星期六, 3月 25, 2023

紀念亞特蘭大槍擊案受害者 波士頓亞裔電影節/藝術愛默生 3/25 放映「三月中的一天」

Two Years After the Atlanta Spa Shootings:
What are We Doing in Boston?

ArtsEmerson presents
Rising Against Asian Hate:
One Day in March

with Director Titi Yu and Community Leaders
Film & Conversation | Paramount Center | SATURDAY | MARCH 25
 | 2PM

Followed by a conversation on activism and combating hate and discrimination with:
  • Nina Liang, City Council President, Quincy
  • Titi Yu, Director, One Day in March & Emerson Alum
  • Mai Du, Community Advocate and Sifu/Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy
  • with Moderator Susan Chinsen, ArtsEmerson/BAAFF

ONE DAY IN MARCH (TrailerDirected by Titi Yu: In March 2021, a 21-year-old man murdered eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia – a horrific attack in a year of widespread anti-Asian violence. Rising Against Asian Hate: One Day in March pays tribute to the lives lost, examines the rise of anti-Asian racism, and documents a growing movement to fight back and stop the hate. For many, the tragic events became a galvanizing moment, reigniting a sense of collective identity and political engagement within AAPI communities. Now, as violence against AAPI people continues to surge nationwide, this documentary chronicles the troubling escalation of hate and spotlights the movement to turn grief and anger into action. 

Free tickets available at ArtsEmerson.org 
Presented with support from:

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星期五, 3月 24, 2023

Tech Goes Home Announces Results of Pilot Program Expansion in Essex County

Tech Goes Home Announces Results of Pilot Program Expansion in Essex County 


BOSTON, March 24 -- Today, Tech Goes Home (TGH), a leading nonprofit working to advance digital equity, announced the results of its pilot programs in Essex County. Based on responses from the households that participated in the pilot, TGH found that the combination of a free digital device, reliable internet, and 15 hours of digital skills training helped program graduates better participate in work and education, connect with loved ones, access healthcare and wellness resources, and more.


TGH has been offering its proven digital inclusion programming in Greater Boston for more than 20 years and, in 2021, TGH partnered with Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) to expand access for residents of Essex County. TGH utilizes a “train the trainer” model and delivers its programming through deep partnerships with community-based organizations. In Essex County, the program expansion kicked off with a pilot covering 50 households across five program sites in five different municipalities: Lawrence CommunityWorks, MakeIT Haverhill, North Shore CDC, Latino Support Network, and Wellspring House. 


Every participant in the TGH programming completes 15 hours of tailored, culturally responsive digital skills training and, through their completion of the training, has the opportunity to earn both a digital device (computer or tablet) and a year of free, reliable home internet access. When the Essex County pilot concluded in May 2022, more than 100 learners had completed the program.


Among those graduates:

  • 100 percent reported learning digital skills that can help improve their lives;
  • 80 percent said they are more likely to use the internet for education purposes;
  • 67 percent said they are more likely to use the internet to communicate with colleagues, friends, and loved ones;
  • 47 percent said they are more likely to use the internet for job resources; and,
  • 45 percent said they are more likely to use the internet for health and wellness.

“We are incredibly encouraged by the results of our pilot programming in Essex County,” said Dan Noyes, CEO of Tech Goes Home. “In communities across Essex County – and especially in Gateway Cities and other historically underserved communities – digital inequity remains a persistent barrier to education, economic opportunity, health, and more. The responses from learners who participated in TGH’s initial courses in Essex County reaffirms that connecting people to digital devices, internet access, and training holds enormous potential to create positive, long-lasting impact – for individuals, families, and entire communities. We look forward to continuing to work with Essex County Community Foundation, our current partners, and other community-based organizations to make TGH programming and resources available to even more people across Essex County.” 


Building on the success of the pilot programming, TGH is continuing to partner with ECCF to expand its services in Essex County. TGH is in the process of onboarding new community-based partners, and has set a goal to reach 800 households in Essex County through TGH programs by 2024.


