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Expect Boston Common to be crowded on Saturday as students, educators and union members lead a rally calling for full funding of public education. (MassTeachers)

BOSTON – Students, parents, educators and community and union members will converge on Boston Common Saturday to demand full investment in public education. A driving force behind the rally is the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance, which is calling on the state to invest $2 billion in

A national model program, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is being credited for a major drop in the number of young people being held in secure detention in Massachusetts. (Department of Youth Services)

BOSTON — The number of Bay State kids being held in secure detention while awaiting court dates has dropped by more than 50 percent over eight years, and local advocates credit a national initiative aimed at diverting young people from incarceration. According to Lynsey Heffernan, state coor

Advocates who resettle refugees in Massachusetts say the number expected to arrive in the days remaining before President Trump's travel ban goes into effect is likely to double. (International Institute of New England)

BOSTON – As soon as President Donald Trump signed the latest travel ban, international relief agencies stepped up their efforts – nearly doubling the number of refugees headed for New England, according to Jeff Thielman, CEO of the International Institute of New England. Thielman says

The high cost of housing is a driving factor in the growing problem of homeless families in Massachusetts, according to a new report. (Eganjm18/Wikimedia)

BOSTON – A new report that tracks the homeless population in Massachusetts offers both bad and good news as to how the Bay State is coping with the problem. Becky Koepnick is the project manager for the Boston Foundation report. She says in fiscal year 2016, almost 4,800 families entered the

Supporters of the transgender community will rally this weekend in Boston ahead of the presidential inauguration to show support for gains made by the LGBTQ community. (Jane Doe, Inc.)

BOSTON – With just one week to go before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, members of the LGBTQ community will be out in force this weekend in Boston for what organizers call the Trans and Queer Liberation Rally. Michelle Tat, an executive committee member with the Massachusetts Tra

Data from a new report indicates people in Massachusetts' poorest communities are far more likely to be on probation and paying monthly probation fees. (Prison Policy Initiative)

EAST HAMPTON, Mass. – A new report says the fees that Massachusetts charges to people on probation are falling disproportionately on those who live in the poorest communities. Wendy Sawyer, who authored the report for the Prison Policy Initiative, says advocates had long suspected those bein

The ACLU will be in court this morning, asking a judge for emergency relief so that three Bay State residents can vote Tuesday. (Mass.Gov)

BOSTON -- A court will decide Monday whether three Bay Staters will get to cast a ballot on Election Day. It's part of a bigger challenge to the Commonwealth's 20-day voter registration cutoff law. Legislative counsel Gavie Wolfe with the ACLU of Massachusetts said the courts take voting rights ver

Faith and civil rights leaders responded (Thursday) to a lawsuit filed on behalf of four Massachusetts churches that says the state's Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law forces them to violate core beliefs. (AxelBoldt/wikimedia)

BOSTON – Faith and civil rights leaders responded to the lawsuit filed on behalf of four local churches that allege the state's Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law forces them to violate their core beliefs. The law took effect on Oct. 1 and allows, among other things, people to use the bathro

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