Community Voices


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.

Massachusetts residents cry out against loss of Affordable Care Act

Thousands of Bostonians turned out protest last week to condemn Republican plans to revoke the Affordable Care Act. If the ACA is repealed, up to 500,000 state residents could lose coverage, say representatives of Health Care for All, 1199SEIU United ...

Developers looking to build 1,100 units in Roxbury

In downtown Boston, cranes and rapidly rising elevator towers herald the arrival of new luxury apartment buildings with rents and condo prices that seem to match the soaring heights of the new structures. In Roxbury, there are no cranes and ...

Protest at criminal justice meeting

Protesters disrupted the Council of State Governments’ final meeting on criminal justice reform last week. Activists called out the process for not including what they say are important reforms and for the lack of diversity on the local CSG team.

Activists protest Santander bank’s role in Puerto Rico debt crisis

Demonstrators protested the role that they say the Boston-based bank played in worsening the island’s finances. Former (and later) Santander executives in Puerto Rico’s government pushed policies that exacerbated the debt crisis, while the bank profited off of the situation, ...

In Boston, who will bear climate change burden?

Boston is in for more severe storms, damaging floods and dangerously hot days in the coming years, experts say. While all Bostonians will feel the impacts of extreme weather and increased flooding, the impacts may be felt hardest in the ...

New Hub group organizes parents, teachers, students for education agenda

Parents, teachers and students gathered at TechBoston Academy for the first meeting of the Boston Education Action Network (BEAN) to discuss education reform goals.

Interfaith gathering calls for tolerance, respect at Roxbury mosque

An interfaith prayer service at the Islamic Center of Boston's Roxbury mosque drew a crowd of more than 2,600 Sunday with a message of peace and tolerance in the midst of a nationwide spike in hate crimes.

What are your concerns about Donald Trump’s presidency?

What are your concerns about Donald Trump’s presidency?

Forging economic connections on the Fairmount Corridor

A strategy for boosting economic development along the Fairmount Corridor by attracting and retaining businesses and jobs — and particularly, connecting corridor residents to those jobs — appears to be gaining traction.

Municipal planners discuss designing with equity in mind

In the midst of a growing city, urban designers, planning officials, members of community development corporations and others gathered at Boston Exposition Center last Wednesday to discuss what it means to design with an equity lens. The discussion came as ...

Bostonians discuss divisive political climate

As Bostonians continue to grapple with the shockwaves emanating from businessman Donald Trump’s upset victory in the 2016 presidential election, a group of Bostonians gathered at Northeastern University’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute to take stock of where the ...

Local clergy join Standing Rock protest

Mariam White-Hammond was one of the Boston faith leaders who mobilized to join protests against the North Dakota Access Pipeline. The cause spoke to her personally as a black person in America, Bostonian and member of the faith community, she ...