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The City Council last week voted unanimously to bar police and other city agencies from using facial-surveillance software except for specific criminal investigations - and even then only if the data are not generated by city-owned cameras. The proposal,... Read more
Three city councillors want Boston to explore a new “crisis response” system that would divert non-violent, emergency calls away from the Boston Police Department in favor of “a more holistic public safety infrastructure integrated with public health.”... Read more
Tenant advocates this week warned of a potential “tidal wave” of evictions of Boston residents this year if the pandemic-induced moratorium on filings is lifted, saying it would exacerbate the crisis that already disproportionately impacts Black residents... Read more
Several hundred people gathered in front of Trinity Church in Copley Square last Saturday to listen as a lineup of activists, artists, and elected officials — all of them women — led a “March Like a Mother For Black Lives” rally. Most of the speakers at... Read more
Greater Boston PFLAG has presented its 2020 Cornerstone of Equality Award to former state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and Bill Forry, editor and publisher of the Dorchester Reporter. The regional branch of the national organization, which advocates for LGTBQ... Read more
A small family-owned toy store on the South Shore stepped up this month to provide end-of-year gift bags for all 237 students at the Edward Everett Elementary School in Dorchester. The project began when Julie Ritchie of Toy Box of Hanover began working... Read more
Massachusetts is one of four states on track to contain the coronavirus, while dozens of other states are at risk or have controlled the growth of COVID, according to a model developed by the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and... Read more
The end of the school year is a natural moment for farewells. But for Maura O’Toole, a library paraprofessional leaving the Boston Public Schools after 14 years, the departure feels premature. “This past January, my position was reduced in hours,” O’Toole... Read more
Marking the first endorsement by an elected official in the 12th Suffolk District race, Rep. Chynah Tyler (D-Roxbury) on Monday endorsed candidate Brandy Fluker-Oakley. The 12th Suffolk District includes parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and Milton... Read more
Dorchester-based art education nonprofit Living Art will conduct its annual summer workshop “Portraits, People & Places: A New Understanding” in a partial, online format this month starting on July 7. Living Art has taught the workshop for over 20... Read more
What’s new on the Fairmount Line? As of June 22, a lot. The commuter rail line that connects Readville to South Station is now in the early stages of a year-long pilot that offers increased train frequency, a new ticketing system and a marketing push from... Read more
At a drive-thru event in front of their school last Thursday, seniors from the Boston Arts Academy received their diplomas and care packages purchased through funds raised by the BAA Foundation’s “103 Reasons to Give” campaign, an initiative that raised... Read more
Allowing hundreds of thousands of K-12 students to resume learning in school buildings this fall will improve educational outcomes, relieve pressure on families and boost supports for the state's most vulnerable children, Baker administration officials... Read more
Juneteenth is a step closer to becoming a state holiday in Massachusetts after the House on Wednesday agreed to mark June 19 as Juneteenth Independence Day. The holiday took place last Friday and residents across the state took the streets in large... Read more
Cardinal Seán O’Malley has approved the merger of St. Ann and St. Brendan parishes into a new Catholic parish in a move that will keep both church buildings open under a new name. In a letter sent to parishioners today, Fr. Brian Clary said that the... Read more
Mayor Martin Walsh today rolled out three initiatives that he says are aimed at addressing systemic racism in Boston, including an Equity and Inclusion Cabinet in his administration and a new Racial Equity Fund. The mayor said he plans to file a “fair... Read more
In March, when I subpoenaed the Boston Police Department’s field, interrogation, and observation (FIO) data, also known as “stop and frisk” data, broken down by race, I did not know that a few weeks later, Ahmaud Arbery would be hunted down and murdered... Read more
Dissenters say budget is ‘business-as-usual’ The Boston City Council on Wednesday voted to approve Mayor Martin Walsh’s FY2021 budget, after a two-hour conversation during which councillors aired thoughts about police reform, potential layoffs, and the... Read more
“Bending Lines,” the latest project created by the Boston Public Library’s Leventhal Map and Education Center, explores the ways maps can affect and sometimes distort how we perceive reality. While maps tell us a lot about what the world looks like, they... Read more
The 13 members of the City Council unanimously passed a resolution last Wednesday in support of state legislation aimed at removing tear gas, rubber bullets, attack dogs and other weapons “not even used in war” from state and local police department... Read more

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