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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Kim Janey簽署新條例 有1000居民說的語言就需要翻譯

波士頓代市長Kim Janey菸署語言是用條例,部分華裔社區代表出席,包括又起黃國威,劉安琪,陳玉珍(右四)。(Juloe Mejia辦公室提供)
          (Boston Orange編譯)波士頓市不分區市議員梅佳(Julie Mejia)
波士頓代市長Kim Janey(前)和波士頓不分區市議員Julie Mejia。
(Juloe Mejia辦公室提供)
提案的「適用語言條例
(language access ordinance)」,波士頓代市長Kim Janey(26)日簽字落實。

該條例修訂了波士頓市現有的適用語言政策,擴大市府所有面對民眾部門所必須提供的語言種類數量。新門檻為有1000名或5%居民(以較少者為準)說的語言,就必須提供。修訂後的條例還要求已翻譯的材料,必須盡可能和英文版本一起公佈,材料的翻譯的或口譯,也必須符合通俗語言用法,切合其文化。

梅佳表示,「我們藉由這條例「做得很激進」,因為我們要宣示那些說英語以外語言者的聲音和任何其他人一樣重要。你的聲音有關係,你們不是這個城市的負擔或障礙,我們在這是要為你服務,而最好的方法就是讓你的聲音被聽到」。

(26)日下午5點。波士頓代市長Kim Janey和不分區市議員梅佳,以及梅佳的母親和其他支持這一條例人士,在市政府老鷹室,舉行了一場簽字儀式。這條例將在12個月內實施。

波士頓代市長Kim Janey表示,這條例體現了我們城市內的每一位居民都重要,而且確保我們都能持續在狀況內。謝謝梅佳議員和她母親提出這有啟發性的,要團結波士頓市所有人及語言的條例。


 MONUMENTAL LANGUAGE ACCESS ORDINANCE SPONSORED BY COUNCILOR AT-LARGE JULIA MEJIA SIGNED BY MAYOR JANE

BOSTON, August 25, 2021 – On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the Boston City Council voted to pass a language access ordinance sponsored by Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia. Today, Mayor Janey signed the ordinance into law during a signing ceremony in the Eagle Room. The ordinance amends existing City language access policies by expanding the number of languages the city must provide services for in all constituent-facing departments. The new threshold includes languages spoken by 5% percent or 1000 residents (whichever is less) of the population the service is for.  In addition, the amended ordinance will require translated materials to be released at the same time as they are released in English to the best extent possible, as well as putting requirements in place to ensure that the translated/interpreted materials follow the values of plain language and cultural competency.


“What we are doing through this ordinance is radical because we are declaring that the voices of the people who speak languages other than English matter just as much as anybody else’s. Your voice matters, you are not an obstacle or a burden to the work of this city, we are here to serve YOU, and the best way to do that is to make your voices heard,” said Councilor Mejia. 


On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Mayor Janey held a signing ceremony alongside Councilor At-Large Mejia, the Councilor’s mother---who helped to inspire the ordinance---in addition to advocates and staff. Upon signing, which took place at 5pm in the Eagle Room of Boston City Hall, the ordinance will be implemented over the course of 12 months. 


“I am committed to creating a more equitable Boston,” said Mayor Kim Janey. “This ordinance recognizes the importance of every resident in our city and ensures we all can stay informed. Thank you to Councilor Mejia, and her mother, for inspiring this measure to unite the people and the languages of the City of Boston.”

 

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