“When we launched our digital equity initiative at ECCF, we knew we needed to partner with nonprofit leaders who have a true understanding of how deeply digital inequity impacts so many aspects of a person’s life,” said ECCF Executive Vice President and COO Stratton Lloyd. “We couldn’t be more proud of our collaboration with Tech Goes Home and the success that this pilot program has already had on so many Essex County residents. When 100 percent of participants say they have learned digital skills that will help improve their lives, that data gives us a real sense of the positive impact we can continue to grow together.”


About Tech Goes Home


Tech Goes Home is a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the digital inequities that pose a significant barrier to opportunity and success for thousands of students, workers, and families in Greater Boston and beyond. Working in partnership with schools, healthcare providers, and community organizations, Tech Goes Home provides curated support - including access to digital devices, network connectivity, and robust training in how to utilize digital resources - to help individuals and families pursue economic mobility, support academic achievement, access critical resources, and engage with their community and loved ones. You can learn more about Tech Goes Home’s work, and ways to become involved, at techgoeshome.org.

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Commonwealth's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council Approves Three Projects for the Economic Development Incentive Program

Projects are Expected to Create 230 New Jobs, Retain 487 Jobs, and Leverage Approximately $115 Million in Private Investment

BOSTON – Today, the Commonwealth’s Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC) approved three projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), a program that seeks to create new jobs and help businesses grow by offering credits to lower taxes in exchange for job creation. These projects are expected to create 230 net new jobs and retain 487 jobs throughout Massachusetts while leveraging approximately $115 million in private investment. Of the applicants this quarter, three are manufacturers and one is located in Gateway City.

Additionally, the EACC approved one new Vacant Storefront Project in a Gateway City that will receive refundable tax credits of $10,000. The Vacant Storefront Program helps municipalities of the Commonwealth in their efforts to revitalize their downtowns and commercial areas.  

Additional details on the projects are below. 


UFP Site Built, LLC (Chicopee) - UFP Site Built’s primary products include the manufacturing of roof trusses, floor joists and wall panels that are sold to the construction industry. Since the company's Belchertown location is inadequate to handle manufacturing products for two of UFP's business lines, the company plans to relocate the site-built manufacturing process to Chicopee. They are looking to lease a 152,000 square foot facility, invest $1.3 million in the property and develop three to five acres of land for exterior storage for lumber. Additionally, they will relocate $5 million of machinery and equipment to Chicopee and invest another $3.5 million in new equipment. This project will result in the creation of 60 full-time permanent jobs, the retention of 60 jobs and a total private investment of $4.9 million. The Commonwealth awarded $975,000 of EDIP tax credits and the City of Chicopee awarded a five-year TIF valued at $32,423.


Electric Hydrogen Company (Devens) - Electric Hydrogen is on the leading edge of the green hydrogen industry and is focused on bringing to market new electrolyzer technology that provides zero-carbon generation of hydrogen for industrial applications. Founded in December 2020, the company has headquarters in Massachusetts and California and is backed by the most prolific capital and strategic partners in the field of clean technology. The proposed manufacturing process facility would include a fit-out of 187,000 square feet of space, including tenant improvements totaling $48.2 million and equipment for manufacturing totaling about $50.3 million. This project will create 70 new permanent full-time jobs and retain 15 employees. It represents a private investment of $90 million. Devens awarded the project a five-year TIF valued at $1,920,949.

SMC Ltd./Mack Devens Development LLC (Devens) - Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Wisconsin, SMC is a privately held, global manufacturer and leader in medical device development and automated assembly technology solutions. The company currently occupies 220,000 square feet of manufacturing space in a 300,000 square foot building in Devens. Due to customer demand, SMC needs additional space and now plans to expand their manufacturing footprint to include medical device manufacturing at their existing location. This project will result in the creation of 100 new permanent full-time jobs, the retention of 412 employees and a private investment of $20 million. Devens has awarded the project a 10-year TIF valued at approximately $619,080.       


Rise & Grind Café (Fitchburg) - Located in the heart of Fitchburg a short distance from Fitchburg State University, this will be Rise and Grind's second location. They plan to provide coffee, protein smoothies, and healthy options for local students, commuters, and surrounding businesses. The location will also offer unique clothing designs and hopes to attract the local art community due to its proximity to Fitchburg’s art museum and theater. The City of Fitchburg has offered a zero percent interest, five-year loan with final six months forgiveness valued at approximately $13,158, and a $25,000 store improvement grant from the Reimagine North of Main partnership. The Commonwealth has approved $10,000 in refundable tax credits to support this project.


