After her re-election for Boston City Council At-Large, Michelle Wu pushes for council president. JENNIFER MASI/DFP FILE PHOTO

Michelle Wu looks toward City Council presidency

Michelle Wu, Boston City Council member at-large, was elected in 2013 and became the first Asian-American woman to serve on the council. In regard to the upcoming election for City Council president, Wu noted what the next president should focus on. “The next City Council president needs to be highlighting and focused on communicating the work that the council does […]

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Executive Director of the Muslim Justice League Shannon Erwin speaks during the “Resisting Surveillance: Racial & Religious Profiling in Boston & Beyond” panel at the First Church of Roxbury Tuesday evening. PHOTO BY LEXI PLINE/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Panelists discuss racial, religious profiling

Hundreds gathered at the First Church in Roxbury Tuesday for the “Resisting Surveillance: Racial and Religious Profiling in Boston and Beyond” panel, where advocates discussed racial and religious profiling and surveillance. The panel consisted of four activists who focused on profiling against Muslims, African Americans and other communities of color inside and outside of Boston. Speakers shared both personal experiences […]

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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is partnering with taxi and ride hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to improve service for customers with disabilities. PHOTO BY FALON MORAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA introduces pilot program for passengers with disabilities

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is revitalizing its van service for passengers with disabilities by introducing a new pilot program to target passengers’ needs. The Ride, the MBTA’s van service, provides transportation for those who are unable to use fixed-route transit because of a physical, cognitive or mental disability. “The program will be six months long and currently involves 124 […]

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A Muslim group of imams, students and activists gathered at the Massachusetts State House for the “Muslim Day on the Hill” event Thursday. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DFP FILE PHOTO

Groups advocate for Muslim community in state government

Advocating for legislation important to the Muslim community, students, leaders and members of Islamic advocacy groups gathered at the Massachusetts State House Thursday to launch the first-ever “Muslim Day on the Hill.” Massachusetts Rep. Marjorie Decker hosted the initiative while the MassMuslims, Muslim Justice League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy groups sponsored it. Shannon Erwin, executive director at the […]

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Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said he supports the push for a congressional debate about the use of military force against the Islamic State and supports U.S. President Barack Obama's actions in Syria. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Mass. leaders call for conversation on action in Syria

  U.S. Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts is calling for support for Syrian refugees, following escalating tension surrounding Friday’s attacks on Paris by the Islamic State group and U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to send 50 U.S. Special Operations troops to northern Syria. While the Islamic State and other terrorist groups may attempt to instill fear within American citizens, Markey said the country […]

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Simone Alyse, 20, a Berklee College of Music student from Everett, leads a student walkout down Newbury Street to the Boston Common during the “#wakeupworld” rally to support students of color. PHOTO BY BETSEY GOLDWASSER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

College students walk out, rally in support of students of color

Walking out from colleges across Boston, several hundred students gathered at the Boston Common Monday at a rally called #WAKEUPWORLD to show solidarity with students of color throughout the country. The walkout took place at noon and, after students congregated on the Common, they marched from the Massachusetts State House down Beacon Street onto Arlington Street before turning onto Newbury […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh speaks at the start of "Fighting Addiction in The Hub," an inaugural program to combat opioid addiction, in Dorchester on Friday morning. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Walsh calls on collective effort to fight addiction in the Hub

Calling on members of the community to collaborate on how to address drug addiction, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh hosted the inaugural Fighting Addiction in the Hub program Friday morning at the Local 103 IBEW Hall in Dorchester. The program, dubbed FAITH, aims to educate residents about opioid addiction prevention and recovery. It drew inspiration from the Heroin Education Awareness Task […]

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The Baker-Polito administration, the Commonwealth’s four medical schools and the Massachusetts Medical Society announced Monday a set of medical education core standards focused on preventing and managing opioid misuse. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Medical school program to train students to treat drug abuse

  In a continued effort to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced a medical school program that will train students on how to identify and treat patients at risk of substance misuse disorders.   The Massachusetts Medical Society and medical schools at Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University and the University of […]

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The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development from the Legislature moved a $15 an hour minimum wage bill for fast good and large retail store employees to the Senate on Tuesday. PHOTO BY BRIAN SONG/DFP FILE PHOTO

$15 minimum wage for food, retail workers moves forward

Efforts to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour for fast food workers and big box retail employers has taken a step forward after action by a committee in the Massachusetts State Legislature Tuesday. WageAction and the Raise Up Massachusetts have endorsed a bill that would establish a $15 per hour minimum wage over a three-year period. Specifically aimed […]

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A Washington-based investigative news organization ranked Massachusetts among the worst states for easily accessible public records. PHOTO BY ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS CONTRIBUTOR

Activists await action from State Legislature for public records bill

Those in support of reforming the state’s public records laws await a hearing from the Massachusetts House of Representatives before the legislative session ends, as promised by Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. The bill is a combination of two identical bills filed by Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Peter Kocot, resulting in legislation with four main requirements regarding access to public records. […]

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