Community Voices


City targets special services for home buyers and owners

Stable neighborhoods are healthy neighborhoods, and the most stable ones have a solid base of homeowners. Dedicated to helping Boston residents obtain, maintain and retain their homes, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Department of Neighborhood Development support the Boston ...

Immigrant activists rally to protest detention, deportation

On Monday, dozens of marchers — including youth, religious community members and other activists — led the way from Orchard Gardens Park near Roxbury’s Dudley Square to the Suffolk County Correction Center, calling for an end to detentions of immigrants.

UMass students, staff voice concerns at trustee meeting

Students, faculty and staff from UMass Boston interrupted a meeting of the UMass Board of Trustees chanting “No cuts, no hikes! Education is a right!” last Thursday, underscoring anger that surfaced after revelations the school’s annual deficit may be as ...

Unions mobilize national, local networks against Trump

Members of several SEIU chapters called for residents to stay attentive to policy emerging from the federal administration and be ready to rise in response. The Trump administration has sparked counteraction from unions, including state-level policy advocacy as well as ...

MIRA Coalition draws hundreds to rally for safe communities

Members of a lineup that included politicians, civil rights activists and others said President Donald Trump’s threats to immigrants risk the financial wellbeing and socioculutural fabric of the state and nation.

Legislators prioritize needed school funding update with new budget formula bill

Educators, education activists and several state legislators gathered at the State House on Monday to call for passage of a bill that would update the formula by which the state determines the minimally adequate budget needed for each school.

Money woes force Motley out at UMass-Boston

UMass-Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley announced that he will step down at the end of the academic year, sparking outcry from students, community members and elected city and state officials who rallied outside the State House on Saturday.

Deeqo Jibril’s campaign launch kicks off race for District 7 seat

With a crowd of about 200 in the audience, District 7 candidate Deeqo Jibril formally kicked off her campaign for the City Council seat being vacated by Tito Jackson, who announced his bid for mayor in January.

Jackson Square recreational center plans are approved

The BPDA approved plans for a recreational center that could begin construction this year.

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren hold rally on workers’ issues

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for the Democratic Party proactively advance working class values during a rally that included a lineup of state-focused activists groups. The event marked the first formal collaboration between Our Revolution and Raise ...

‘Keeping the train moving:’ Darnell Johnson’s fight for affordable Boston housing

Darnell Johnson heads the Right to the City Coalition, a group of housing organizations that fight displacement in Boston.

Puerto Rican debt crisis enriches CEO charged with fixing it, protesters say

Protesters demonstrated in Newton against the financial services CEO who they say profited off helping plunge Puerto Rico into debt and now is profiting off providing high-interest loans to impoverished citizens with few other options, while being charged with fixing ...

Political targeting seen in activists’ detainment

Three Vermont activists who are unauthorized immigrants were picked up by ICE, sparking a protest outside the site of their Boston bond hearing. Demonstrators say the detainments were politically motivated and that the activists represent a boon, not threat, to ...

Home in sight for Dorchester Food Co-op

Named the preferred tenant for Viet-Aid’s 191-195 Bowdoin Street development in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, the Dorchester Community Food Co-op may finally get the brick-and-mortar presence always envisioned for it.

UMass Boston professors say budget risks school mission and quality

Professors say the budget cuts impede their ability to do their jobs — both as teachers and researchers at the state’s only public research university.