 Massachusetts EEA Secretary Tepper Announces Leadership Team

BOSTON – Secretary Rebecca L. Tepper announced her leadership team today at the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA). The following individuals have joined the Office of the Secretary and will help shape the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy, environmental protections, and public lands. 

“We’ve assembled a team of visionary thinkers and dedicated public servants to lead the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs at this pivotal time,” said Secretary Tepper. “Working with our departments, we are committed to guiding an equitable transition to clean energy, protecting our precious natural resources, and building healthy, resilient communities. I’ve charged our team to view their work through an environmental justice lens so that no community is left behind as the clean energy economy grows and the climate heats up.” 

Kathleen Glunz Skarin – Chief of Staff 

Prior to joining the Healey-Driscoll Administration, Skarin spent 25 years in high-intensity political and professional working environments at all levels of government. Most recently, Skarin served as senior engagement officer at RIZE Massachusetts. Before joining RIZE, she was director of strategic partnerships at the New England Aquarium. As chief of staff at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office for nearly a decade, Skarin was a member of the sheriff’s command staff and led on executing priority initiatives, including criminal justice reform efforts. She also served as staff director for the Joint Committee on Public Health and later the Joint Committee on Financial Services. During this time, she managed the daily operations of the committees and developed the policy agenda with the chairman and committee staff. Her career began in Washington, DC as a member of the legislative staff of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and later in Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Washington office, where she spent seven years working with Congress and the executive branch on issues important to the city of Chicago, including expanding and improving the city’s transit system. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Marquette University. She started on February 27. 

As Chief of Staff, Skarin oversees the daily operations of the agency, handling the Secretary’s agenda and schedule, facilitating inter-agency collaboration, and serving as a primary point of contact with the Governor’s Office. 

Paolo DiFabio – Deputy Chief of Staff 

Paolo DiFabio comes to EEA from the British Consulate-General in Boston, where he served as Head of Politics, Press, and Public Affairs. In this role, he organized numerous UK business and political delegations, major events like bringing the Red Arrows to Boston, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, and the 2022 Earthshot Prize visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Since COP26 DiFabio has been helping to lead the UK’s efforts to tackle climate change and support green energy development in the region. Previously, he spent twelve years as a university administrator leading academic degree development and student recruitment for Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, as well as other roles in political campaigns and business startups. He holds a Bachelor’s from Ithaca College and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Boston University. He starts on March 27. 

DiFabio will work closely with Skarin and other members of EEA leadership to coordinate the daily operations of the agency and provide support to the Secretary. 

Peter C. Mulcahy – General Counsel 

Peter Mulcahy is an experienced energy and environmental law advocate in both the public and private sectors. Mulcahy previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division under then-Attorney General Healey, working on some of her Office’s highest-profile environmental initiatives, including the investigations of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions fraud and ExxonMobil’s decades-long deception of the public regarding the role of fossil fuels in climate change. He defended key environmental regulations against challenges from the Trump Administration and won settlements against corporations and individuals who flouted laws protecting the environment and public health. He also co-led several policy initiatives, including novel drives to pull together stakeholders across the state government and non-profit sector to raise awareness, change policy, and increase enforcement to protect the public from toxic exposures to lead and asbestos. While at the Attorney General’s Office, he also served as co-chair of the Environmental Litigation Committee of the Boston Bar Association. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Mulcahy was a senior associate at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr LLP in Boston, practicing in the firm’s Investigations and Criminal Litigation group. Most recently, he was a senior associate in the White Collar and Investigations group at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., also in Boston. He grew up in Shrewsbury and holds a bachelor’s degree in government and a law degree, both from Harvard. He rows on Lake Quinsigamond and lives in Shrewsbury with his daughter, Amalia, and his dog, Scout. 

Mulcahy will advise the Secretary and EEA leadership on a variety of legal and policy issues, including legislation, regulations, and statutory authorities, and will advise and coordinate with department-level legal staff. 

