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Karen Chen

Karen Chen, former co-director of the Chinese Progressive Association, now takes up the role of executive director, with the transition official in July. Lydia Lowe, CPA’s other co-director, steps down after 30 years in CPA in order to direct the ...

Where do cars fit (if they should) in Boston’s transit future?

To avoid serious traffic snarls, as well as the pollution generated by idling vehicles as Boston’s population grows , officials are honing in on ways to make alternatives to driving more appealing. One prong or byproduct of that strategy may ...

Janey launches campaign for Roxbury's City Council seat, signatures submitted in District 7

Long-time Roxbury activist Kim Janey kicked off her campaign for the District 7 City Council seat last week in a Dudley Square event. She and ten others have been certified to appear on the Sept. 26 preliminary ballot in the ...

Fire Code Design's Ronnette Taylor-Lawrence charts a path from trades to entrepreneurship

As an entrepreneur and a tradeswoman, Ronnette Taylor-Lawrence has been a trailblazer. Starting as a young single mother in the 1980s, she worked her way up from laborer to journeyman plumber, becoming the first woman of color to receive her ...

Thousands rally in Boston Common for Boston's public schools

Last November public education activists fended off Ballot Question 2, which would have lifted the state-wide cap on charter school expansion and diverted funds from local school districts. Saturday, many of the same activists who fought for a “no” vote ...

Officials unveil second draft of Imagine Boston city plan

The city’s plans for tackling equity problems include connecting many low-income and minority residents along the Fairmount Line with more frequent service, “equitable fares,” and better transit links to areas to areas with high concentrations of jobs with advancement opportunities.

Roxbury wins Boston's third cultural district designation

The cultural district status recognizes a walkable section of Roxbury as a hub of art and cultural assets. This designation is expected to highlight local offerings and history, put forth a new neighborhood narrative and attract visitors, generating more economic ...

Lowell elections deny minorities a voice in local legislatures

By electing all school committee and city council members at-large, Lowell’s election system nearly guarantees that the white voting bloc will determine who gets into office. As such minorities have little to no voice in affairs of these bodies. Asian ...

#BizGrowBoston

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice will host BizGrow, a free groundbreaking event designed to connect dozens of existing and potential small business owners with free legal and business support. This event will be held on July ...

Myechia Minter-Jordan

Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO of The Dimock Community Health Center, was among a distinguished group of influential figures to receive a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree at Northeastern University’s 115th commencement.

Beware: That call from the IRS may not be a scam after all

For taxpayers worried about scams involving IRS imposters, the one reliable piece of advice to hold onto was the old consumer protections adage: “The IRS will never call you.” Not anymore. The Internal Revenue Service is phasing in the use ...

Hearing focuses on Boston Public Schools’ struggles with transit costs, appealing meals

A small portion of students account for the majority of the expenses in a transit department that has struggled to limit costs. Meanwhile, the school' s food department aims to increase the per-meal food expensive reimbursement it receives by improving ...

Boston’s bad reputation on race troubles firms

A pervasive image of Boston as unwelcoming to minorities has long presented a hurdle to recruiting talent and attracting minority businesses and business organizations, said James Rooney, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Many now are ...

Santander Bank's new program focuses on entrepreneurs in low-wealth communities in Boston

Santander Bank this week announced “Cultivate Small Business,” a pilot initiative designed to assist women-, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses in food-related industries. The program’s focus is on helping to fill gaps in networking, mentorship, training and access to capital in ...

Boston University professor Travis Bristol studies hiring, retention of teachers of color

Travis Bristol is an assistant professor in English education at the Boston University School of Education who researches district- and school-based practices that support teachers of color; national, state, and local education policies that enable and constrain the workplace experiences ...

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