ...

Getting a jump on financial literacy

Hundreds of Boston area young people streamed into the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on July 27 for the city’s first-ever Youth Bank Day, an event that brought teens face-to-face with representatives from financial institutions and organizations that help ...

Boston fast food, childcare, homecare workers rally for $15 wage

The day after New York’s fast-food Wage Board recommended a $15 minimum wage, local fast-food, childcare, and homecare workers rallied at the State House, applauding the Empire State’s move and declaring that they, too, need $15.

No master plan for Roxbury's vacant land

For developers, the vacant parcels represent an opportunity to cash in on the city’s overheated housing market. For abutters, the prospect of new housing often presents challenges posed by increased traffic and density, decreased parking and competing visions of what ...

NAACP and URBAN Boston host Olympic bid and community goals discussion

Activists and community residents from Dorchester, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain were joined by officials from the Olympic organizing committee Boston 2024 and from the opposition group No Boston Olympics in an open discussion about what the games could mean for ...

Civil rights activists calling for police dept. reforms

A group of civil rights activists, elected officials and attorneys will soon call on Mayor Martin Walsh to settle longstanding discrimination complaints filed by black officers in the Boston Police Department, reform the system of exams used for hiring and ...

Dot residents contemplate future of arts in neighborhood

The Dorchester residents packed into a classroom at the Vietnamese American Community Center represent a cross section of the city’s most diverse neighborhood: black, Latino, white and Asian, young and old, brainstorming ideas about how to best enhance the local ...

Dominican community split over immigration policy

Last week, the scene in front of the Dominican consulate was tense as a predominantly Haitian group of protesters squared off against a smaller group of Dominicans demonstrating in support of the Dominican government. That protest was perhaps the most ...

1852 Douglass speech still resonates

In Boston last week, two days before July 2, a public reading of the famous speech was held on the Boston Common. Readers lined up at a microphone set up near the State House and stepped up to read a ...

Elders feel effects of housing prices

For older residents in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, experiences and feelings vary as housing prices rise and their neighborhoods change around them. Some are vulnerable to displacement, while others have found stable, affordable housing. Longtime homeowners have the luxury of ...

Youth organizers hold 2nd jobs protest in mayor’s office

Youth organizers advocating for more city-funded youth jobs staged their second protest in about a month in the Mayor’s office last week, temporarily crowding his front office.

Local officials denounce Dominican Republic’s planned expulsions

Local elected officials joined state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry for a press conference calling on the Dominican Republic to halt plans to forcibly expel Dominican-born people of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants.

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