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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

The exculpation of the well-to-do

Law enforcement turned a blind eye on the criminal conduct of bankers and financiers whose misdeeds precipitated the financial collapse of 2008, yet overzealous prosecution of non-violent offenders in the U.S. has given the country the dubious distinction of having ...

Why do you think the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world?

Lack of education and employment opportunities. People are frustrated and they commit crimes. — Doreen Warfield, Customer Service, Roxbury

GOP Hypocrisy Rides High on Border Crisis

Republicans speak in favor of immigration reform while opposing Obama administration measures

Steve Grossman for governor

Banner endorses Steve Grossman’s campaign for governor

What do you think should be the top priority for the next governor of Massachusetts?

Getting these young people jobs. Somebody needs to help them. —Lenny Mitchell, Retired, Dorchester

Income inequality: A continuing American problem

The belief held by many whites that poverty is a black problem diverts attention from the widening gap between the nation’s wealthy and the middle class