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Nuestra Voz conference to amplify Latinx voices across Massachusetts

In Boston, Latinos comprise 20 percent of the population, but only 7 percent of those appointed to executive positions and city and state commissions and boards. The presidential election brought a new call to action for Latina Circle co-founders Francisco ...

Divisions in political base present challenge for Walsh in Boston mayor’s race

In his 2013 upset win over at-large City Councilor John Connolly, Mayor Martin Walsh, then a Dorchester state representative, prevailed by a thin three-percentage-points. He drew heavily on support from predominantly black and Latino precincts in Hyde Park, Mattapan, Dorchester ...

Dress code at Malden Mystic Valley Regional Charter School censures black hair

Civil rights groups have decried the Mystic Valley Regional Charter school's dress code policies as racially discriminatory and said they may represent another piece of an all-too frequent trend of criminalization of blackness.

Anthony Richards

Anthony Richards is the director of community affairs for the Governor’s office. In this role he communicates regularly with community organizations, law enforcement, non-profits and private organizations in order to hears their views and concerns and connect people, groups and ...

In face of cuts, Boston Public Schools details supports for district’s low-performing schools

Boston Public Schools officials took time during the hearings to outline their efforts to support low performing schools, through measures such as visiting assistant teams, continued funding support for schools exiting turnaround and a fund for extra supports. Not all ...

Fear and defiance greet House Republicans’ American Health Care Act

Many speakers at a health care panel said legislation could bring drastic consequences to them or members of their families. Sen. Markey offered a spot of hope, predicting the bill would fail in the Senate.

Jessica Tang poised to be next Boston Teachers Union president

Jessica Tang, the union's director of organizing, runs unopposed for BTU presidency. She has earned a reputation for advocating on issues within and outside the classroom.

New Codman Square units put small dent in Boston’s affordable housing crisis

Mayor Martin Walsh joined neighborhood activists to cut the ribbon on 44 new units of affordable housing in the Codman Square area Monday. In a city where 21,865 residential units were permitted at the beginning of the year, the ones ...

Commuters ride for free on Fairmount Line for two weeks

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano joined local activists and state officials to kick off two weeks of free rides on the Fairmount Line, for which he will pay using his campaign account.

Boston mayoral candidates compete for signatures

Nomination papers were issued last week for the 2017 mayoral and city council races, and candidates wasted little time hitting the streets, some as solo acts, others with armies of volunteers to collect the signatures they will need to secure ...

Racial slurs thrown at Adam Jones, anthem singer at Red Sox games

Reports of racial slurs hurled during recent Red Sox games turned a national eye to the team’s troubled history with discrimination. The Red Sox was the last league in the nation to integrate and its many years of rejection of ...

Julie Totten

Project Hope, a nonprofit at the forefront of efforts in Boston to move families up and out of poverty, announced recently that Julie Totten has joined the organization as the new director of development. In this capacity, Totten will work ...

An underreported crime — battling fraudsters by reporting fraud

Rita Gerona-Adkins recalled precisely how she felt when she got that phone call from the IRS demanding immediate payment for taxes due. “I was afraid,” she freely admitted. But she rallied from her initial shock; resentment rising at the caller’s ...

Mixed-use development project slated for Mattapan’s Blue Hill Avenue

A $12 million Mattapan development could turn several blighted lots into housing, retail space, and a sit-down restaurant.

New schools for Mattahunt kids

As their school closes and converts into an early education center, displaced Mattahunt children are learning where they will attend next school next year. Some families did not receive placement in any of the schools they chose.