loria Colon always knew where her roots originated. She was a First Nation, from the Elsipogtog reservation in Canada’s New Brunswick province. But after spending her childhood in Boston’s foster care system, she wasn’t sure how to connect to a part of her history she didn’t know much about.
Photo by Joshua Qualls By Ysabelle Kempe An unforgiving gust of wind washed over the Grove Hall Senior Center, a simple brick building on a quiet street that runs along the border of Dorchester and Roxbury. Ayana Green, 23, one […]
The Dorchester Community Food Co-op was officially started in 2012 by a group of Dorchester residents who wanted better access to healthy food. The co-op already has more than 700 members, without having opened a store yet.
One of Mara Zellman’s favorite drinks is an affogato: a scoop of vanilla ice cream sunk in espresso, served at one of Boston’s North End coffee shops. She sips it outdoors and barefoot, auburn hair tied in a loose spray […]
Founded in 1966, the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, or METCO, is the longest-running voluntary desegregation program in the country. After its founding, METCO helped integrate some suburban schools. But most of Boston Public Schools remained heavily segregated. So in 1974, […]
Sitting around a table with four peers in the basement of an old church in Brookline, Emily Dong tried to answer discussion questions related to the Bible.
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. But it rarely looks that way. “I was never handcuffed to a radiator. I was never handcuffed to anything. It was more a mental and emotional bound,” said Jasmine Grace. Grace is a survivor of human […]
Local muralists are brightening neighborhoods with public art. But, they say, it may make these areas more attractive to developers who will push community members out.
Jobs with Justice is a national coalition that pushes for equitable labor conditions. In 2013 – when Walmart was intending to expand its presence in large cities across the country, including Boston – Jobs with Justice fought back.
“On Oct. 15, 1996, my husband did something that he never, ever did before. He didn’t drive his car to work,” Mary Franklin recalled about the day her husband, Melvin, was murdered. That day, Mary dropped him off at the […]