A lesson not yet learned

In past decades, blacks have fought for their rights for democratic representation. In the case of Carlos Henriquez, who lost his Massachusetts House seat under legally questionable circumstances, blacks did not mount a defence.

The GOP’s ‘Enemies’ List’

It’s getting more and more difficult to keep up with the lengthening list of people, groups and nations the Republican Party’s presidency-seekers are designating as targets.

Why do you think the minimum wage is so low?

They’re trying to see how little they can get away with paying. They squeeze people until they can’t take it anymore. — Sirad Zahra, Yoga Instructor, Roxbury

The greening of America doesn’t include workers’ pay

While many corporations are embracing sustainability, few are advocating paying their lowest-paid workers a sustainable wage.

Trump and immigration: constructing a police-state America

At bottom, the plan of Donald Trump, the GOP’s political playboy, to “solve” America’s crisis of undocumented Latino immigration is really quite simple: Turn the US into a police state.

What do you think are the most important issues the next president of the United States will face?

Jobs and the economy. And cops. There’s too many cops shooting black kids and getting away with it. That’s the number one issue. — Rafael Puntiel, Driver, Roxbury

A strategic blunder for "Black Lives Matter" demonstrators

In a strategic error, “Black Lives Matter” demonstrators forced Sanders from the stage when delivering a speech in his campaign for President.

Vote Tuesday, September 8

The Boston 2015 preliminary balloting will be held September 8. The only contested races for district City Council seats that will appear on the ballot Sept. 8 will be in Dorchester’s District 4 and Roxbury’s District 7. Regardless of the ...

Trump’s trump card: The conservative mob

The fate of the Republican Party’s presidential sweepstakes at the moment is being controlled by two political Frankensteins—both of them of the GOP’s own creation. One, of course, is Donald Trump, the wealthy demagogue who is leading the crowded GOP ...

Why do you think turnout is low for City Council elections in Boston?

I think people still think there’s too much machine politics in Boston. People don’t think voting someone new in will change things. — Stuart Spina, Researcher, Chelsea

Consistent voter turnout is key to building real political power

Although their numbers are in decline, Republicans have executed a strategy to maintain political power by dominating state politics, occupying the governorship in 31 states and controlling 28 legislatures. African American voters have gone to the polls in high numbers ...

The GOP debate and the other elephant in the room

The August 6th Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew that the Republican Party’s continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct.

Why, in the age of cellphone videos, do you think police officers are still shooting unarmed blacks?

I don’t know why they do it. They’re just out of control. — Angela, Environmental Services, Roxbury

Holding police to a higher standard

Insulting, hostile and violent police supported by oppressive criminal justice systems have had a devastating impact on urban black communities. It is no wonder that the slogan “Black Lives Matter” has gained such acceptance and support.

The second deadly assault on Sandra Bland

It started within moments after Sandra Bland was found hanging in a Waller County jail cell. And it hasn't let up for one moment since her dubious death. The “it” is the non-stop litany of veiled and not so veiled ...