Katherine Antos – Undersecretary of Decarbonization & Resilience 

Katherine Antos has served as the Deputy Executive Director for Planning & Sustainability at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) since 2022. At MAPC, she leads the Clean Energy, Environment, Land Use, Transportation and Arts & Culture Departments on plans, technical assistance and initiatives that advance a more resilient Greater Boston region. She partners with cities, towns, state agencies and organizations to promote sustainable development, advance equity, address climate change, and foster regional collaboration. Prior to joining MAPC, Antos worked at the Washington, D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Director and the Chief of the Partnering and Environmental Conservation Branch. She oversaw the development and execution of priority initiatives to advance watershed restoration, environmental education, workforce development, community engagement, climate mitigation and resilience, and urban agriculture. Antos also served as the first Ambassador for the Anacostia River under the Urban Waters Federal Partnership and in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program Office. She has received national and regional recognition for her work to reduce pollution, build partnerships, cultivate stewardship among diverse communities, and lead change at DOEE and the EPA. Antos grew up in Massachusetts and holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with her husband and children. She starts on March 27. 

As the Undersecretary of Decarbonization & Resilience, Antos will integrate EEA's climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts in response to the climate crisis. She will oversee the implementation of the Clean Energy and Climate Plan, the Commonwealth's roadmap to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and efforts to prepare for and increase resilience to climate change impacts. As part of the Healey-Driscoll Administration's agenda, Antos will focus on reducing impacts to communities disproportionately burdened by flooding and extreme heat and creating opportunities in the clean energy economy. 

Stephanie Cooper – Undersecretary for the Environment 

Stephanie Cooper joins EEA as Undersecretary for Environment after serving in a range of roles throughout the Secretariat. Most recently, Cooper was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy & Planning for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In this role, she led agency regulatory development efforts and managed priority initiatives related to air quality, climate change, hazardous waste clean-up, solid waste and recycling, and water resources. She previously served as Chief of Staff for DEP. For eight months in 2021 and 2022, she took a leave from DEP to serve as Acting Commissioner for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), where she oversaw a successful agency-wide strategic evaluation process. Previously, as Assistant Secretary at EEA, she guided the state’s policies and investments relative to land protection, forestry, and urban parks. Prior to that, as Chief of Staff for DCR, she helped manage DCR’s diverse responsibilities across a 450,000-acre forest and parks system. Before coming to Massachusetts, Stephanie served the City of New York in a variety of roles, including Chief of Staff for Operations at the NYC Department of Transportation, and in the Mayor’s Office, where she was a liaison to transportation, environmental protection, and capital construction agencies. Her other prior experience includes environmental consulting, community organizing, and non-profit work. She holds a Bachelor’s in political science from Middlebury College and a Master’s in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School. She lives in Brookline with her daughter. She started on March 6. 

As Undersecretary for Environment, Cooper will oversee and partner with the environmental agencies – the Departments of Environmental Protection, Fish and Game, Agricultural Resources, and Conservation and Recreation – to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for all. She will serve as a key advisor on environmental issues and coordinate specific programs, including land conservation, park investments, toxics use reduction, and coastal zone management. 

Michael Judge – Undersecretary of Energy 

Michael Judge joins EEA as Undersecretary for Energy from the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA), where he has served as the Vice President for Policy since September 2021. In this role, Judge managed CCSA’s Policy Team, leading its policy advocacy at both the federal level and across the more than 20 states in which the organization’s members are active. Prior to his time at CCSA, he spent over 12 years in various roles in Massachusetts state government, including over two years as Director of Electric Power, Regional, and Federal Affairs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), in which he managed the DPU’s Electric Power Division and its oversight of the Commonwealth’s investor-owned electric distribution companies and licensed competitive retail electricity suppliers and brokers. He also advised the Commission on matters pertaining to electric power supply, reliability, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, grid modernization, interconnection, renewable energy, and storm and emergency planning. Prior to his time at the DPU, he spent over nine years at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), including four years as Director of its Renewable and Alternative Energy Division. During his time at DOER, he was responsible for the administration of the Commonwealth’s Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standards and oversaw the development and implementation of other programs supporting clean energy and energy storage, such as the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Energy Target (SMART) Program. He holds two Bachelor’s degrees from UMass Amherst and lives in Boston. He starts on March 27.  

