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吳弭 (Michelle Wu )競選波士頓市長 - 4/22慶祝地球日

 

Tomorrow is Earth Day, Chutze — a reminder to reaffirm our support for environmental justice and fight back against the ongoing climate crisis.

Boston is one of the many coastal cities seeing both the devastating and subtle effects of climate change — and environmental issues like the urban heat island effect threaten the health of Boston residents, particularly communities of color.

That’s why in partnership with community activists and organizations, Michelle has proposed the first comprehensive city-level Green New Deal agenda in the country.

Sunrise Boston endorsed Michelle out of all the other candidates in the race — because she’s ready to work in coalition with climate organizers to make Boston the greenest city in the country.

Tomorrow night at 6:30 PM ET, we’re hosting an Earth Day event in support of Michelle’s campaign and the movement we’re building to create a Boston that leads on climate action. Chip in here to RSVP.

 

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Climate justice is racial and economic justice. We cannot afford small, incremental changes that don’t tackle our problems head-on and leave behind our most vulnerable communities.

That’s why Boston must think big to implement important, structural changes, and our movement is fighting every day to make it happen.

Chutze, Michelle has a bold, ambitious climate agenda to transform city government and turn Boston into a worldwide beacon for environmental justice.

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The Wu Team

VOTES

Residential Kitchens: We voted 12-0 (Councilor Baker abstaining) to approve an ordinance to establish guidelines for permitting retail residential kitchens, as well as a text amendment for the Boston Zoning Code to add retail residential kitchens as an accessory home occupation, both proposed by Councilor Mejia. These changes are intended to provide an opportunity to earn money for aspiring restaurateurs who may not have the capital to open a commercial kitchen, promoting spending in the local economy and creating a sense of community.  

Common Start Resolution: We voted unanimously to adopt a resolution from Councilor Essaibi George in support of the state Common start legislation, H.D.1960 and S.D.1307, which would establish universal early education and child care in Massachusetts. 

 

NEW FILES

Paid Parental Leave Ordinance: Councilors Edwards, Essaibi George, and I proposed an ordinance updating the City’s original Paid Parental Leave ordinance, which I was proud to introduce years ago and was signed into law in 2015. The amendments would increase leave time and protections to codify the expansion of paid leave to 12 weeks and extend benefits to all employees in the event of a natural birth by any method, adoption, surrogacy, and loss of pregnancy, including due to miscarriage or termination. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Government Operations. 

Voting Rights for Residents Aged 16 and 17: Councilors Mejia and Bok proposed a home-rule petition to lower the voting age for municipal elections in Boston to 16 years old. The sponsors noted the importance of civic education and empowering young people to engage earlier. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Government Operations. 

 

MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD

Paid Sick Leave for City of Boston Employees: Councilor Edwards reported back as Chair of the Committee on Government Operations regarding a hearing recently held to discuss my proposal to extend paid sick leave for City of Boston employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. At the hearing, we received a letter from the Chief of Administration and Finance discussing changes made to benefits available to CIty employees in March 2021, including one hour of paid time off for a vaccination appointment twice within a forty day period for a two-dose vaccination, and once for a one-dose vaccination. (Remains in Committee)

Equitable COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Councilor Edwards reported back as Chair of the Committee on Government Operations regarding a hearing recently held to discuss my proposal to require equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution, including geographic distribution of vaccination sites, operating hours that are accessible to working families, and with regular reporting on the racial and demographic breakdown of residents receiving the vaccine. (Remains in Committee)

Petition of A Yankee Line: Councilor Flynn reported back as Chair of the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services regarding a hearing recently held to discuss a petition of A Yankee Line for a license to operate motor vehicles for the carriage of passengers for hire over certain streets in Boston. (Remains in Committee)

Zoning Relief for Affordable Housing: I reported back as Chair of the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation regarding a hearing recently held to discuss zoning relief for 100% affordable and deeply affordable housing projects. At the hearing, we heard from representatives from the BPDA and DND about potential tools for zoning relief, including easing requirements for parking, open space, and setbacks; density bonuses that would allow increased height and scale in exchange for affordability; and an expedited review process and waived fees. (Remains in Committee)

