During Mel King’s 1983 mayoral campaign, a coalition of Black, Latino, Asian and progressive white activists came together to push for the former state representative’s bid. While King lost to City Councilor Raymond Flynn in the general election, the nexus of activists and voters of color that supported him, referred to as the Rainbow Coalition,
At MassBay, we understand how tough it is out there. We know how hard our students work – in and out of the classroom. Many of our students are working and have family obligations while they are in college, and that is why we do everything we can to support our students. There are a
The Indigenous Peoples Day (IPD) Newton Committee began circulating a petition April 1 calling on the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) to change the date of the Boston Marathon. The effort came after the City of Newton denied the group a permit to use a desired park for their first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration on Oct.
In the early days of the pandemic last spring, as students in Boston switched to remote learning, many struggled with challenges ranging from social isolation to the loss of family members to COVID-19. All the while, most students logged on to Chromebook laptops or personal computers as Boston and other districts adopted a remote-learning strategy
Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced her candidacy for mayor standing in front of the Faces of Dudley mural in Nubian Square, a mural depicting historical figures from Boston’s black community. The following is an excerpted version of her speech. It’s great to be with you this morning in front of the beautiful faces of Dudley,
President Biden has announced his $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a financially ambitious offering that targets transit among other sectors. Biden wants to bring $85 billion to existing public transit, which for Massachusetts could provide opportunities for expansion and improvement of the MBTA’s the commuter rail and bus systems. Here’s what two local transit experts suggested
Like many small-business owners, Lorraine Tse has been dealing with the economic effects of the pandemic on her Quincy-based travel agency and transportation service for over a year. But as a Chinese American, she is also nearing the anniversary of what she described as a racially charged verbal and physical assault at a Dunkin as
Back in March of 2020 when the global coronavirus pandemic took hold, states and local governments in the United States instituted varying degrees of lock downs aimed at stopping the spread of the virus, which was initially thought to be spread primarily through contact with contaminated surfaces as well as through respiratory droplets. Infections, hospitalizations
When the emergency vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna started making the rounds, so did sensational headlines about how the Black community wouldn’t take it. Discussion arose among the medical community on how to convince Black people to get the vaccine, and organizations in Boston mobilized to get the community to the mass vaccination site at
Stan McLaren is used to being the first. He is the first born, the first in his family to go to college. It was only fitting then that he was the first at the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. McLaren was not grand-standing, however. Rather, he was setting an example.