As the Undersecretary for Energy, Judge will coordinate the execution of energy policy for EEA. He will work directly with DOER, the DPU, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and other agencies on the development of policy priorities and the implementation of Massachusetts energy laws and regulations. 

Previously, Secretary Tepper appointed María Belén Power as the first-ever Undersecretary of Environmental Justice & Equity, who will lead the newly established Office of Environmental Justice. Jason Marshall will serve as Deputy Secretary and Special Counsel for Federal and Regional Energy Affairs, and Mary Louise “Weezie” Nuara will join as Assistant Secretary for Federal and Regional Energy Affairs. Tepper also named Maria Hardiman as Director of Communications. Olivia McCaffrey will remain Chief Financial Officer, Faye Boardman to continue as Chief Operations Officer, and Johannes Buchannan will stay on as Assistant Secretary for Government Affairs. Tori Kim continues as Assistant Secretary and Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office, and Lisa Berry Engler remains Director of the Office of Coastal Zone Management. Danielle Burney continues as Deputy Director of Communications. 

星期四, 3月 23, 2023



Settlement Requires Management to Protect Tenants from Eviction and Rent Increases While Sale of Building is Pending; Building Will Permanently Remain Affordable Housing 

            BOSTON – Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell announced today that the owners and managers of Our Lady’s Guild House (OLGH), a single-occupancy apartment building for women in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, have agreed to pay $115,000 and to provide protections against evictions and rent increases while the sale of the building is pending, settling allegations of age and disability discrimination against long-term tenants. The settlement with the AG’s Office also requires the property owner to put deed restrictions in place, ensuring that the property be used for affordable housing in perpetuity and that six long-term tenants be allowed to remain in the building. 


“Our elders and residents living with disabilities deserve more than just our respect. We owe them an opportunity to live long and healthy lives, free from discrimination and the fear of being pushed out of their homes,” said AG Campbell. “This settlement provides stability and safety for the women who have called Our Lady’s Guild House home for years, and our office will continue to protect access to affordable housing across the Commonwealth.” 


              “Residents of OLGH first filed discrimination complaints in 2018 when the management of OLGH brought no fault eviction proceedings to rid the building of long-term tenants in violation of fair housing laws,” said Margaret Turner, Senior Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. “The residents are very pleased that their discrimination case is finally resolved.  OLGH has now decided to sell the building and residents are urging the new owners to keep it as SRO [Single Room Occupancy] housing for women, so that OLGH can continue to provide much needed safe, affordable housing for women, as well as the gender diverse. We appreciate the support and hard work of the Attorney General’s Office.” 


“The enforcement action brought by the Attorney General against OLGH and this settlement represent a significant win for both the long-time residents of OLGH and for tenants throughout the Commonwealth,” said Pattie Whiting, Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. “It sends a clear message to landlords that they will face significant consequences if they choose to engage in behavior or practices that are discriminatory or otherwise unlawful, and that the Attorney General takes violations of Massachusetts’ consumer protection and discrimination laws very seriously.” 


The assurance of discontinuance settles an investigation by the AG’s Office into allegations that Our Lady’s Guild House, Inc. (OLGH) and MRR Management violated the state’s consumer protection and antidiscrimination laws by discriminating against current, former and prospective tenants on the basis of age and disability. The AG Office’s investigation specifically found that the property owner and manager illegally targeted elderly long-term residents for no-cause evictions, advertised and imposed tenancy restrictions based on age and ability, imposed residency time limits that resulted in the displacement of elderly long-term tenants and failed to provide reasonable accommodations and modifications to the building requested by the tenants. The AG’s Office further alleged that the entities failed to comply with security deposit and rental fee requirements under the law. 


The AG’s Office began investigating the entities’ practices after receiving several complaints from tenants at the property that alleged discriminatory practices by OLGH and MRR Management. 