Hate Crimes and Discrimination: Councilor Mejia reported back as Chair of the Committee on Civil Rights regarding a hearing recently held to discuss ways for the city to prevent and investigate incidents of hate crimes and discrimination. At the hearing, we heard from representatives from BPD, the Human Rights Commission, the Office of the Attorney General, and community advocates and discussed ways to make Boston safer and more welcoming to people of all backgrounds. (Remains in Committee)

Inclusionary Development Policy: Councilor Edwards reported back as Chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development on a hearing recently held to discuss the state of affordable housing and Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP). The current IDP requires housing developments with 10 or more units to place income restrictions on 13% of units to ensure affordability, but these income restrictions are based on an Area Median Income (AMI) that does not reflect actual household incomes in the City of Boston. At the hearing, we heard from advocates calling for a change to IDP to increase the proportion of affordable units, enact specific protections for lower income residents, require permanent affordability, and lower the unit threshold to trigger IDP, among other proposals. (Remains in Committee)

 

GRANTS

  • $38,685,686 in the form of the Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Continuum of Care grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to support programs that provide services and housing to the homeless (Referred to the Committee on Housing and Community Development)
  • $330,000 in the form of a grant for the FY21 State Traffic Safety Information System Improvements Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, passed through the MA Executive Office of Public Safety, to be administered by the Boston Police Department to fund improved electronic reporting of collision incidents in Boston, raising the current rate of 7% to 70% over the six-month span of the grant (Referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice)
  • $18,282 in the form of a grant for No Kids Hungry, awarded by Share Our Strength, to be administered by the Office of Food Access to fund translation and interpretation services to increase accessibility to critical food resources for families and community members (Passed)
  • $15,000 in the form of a grant for the FY20 Senior Companion Program, awarded by the corporation for National and Community Service, to be administered by the Age Strong Commission, to fund reimbursement for travel and meals, plus stipends (Passed)
  • $10,000 in the form of a grant for the FY21 National Violent Death Reporting System Grant, awarded by the MA Department of Public Health, to be administered by the Boston Police Department to fund data collection by the Bureau of Investigative Services and the Drug Control Unit (Passed)
  • $80,000 in the form of a grant for the FY21 Sustainable Materials Recovery Program/Recycle Dividend, awarded by the MA Department of Environmental Protection, to be administered by the Public Works Department (Passed)
  • $25,500,374 in the form of a Community Preservation Act appropriation order for the Fiscal Year 2021 Preservation Fund revenues for community preservation projects at the recommendations of the City of Boston Community Preservation Committee (Passed)

 

UPCOMING HEARINGS (Streaming online at https://boston.gov/departments/city-council/watch-boston-city-council-tv

  • Our next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, April 7th at 12PM.
  • Thursday, April 1 at 2:30PM: Hearing regarding existing residential unit diversity across Boston (Committee on Housing and Community Development)
  • Tuesday, April 6 at 10AM: Hearing regarding an Allston-Brighton Master Plan and Zoning Initiative (Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation)
  • Tuesday, April 6 at 1PM: Hearing on an ordinance amending the City of Boston code section on language and communications access for City services (Committee on Government Operations)

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As you know, we’re coming up on a big fundraising deadline tomorrow at midnight.

While our numbers are important, this is a community-driven campaign, one guided by the priorities of everyday Bostonians who know the difference between city services that work — and those that don’t. And so, I wanted to take a moment to share with you the stories we’re hoping to uplift in our campaign to build a Boston that works for everyone.

Recently, a South End resident expressed his concern over proposed MBTA budget cuts that would make it harder for him to get to work. A Back Bay Bostonian is worried about rising housing costs that have families struggling to make ends meet. And a resident in Dorchester wrote to me about the urgent need to invest in Black and brown communities to close gaps in our city.

We’re in an unprecedented moment. Boston has the resources, the ability and innovation to tackle our deep disparities head on.

We just need the leadership and political will to make it happen.

Grassroots contributions help make this work possible, Chutze — and hitting our fundraising goals allows us to hear from residents in every neighborhood on the issues that matter most to them.

