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Why do we get so worked up over the n word?

TV host Bill Maher intemperately uses the N word. Then a pack of black celebrities and academics feverishly debate the propriety of it. And then everyone within and without earshot is off to the races endlessly chattering about it. I’ve ...

More black and Latino parents see racial inequities in school funding

African American and Latino parents see a lack of funding as the biggest cause of racial disparities in education, according to a newly released poll by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR).

Capuano: Trump budget poses challenges for local government

The Trump administration released a budget last week that proposes deep cuts to federal programs and taxes on the rich while increasing spending on the nation’s military – a controversial move that earned him praise from his base of conservative ...

‘More powerful’ immigrant rights movement emerges outside D.C.

Immigrant rights advocates say that despite the cloud of fear hanging over communities in the first 100 days of the Trump administration, there is also a growing and increasingly organized resistance.

Dress code at Malden Mystic Valley Regional Charter School censures black hair

Civil rights groups have decried the Mystic Valley Regional Charter school's dress code policies as racially discriminatory and said they may represent another piece of an all-too frequent trend of criminalization of blackness.

Unions mobilize national, local networks against Trump

Members of several SEIU chapters called for residents to stay attentive to policy emerging from the federal administration and be ready to rise in response. The Trump administration has sparked counteraction from unions, including state-level policy advocacy as well as ...

Boston federal court enters judgement on alleged Ponzi scheme

Former resident promised high-yield bridge loans but did not use the money as promised, SEC claims.

Trump administration draft budget calls for $6 billion Housing and Urban Development cut

The selection of Ben Carson, who has spoken out against public benefits programs, was seen by many as a lack of commitment to HUD. Last week, the Trump administration’s draft HUD budget leaked to the press showed a $6 billion ...

Backlash against Muslim ban offers hope, but immigrants still vulnerable

Immigrant rights advocates are hailing Thursday’s ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which refused to reinstate President Trump’s ban on travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. But they are also bracing for a prolonged legal fight ...

Fears for schools, rights under Trump

President Donald Trump administration’s recent moves left many concerned for the future of public education and doubting the administration’s commitment to protecting civil rights of people of color and immigrants, upholding the Constitution and reigning in corporate influence over public ...

Boston rallies in Copley, Logan against Trump's immigrant ban

President Donald Trump issued an executive order barring refugees from any country and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., and Boston rose to fight it.

Boston Women's March turns out 175,000 to protest Trump

Nearly two hundred thousand women packed the Boston Common today to protest Trump's administration and call to defend Americans' rights. Attorney General Maura Healey promised to sue the federal government to protect citizens rights and the environment, if needed. “I ...

Demonstrators rally against Trump downtown

Just hours after Donald Trump took the oath of office, hundreds of Bostonians gathered downtown to pledge to protect each others’ rights, no matter what happens in D.C. The event drew a broad coalition of activists from groups dedicated to ...

Meeting basic needs under Trump

As Donald Trump’s White House takes shape, local thinkers anticipate what the president-elect’s federal appointments could mean for a state that went overwhelmingly to Hillary Clinton. While individual states and cities’ practices may buffer them against some of the effects, ...

Municipal officials anticipate challenges under Trump administration

Cities have been powerful policy players under Barack Obama’s administration, able to take local action on initiatives that otherwise stalled in Congress. Meanwhile, Donald Trump drew the bulk of his support from rural areas and ran under the Republican party ...