Specifically, the assurance of discontinuance requires the property owner and manager to dismiss pending eviction claims against current tenants and to place deed restrictions on the property to ensure that the buyers utilize the building for affordable housing in perpetuity; allow six current long-term tenants to live at the property for as long as they choose, subject to limited rent increases; and provide a community space at the property. OLGH and MRR Management are also required to pay the state a total of $115,000 in penalties, most of which will be distributed to seven long-term tenants at the property who were harmed by the alleged discriminatory practices. The assurance prevents OLGH and MRR Management from taking any adverse actions against tenants and raising rents until the property is sold; from retaliating against any tenants; and from forming or affiliating with a separate entity for the purpose of circumventing the settlement. 


The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office is committed to enforcing the state’s antidiscrimination laws and encourages those who have concerns about housing discrimination to call the office’s Civil Rights Division at 617-963-2917 or to file a complaint online. To view a copy of the AG’s guide to landlord and tenant rights click here. For information on our state’s fair housing laws click here. 


Today’s settlement matter was handled by Deputy Division Chief Shafaq Islam of AG Campbell’s Civil Rights Division.  


“SPRING FEST” ON THE HANCOCK ADAMS COMMON APRIL 15 QUINCY, MA – March 8, 2023 The City of Quincy will host “Spring Fest”, a family[1]friendly variety of dance performances, arts and crafts demonstrations, music and games on Saturday, April 15th. The outdoor event will take place from noon. – 6:00 p.m. on the Hancock Adams Common, 1305 Hancock Street. All events are free to the public. Scheduled performances will include Boston Chinese Dance, Brady Academy, CenterStage, Danceworks, Hung Gar Kung Fu & Lion Dance Academy, InSync, Quincy Jhankars, The Forbes School of Irish Dance and Velocity Dance Company. “The City is graced with a variety of very talented dance groups,” shared Mayor Thomas Koch. “We look forward to highlighting each and offering the public what we hope to be a beautiful spring afternoon on the Hancock Adams Common.” Ellie’s Treats, Thyme Traveling and Roxy’s Grilled Cheese food trucks will be on site and food is available for purchase throughout the events. For more information on this and upcoming events, follow the City of Quincy across social media and visit the City’s website at quincyma.gov

3 波士頓市議員, Liz Breadon、Ruthzee Louijeune, Kenzie Bok 提案每年公佈藐視法令房東名單

               (Boston Orange 綜合報導) 波士頓3名市議員,Liz BreadonRuthzee Louijeune,以及白凱欣(Kenzie Bok)322日提案治理「藐視法律」的房東,要把慣性違犯州市條例的房東,列名造冊公諸於世,並禁止這些人和波士頓市府來往獲利。






Breadon, Louijeune, Bok ordinance would draw attention to worst chronic offenders

Boston, Mass. – An annual publication listing property owners who habitually violate state and local housing regulations is proposed in an ordinance filed this week in the Boston City Council by Councilors Liz Breadon, Ruthzee Louijeune, and Kenzie Bok. Owners who chronically violate state codes without remediating conditions causing noncompliance would be dubbed “scofflaws” and be barred from conducting business with the City of Boston. The proposal, Docket #0625, will be reviewed by the Committee on Government Operations. 

The ordinance aims to add weight to the City’s code enforcement activities pertaining to residential unit conditions under the state sanitary code, state building code, and state fire code. Regulatory protections for health and safety standards and improving resident quality of life are enforced by investigatory divisions within the City’s Inspectional Services Department and Boston Fire Department. Enforcement proceedings in housing court may be sought if a property owner fails to comply with written orders and escalation is required. 

A yearly listing released by the City would include individuals with whole or partial ownership interest in rental properties involved in active enforcement proceedings in housing court, owners racking up six or more code violations in the preceding year, and owners whose properties have been designated as “problem properties” under an existing City program. Those identified would be prohibited from doing business with the City, such as being awarded a contract, receiving a grant, or having an application for zoning relief approved. 

“All tenants have the right to decent, safe, and sanitary housing conditions. It is not only the responsibility of the City to ensure property owners demonstrate compliance, but to take to task those who openly and willingly flout regulations simply because they view fines as the cost of doing business in our City,” said District 9 City Councilor Liz Breadon. “To strengthen public confidence in our code enforcement activities, the City must call attention to a scofflaw’s record and compel compliance in the interest of current and prospective tenants.” 

