Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, the Community Development Corporation that built and manages the Villa Victoria housing development, is looking to expand affordable housing opportunities in the South End and Lower Roxbury as well as its programming for area youth.
Mayor Walsh touts gains in diversifying city leadership, pledges to work on education, housing issues
After a year in office, Mayor Martin Walsh has assembled a diverse cabinet and outlined plans to tackle some of the city’s more vexing problems, including a lack of affordable housing, educational inequality and poor relations between police and black and Latino youths.
Protesters block I-93, demonstrate in Downtown Boston
Last Thursday, demonstrators in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement stopped traffic on Interstate 93, chaining themselves to 1,200 pound concrete-filled barrels in an action that garnered international attention. Friday, members of the Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus filed several bills aimed at making police accountable for stopping black motorists and pedestrians, and appointing outside investigators to probe police shootings and misconduct.
Diverse team faces daunting challenges
Sounding themes of fiscal restraint and government reform, Gov. Charlie Baker pledged to tackle some of the state’s more intractable problems — homelessness, educational disparities and opiate addiction — during his inaugural address last week.
Gov. Deval Patrick secured his place in Massachusetts history with a resounding victory over Republican candidate Kerry Healey in the 2006 gubernatorial campaign, running on the theme, “together we can.” Over the next eight years, the state’s first black governor put his rhetoric of collaboration to the test, enlisting legislators, local officials and citizen activists in a series of ambitious initiatives that included everything from consolidating the polyglot of state agencies to comprehensive reform of the state’s criminal justice system.
Members of the Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus are considering filing legislation that would require police to make data on stops public and issue receipts to pedestrians stopped.
A change of mayoral administrations, rapidly rising real estate values, looming threats of gentrification and the redevelopment of Dudley Square were among the major stories of the last year.
At the dawn of 2015, issues of race and racism are front and center in the national conversation. Demonstrators are taking to the streets and taking over shopping malls with Black Lives Matter protests that echo the Civil Rights Movement, whose urgency has been revived by a black director in the film, Selma.
A coalition of nonprofits and foundations has teamed up with state officials to launch a $5 million fund aimed keeping housing affordable in public transit-accessible neighborhoods.
With police practices facing scrutiny across the U.S., Massachusetts Legislative Black and Latino Caucus members are poised to push for a package of criminal justice system reform legislation aimed at promoting greater transparency and accountability in the state’s law enforcement agencies.
Dudley Skylab has been selected along with The Venture Café Foundation as operators of the Roxbury Innovation Center in the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building in Dudley Square, which is expected to open its doors within the next month.
As Black Lives Matter protests grab headlines, activists call for change in criminal justice system
In a policy change that could have profound implications for struggling homeowners, the nation’s largest mortgage holders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have agreed to allow homeowners who have lost their homes to foreclosure to buy their properties back at current market value.
Activists gathered in Dorchester last week to talk about the displacement of long-term residents along the Fairmount Line corridor as rents and real estate prices climb.
The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials will hold its national meeting in Boston in July. Blacks, Latinos and Asians have made major gains in employment and leadership positions in the state’s public transportation agencies.
For the second week in a row, black America expressed shock and disbelief at a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer for killing an unarmed black man. The protests and the national attention have added fuel to the Black Lives Matter movement, an informal, multi-racial network of activists across the U.S. who have been protesting a string of high-profile police shootings of unarmed blacks and the failure of the judicial system to hold police accountable.
Families for Excellent Schools, a group founded in New York, has been organizing parents in Boston since August.
In Boston and in cities across the United States protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against police violence against blacks, sparked by a grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Williams in the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Ferguson, Missouri resident Michael Brown.
City and state officials cut the ribbon on a new teen center in Mattapan that features a recording studio and performance space.
