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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 ...

Trump plays race card, wins support

One year after Ferguson, Missouri activists drew attention to the issue of police abuse of blacks, the fault lines between blacks’ and whites’ views of race and racism remain as stark as ever. Events over the last week have underscored ...

Yale, Missouri outcry yields action on racism

Longstanding complaints of racism at University of Missouri’s Columbia campus came to national attention earlier this month as a variety of protests, including a graduate student’s hunger strike and a strike by the football team, led to the university president’s ...

Puerto Ricans seek debt relief

Puerto Rico’s long-struggling economy went from bad to worse this year, with Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla asserting that the island’s $72 billion debt burden may never be repaid. Creditors are calling on Puerto Rico’s government to close schools and cut ...

When neighbors turn against neighbors

Programs that encourage reporting “suspicious activity” to police have revealed widespread racial biases among civilians, as whites frequently report black neighbors for doing nothing more than going about their daily lives. New social media networks and apps like Operation GroupeMe ...

Latina women suffer worst from wage gap

Among the major demographics experiencing gender and racial wage gaps, Latina women are the hardest hit in both Massachusetts and the nation. A variety of factors contribute to the wage gap, said speakers: circumstances push many Latinas into traditionally lower-wage ...

Study measures impact of recent US immigration

The influx of 59 million immigrants into the United States in the last 50 years has dramatically changed the nation’s demographics, and immigration in coming decades will continue to alter the racial and ethnic makeup of the U.S. population, according ...

The prominence and plight of girls in the juvenile justice system

A recent report by researchers has highlighted what they call a disturbing trend: the prominence and plight of girls in the juvenile justice system. The authors explain the trend by citing the unintended consequences of a crackdown on domestic violence ...

Are English language learners punished for their frustration with school?

There are many children living in the USA who are immigrants and know very little English. In navigating the United States public school system, these children attempt to learn a new language, adapt to new social and cultural norms, and ...

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