“For too long, negligent landlords and owners who refuse to clean up their properties have been getting nothing more than a slap on the wrist. This ordinance will give our neighborhoods stronger protections and enforcement mechanisms against these chronic offenders,” said At Large City Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune. “Furthermore, we must empower the City to use all its available tools to help uplift all of our communities to make them peaceful, healthy, and safe places to live.” 

“A safety rating is something we already expect when we go out to eat. We should have the same expectation for where we live,” said District 8 City Councilor Kenzie Bok. “A landlord who repeatedly fails to meet their legal, contractual, and safety obligations is a public health risk that the public deserves to be aware of.” 

The ordinance compliments a proposed home rule petition regarding fines for ordinance violations and liens for unpaid fines, also submitted by Councilors Breadon, Louijeune, and Bok on February 15 as Docket #0410. The petition amends a City Charter provision from 1854 to increase the maximum fine for civil infractions. The 1854 charter capped penalties at $50, or about $1,800 in 2023 dollars. Amendments raised the cap to $200 in 1976 and to the present $300 maximum in 1989, worth roughly $1,000 and $700 in 2023, respectively



BOSTON - Friday, March 24, 2023 - Mayor Michelle Wu and the Office of Civic Organizing (OCO) today announced the Love Your Block spring 2023 cleanups will take place on April 22nd and 29th. Love Your Block is a Citywide community service event that invites community organizations, local businesses, and neighborhood groups to host a spring cleanup in their neighborhood. Groups interested in hosting a cleanup can now sign up here. Additionally the City is seeking volunteers to participate in scheduled cleanups.

“Love Your Block has become a beloved tradition in our neighborhoods to come together and beautify corners across Boston,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “Our Office of Civic Organizing is ready to help connect volunteers and provide cleanup tools, so I encourage any interested community groups to identify a spot that could benefit from some care and sign up!”

Cleanups will take place in every neighborhood of Boston over the course of two weekends. The dates are as follows:

Saturday, April 22: Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, Downtown, Fenway-Kenmore, Fields Corner, Leather District, Mattapan, Mid-Dorchester, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, West Roxbury. 

Saturday, April 29: Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, North End, South End, South Boston, St. Botolph (Back Bay), West End, Wharf District. 

Some neighborhoods have already had local organizations volunteer to host a cleanup. These partners are listed on boston.gov/love-your-block. Multiple cleanups in each neighborhood are encouraged, so local organizations can still sign up to host in any neighborhood. This year the Love Your Block cleanups fall on Earth Day (4/22) and Arbor Day (4/29).

The Love Your Block program was first created in 2015 with a three-year grant awarded to the City of Boston by Cities of Service. After the grant's expiration in 2018, Love Your Block became a permanent City program under the Mayor’s Community Engagement Cabinet. 

“Love Your Block is an exciting opportunity for residents to come together, take ownership of our neighborhoods, and exercise our civic power,” said Director of Civic Organizing Henry Santana. “We look forward to working with neighbors and community partners to keep Boston clean and green.” 

“Love Your Block is an event that the Cabinet of Community Engagement’s Office of Civic Organizing leads each year. It’s our civil responsibility to keep our communities beautiful, so residents and their families can continue to take pride in their neighborhoods,” said Chief of Community Engagement Brianna Millor

In past Love Your Block cleanups, neighborhood groups have picked up litter from streets and sidewalks, beautified local parks, cleaned up vacant lots, urban wilds, and more. For tips on how to plan and host a cleanup in your neighborhood, OCO has created a helpful guide.

"Chinatown Main Street has participated with ‘Love Your Block’ for many years,” said Debbie Ho, the Executive Director of Chinatown Main Street, one of the organizations that has already committed to hosting a Love Your Block cleanup. “We all want to be sure we have a clean Chinatown and it's important that we involve volunteers within and outside of the Chinatown community to create a unified Boston!” 

Those interested in hosting a neighborhood cleanup can sign up here to request support, volunteer t-shirts, and tools such as trash bags, gloves, brooms, rakes, and trash pickers. Requests will be accepted until Wednesday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. 

Those interested in signing up as a volunteer can also do so here. OCO will connect you with a cleanup site in your neighborhood once all sites are finalized. 


