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)
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-Hammond, Green 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.
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
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
Rahsaan Hall, Esq.
Jose Lopez, Esq.
Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq.
Dr. Ingrid Tucker
Research Lead: Dr. James Jennings
Project Manager: Thomasina Cole
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