Community Voices


What do you think of the changes Boston is going through?

It’s progress, but for whom? There’s new ideas, different proposals. You ask why people are building in the community and they say ‘There’s nothing here.’ There’s an entire culture here that could be moved away. — Ayanna Warfield, Chef, Roxbury

Should Boston have a civilian review board to investigate allegations of police misconduct?

Yes. I don’t really feel the police can be trusted. History has proven it, and it’s still being proven today. — Roger Wanzo, Retired, Dorchester

Do you think Republicans will face consequences for the Trump administration’s cuts to the federal budget?

Do you think Republicans will face consequences for the Trump administration’s cuts to the federal budget?

Thousands rally in Boston Common for Boston's public schools

Last November public education activists fended off Ballot Question 2, which would have lifted the state-wide cap on charter school expansion and diverted funds from local school districts. Saturday, many of the same activists who fought for a “no” vote ...

Hearing focuses on Boston Public Schools’ struggles with transit costs, appealing meals

A small portion of students account for the majority of the expenses in a transit department that has struggled to limit costs. Meanwhile, the school' s food department aims to increase the per-meal food expensive reimbursement it receives by improving ...

Boston University professor Travis Bristol studies hiring, retention of teachers of color

Travis Bristol is an assistant professor in English education at the Boston University School of Education who researches district- and school-based practices that support teachers of color; national, state, and local education policies that enable and constrain the workplace experiences ...

Nuestra Voz conference to amplify Latinx voices across Massachusetts

In Boston, Latinos comprise 20 percent of the population, but only 7 percent of those appointed to executive positions and city and state commissions and boards. The presidential election brought a new call to action for Latina Circle co-founders Francisco ...

Dress code at Malden Mystic Valley Regional Charter School censures black hair

Civil rights groups have decried the Mystic Valley Regional Charter school's dress code policies as racially discriminatory and said they may represent another piece of an all-too frequent trend of criminalization of blackness.

In face of cuts, Boston Public Schools details supports for district’s low-performing schools

Boston Public Schools officials took time during the hearings to outline their efforts to support low performing schools, through measures such as visiting assistant teams, continued funding support for schools exiting turnaround and a fund for extra supports. Not all ...

Fear and defiance greet House Republicans’ American Health Care Act

Many speakers at a health care panel said legislation could bring drastic consequences to them or members of their families. Sen. Markey offered a spot of hope, predicting the bill would fail in the Senate.

Jessica Tang poised to be next Boston Teachers Union president

Jessica Tang, the union's director of organizing, runs unopposed for BTU presidency. She has earned a reputation for advocating on issues within and outside the classroom.

New Codman Square units put small dent in Boston’s affordable housing crisis

Mayor Martin Walsh joined neighborhood activists to cut the ribbon on 44 new units of affordable housing in the Codman Square area Monday. In a city where 21,865 residential units were permitted at the beginning of the year, the ones ...

Racial slurs thrown at Adam Jones, anthem singer at Red Sox games

Reports of racial slurs hurled during recent Red Sox games turned a national eye to the team’s troubled history with discrimination. The Red Sox was the last league in the nation to integrate and its many years of rejection of ...

Mixed-use development project slated for Mattapan’s Blue Hill Avenue

A $12 million Mattapan development could turn several blighted lots into housing, retail space, and a sit-down restaurant.

School department seeks input on BuildBPS

A year ago city officials seemed poised to close schools following the release of a hastily-prepared audit that found an excess of seats in the city’s stock of 125 buildings. Last week, as city officials made a public presentation of ...