Community Voices


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.”

Shelter residents give councilors insight on homelessness

Several city councilors gathered at St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children recently to hear from those personally affected by homelessness. As women at the hearing recounted their trials, it soon became clear that not all shelters offer the same ...

Body camera pilot gets first community meeting

A Monday night community meeting at Roslindale Community Center allowed residents the first public chance to insert their voice in policy for Boston’s pilot program of body-worn cameras for police.

Latinas Think Big forum tackles wealth gap

Latinas Think Big, a global network and online platform aiming to advance Latinas’ ventures and careers, held a national summit last week in Cambridge. The event centered on the topic of racial and ethnic wealth disparities and potential pathways to ...

Hundreds rally for $15/hr, call on state to act on bills

Hundreds of low-wage workers and supporters rallied outside the State House last week and marched through downtown streets chanting their demands for a $15 per hour minimum wage and workers’ rights to unionize. The protest followed on a morning of ...

Immigrants lobby for reforms at State House

Several hundred immigrant activists from across the state filled Gardner Auditorium Monday in an annual appeal to the Massachusetts Legislature in support of immigrant-friendly laws.

Protestors put GE deal under fire

Dozens of protesters picketed in the falling snow on Monday outside the State Room, where, inside, Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin Walsh were scheduled to meet with General Electric executives to discuss the company’s move to Boston.