Basic Black: The Battle for the Redistricting of Boston

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Basic Black - Boston: Going for gold...

Basic Black - Boston: Going for gold...

Basic Black

January 23, 2015

Boston won the opportunity to represent the United States in a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, erupting a host of opinions, with very few opinions coming down the middle, but all of them mentioning the cost.  What will be the impact good or bad, for Boston's neighborhoods?  Later in the show, we review Boston Mayor Marty Walsh¹s first State of the City address.  What do his plans mean for the future of race relations, economic development, and public safety?

 

Basic Black: Selma and the fierce urgency of now...

Basic Black: Selma and the fierce urgency of now...

Basic Black

January 16, 2015

Demonstrators shutdown 1-93 near Boston this week crippling traffic for hours, putting the black lives matter and I can't breathe protests back on the front page. The latest actions  occurred days after the opening of the critically acclaimed movie Selma.Selma's social justice campaign is on the big screen just as current protests push the conversation about race and civil rights beyond the teachable moment to a more forceful, uncomfortable demand for change.  We look at the artistry and history portrayed in Selma against a backdrop of contemporary social justice movements.

 

(Italics: from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech at the March on Washington 1963.  Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijimi)

 

Basic Black: An urban agenda for Massachusetts

Basic Black: An urban agenda for Massachusetts

Basic Black

January 9, 2015

This week Charlie Baker was sworn in as the 72nd governor of Massachusetts, with promises of bipartisanship and a renewed economic growth agenda for the Commonwealth’s urban communities.  Later in the show we remember Senator Edward Brooke who died last week at the age of 95.

 

 

Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, center, acknowledges applause after taking the oath of office, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in the House Chamber of the Statehouse, in Boston. Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

 

Basic Black: Soul Food and Soul Power

Basic Black: Soul Food and Soul Power

Basic Black

December 20, 2014

As we head into the festivities of the holiday season, we talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of soul food.  We’re joined by Frederick Douglass Opie, author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America.  Later in the show, as the #BlackLivesMatter protests continue, we pause to consider what’s next for the movement and what happens after the die-ins, the shut-downs, and the walk-outs.

 

Basic Black: Beyond the headlines this week

Basic Black: Beyond the headlines this week

Basic Black

December 12, 2014

We take a quick run through of the week’s headlines including:
- Latino representation in Boston city government leadership roles
- Pardons and commutations currently up for review in Massachusetts
- Updates on the DJ Henry case and the connection to Ferguson
- Department of Justice renewed guidelines on racial profiling
 

 

Basic Black: From Montgomery to Ferguson

Basic Black: From Montgomery to Ferguson

Basic Black

December 5, 2014


December 1st marked the 59th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger, setting in motion the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the emerging modern civil rights movement.   We observe this anniversary amidst a wave of protests: online, on the streets, and in the marketplace… actions in response to the deaths of several African American men and boys at the hands of law enforcement.  This week on Basic Black, we consider the changing face and force of future social justice movements.??

 


Photo:  Students and community members hold their hands up on campus at Boston University in Boston, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

 

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Originally broadcast on October 26, 2012:

The deadline is fast approaching on a federal mandate for the Boston City Council to pass a plan that reorganizes the city’s voting districts. But there seems to be no clear consensus among council members, nor among many in Boston’s communities of color, on how to do it. The mayor has already vetoed two maps. A coalition representing African American, Asian, and Latino voters has vowed to sue if they are unsatisfied with the council's solution. Emotions are running high, and only ten days remain.

Our panelists:
- Latoyia Edwards, anchor, New England Cable News
- Phillip Martin, senior reporter, 89.7 WGBH Radio
- Kevin C. Peterson, executive director, New Democracy Coalition
- Alejandra St. Guillen, executive director, Oiste
- Sean Daughtry, political action chair, Boston branch, NAACP

Relevant links:
As deadline looms, state of play in redistricting
Gintautas Dumcius, Dorchester Reporter, October 26, 2012

Group pitches alternative voting maps to city council
Jeremy Fox, Boston Globe, September 29, 2012

More city council redistricting maps with Consalvo and Yancey verbal sparring

David Ertischek, Roslindale Patch, October 4, 2012

Redistricting map passes despite objections form Communities of Color Coalition and councilors of color
Mark Liu, Chinese Progressive Association, MySouthEnd.com, August 29, 2012

Boston City Council Census and Redistricting Committee


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