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What do you think it would take to make America truly great?

Admittance and acceptance of all the ways that America has hurt people, correcting the wrongs and making amends. — Sahar Lawrence, Community Engagement, Jamaica Plain

Education is focal point in Boston mayoral race

Education is emerging as a flash point in the 2017 mayoral race, with challenger Tito Jackson building on tensions over school funding, school closures and what some see as a lack of support for Boston’s district schools in his bid ...

Boston District 7 candidates face off in debate over city issues

Eleven of the thirteen candidates for the District 7 City Council seat soon to be vacated by Tito Jackson turned out for a debate in Grove Hall last week.

Campbell: Mentoring key to student success

Research has shown that without proper support structures in school, students are less likely to graduate and continue their education.

Mayor makes changes to police review board

This week Mayor Martin Walsh announced changes to the COOP board he said would strengthen its ability to monitor Internal Affairs investigations — increasing the number of panel members from three to five and increasing the share of IAD complaints ...

Campaigns in full swing at Dorchester Day parade

Candidates’ nomination papers are in and the Dorchester Day parade represents the first major event where campaigns can show off their strength.

Capuano: Trump budget poses challenges for local government

The Trump administration released a budget last week that proposes deep cuts to federal programs and taxes on the rich while increasing spending on the nation’s military – a controversial move that earned him praise from his base of conservative ...

Third candidate triggers mayoral preliminary

Of the seven people who pulled nomination papers to run for mayor in Boston, media attention has focused on two perceived front-runners: incumbent Mayor Martin Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jackson. The papers were due last Tuesday, and the field ...

Janey launches campaign for Roxbury's City Council seat, signatures submitted in District 7

Long-time Roxbury activist Kim Janey kicked off her campaign for the District 7 City Council seat last week in a Dudley Square event. She and ten others have been certified to appear on the Sept. 26 preliminary ballot in the ...

Lowell elections deny minorities a voice in local legislatures

By electing all school committee and city council members at-large, Lowell’s election system nearly guarantees that the white voting bloc will determine who gets into office. As such minorities have little to no voice in affairs of these bodies. Asian ...

‘More powerful’ immigrant rights movement emerges outside D.C.

Immigrant rights advocates say that despite the cloud of fear hanging over communities in the first 100 days of the Trump administration, there is also a growing and increasingly organized resistance.

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 ...

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.

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 ...