Community Voices


Activists press Santander bank to deal locally

Under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, banks are required to extend credit to businesses and residents of low-income communities where bank services historically have been lacking. While those agreements have traditionally been negotiated with community-based organizations and nonprofits, Santander ...

Boston teachers’ union holds walk-in to protest stalled contract negotiations

Teachers’ union negotiations has stalled while an expensive police union contract sailed through relatively briskly. The disparity in negotiating power is nothing new between the two groups.

Boston's Day Without a Woman focuses on economics

Boston’s A Day Without a Woman rally focused on concrete goals for improving women’s economic survival and quality of life.

Brookline seeks to fire black cops who complained of racism, unsafety

In a hearing last week, the town of Brookline argued that it has the right to fire two black police officers for refusing to return to work until stronger action is taken to remedy what the officers say is a ...

Advocates call for more affordable public higher education

Massachusetts’ public higher education institutions open doors to a better life, but increasingly students graduate in debt.

Boston Planning and Development Authority Board gives green light to Tremont Crossing project

The dust had hardly settled on demonstrations against the Boston Planning and Development Authority’s Plan JP/Rox initiative when supporters and opponents of the Tremont Crossing project crowded into the board room on the 9th floor of City Hall for a ...

Boston Public School officials, Committee debate school funding, cuts

While Boston Public School officials touted a $40 million increase in school funding for 2018, School Committee members last week had pointed questions about how 49 schools are receiving cuts of up to $1 million while other schools are slated ...

Plan JP/Rox passes after protests

Plan JP/Rox, the city’s 15 year plan for guiding development in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, passed in a BPDA vote last week despite fierce protest by resident activists who say it will usher in displacement.

Immigrant, minority youth rally together in Jamaica Plain as Trump menaces

Immigrant and muslim youth gathered at Jamaica Plain’s First Baptist church for a speak-out in which they shared stories, rallied in mutual support and identified resources to support immigrants in the era of Donald Trump.

Doctors protest Trump’s planned ACA repeal in front of Boston State House

More than 200 medical professionals pledged to work together to fight against efforts by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and reduce Medicaid funding during a demonstration Saturday in front of the State House.

Body camera advocate pushing for immediate implementation in Boston

With the city’s six-month pilot project with body-worn police cameras just weeks away from completion, there are differing opinions on whether the Boston Police Department should move forward with full implementation or, as Police Commissioner Bill Evans suggests, extend the ...

City, neighborhood group at odds over Roxbury housing competition

The housing competition was never given a green light, according to Elisa and other GTNA members. The dispute has pitted the neighborhood group against members of its own housing committee and city officials.

Boston Fire Department hiring few people of color

Since 2011, people of color have comprised half or more of Boston’s population, but to date, only 25 percent of the fire department is non-white, according to a letter the Lawyers’ Committee sent to Mayor Martin Walsh and Fire Commissioner ...

Front Page a new community radio program on WBCA 102.9 FM

This week Yawu and Bill are talking about the momentous week in politics both here in Boston and across the world; the rise of a resistance movement locally; and what it means on the local front. Plus: important news about ...

Anti-Trump protesters march in city, world

More than 175,000 Bostonians demonstrated last weekend in a show of unity and protest over the inauguration of Donald Trump.