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Activists advancing millionaires’ tax

The “Fair Share Amendment,” put forth by the coalition Raise Up Massachusetts, would bump up the income tax rate by four percent for those who make more than $1 million per year, thus generating additional revenue for state education and ...

Activists, councilors and cops debate body-worn cameras

During a City Council hearing held by the Committee on Government Operations councilors questioned police officials and members of the Boston Police Camera Action Team on an ordinance that would require police to be outfitted with body-worn cameras.

Juan Vega

Juan Vega has been appointed Assistant Secretary for Communities and Programs at the state’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Mayor announces additional funding for youth jobs

Mayor Martin Walsh announced Monday $230,000 in corporate and individual sponsorships through the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Fund, to create an additional 175 youth jobs for nine community-based organizations. Sponsorships are among the various partners and organizations that support youth employment ...

Captain William J. Williams: Lawyer, war veteran, first African American elected to the Chelsea Board of Aldermen

Captain William James Williams, one of Boston’s remarkable attorneys, broke the color line at the turn of the twentieth century, becoming the first African American to enter the volunteer army of the United States with a captain’s commission, and the ...

Boston Children’s Festival comes to Franklin Park August 18

Mayor Martin Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are proud to present the 2015 ParkARTS Boston Children’s Festival on Tuesday, August 18, at Franklin Park in Dorchester from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a rain date on ...

Governor Baker grants $6.3 million for high quality pre-kindergarten programs

Gov. Charlie Baker last week announced $6.3 million in grant awards to support high quality preschool environments for children through the state's Universal Pre-Kindergarten program.

BFIT recognized for supporting first-generation students of color in higher education

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology recently earned The Janus Award from Codman Academy, a charter public school in Dorchester. The Janus Award honors an institution that is committed to supporting first generation students of color in higher education. BFIT was ...

Design standards set for new Garrison Trotter housing

The city of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and community members from Roxbury’s Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association have forged a set of design principles to guide residential development on some city-owned vacant land parcels. As part of a new Neighborhood ...

Sen. Forry and Rep. Cullinane pass resolution on humanitarian crisis in Dominican Republic

Last Friday the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives unanimously passed a Joint Resolution addressing the humanitarian crisis in the Dominican Republic. The joint resolution, filed by Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and Rep. Dan Cullinane, comes on the heels of ...

Black labor group opens Hub office

Local black labor activists have opened a Boston chapter of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, a national group aimed at forging alliances on civil rights and labor issues.

Advocates backing bill that would end RMV license suspensions

Massachusetts state senators, representatives and sheriffs were among dozens who turned out to a State House hearing July 23 in support of Senate bill 1812, which would end the legal requirement to suspend driver’s licenses for people convicted of non-violent, ...

Shopping while black?

Robert Johnson, chairman of Africana Studies at UMass Boston, was falsely identified as the thief who made off with 20 bottles of cognac from a Jamaica Plain liquor store earlier this year and taken to the Area E police station ...

Justin Polk

The Mayor's Office of Workforce Development has appointed Justin Polk the new Living Wage administrator for the City of Boston. He will also be handling wage theft initiatives.

ReadBoston Storymobile starts up summer program

Over the coming weeks, more than 400 Read Boston events will be held in 80 locations around the city, including neighborhood parks, community centers, summer camps and library branches.