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On May 2nd experts will gather to support our community in developing an agenda for reconstruction as we prepare for life after COVID-19.  What we know is that the virus is not only hitting the Black community hard across the country, but it is illuminating so many of the racial inequities our community has been fighting against for generations.  We have been here before.  Prior to the virus we began working with researchers and other organizations to host a convening to help build a common agenda for Black Boston.  COVID-19 has made this agenda even more important and we have modified our approach accordingly.  We know that conversations are happening about recovery and reconstruction post COVID- NOW.  And we also know that the work that so many of us leading up to this point is still relevant and we believe that post COVID we all need to be prepared to press even harder on these issues to help ensure that the policies and legislation being enacted at this time do not create even greater harm to our community.  The inputs from the May 2 summit will inform a report we are producing to help define an agenda for moving forward. Join us!

Roundtable Experts (in formation)

Economic Opportunity

Facilitator: Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Lecturer,  MIT Urban Studies & Planning

John Barros, Chief, Economic Development City of Boston

Tavares Brewington, Esq. Attorney and Former Assistant United States Attorney

Sheena Collier, CEO, The Collier Collection & Consultant Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Russell Holmes, Financial Services Professional and State Representative

Dianne Wilkerson, Community Advocate and Former State Senator 

Environmental & Climate Justice

Facilitator: Rev. Mariama White-HammondGreen Justice Fellow

Ahria Ilyas, Environmental and Climate Justice Advocate

Andrea Nyamekye, Campaign and Policy Director, Neighbor to Neighbor

Kannan Thiruvengadam, Director, Eastie Farm

Political Action & Engagement

Facilitator: Marvin Venay, Political Consultant

David Halbert, MIT Education Justice Institute

Carlos Henriquez, Former State Representative

Tito Jackson, Former City Councillor

Jacquetta VanZandt, Political Consultant

Criminal Justice Reform

Facilitator: Rahsaan Hall, Esq. Director, Racial Justice Program of the ACLU of Massachusetts

Andrea James, Executive Director, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Rachael Rollins, Esq. Suffolk County District Attorney

Leon Smith, Executive Director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice


Facilitator: Dr. Charles Grandson, Chief Equity and Strategy Officer, Boston Public Schools

Dr. Travis Bristol, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley

Shawn Brown, Executive Director Becoming A Man Boston

Dr. Roderick Carey, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware College of Education & Human Development

Dr. Geralde Gabeau, Executive Director, Immigrants Family Services Institute, Inc.

Health Equity

Facilitator: Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO, All Aces Consulting, former Emergency Management and Public Health executive with the Boston Public Health Commission

Dr. Jonathan Jackson, Director, Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

Dr. Thea James, Boston Medical Center

Dr. Marjorie Janvier, Dimock Community Health Center

Housing Justice

Facilitator: Marvin Martin, Executive Director, Action for Equity 

David Harris, Executive Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Racial Justice 

 Kimberly Lyle , Director of Strategy and Developement, Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp.

Jacqueline Cooper, Founder, Financial Education Associates

Lauren Thompson, Founder and Member, Roxbury United Neighborhoods

Steering Committee

Edith Bazille

Wynndell Bishop

Ericka Florence

Rahsaan Hall, Esq.

Jose Lopez, Esq.

Ron Marlow

Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq.

Bob Terrell

Dr. Ingrid Tucker

Research Lead: Dr. James Jennings

Project Manager: Thomasina Cole

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