Community Voices


MIRA Coalition draws hundreds to rally for safe communities

Members of a lineup that included politicians, civil rights activists and others said President Donald Trump’s threats to immigrants risk the financial wellbeing and socioculutural fabric of the state and nation.

Legislators prioritize needed school funding update with new budget formula bill

Educators, education activists and several state legislators gathered at the State House on Monday to call for passage of a bill that would update the formula by which the state determines the minimally adequate budget needed for each school.

Money woes force Motley out at UMass-Boston

UMass-Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley announced that he will step down at the end of the academic year, sparking outcry from students, community members and elected city and state officials who rallied outside the State House on Saturday.

Deeqo Jibril’s campaign launch kicks off race for District 7 seat

With a crowd of about 200 in the audience, District 7 candidate Deeqo Jibril formally kicked off her campaign for the City Council seat being vacated by Tito Jackson, who announced his bid for mayor in January.

Jackson Square recreational center plans are approved

The BPDA approved plans for a recreational center that could begin construction this year.

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren hold rally on workers’ issues

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for the Democratic Party proactively advance working class values during a rally that included a lineup of state-focused activists groups. The event marked the first formal collaboration between Our Revolution and Raise ...

‘Keeping the train moving:’ Darnell Johnson’s fight for affordable Boston housing

Darnell Johnson heads the Right to the City Coalition, a group of housing organizations that fight displacement in Boston.

Puerto Rican debt crisis enriches CEO charged with fixing it, protesters say

Protesters demonstrated in Newton against the financial services CEO who they say profited off helping plunge Puerto Rico into debt and now is profiting off providing high-interest loans to impoverished citizens with few other options, while being charged with fixing ...

Political targeting seen in activists’ detainment

Three Vermont activists who are unauthorized immigrants were picked up by ICE, sparking a protest outside the site of their Boston bond hearing. Demonstrators say the detainments were politically motivated and that the activists represent a boon, not threat, to ...

Home in sight for Dorchester Food Co-op

Named the preferred tenant for Viet-Aid’s 191-195 Bowdoin Street development in the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood, the Dorchester Community Food Co-op may finally get the brick-and-mortar presence always envisioned for it.

UMass Boston professors say budget risks school mission and quality

Professors say the budget cuts impede their ability to do their jobs — both as teachers and researchers at the state’s only public research university.

Dorchester pastor speaks in defense of Codman Square parking lot

Until significant transit improvements are made, the city’s promotion of a less car-dependent future clashes with reality is parts of the outer neighborhoods. A local pastor's defense of the Codman Square parking lot brings to light how cars remain a ...

Report details racially disparate suspension rates in Massachusetts

With black students in Massachusetts on average losing three times as many days of instruction than white peers for suspensions for minor offenses, researchers call for accountability reporting on lost class time.

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.