Community Voices


Dorchester residents fighting Fannie’s foreclosure evictions

On a street lined with triple-deckers near Dorchester’s Ronan Park, a crowd of about 40 people gathered last week outside Maria Baptista’s house as the sun set to stage a protest against the foreclosure of her home and her ongoing ...

Public sentiment shifting on Boston 2024 Olympics bid

The public relations battle over Boston’s Olympic bid heated up this past week with the release of a study about the impact of the games and a new public opinion poll showing a continued drop in public support for the ...

School department to keep schools open, cut busing, staff

West Roxbury Academy, Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, and Middle School Academy in South Boston will remain open. The Elihu Greenwood School and the William B. Rogers Middle School, both in Hyde Park, will close.

Labor activists urge support for higher wages

A group of home care professionals and labor advocates met at the 1199 SEIU headquarters in Dorchester last week to generate steam for their push for a $15 hourly wage for personal care assistants.

Walsh sees Hub Olympics bid as city planning opportunity

In a meeting with reporters last week, Mayor Martin Walsh said the city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics is an opportunity to engage in a city-wide planning process for Boston’s future.

Mass. senators visit RCC, hear constituent concerns

Roughly 150 people gathered at Roxbury Community College last week to voice their concerns about a wide range of topics as part of a day-long “listening tour” conducted by a group of State Senators throughout the state. The evening panel, ...

Civil rights, community activist Jeanne Quarles Tibbs dies at 83

Jeanne Quarles Tibbs died peacefully last week, leaving a long legacy of community and civil rights activism.

Tommy Chang selected to lead Boston Public Schools

Advocacy groups and community members reacted to last week’s selection of a new Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, describing the appointment as an opportunity for the BPS to address what some decry as a sub-standard public education system.

City pursues improvements for elderly residents

Mayor Martin Walsh and the city’s Elderly Commission have launched an Age-Friendly Boston initiative with the aim of making Boston a place that supports senior citizens in continuing to lead productive, safe and healthy lives.

Activists raise concerns about school closure plan

Education advocates and school community members voiced their concerns Tuesday about a recent announcement concerning the fate of five Boston Public Schools. Interim Superintendent John McDonough, whose successor was scheduled to be chosen in a School Committee vote Tuesday night, ...

Mixed reactions to Egleston Square proposal

Community members crowded into a meeting room at Brookside Community Health Center last week to hear details and offer comments on a market-rate residential/retail development proposed for 3200 Washington Street in Egleston Square.

Groups push for youth jobs

Youth advocates say without an increase in funding, more than a thousand youth jobs will be cut.

Snow piles, cancellations - and good deeds

After multiple storms piled more than 90 inches of snow on Boston from mid-January to mid-February — and with more snow expected this week — the city is a mess, with clogged streets and sidewalks, drift-buried cars, countless cancellations, tempers ...

BPD complaint process irks Roxbury resident

After a police officer at a construction site screamed at Daniel Cruz in December, 2012, Cruz filed a complaint at Boston’s Area B-2 police station. Two years later, after multiple phone calls and letters to unresponsive police personnel and a ...

Chinatown group forms community land trust to fight gentrification

A group of community residents and advocates in Boston’s Chinatown have formed the city’s first new community land trust in over 25 years in an effort to preserve affordable housing in the neighborhood in the face of increasing development pressure.