Community Voices


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.

Parent organizers preparing for charter school battle

Families for Excellent Schools opened its Massachusetts office last year in the wake of a failed bid by charter school supporters to lift the Massachusetts cap on new charters. Their ongoing petition, which calls on legislators to “Give every child ...

Three plans for Dudley Square land plot

Roxbury community meeting last week gave Dudley Square residents the chance to weigh in on three different proposals for the development of a parcel of vacant city-owned land. While all three proposals – from Waldwin Group, Urbanica Inc., and Placetailor ...

Lawyers provide guidance for Cop Watch activists

Attorneys held a training last week for activists seeking to curb police abuse by observing stops and arrests.

Brazen shooting sparks heated discussion

The shooting last week of a seven-year-old boy in the Bowdoin/Geneva neighborhood opened up a local conversation on violence, policing and, tangentially, race.

Walsh kicks off city’s participation in innovative global urban resilience initiative

Mayor Martin J. Walsh last week joined 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) — pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation — to kick off the process of developing a comprehensive resilience strategy that will enable the city to better survive, adapt and grow ...

Kneading social capital with B.R.E.A.D. group

Boston’s Racial Economic Activated Dialogue — riffing off the metaphor of “breaking B.R.E.A.D. together” — is a new grassroots group formed last November by local activists Leora Rifkin, Justin Springer, Roxanne Longoria and Erin Anderson. They want to foster rich ...

‘Funeral’ mourns lack of city-funded youth jobs

Youth organizers staged a ‘funeral’ procession for youth jobs in downtown Boston last week to criticize the lack of significant funding increases in the city’s budget for summer and year-round employment — a flatline that they said reflected misplaced priorities ...

Condos pose opportunities, risks for local home buyers

While prices of single- and multi-family homes are quickly becoming unaffordable for Roxbury residents, condominiums provide an affordable alternative. But stiff competition and unstable condo associations present hurdles and risks for prospective buyers.

For senior homeowners, repair costs loom large

Traditional wisdom says home ownership provides economic security in old age, but as the senior population swells, repair costs rise and more people enter retirement saddled by debt, many elders find themselves “house-rich but cash-poor,” unable to keep up with ...

Chinatown group jumps at chance to ‘Imagine Boston’

Chinatown residents and activists responded last week to Mayor Walsh’s new citywide planning initiative, “Imagine Boston 2030,” with their own event dubbed “Imagine…Chinatown 2030?” – a question meant to highlight the precarious situation that many residents say the neighborhood currently ...