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Friday, June 26, 2020

吳弭呼籲波士頓市府響應民意做結構性改變

波士頓市議員吳弭(Michelle Wu)在網上舉行的波士頓市議會會議中
發言。(周菊子攝自會議螢幕)
                  (Boston Orange周菊子綜合報導)波士頓市不分區市議員吳弭(Michelle Wu)發表聲明,稱解決系統性種族歧視問題,必須全方位推動,波市府的採取行動固然令人鼓舞,但再成立一個由市府控制的私營基金,卻令人困擾。
                吳弭在聲明中表示,解決系統係種族歧視需要每一個領域都趕快行動,看到波士頓市的領袖們再一次展現加緊行動,她感到很鼓舞。
             但吳弭認為,公私合作以支持慈善事業是能夠讓波士頓更茁壯,波士頓市府在一個沒有把朝向族裔正義所需轉型步驟包括在內的36億元預算剛通過的第二天,就宣佈又成立一個市府控制的私人基金,卻讓人感到很困擾。
             她說,在社區要求政府在從預算到公家發包實務等的業務執行,做結構性改變之時,我們不能只是以一個基金,又一個基金,一次捐款又一次捐款來處理長期存在的種族不平等問題。在危機時刻的慈善,不能代替打造復原力,在公平上做投資的行動。

             以下為吳弭辦公室發出的聲明:      


Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu Statement on Boston Racial Equity Fund


Boston, MA— “Addressing systemic racism requires urgent action from every sector, and I’m encouraged to see Boston leaders once again demonstrate willingness to step up.

Leveraging public-private partnerships and supporting philanthropy can make Boston stronger, but I’m troubled that the day after the City passed a $3.6B budget that falls short of the transformational steps toward racial justice needed to meet this moment, we see the Administration unveiling yet another City-controlled private fund. 

We can’t just tackle long-standing racial inequities fund by fund, donation by donation, when communities are calling for structural changes in how the City does business--from the budget, to public contracting practices. Philanthropy in moments of crisis is not a substitute for building resiliency and investing in equity.”

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