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Boston teachers’ union holds walk-in to protest stalled contract negotiations

Teachers’ union negotiations has stalled while an expensive police union contract sailed through relatively briskly. The disparity in negotiating power is nothing new between the two groups.

Brookline seeks to fire black cops who complained of racism, unsafety

In a hearing last week, the town of Brookline argued that it has the right to fire two black police officers for refusing to return to work until stronger action is taken to remedy what the officers say is a ...

Panel convenes on criminal justice reform bill, report and next steps

Drawing on the Council of State Government’s recommendations, Gov. Baker filed a bill aimed to curb recidivism. The next day, state legislative and judicial members discussed what criminal justice reforms still are needed.

Governor Baker appoints members of Black Advisory Commission

Governor Charlie Baker last week announced appointments to a new Black Advisory Commission, a group of people of African descent charged with weighing in on matters of concern to black communities across Massachusetts.

Report out Massachusetts criminal justice reform recommendations

The Council of State Governments released its final report of criminal justice reform recommendations for the state. Along with applauding some proposals for reducing recidivism, many legislators and activists said legislation on these proposals must be accompanied by action on ...

Body camera advocate pushing for immediate implementation in Boston

With the city’s six-month pilot project with body-worn police cameras just weeks away from completion, there are differing opinions on whether the Boston Police Department should move forward with full implementation or, as Police Commissioner Bill Evans suggests, extend the ...

Massachusetts senators push to end mandatory sentence minimums

With momentum building for criminal justice reform, state Senators are preparing to push for a legislative package they say will reduce the number of people incarcerated in Massachusetts and save the state money.

A White House not worthy of respect

Americans believe that the president of the United States is due the greatest show of respect. Political commentators and the media have been trying to be deferential despite Donald Trump’s bizarre views and inappropriate conduct. But finally the lid is ...

Can Democrats win in the Trump era?

The Democratic National Committee was by any standard a wreck and a ruin during the 2016 presidential campaign. How much of this is past history in the Trump era is the big question that will in part be answered when ...

Backlash against Muslim ban offers hope, but immigrants still vulnerable

Immigrant rights advocates are hailing Thursday’s ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which refused to reinstate President Trump’s ban on travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. But they are also bracing for a prolonged legal fight ...

Tito Jackson proposes defense fund for immigrants facing deportation

City Councilor Tito Jackson announced last week that he had introduced legislation to create an Immigrant Legal Defense Fund for the city.

Fears for schools, rights under Trump

President Donald Trump administration’s recent moves left many concerned for the future of public education and doubting the administration’s commitment to protecting civil rights of people of color and immigrants, upholding the Constitution and reigning in corporate influence over public ...

Senate president supports criminal justice reforms

Last week legislative action seemed imminent when state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg committed to work for legislative fixes supported by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, including pretrial bail reform, the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, the ...

Boston rallies in Copley, Logan against Trump's immigrant ban

President Donald Trump issued an executive order barring refugees from any country and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., and Boston rose to fight it.

Boston lawmakers, advocates continue pushing for criminal justice reform

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz took advantage of a Martin Luther King Day speaking spot to evoke the historic leader and call for long-delayed action on policies that could reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system.