Community Voices


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.

Airport workers stage strike, protest working conditions

A group of Logan airport workers staged a 24-hour strike and State House demonstration last week to protest what they say are illegal business practices and subpar workplace conditions under their employers, ReadyJet Inc. and G2 Secure Staff, LLC. The ...

Charleston shooting hits close to home

In the week since Dylann Roof’s vicious attack on a black church in South Carolina that left nine people dead, members of the Boston community have come together to respond the carnage and share their views on what it means ...

Teachers, school officials debate merits of testing

The emotionally-charged issue of standardized testing was the basis of a hearing before the state’s Joint Committee on Education last Thursday, with advocates on both sides of the issue describing it as a matter of civil rights. The collection of ...

Advocates rally in support of criminal justice reforms

Prior to a Joint Committee on Judiciary public hearing, legislators, public safety officials, advocates, and community members joined together at a press conference on Tuesday to voice the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform in the Commonwealth.

Chinatown residents advocate for branch library

Chinatown residents held a meeting with Boston Public Library representatives and city officials to make the case for a library branch in their neighborhood

Brockton ex-cop fights police practices with federal discrimination suit

A former police officer from Brockton has filed a discrimination suit against the city’s police department, alleging discriminatory police practices, and has also filed a federal suit alleging the city has failed to comply with federal anti-discrimination laws.