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Brown and Ford Slayings Prove that Racial Profiling Just Might Kill

Countless studies and surveys of police and public attitudes show that young black males are far more likely to be stopped, searched and arrested than white males. It's at times only a short step from that to a deadly altercation.

Police need better training

It’s an age-old problem. We need to build better race relations. We need to get police officers to learn how to work with black people. — Anthony Brewer, State Employee, Roxbury

Police homicides: A continuing national problem

Police shootings of unarmed black men will continue until blacks amass political power.

Globe articles target vital small business program that benefits Boston’s small businesses

A series of Boston Globe articles targeted The Boston Local Development Corporation, a BRA lending program that shored up local businesses during the Great Recession.

Recalling James Brown’s unique mix of political convictions, infectious soul

Earl Ofari Hutchinson reflects on the music, politics and character of the iconic soul superstar.

Do you think marijuana possession should be a criminal offense?

No. I think some people need marijuana for health. There are a lot of others things that should be a priority for law enforcement. — SH, Grandparent, Roxbury

Re-elect Auditor Bump — keep government honest

State Auditor Suzanne Bump has uncovered waste and fraud in government agencies, leading to significant government reforms.

Decriminalize marijuana: End prosecutorial discrimination against blacks

Studies have shown marijuana to be far less harmful than alcohol, yet its continued status as an illegal drug contributes to discriminatory prosecution of blacks, who are 3.7 times as likely as whites to be incarcerated on drug charges.

Are you planning to vote in the September 9 state primary?

Of course. I think it’s important that all people of color vote so we can have a voice in what is going on in the state. Without the vote, our voice will be silent. Your level of income does not ...

Smart choices for public safety

Banner endorses Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins for sheriff and former state rep. Warren Tolman for attorney general

Subprime loans are back with a vengeance

After subprime loans precipitated the 2008 financial meltdown, the U.S. banking industry is again trafficking in high-interest lending, this time with auto loans.

Too many excluded from the nation’s prosperity

A pattern of income inequality is destroying the middle class and the American way of life, and it is afflicting whites as well as blacks.

The Tale of Two Police Abuse Cases

The cases of Marlene Pinnock, beaten by a California Highway Patrol officer and Eric Garner, killed by a New York City Police officer, illustrate the intractability of police violence against blacks.

Why do you think income inequality exists?

For working class people, employers don’t want to pay you what your job is worth. You can’t live off the wages they pay. It’s greed. The less they pay, the more they make. — Anthony Raines, Baggage Agent, Roxbury

Small Businesses Want Minimum Wage Increase

A majority of small business owners recognize the importance of good-paying jobs in supporting local economies