Will you please chip in before tomorrow’s deadline? Every donation, no matter the size, helps fund our campaign so that we can stay focused on talking with voters and addressing the crises we’re currently facing.

Statement: Michelle Wu on Today's City of Boston Announcement of Paid Leave Expansion


Boston, MA— The following statement can be attributed to Boston City Councilor and Mayoral Candidate Michelle Wu:


“Six years ago, as a new City Councilor and a new mom, I was proud to introduce Boston’s first ever paid parental leave ordinance. Our legislation set a standard for government agencies and employers across the country to support working families and guarantee equity for families of all types. As a working mom with two young kids, I know the near-impossible juggle that so many of our Boston families are bearing, especially as so many have been further destabilized through the pandemic. Paid leave, childcare, and schools are critical infrastructure for our families and our economy. I’m running for Mayor to bring bold, urgent leadership in making Boston a city for everyone--the most family-friendly city in the country.”



Context: 


City Council approves paid parental leave measure. Boston Globe, 4/29/15

City council president: Why I’m bringing my baby to work, Michelle Wu, CNN, 11/3/17

A bold plan to close the early education and childcare gap, Michelle Wu for Mayor Campaign, 3/2/21

Boston to double paid leave: Mayor Marty Walsh, Twitter, 2/19/21


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To learn more about Michelle Wu and her campaign, visit http://michelleforboston.com or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 



I join our Asian American community in mourning and solidarity following the senseless shootings in the Atlanta area last night.

It’s heartbreaking and appalling to see the anti-Asian harassment, violence, and now mass murder that has accelerated over the past year — part of a long history of racism in America that we all must fight to end.

And all too often, the most silenced members of our community — Asian American elders and women working in invisible industries — have borne the brunt of these attacks.

The unconscionable blaming of Asian American communities for the devastation from this pandemic has reinforced the sense of invisibility and perpetual foreigner status that so many of us have known our entire lives.

Growing up as the daughter of immigrants from Taiwan, some of my most vivid childhood memories involve racist encounters with strangers.

People who knew nothing about me except for my appearance feeling empowered to pull eyes into slits or chant ching chong sounds. That constant feeling of needing to be aware, ready, on guard whenever out in public.

Since before COVID-19 was spreading in the United States, Asian American communities have been on edge, reeling from the impacts.

Boston has not been immune to these incidents. In every city across the country, we must build community to protect and celebrate our intersectional identities.

We will stop Asian hate and combat racism by meeting this moment, by building a city for everyone, by transforming our systems to see and value every life.

Michelle

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I join our Asian American community in mourning and solidarity following the senseless shootings in the Atlanta area last night.

It’s heartbreaking and appalling to see the anti-Asian harassment, violence, and now mass murder that has accelerated over the past year — part of a long history of racism in America that we all must fight to end.

And all too often, the most silenced members of our community — Asian American elders and women working in invisible industries — have borne the brunt of these attacks.

The unconscionable blaming of Asian American communities for the devastation from this pandemic has reinforced the sense of invisibility and perpetual foreigner status that so many of us have known our entire lives.

Growing up as the daughter of immigrants from Taiwan, some of my most vivid childhood memories involve racist encounters with strangers.

People who knew nothing about me except for my appearance feeling empowered to pull eyes into slits or chant ching chong sounds. That constant feeling of needing to be aware, ready, on guard whenever out in public.

Since before COVID-19 was spreading in the United States, Asian American communities have been on edge, reeling from the impacts.

Boston has not been immune to these incidents. In every city across the country, we must build community to protect and celebrate our intersectional identities.

We will stop Asian hate and combat racism by meeting this moment, by building a city for everyone, by transforming our systems to see and value every life.

Michelle

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 VOTES

Medication Assisted Recovery and Care: We voted to pass a resolution from Councilor Edwards in support of SD.1709, An Act Relative to Medication Assisted Recovery and Care, which will address the systemic barriers faced by those on medication assisted recovery.


