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Legislative candidates favor ending exemption to public records law

The Massachusetts state capitol building on beacon hill, taken from a distance in boston common

October 22, 2020

Erika Uyterhoeven, a Democratic candidate for the Massachusetts House from Somerville, believes the time has come to require the Legislature to comply with the state’s public records law. “Democracy is not just about voting,” said Uyterhoeven, co-founder and president of Act on Mass, an a...

[Video series] Mission Hill businesses cutting through COVID-19 challenges: Penguin Pizza

[Video series] Mission Hill businesses cutting through COVID-19 challenges: Penguin Pizza

Ivy Saltsman, Reporter

October 21, 2020

Editor’s note:  Mission Hill is one of the most rapidly changing neighborhoods in Boston, as more college students move in and often drive up rents and drive out locals. While the arrival of students has spurred gentrification in the neighborhood, it has also changed the dynamic for small business...

iVoted initiative aims to increase voter turnout with music

iVoted Instagram screenshot voter turnout

Sharmila Kuthunur, Reporter

October 16, 2020

Statistics show that most young Americans don’t vote; fewer than half of Americans aged 18 to 29 voted in the 2016 presidential election. But young adults do love going to concerts of their favorite bands. What if there is a way to tie these two activities together? The founders of iVoted did jus...

Andrea Campbell talks policing reform, education and what she would do differently as mayor

Andrea Campbell talks policing reform, education and what she would do differently as mayor

Lex Weaver and Ha Ta

October 5, 2020

"I am a firm believer that the government needs to do a better job of listening and talking less. I'm often uncomfortable when it's just like ‘Come on and talk for 20 minutes. I'm like ‘No, can we have a conversation?’"

COVID-19 pandemic exposes Boston green space disparity issues

COVID-19 pandemic exposes Boston green space disparity issues

Sharmila Kuthunur, Reporter

September 18, 2020

Physical activity and exposure to nature boost immunity and improves people's mental health. But quality green space is scarce for many Boston residents.

Dorchester craftsman calls for support to train previously incarcerated people at The People’s Academy

Dorchester craftsman calls for support to train previously incarcerated people at The People’s Academy

Ha Ta and Huilin Li

September 7, 2020

As a Black man working in the building trades, T. Michael Thomas saw there are not enough Boston residents, women, or Black and brown people in his industry. So he left his job at the Sheet Metal Union and started training previously incarcerated people and inner-city, at risk youths for the building...

How Mass. voter engagement groups adapt to continue advocacy during COVID-19

How Mass. voter engagement groups adapt to continue advocacy during COVID-19

Pavithra Rajesh, Reporter

August 24, 2020

Pre-pandemic, voter engagement groups relied heavily on face-to-face interactions to do their work. But this year, with safety measures like physical distancing still in place, organizations must get more creative in reaching out and encouraging voters to cast their ballots in the fast approaching 2020 el...

Boston community gardens offer a refuge for residents during the pandemic

Boston community gardens offer a refuge for residents during the pandemic

Huilin Li and Ha Ta

August 19, 2020

Lack of access to fresh, healthy and affordable food has been a concern for many families in the Boston area and the problem is further exacerbated by the pandemic. Many Bostonians turn to gardening not only to find relaxation and a sense of community in the face of uncertainties but also to supplement their fa...

Boston Public Library Program Brings Books to Vulnerable Citizens During COVID-19

Boston Public Library Program Brings Books to Vulnerable Citizens During COVID-19

Ha Ta, Editor

July 28, 2020

The Boston Public Library is one of the few public spaces where many marginalized community members, those who are unhoused or who don’t have technology and Internet access, feel welcomed. So when the Library closed in March due to COVID-19, its staff quickly put together and launched the Books for Bost...

Students struggling to access technology, reveals digital inequities

Snell Library, Northeastern University campus, Boston, MA.

Alex Ervin, Reporter

May 22, 2020

Ashaley Ashley received the same email thousands of Northeastern University students found in their inboxes on March 10, 2020 stating that all classes would move online due to COVID-19. But for Ashley, this posed a certain challenge that few of his colleagues would face. “Finding a way to get my...

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