The way it is right now, things are getting worse.
I think that a lot of nonpartisan groups weren’t putting out the word. People have to get involved. You have to want to be active in something that affects your community.
The BPS budget. I don’t think it’s balanced right, especially with transportation. All kids should have access to a free T pass. School should be free. If you have to pay to get there, it’s not.
I think it’s absolutely fine for them to protest. People are making too much of it. Imagine if there were a boycott and there were no black players. There wouldn’t be an NFL. — Arthur Collins, Educator, Roxbury
Yes. At this day and time, it’s very important. — Tony, Carpenter, Dorchester
Perseverance, ingenuity and collective work to change a rigged system.
Affordable housing. I feel like the community is changing and it’s become less diverse because there’s no affordable housing. People are moving to Brockton, Lynn, Attleboro. — Shantae White, Intern, Roxbury
I think it’s the same as it’s been, but because Trump is president, people feel more comfortable now. — Bria Riddick, Hostess, Dorchester
It could have a significant impact. We’re having a lot of issues as it is with our new president. We need to stand together and keep the peace. We don’t need that here. — Pearl Thomas, Disabled, Melrose
I don’t think Trump will last. I think he’ll be impeached because of the emoluments clause. He’s enriching himself. He has no moral compass. — Zakiya Alake, Civil Rights Defender, Dorchester
It’s affecting the integrity of America as a world power. We’re sliding down the scale. It’s an indication of how dumb people in this country are. — William Delove, Entrepreneur, Cambridge
Housing. Affording housing for the residents of Boston. Not for the developers, for the residents. And education and jobs for the youth, so they can afford to pay rent. — Valerie Shelley, Resident Leader, Roxbury
Yes. It would take the mutual cooperation of every inhabitant. — Veronica Nchuamu, Student, South End
Admittance and acceptance of all the ways that America has hurt people, correcting the wrongs and making amends. — Sahar Lawrence, Community Engagement, Jamaica Plain
No. It’s a drug. People are addicted. It’s bad for public health. — Tony, Unemployed, Roxbury