Striking Nurses at St. Vincent’s Hospital: We voted to pass a resolution from Councilors Edwards and Flynn in support of the striking nurses at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, who are advocating for safe staffing ratios and additional support staff to protect their patients’ health.

Structure of the Fiscal Management and Control Board: We voted to pass a resolution from Councilors Flynn and Bok in support of SD.1313, An Act Relative to the Structure of the Fiscal Management and Control Board. This bill would expand the FMCB to 7 members, including one member to be appointed by the Mayor of Boston. 

 

NEW FILES

Divestment of the City Treasury: Councilors Edwards, O’Malley and I filed an ordinance relative to the investments of the City Treasury, which would prohibit local investments in tobacco companies, fossil fuel companies, or companies related to the operation of private prisons. Massachusetts was the first state to divest from South Africa in 1982 and the first to divest all state pension funds from tobacco companies in 1997. This is an opportunity to build on that legacy by refusing to fund dangerous, predatory companies that compromise the wellbeing of the next generation. This matter was referred to the Committee on Government Operations. 

Access to Local Democracy: Councilors Edwards, Breadon and Mejia filed an ordinance expanding access to local democracy in the City of Boston. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, municipalities have enabled remote participation in and access to open meetings, meaningfully increasing Boston residents’ engagement in local democracy. This legislation would establish provisions for a permanent remote participation option for all public body meetings, with technology accessible for people with disabilities and those who speak a language other than English. This matter was referred to the Committee on Government Operations.

Digital Infrastructure and Electronic City Services: Councilors Edwards and Flynn called for a hearing on digital infrastructure and electronic city services. Residents are increasingly reliant on the City’s digital infrastructure to access information and services, but this infrastructure requires extensive investment and maintenance to ensure it is modern, secure, and accessible. This matter was referred to the Committee on City & Neighborhood Services. 

 

MATTERS RECENTLY HEARD

Supplemental Sidewalk Clearance Program: Councilor Flynn reported back as Chair of the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services on a hearing recently held to discuss a supplemental sidewalk clearance program during snowstorms in Boston, sponsored by Councilor Bok. At the hearing, we heard from Chief of Streets Chris Osgood and Public Works Superintendent Michael Brohel, as well as representatives from WalkBoston, Livable Streets Alliance, and the City of Syracuse, NY, to explore policy options to ensure safe streets for seniors, people with disabilities, and others with mobility challenges. (Remains in Committee)

 

GRANTS

  • $100,000 in the form of a grant for CANshare FY2021, awarded by the Donor Group to be administered by the Office of Food Access, to fund key Office of Food Access programs and initiatives that support their mission of creating a more food secure Boston. (Referred to the Committee on Strong Women, Families and Communities)
  • $60,000 in the form of a grant awarded by the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, to be administered by the Public Works Department to fund Sustainable Materials Recovery Program Recycling Dividends for policies and programs to maximize reuse, recycling and waste reduction, including the Project Oscar composting program. (Passed)
  • $40,000 in the form of a grant for the FY2021 Jail/Arrest Diversion Grant, awarded by the MA Department of Mental Health, to be administered by the Police Department, to fund overtime cost to backfill Crisis Intervention Training for officers. (Passed)

 

UPCOMING HEARINGS (Streaming online at https://boston.gov/departments/city-council/watch-boston-city-council-tv

  • Our next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, March 24th at 12PM.
  • Friday, March 19 at 10AM: Hearing regarding commercial vacancies in Boston (Committee on Small Business & Workforce Development)
  • Monday, March 22 at 4PM: Hearing regarding appointments to the Boston Public Health Commission’s Board of Health (Committee on Public Health)
  • Tuesday, March 23 at 1PM: Working session regarding police contracts as policy documents (Committee on Ways & Means)
  • Tuesday, March 23 at 4PM: Hearing regarding the implementation of hte #BPSReady reopening plan (Committee on Education)

VOTES

Condominium Protections: We voted unanimously to pass the ordinance extending and enhancing protections for tenants facing displacement by condominium or cooperative conversion. The city has the authority to extend existing protections upon finding that an acute rental housing emergency exists with a ⅔ vote of the Council and approval from the Mayor. This proposal strengthens the current ordinance by increasing relocation benefits, providing additional notice requirements, and establishing a condo conversion permit system. 

