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Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren hold rally on workers’ issues

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for the Democratic Party proactively advance working class values during a rally that included a lineup of state-focused activists groups. The event marked the first formal collaboration between Our Revolution and Raise ...

Criminal justice reform groups gear up for change in 2017

Jobs not Jails' Calvin Feliciano said that activists are stepping up energy next year politicians will be facing re-election and will find it too politically risky to take a stand on criminal justice reforms. Because of this, activists are focusing ...

Deeqo Jibril kicks off campaign

With a crowd of about 200 in the audience, District 7 candidate Deeqo Jibril formally kicked off her campaign for the City Council seat being vacated by Tito Jackson, who announced his bid for mayor in January.

Political targeting seen in activists’ detainment

Three Vermont activists who are unauthorized immigrants were picked up by ICE, sparking a protest outside the site of their Boston bond hearing. Demonstrators say the detainments were politically motivated and that the activists represent a boon, not threat, to ...

Boston's District 7 City Council field takes shape, Henriquez joins race

Former-state Rep. Carlos Henriquez is the latest of about nine seeking to represent Roxbury along with parts of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, the Fenway and the South End in city council.

Boston City Council to further study anti-displacement Jim Brooks Stabilization Act

Some city councilors said the anti-displacement ordinance seemed toothless, while others worried about burdens on landlords and some councilors questioned the scope and necessity of the law.

Trump administration draft budget calls for $6 billion Housing and Urban Development cut

The selection of Ben Carson, who has spoken out against public benefits programs, was seen by many as a lack of commitment to HUD. Last week, the Trump administration’s draft HUD budget leaked to the press showed a $6 billion ...

Activists press Santander bank to deal locally

Under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, banks are required to extend credit to businesses and residents of low-income communities where bank services historically have been lacking. While those agreements have traditionally been negotiated with community-based organizations and nonprofits, Santander ...

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.