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U.S. working class increasingly diverse

Young people of color are likely to become the majority of the nation’s working class by 2032, according to a report released last week from the Economic Policy Institute. This would mark the nation catching up with a situation already ...

Boston shows support for Orlando shooting victims

City and state officials gathered with Bostonians on City Hall Plaza in solidarity with victims and survivors of the worst mass-shooting in recent U.S. history.

New voting laws block little fraud — but many elders, women, minorities

Much of the reporting about the voter-ID laws many states have passed in recent years has centered on how they often block access to the polls by lower-income minority and naturalized citizens. But a subtext has been the barring of ...

Puerto Rico oversight sparks fears

A proposed solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis emerged from Congress last week.The PROMESA bill would provide for debt restructuring, answering a long-time ask from many Puerto Ricans, while also creating a federal oversight board with authorities that many say ...

In election year, more immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship

For more than a decade, Jannette Diep has been helping immigrants apply for U.S. citizenship. But as the presidential election looms, Diep, the executive director of Boat People SOS, says she has seen a rising interest among immigrants in becoming ...

A. Philip Randolph – a Dedicated Leader to Remember

April 15 is A. Philip Randolph’s birthday. One might ask, who is he? Should we care? The answer is a resounding yes! for America's political, economic and social landscape is dotted with trees bearing fruit from A. Philip Randolph's vision, ...

Symone Sanders and a presidential campaign

Budding communications professional Symone Sanders talks to the Banner about joining the campaign of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as national spokeswoman.

IRS grants nonprofit status to ‘dark money’ group founded by Karl Rove

Nonprofits such as Crossroads GPS —whose application for tax-exempt status was recently approved by the IRS — are funneling cash into politics. These funds are often called dark money because the original source of the money may be kept secret ...

Mass incarceration: remedies within reach

Part Two of this two-part series summarizes financial sector tools and innovative reform approaches that seek to weaken the private prison business model, lower recidivism, generate jobs for ex-offenders and confront institutional racism. Part One provided a brief overview of ...

King and the color line

In the middle of the 20th century, one man more than anyone else pricked the conscience of the American people with his call for a colorblind society. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of a land where “all men ...

Fears and protests in wake of ICE raids on Central American families

Announcements of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids on undocumented Central American immigrants last week sent tremors of fear across the nation’s immigrant communities. Immigration activists and immigrants charge that the aggressive crackdown turns a blind eye to a desperate humanitarian ...

Tackling mass incarceration: Remedies within our reach

As racial tensions in the United States continue to ferment, issues related to law enforcement and the fair administration of justice have captured public and political attention. There is a long list of criminal justice grievances — many recorded by ...

Protests prompted national conversation on race in 2015

The year 2015 began with Black Lives Matter protests erupting in Boston and cities and towns across the United States. Protesters blocked freeways, occupied shopping malls and did their best to disrupt businesses as usual. Arguably, their efforts were successful, ...

Hollywood turns back the clock on Hub

Boston is yet again on the silver screen with the films Black Mass and Spotlight the latest in a string of Hollywood hits depicting life in Boston. Yet black, Latino and Asian Bostonians may see little semblance between the city ...

Experts see little threat with Syrian refugees

More than half of the governors across the country — all but one Republican — have vowed to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees within their borders, arguing that the risk of terrorism is too high to provide safe haven ...

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