Public Land Disposition: We voted to declare three City-owned former Public Works Department parcels as surplus – on Windsor Street, Tremont Street, and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury. These parcels will be transferred to the Public Facilities Department to help move forward the disposition process for two development parcels, for open space and nearby affordable housing; and a mixed-use development.

MBTA #55 Bus: We voted to adopt a resolution filed by Councilor Bok calling on the MBTA to continue the full service of the #55 Bus for the health and well-being of Boston’s Fenway residents. The MBTA has announced that as part of its “Forging Ahead” plan, they will suspend all service of the #55 bus starting on March 14, 2021, posing a health risk to many residents, and especially seniors and other vulnerable populations without personal vehicles, who use the bus to get to and from everyday services.

Boston Police Investigations: We voted to advance Councilor Campbell’s order requesting certain information under section 17F of the City charter that empowers the City Council to receive responses from the Mayor within seven days. The order is in response to media reports suggesting that members of BPD may have participated in the January 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C., based on social media posts, and includes documents related to the BPD’s investigation, any related disciplinary actions, and a date by which the public can expect results of this investigation. 

 

NEW FILES

Language and Communications Access: Councilor Mejia proposed an ordinance amending Boston’s language and communications access ordinance. There are over 140 languages spoken in the City of Boston, and Boston residents who speak languages other than English often struggle to access City resources and information. There is a need for information to be translated and interpreted, but also to be conveyed in a culturally competent way that reflects its audience. In 2016, I introduced and the Council passed an ordinance establishing a language and communications access plan for the City of Boston’s departments which made accommodations for individuals who speak languages other than English. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Government Operations.

Surveillance Oversight and Information Sharing: Councilors Arroyo, Janey and I refiled an ordinance on surveillance oversight and information sharing, which would require transparency for new surveillance technology with an approved usage policy ahead of acquisition, as well as protections to prevent Boston School Police Officers from sharing information with federal law enforcement entities to stop the school-to-deportation pipeline. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Government Operations.

Safety of Construction Sites: Councilors Flynn, Breadon and Flaherty called for a hearing to discuss the safety of construction sites in the City of Boston. Last week, two men were tragically killed at a construction site downtown. The owner of the construction company that employed the two victims, Atlantic Coast Utilities, had failed to disclose to the City that his company had incurred numerous workplace safety violations, including citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which could have disqualified it from construction work, raising questions about the City’s oversight of contractors even after an ordinance passed in 2016 following the deaths of two construction workers at a worksite in the South End. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Small Business and Workforce Development.

Gender Parity in the Naming of Public Art and Places: Councilor Essaibi George called for a hearing regarding gender parity in the naming of public art and places. She noted that only 10 of BPS’ 125 schools, 2 of the almost 400 properties managed by Parks and Recreation, and none of the Boston Public Library branches are named after women. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Arts, Culture and Special Events.

Uniform Procurement Act: Councilor Essaibi George proposed a home-rule petition to amend requirements from state procurement law regarding bidders on public contracts to disclose to the City a list of subcontractors who will be employed through the duration of the project, including M/WBE status, and allow the City to negotiate with M/WBEs and local businesses to give them the opportunity to revise the proposal and match lower bids. As a home rule petition, this proposal would require approval from the Mayor, the State Legislature, and the Governor. This matter was assigned to the Committee on Government Operations.

 

GRANTS

  • $20,670,810 Emergency Rental Assistance grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Treasury, to be administered by the Department of Neighborhood Development to fund assistance to households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Approved)

 

APPOINTMENTS

  • Boston Retirement Board: Thomas V.J. Jackson was appointed for a term expiring on January 15, 2024.
  • Board of Review: Hinlan Wong was appointed as an ex officio Member.
  • Boston Private Industry Council: Shannon Lévesque was appointed to Boston’s MassHire Workforce Board.

