Community Voices


Rox youth report stress, distrust of police in poll

A teen- and young adult-led community self-study of 128 Roxbury youth found most reported being stressed, impacted from community violence and unlikely to go to police for help.

Q&A: Mayor Walsh talks on housing, police hiring, body cams & schools

Bay State Banner reporters sat down with Mayor Martin Walsh to discuss diversity in policing, body cameras, affordable housing and next year’s Boston Public School budget outlook.

Councilor explores housing, small business issues in Rox.

Anissa Essaibi-George toured Roxbury two weeks ago, looking into issue of homelessness and small business development. Although the Dorchester native hasn’t spent much of her career working in Roxbury, she became familiar with the issue of homeless students during her ...

Pop-up ‘kitchen table’ talks seek passersby’s ideas on BuildBPS

BPS and the City held the first of seven planned “BuildBPS Kitchen Table Talks” — pop-up forums designed to capture local feedback through casual conversations and provide information on the school department’s ten-year facilities and educational vision.

Effort underway to rein in sober homes

State officials hope a voluntary certification system governing the operation of sober homes in Massachusetts will help increase safety and curtail abuse in the unregulated market for the group homes. But a group of Roxbury neighbors who turned out for ...

Save Our Public Schools puts focus on canvassing

Facing a better-funded opposition, Save Our Public Schools members frequently cite door knocking and canvassing as the primary outreach method they hope will lead them to a ballot victory in November.

Legislature takes a pass on criminal justice reform

At midnight on July 31st, the state legislature ended formal session without taking action on criminal justice and police reforms proposed by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus in response to nationwide police brutality.

BPS convenes first strategic implementation plan community forum

Boston Public School officials convened in East Boston on Monday night for the first of three meetings designed to elicit community feedback on its draft strategic implementation plan. The plan identifies five key goals animating the district over the next ...

Roxbury’s Dudley-Eliot Square seeks state cultural district status

A coalition of Roxbury groups are making a case for a Dudley-Eliot Square Cultural District — a designation they hope will enhance the neighborhood’s cultural scene and boost economic activity.

Reclaim Roxbury examines leadership, structure

Discussion at Reclaim Roxbury’s last meeting focused on what community members want to see from their leaders, what rules and structures should govern Reclaim or any group stemming from it and the potential for deeper collaboration with the Roxbury Neighborhood ...

Students at center of school funding battle

At issue is a school budget that city officials acknowledge is not keeping pace with the rising costs at BPS. While Walsh has touted his $13.5 million increase in school funding, that increase is substantially smaller than the $30 million ...

City-funded housing vouchers proposed

Affordable housing and homelessness advocates, along with a majority of Boston city councilors, are calling for the next city budget to allocate $5 million for a new “housing first” voucher program. The city-funded vouchers would provide rental assistance for homeless ...

BPS lays out new plans to combat bias, achievement gaps

Boston Public Schools officials charged with promoting equity and closing achievement gaps appeared at a budget hearing with city councilors last week. Instead of making funding requests, officials focused on outlining progress achieve thus far, along with planned initiatives.

Forum examines Roxbury’s surging real estate market

The Boston branch of the NAACP hosted a forum on Roxbury’s real estate market at the Bolling Building last week. Presentations tracked the increase in real estate values and rents in Roxbury, Dorchester and Boston as a whole over the ...

Author: Candidates can no longer ignore voters of color

In his book “Brown is the New White,” Phillips argues that candidates ignore at their peril the growing base of voters of color that he calls the “new American majority.”