By Chris Lisinski, Colin A. Young and Sam Doran | Dec 13, 2022
Departing Reps, Senators Deliver Traditional Farewell Remarks
By Greater Boston Staff | Sep 28, 2022
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Massachusetts to take a quantum leap or two on some of the things that voters have been telling Beacon Hill for a long time that they want to see us do,” Chang-Díaz said.
By Dan Adams | Aug 01, 2022
Long-awaited measure includes crackdown on local fees, funding for equity
By Colin A. Young | Aug 01, 2022
Tackles Equity, Host Community Agreements, Cannabis Cafes
By Simón Rios and Todd Wallack | Jul 30, 2022
"It’s going to be a game changer," Chang-Díaz said. "I know it's going to take time for the MCAD to fill the staffing shortages that they've been experiencing in recent years, but this is a huge step forward."
By Simón Rios and Todd Wallack | Jul 05, 2022
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz recently sponsored a budget amendment to increase the MCAD's funding by nearly two-thirds.
By Samantha Gross | May 05, 2022
“It has been a long, long road for this bill,” Sen Chang-Díaz said. “This bill means trust and dignity for immigrants in our state who lack federal status.”
With Senate passage and veto-proof margins, immigrant licensing bill takes major step toward becoming law
By Chris Lisinski | May 05, 2022
“Without a license, a routine traffic stop can have a lasting and traumatic set of repercussions: arrest, ICE detention, deportation. It can tear families apart, and that is a heavy, heavy burden to carry."
By Dan Adams | Apr 07, 2022
Cannabis cafes, crackdown on local fees among reforms headed to House
Infrastructure bills are kicking off billions in construction projects. Will workers of color get the jobs?
By Chris Burrell | Feb 08, 2022
“The numbers here are lackluster, to put it lightly,” said state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, head of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Racial Equity. “But I think that equally, if not of greater concern, is the lack of transparency."
By Dan Adams | Jan 30, 2022
“The gap between the law’s stated commitment to equity and the on-the-ground reality of the industry shows just how much work we have left to do,” said Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, the other co-chair of the cannabis committee.
By Stephanie Ebbert | Nov 24, 2021
“We need to come to terms with the fact that we are free-riding on the backs of women,” said state Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, a Boston Democrat.
By Katie Lannan | Oct 18, 2021
A coalition of advocacy groups plus a handful of lawmakers on Monday released a scorecard they’ll use to measure whether the American Rescue Plan Act spending plans prioritize racial justice.
By Anna Lamb | Sep 15, 2021
Activists and elected officials marched the three miles in support of a moratorium on construction of a new women’s prison in Norfolk.
Legislators, advocates call for Mass. prison reforms after Spotlight investigation into excessive force allegations
By Mark Arsenault | Aug 16, 2021
"Across the Commonwealth, far too many people — and let’s be real: it’s disproportionately Black and brown people — are incarcerated in toxic conditions that place their health, safety, and human dignity, and the safety of the communities to which they will return, at risk," said Sonia Chang-Díaz.
More local leaders call on Charlie Baker’s administration to reverse change to COVID-19 data reporting
By Nik DeCosta-Klipa, Boston.com | Jul 28, 2021
More local leaders are pressuring Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to resume reporting the age, race, and sex of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Massachusetts, as concerns about the impact of the Delta variant heighten.
By Morgan C. Mullings | Jun 02, 2021
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz is advancing legislation that would reinvest savings stemming from criminal justice reforms back into communities.
By Sharman Sacchetti | May 25, 2021
The new law, among other changes, set up a commission to certify and decertify police officers, banned the use of chokeholds by police and limited the use of no-knock warrants.
Sen. Ed Markey: Proposed 1.5 million-member Civilian Climate Corps invests in planet-saving jobs in communities like Roxbury, Dorchester
By Benjamin Kail | May 03, 2021
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz said that unemployment in Roxbury is “routinely double the unemployment rate in the rest of our commonwealth.”
By Greater Boston Staff | Feb 26, 2021
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Suffolk, and Atyia Martin, former chief resiliency officer for Boston, joined Jim Braude to talk about the key takeaways from the COVID Oversight Hearing.