Panel Addresses Banking Issues Among People of Color

Worcester Magazine | March 28, 2018

Two dominant issues emerged from a forum on banking practices among communities of color Wednesday night: the lack of bank branches in Worcester’s poorer neighborhoods and home foreclosures.

More than a dozen residents spoke to the large panel consisting of elected officials and representatives of major area banks and credit unions.

Bankers Get an Earful in Worcester on Serving Minority Communities

Telegram & Gazette Staff | March 28, 2018

Edna Austell said she tried to work with five different banks to get a modification on her loan while her home went through foreclosure. But every time she sent in paperwork, the banks would say that something was missing and reject her application.

Residents Say Respect Is Missing In Banking

Banker & Tradesman | Oct 29, 2017

Residents, politicians, community development corporations and employees of banks small and large came together at a recent event in Dorchester hosted by Communities of Color to discuss how banks can better interact with underserved communities in Massachusetts.

Boston Communities of Color Hosts a “Dialogue on Banking”

Press Release | Oct 20, 2017

On October 18th, Boston Communities of Color hosted a statewide community engagement initiative entitled “A Dialogue on Banking” in Roxbury.

Local bank officials from Bank of America, Berkshire Bank, Citizens Bank, Eastern Bank, OneUnited Bank and Santander joined state regulators, elected officials and community stakeholders for a great discussion.

AG’s Codman Square forum tackles criminal justice, fraud

Dorchester Reporter | Jun 22, 2017

Attorney General Maura Healey said she plans to continue to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable during a town hall event in Codman Square last Thursday that was consumed by talk of criminal justice, financial fraud, and community violence. About 200 people packed into the Great Hall near the Codman Square Health Center for the forum, including panelists state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, state Rep. Russell Holmes, City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, and District 4 City Councillor Andrea Campbell.

WCVB Editorial – Tackling discrimination in Boston

WCVB | Jun 14, 2017

Boston, like many American communities, has a recurring problem with race. Just this spring we heard about racial epithets hurled around Fenway Park, generating national headlines – ongoing questions about racial disparities at Boston’s exam schools – and a local school’s controversial policy targeting the hairstyles of young black girls. These are just a few examples of the kind of disturbing discrimination that people of color often endure.