A crowd estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 people marched from Dudley Square to the South Bay House of Correction, blocking traffic on the Interstate 93 on-ramp for more than two hours in a rowdy, but mostly peaceful protest over a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
President Obama’s executive order on immigration will grant temporary status to 4.4 million undocumented immigrants, but will not alter the status of an additional 6 million people who entered the United States illegally.
City officials are looking at the former Radius hospital building on Townsend Street as a potential site for in-patient drug rehabilitation programs.
Roxbury neighbors voiced dissatisfaction with Nuestra Comunidad over the community development corporation’s plans to house the Conservatory Lab Charter School in its Bartlett Place development.
Many in the black community were encouraged by Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s inclusion of four African Americans among the 16 chairmen of his transition team. No Latinos were appointed chairs of the team.
A report by the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights finds that black and Latino students in Massachusetts are more likely to be suspended for non-violent, non-drug-related school disciplinary infractions than white and Asian students.
Madison Park Headmaster Al Holland is hoping to turn around the Technical Vocational high school, aided by increased financial resources and new administrative staff.
The completion of 43 units of affordable and market-rate housing on Dudley Street marks the end of the redevelopment of the Orchard Gardens area under the HUD HOPE VI program
Charlie Baker won the race for Massachusetts governor by little more than 40,000 of the more than 2 million votes cast.
The unarmed Boston Public School Police responsible for keeping students, teachers and staff safe in the city’s schools are asking city officials to arm them with pepper spray, saying they need the non-lethal agent to better do their jobs.
Former Mayor Thomas Menino focused attention on development projects in the city’s neighborhoods
Photographer Don West celebrated the publication of his book, Portraits of Purpose with an event at the Copley Square Library last week.
Description: Former Mayor Thomas Menino died last week after a battle with Cancer.
When it opened in 1639, colonists funded the mather school using a levy on cattle grazing, making it the first publicly funded school in what is now the United States. Last week city and state officials and alumni turned out for a celebration of the school’s 375th anniversary.
In the last week of campaigning, Democrats are revving up the party’s base.
Polling data shows gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has made inroads with voters in Massachusetts cities.
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State officials gathered in Mattapan to announce the construction of a new station there and expanded service along the Fairmount Line, converting the commuter rail into a rapid transit line.
Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker released what he calls his “urban agenda” during the opening of a campaign office on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester.
Attorney General Martha Coakley rallied supporters in Brockton and the South Coast region last week as her campaign gets ready to turn out it base of support.
Attorney General Martha Coakley is suing mortgage giant Fannie Mae over its refusal to sell foreclosed properties back to former owners.
Boston activists are calling on the police department to outfit officers with body-worn cameras and make data on police stops available in the wake of an ACLU report that found blacks were disproportionately targeted by police for stops, searches and observation.
Independent candidate for governor Evan Falchuk says putting independent candidates in office is the best way to effect substantive changes in state government.
Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker’s plans to reform state government go beyond welfare and public housing. Baker has plans to fund repairs to the MBTA system, lift the cap on charter schools and increase local aid to cities and towns.
A study commissioned by the ACLU Massachusetts finds that while blacks make up 24 percent of the population, they account for 63 percent of the police stops in the department’s database.
The Department of Neighborhood Development is soliciting bids for the redevelopment of a former public bath house at 611 Columbia Road in Upham’s Corner.
Branch President Michael Curry is being challenged by Massachusetts Association of Law Enforcement Officers President Larry Ellison.
Former Lawrence Mayor Willy Lantigua is seeking to unseat state Rep. Marcos Devers and regain the 16th Essex House seat.
Attorney General Martha Coakley held a communities of color rally at Hibernian Hall Sunday while businessman Charlie Baker is gearing up for an endorsement event with prominent black supporters.
A HUD grant for the reconstruction of the Whittier Street housing development is expected to catalyze more than $300 million in development in Lower Roxbury.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan met with members of the Boston Celtics and City of Boston officials to discuss the Obama administration’s My Brother’s Keeper effort to improve educational and life outcomes for black and Latino boys and men.