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“Youth Lead the Change: Rise Up From Your Roots” at Franklin Field in Dorchester.

Beautifying Boston: New mural art brings sense of community to Boston neighborhoods

Kelly Chan, Isabella LoNigro, and Pavithra Rajesh January 31, 2023

For the past three years, Boston has proven its commitment to supporting and embracing public art as a tool for community engagement. Dotted around neighborhoods from Roxbury to Dorchester are murals designed...

Boston, MA: Jan. 29, 2023 -- Lions and a masked figure dance in the streets of Bostons Chinatown. This years Lunar New Year rang in the Year of the Rabbit. (Photo: Kelly Chan)

Boston celebrates Lunar New Year with annual Chinatown lion dance parade

Kelly Chan and Sophia Paffenroth January 29, 2023

Boston rang in the Lunar New Year at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the city’s Chinatown – the country’s third largest after San Francisco and New York City. In keeping with tradition, the lion dance parade...

How free meal programs in the Boston area are helping to ease food insecurity

How free meal programs in the Boston area are helping to ease food insecurity

Kristina DaPonte, Reporter January 23, 2023

When the clock strikes 4:45 p.m., children in the after-school program at the American Chinese Christian Educational & Social Services, or ACCESS, in Chinatown race to a counter outside of their classroom...

Urban educators struggle to support students post-pandemic

Urban educators struggle to support students post-pandemic

Grace Comer, Reporter January 19, 2023

A teacher in the urban community of Lynn for more than 20 years, Nancy Mades-Byrd has seen dramatic changes in her students following virtual learning, much of which she attributes to the trauma of the...

Students at the relaunching of a new  vending machine at Boston University organized by Students for Reproductive Freedom got access to various types of sexual health resources. Credits: Melissa Clavijo

Boston campus contraception vending machines promise contraceptive access but pose unexpected challenges, reproductive justice advocates say

Melissa Clavijo , Reporter October 24, 2022
Students at BU and elsewhere are optimistic about campus contraceptive machines' potential and are finding ways to solve logistical problems as they emerge.
Bad Blood and Big Banks: Climate Activists Protest Chase Bank’s Continued Funding of Fossil Fuel with an Animal Die-In

Bad Blood and Big Banks: Climate Activists Protest Chase Bank’s Continued Funding of Fossil Fuel with an “Animal Die-In”

ZhaoZhou Dai , Reporter October 19, 2022
Climate activists protest Chase Bank’s continued funding of fossil fuel infrastructure warning about the Sixth Mass Extinction with an "animal die-in"
Artist-organizer Sam Lê Shave’s Mekong River installation. Credits: AARW

Dorchester Reckons With Deportation, Displacement at #WhoBelongsHereWhoDoesnt Exhibition

Mehr Singh, Editor October 4, 2022
The free, outdoor, multimedia exhibition aims to amplify Southeast Asian refugee voices that are too often left out of mainstream discourse surrounding U.S. immigration policy.
Image credit: The Greater Boston Food Bank

Massachusetts is Losing a Quiet Battle Against Food Insecurity. Experts Offer Solutions During Hunger Action Month

Emily Niedermeyer, Reporter September 30, 2022

One out of three college students has experienced food insecurity. In Massachusetts, 37% of public university students are food insecure. With "Hunger Action Month" coming to a close, many wonder why Massachusetts'...

A woman steps out of a train at the Forest Hills stop

As Green, Orange Line Service Halts, Local Business Stalls

Mehr Singh and Melissa Clavijo August 22, 2022

On August 5, the MBTA announced shutdowns of the Orange and Green Lines serving the communities of Malden, Medford, Somerville, and Boston, in efforts to upgrade the 120-year-old rapid line. With an average...

Spokespeople from Social Feminists address concerns over abortion and LGBTQIA rights.

‘Endless protesting doesn’t actually win victories,’ city activists say

After the overturn of Roe v. Wade was announced on Friday, June 24, Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order to "further preserve" abortion rights in Massachusetts and protect "reproductive health...

The festival took place on Sunday, June 12.

Boston Dragon Boat Festival returns with lineup of festivities

Jennifer Suryadjaja, Reporter June 17, 2022

After a two-year hiatus from an in-person event, the Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival returned to Cambridge with a whole-day program of culture, food and festivities Sunday for its 43rd celebration. The...

Many that attended Saturdays held signs to show their support towards gun reform.

Advocates rally for gun reform at Christopher Columbus Park

Jennifer Suryadjaja, Reporter June 13, 2022

In the wake of mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York, hundreds gathered at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston’s North End to demand new gun safety policies Saturday.  The demonstration...

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