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Study Finds No Threat in Transgender Bathroom Access

A study released Wednesday found including gender identity in nondiscrimination laws does not increase privacy or safety violations in public bathrooms, locker rooms or changing rooms. The study, conducted in Massachusetts by the Williams Institute, compared localities of similar size with and without gender inclusive ordinances. A voter referendum on the ballot this November gives

With thousands more projected to live in Boston by 2030, city plans to add affordable housing changes

Census data from 2016 has Boston rethinking its housing goals for 2030, which is projected to see 59,000 more residents than anticipated. City officials released a revised version of their Imagine Boston 2030 plan that includes building an additional 16,000 units by 2030, upping the 2030 projected population of people in Boston from 709,000 by

UN Report a Blistering Indictment of Myanmar’s Crimes Against Rohingya

It is estimated that 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are housed in Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh. Credit: Mojibur Rahaman Rana/IPS At 12, Mohammed* is an orphan. He watched his parents being killed by Myanmar government soldiers a year ago. And he is one of an estimated half a million Rohingya children who have survived

Boston Area Prisoners Join National Hunger Strike

Prisoners throughout New England joined  a national rolling hunger strike last week, protesting the United States government’s failure to reunite separated migrant families despite a court ordered July 26 deadline to do so. The hunger strike — formulated by members of Hungry4Justice — started on July 30 in Oakland, California, and has since spread to

Children, Women with Disabilities More Likely to Face Discrimination

Women with disabilities in Afghanistan protest for their rights. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS Children with disabilities are up to four times more likely to experience violence, with girls being the most at risk, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund. “Children with disabilities are among the most marginalised groups in society. If society continues to see

Immigration Court Ordered to Review Denied Asylum Petition

A federal appeals court in Boston has ordered a review of a Bureau of Immigration Appeals ruling that denied a rehearing to a man seeking asylum. Indra Sihotang is one of hundreds who have fled anti-Christian oppression in Indonesia. He has been allowed to stay in the U.S. for well over a decade, but last

Tent Cities for Detaining Immigrants to be Built on Toxic Military Bases

A coalition of immigrant, labor and environmental groups is demanding details on government plans to detain migrant families at military bases known to be contaminated from decades of use for munitions and hazardous waste disposal, nuclear weapons development and military firing ranges. On Wednesday, Aug. 22, as the Trump administration rushed to build tent cities at

Boston Activists Rally to Show Solidarity With Nationwide Prison Strike

About 150 people rallied outside of Suffolk County Jail Thursday, Aug. 23 to stand in solidarity with a nationwide prison strike which kicked off earlier in the week. As police stood on the jailhouse steps, batons at the ready, protesters chanted, sang, and donned signs. The prison reformists and abolitionists called for the Massachusetts Department

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