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Mass. officials ramp up efforts to combat white nationalism following rally in Jamaica Plain

July 26, 2022

After two neo-Nazi protests in Boston in a month, Massachusetts officials are deepening their efforts to combat white nationalism. District Attorney Kevin Hayden’s office announced that it will add two civil rights attorneys to its High Risk Victims Unit “due to recent hate-based incidents.” U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Rachael Rollins said she will be creating…

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Neo-Nazi Leader Arrested in Boston After Protesting LGBTQ Event

July 23, 2022

The leader of a known Neo-Nazi group was placed into custody today by Boston Police following a demonstration by the group in Jamaica Plain. The protest by NSC-131 took place outside the historic Loring Greenough House where residents had gathered for a children’s drag queen story hour, an event in which individuals in drag read…

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Feeling the heat in Greater Boston? Blame historic racist housing practices.

July 21, 2022

A new study released Wednesday found that extreme heat disproportionately impacts communities that were redlined in Greater Boston. Wicked Hot Mystic researchers mapped temperatures in the Mystic River watershed — beginning up in Reading, and ending where the river drains into Boston Harbor — to see which areas experienced the most extreme heat. Preliminary findings show 10-degree…

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The white supremacist group Patriot Front marches in front of the Boston Public Library on July 2, 2022.

Activists question Boston’s response to Patriot Front white nationalist march

July 5, 2022

Two days after a group of white supremacists carrying shields and a banner saying “Reclaim America” marched through downtown Boston and allegedly assaulted a 34-year-old Black man walking through Back Bay, local civil rights leaders are questioning the Boston Police Department’s response to the march. Civil rights advocates, at a press conference today outside the…

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Police try to ID white supremacists accused of assault in Boston

July 5, 2022

Boston police are trying to identify members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front, which marched through downtown wearing face coverings and allegedly assaulted a Black artist and activist on Saturday. The activist, Charles Murrell, returned to the spot of the attack Monday morning — Independence Day — steps away from the Boston Public Library, and called…

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Wu says Boston will work to be prepared for future hate group demonstrations

July 5, 2022

Law enforcement was caught off guard by a white supremacist group’s demonstration in Boston last weekend, according to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. Both Wu and U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Rachael Rollins said they were told by Boston Police and the FBI that neither agency had advance warning that about 100 members of the group Patriot…

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2 insurance companies end relationship with Maine agency after racist Juneteenth sign

June 22, 2022

Updated June 22, 2022 at 5:56 PM ET Residents in the town of Millinocket, Maine, say they are outraged and disappointed after a local insurance agency displayed a racist sign remarking on the Juneteenth holiday. Progressive and Allstate are terminating their relationships with the agency, according to representatives of the insurance companies. “Juneteenth ~it’s whatever……

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It is happening here: Massachusetts has a growing neo-Nazi movement

May 18, 2022

It was a rare look inside the strategic planning of an upstart neo-Nazi movement. In a video posted last summer on social media, Chris Hood, 23, the founder of the Nationalist Social Club – 131, a New England white nationalist collective, gave instructions to a 22-year-old UMass Lowell student named Liam MacNeil. “If you’re in…

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Cecilia Dixon stands on Harvard Street, Dorchester, by her new home.

Boston’s racial homeownership gap has widened. What will it take to fix it?

April 1, 2022

House hunting in Boston can often feel like one of those reality TV dating shows. There’s the first meeting, where you and a dozen or so other contestants circle the object of your desire. You fall in love, maybe make a proposal, and then more likely than not … you get rejected. This is the…

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480 West Broadway describes itself as an "18 unit condo project" under construction on the corner where East and West Broadway meet.

Boston gets billions in home loans, but white areas get ‘much bigger piece of the pie’

March 31, 2022

Homeownership is the primary way most Americans build wealth. And for most people, buying a home doesn’t happen without a mortgage loan. Altogether, home loans amount to billions of dollars flowing into Boston every year. But this infusion of money doesn’t reach all parts of the city equally. A WBUR analysis finds lenders make a…

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