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Left out of democracy: the Americans who live without representation

Left out of democracy: the Americans who live without representation

May 2, 2019

Photo by Eileen O'Grady By Yuuki Nishida Harvard University sophomore Robert Jomar Malate finds it difficult to identify as an American, though he carries a U.S. passport It’s the same process every time he meets someone new: He is asked the question, “where are you from?” He opens Go...

With Boston’s Latino population on the rise, a 40-year-old nonprofit continues to boost women and girls

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May 2, 2019

By Alexandra Diamond and Oliver Price One winter in the late 1970s, a group of volunteers from the non-profit WeCare spread out over the Greater Boston area to knock on doors and see if low-income families needed help weathering the cold. They discovered a significant number of Latina mothers s...

Teaching tomorrow’s tech leaders, one Boston girl at a time

Teaching tomorrow’s tech leaders, one Boston girl at a time

May 2, 2019

By Alyssa Lukpat, Ava Sasani and Joshua Stair On a recent Saturday, 12-year old Lily Castello ran up the stairs to the computer lab in Northeastern University's computer science building. Castello, a middle-school student from Roslindale, was ready and eager to participate in Northeastern’s Girls W...

Native American organization tackles education disparities in Boston

NAICOB hosted an artisan fair in September 2018 and brought in many Native artists from across Massachusetts to sell their items | Photos by Gloria Colon

Hannah Bernstein

April 4, 2019

By Hannah Bernstein & Jasmine Wu Facebook Twitter Google-plus Wordpress Gloria 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 f...

In Grove Hall, community center becomes home away from home

Photo by Joshua Qualls

Ysabelle Kempe

February 14, 2019

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 of two full-time employees, greeted several women who had been ...

In Dorchester, a Co-op Seeks to Build a Healthier Neighborhood

In Dorchester, a Co-op Seeks to Build a Healthier Neighborhood

Eileen O'Grady

December 13, 2018

By Eileen O’Grady For nearly 50 years, Harvest Co-op Market sold organic and locally sourced produce, natural beauty products and bulk bins full of whole grains at its stores in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain. Long before conventional supermarkets embraced the organic revolution, Harvest served the Bo...

Trans Day of Remembrance: How a local tragedy became a national movement

Protesters march through downtown Boston in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Photo by Ysabelle Kempe

Ysabelle Kempe

November 20, 2018

In the echoing main hall of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Sunday, Myles S. Golden, a black gender-nonconforming trans-femme poet, stood up to perform. Although Golden is a decorated poet, it was their first time performing for an audience made up of mostly transgender people, an audience who listened ...

Recovering from Opioid Addiction with Limited Treatment Options

Recovering from Opioid Addiction with Limited Treatment Options

Riley Robinson

May 3, 2018

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 at the nape of her neck, cross-legged in a strip of grass between Haymarket...

METCO: One Day for Students in a Voluntary Desegregation Program

METCO: One Day for Students in a Voluntary Desegregation Program

Zach Ben-Amots

May 2, 2018

By Zach Ben-Amots Video by Will Bryan, Danae Bucci and Sophia Fox-Sowell 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...

The Child Trafficking Film that Forced FOSTA

The Child Trafficking Film that Forced FOSTA

Catherine McGloin

April 25, 2018

By Catherine McGloin Local advocates will discuss child sex trafficking at a state-wide conference next month, but on this issue, Congress is already one piece of important legislation ahead of them. The Massachusetts Children’s Alliance will meet for their eighth annual conference, titled&...

Far from Home, Young Chinese Immigrants Find Community through Faith

Far from Home, Young Chinese Immigrants Find Community through Faith

Yumeng Ren

April 24, 2018

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.  Dong has been attending weekly youth fellowship meetings at Chinese Christian Church of New England (CCCNE) since last November. That w...

Boston’s Chinese residents sit on both sides of the Chinatown housing crisis

Boston’s Chinese residents sit on both sides of the Chinatown housing crisis

Jasmine Wu

April 22, 2018

By Jasmine Wu Millennium Place, a 256-unit luxury apartment complex, looms over the historic buildings of Chinatown. Condos in Millennium Place are priced between $700,000 and $3 million. According to city of Boston property records, 32 percent of unit owners at Millennium Place have traditionally ...

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