 

UPCOMING HEARINGS (Streaming online at https://boston.gov/departments/city-council/watch-boston-city-council-tv

  • Our next City Council meeting will be on Wednesday, March 10th at 12PM.
  • Thursday, March 4th at 12PM: Hearing regarding a text amendment for Boston Zoning Code relative to affordable housing and jobs training exactions (Committee on Government Operations)
  • Monday, March 8th at 10AM: Hearing regarding the FY21 Local Culture Council Program (Committee on Arts, Culture, Tourism and Special Events)
  • Monday, March 8 at 3PM: Working session regarding property taxes and assistance program for seniors & long-term residents facing difficulties during COVID-19 (Committee on Ways and Means)
  • Tuesday, March 9th at 9AM: Working session regarding a city-level conservation corps for Boston (Committee on Environment, Resiliency and Parks)
  • Tuesday, March 9th at 1:30PM: Hearing regarding the Boston Police Department’s gang database (Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice)
  • Tuesday, March 9th at 4PM: Working session regarding an ordinance to establish guidelines for permitting retail residential kitchens (Committee on Small Business)

Michelle Wu Releases Bold Plan to Close the Early Education and Childcare Gap in Boston

Boston, MA— Michelle Wu today released a bold plan to close Boston’s childcare gap, sharing a detailed proposal to create truly Universal Pre-K and high-quality, affordable care for children ages 0-3. Right now, Boston is in a childcare crisis, with 80% of Boston families paying more than 10% of their income on childcare. Massachusetts is the second-most expensive state in the country for childcare, leading to long waiting lists for affordable programs. Michelle Wu’s plan recognizes the extent of the crisis and mobilizes a whole city approach to invest in the next generation, close the racial and economic childcare gap, and build a family-friendly Boston for all. Read the full plan HERE.

“For families with children, the pandemic has made an already unbearable juggle impossible,” said Michelle Wu. “We must recognize early education and care as critical infrastructure for our youngest learners, their families, and our economy--especially through Boston’s recovery. Boston has made some strides in expanding Pre-K seats through dedicated staff and community partnerships, but it’s time to simplify our patchwork system and guarantee access for all families. As a policymaker and a mom, I know the difference that city leadership will make for our families--from easing stress on working parents, to giving our youngest learners the best foundation for life, to investing in our early education and childcare workforce to create sustainable career pathways for our residents. Now is the moment for bold, urgent leadership to value early education and care as a public good.” 

Key components include:

·  Create a one-stop shop for enrollment, outreach, and information housed in a new City Office of Early Education and Care to remove barriers for families and coordinate state, federal, and local resources.

·  Invest in the early education and care workforce to develop sustainable career pathways by leveraging the infrastructure of Boston Public Schools for professional development and aligning salary and training across programs at BPS, center-based, and family-based sites; and exploring the creation of an early education and care pathway at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. 

·  Expand geographic access and on-site childcare at workplaces--especially as companies may not be returning to full office occupancy due to continued remote work--by mobilizing municipal facilities to create spaces for early education and care programs; facilitating the creation of childcare programs in office buildings as Boston’s commercial real estate market undergoes a realignment with ongoing remote work at many companies; and enforcing existing zoning requirements for onsite childcare at new commercial developments.

·  Harness the full power of city government across all departments to advocate for early education and care as a public good, and ensure resources and programming to make Boston the most family-friendly city in the country.

"With women leaving the workforce in large numbers, the pandemic has made clear that we can no longer ignore a sector that was in crisis since before COVID-19. Working families and childcare workers need urgent support. When children receive a quality early education, we all benefit. Michelle Wu's plan recognizes that early education is a smart investment and will ensure the City of Boston provides crucial support for families and educators,” said Tania Del Rio, East Boston parent and former Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement.

“Llevo nueve años como propietaria del programa de educación temprana familiar en mi hogar en Dorchester, y sé la importancia de invertir en el bienestar y el aprendizaje de los niños desde la infancia para prepararlos para el kinder. Este plan cambiaría el panorama para proveedores de educación temprana por permitirnos acceder al desarrollo profesional a lo largo plazo e invertir en el currículo y materiales estimulantes, y por darnos el apoyo que necesitamos para crear un entorno enriquecedor para todos los niños,” