Massachusetts

Ayanna Pressley. Black woman in green dress stands behind wooden podium with sign that says, "Ayanna Pressley Democrat for Congress."

Ayanna Pressley Earns Stunning Victory in Race to Rep Massachusetts

She will be the first woman of color to serve for her state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Muslim Communities Fight Cemetery Backlash With Mixed Results

A new article from The Associated Press documents resistance to Muslim cemetery construction in four municipalities across the country. 

ICYMI: Black Firefighter Sues Boston Red Sox for Discrimination

Robert C. Cox says Fenway Park security denied him and another Black firefighter entry, but allowed a White colleague to perform a safety inspection. 

Boston Rally Calls for Jobs Not Jails

Has “ban the box” legislation helped you?

Mass. Becomes 13th State to Allow Some Undocumented Students to Pay In-State Tuition

The decision will cut tuition fees by about 50 percent for undocumented students attending state colleges.

Man Wins Lottery After Dropping Out of College to Help Single Mom

Sandeep Singh dropped out of school to work two jobs so he could help his single mom pay their mortgage. Now the 22-year-old is a millionaire.

NY and MA Forced to Join Secure Communities Despite Opposition

Despite opposition from the governors of New York and Massachusetts, federal immigration authorities are moving forward to implement Secure Communities in both states.

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Signs Transgender Equality Bill Into Law

The Massachusetts Governor signed an act in to law that now legally protects transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, education, employment and credit.

Black Man At A Doctor's Visit

Mass. Supreme Court: Universal Healthcare Includes Legal Immigrants Too

The state’s highest court has ruled that Massachusetts cannot prevent legal immigrants from enrolling in the state’s subsidized health care program.

Gov. Deval Patrick Opens Up About Educating Kids of Color for The Root

It’s good to see an elected official who, at least to some extent, is willing to own up to the harsh realities of his state’s flaws.

Report: Massachusetts Schools Fail Latino Students

If one of the nation’s top-ranked school districts can’t figure out how to meet the needs of its students, imagine how other states are faring.

Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick Calls For In-State Tuition

“This is your home,” the governor says.

Got a Record? You Can Still Get a Job in Massachusetts

Massachusetts just became the second state to “ban the box” on job applications in both the public and private sector.