The Office of Civic Organizing is committed to collaborative partnerships and programs that promote engagement, awareness, and service in communities throughout the City of Boston.

星期三, 3月 22, 2023




BOSTON - Wednesday, March 22, 2023 - Mayor Michelle Wu today announced the first cohort of Young Black Leaders Boston, a new civic engagement program launched by the Mayor’s Office of Black Male Advancement (BMA). This program is designed to help young Black men and boys between the ages of 13 and 17 in Boston high schools become civically engaged leaders in their communities. Young Black Leaders will include a 6-week spring course for the 20 selected students.  

"Young Black Leaders Boston will build on our work to empower young Black students in our city, expand civic leadership, and ensure Boston is truly a city for everyone," said Mayor Michelle Wu. "We are excited to launch our first high school cohort of this program as another step to wrap around our young people outside of the school day and connect them with opportunities. I'm grateful to all of our partners in supporting this program and looking forward to this cohort's incredible impact." 

"We are excited to launch Young Black Leaders Boston," said Frank Farrow, Executive Director of Black Male Advancement. "It is important that we empower our young Black male students and help them to thrive and share in our City’s prosperity. This new program will support our young people, ensuring that they are equipped to access resources, build with their school community and lead in their neighborhoods.” 

The spring 2023 course of Young Black Leaders Boston started on March 21 and will end on April 27. The participants in the cohort will gain skills, knowledge, and practical experience through weekly hour-long sessions designed to organize their communities for social change. They will also meet with City of Boston leaders, members of the Black Men and Boys Commission and Black Men Lead alumni to learn how to effectively navigate local government, access City services, and ways to make an impact in the City. 

Young Black Leaders 2023 Spring Cohort  

·     Jamir Allen, Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Alex Bailey, Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Rahkim Brown, Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Charles Cloy, Boston Arts Academy 

·     Jeremiah Dellosantos, Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Derek Dolly, Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Jaiden Douglin, Buckingham Browne and Nichols 

·     JaVaughan Francis, TechBoston Academy

·     Ikon Germaine, Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Korey Gray, Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Ian Heurtelou, Arlington High School

·     Michael Jarret, Josiah Quincy Upper School

·     Daniel Joseph, Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Ayven Lewis, Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Marcus Lloyd, Henderson Inclusion Upper School 

·     Timothy Robinson, Jeremiah E. Burke High School

·     Jaiden Singletary, Boston Arts Academy

·     Erese Tejerakermeus, Boston Arts Academy

·     David Uzoma,  Henderson Inclusion Upper School

·     Anthony Williams, Henderson Inclusion Upper School 

The participants in this cohort live in various neighborhoods in the City of Boston including but not limited to: Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End. Through the My Brother’s Keeper Boston partnership with Boston Public Schools (BPS), BMA focused on engaging and supporting young Black male students in a variety of schools across the district. 

"I chose Young Black Leaders Boston because I wanted to be in a program that would enhance young Black males all over Boston,” said Jaiden Singletary, Young Black Leaders Boston cohort participant. “I look forward to learning how to improve my leadership skills not only as a Black youth, but also for my school community and neighborhood. I'm thankful to the Office of Black Male Advancement for creating this program and honored to participate in something like this." 

The goal of this program is for each cohort participant to be in a better position to organize their communities for social change. Upon completion of this program, participants will share what they learned with others in their school communities and become more civically active in their neighborhoods on issues that matter to them. The program’s sessions will be developed and facilitated by The Davis System LLC, which provides grassroots organizing strategy to individuals, organizations, and communities in Boston.  

“Society has had long standing stereotypes against young black men and how we show up in our society, but this cohort of young black men from across the city of Boston are examples of how those stereotypes are not exemplary of the young black male experience,” said Anthony Davis, Jr., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Davis System, LLC. “These young men taking the initiative to learn skills to organize their communities for social change is the first step in ensuring that we are building a culture of civic engagement with our black men from across the city of Boston. 

The Mayor’s Office of Black Male Advancement works to empower Black men & boys and to ensure they have equitable access to opportunities in the City. BMA also focuses on policies, programs, resources, and local and national partnerships. Additionally, the office directs and supports the efforts of the Black Men and Boys Commission and My Brother’s Keeper Boston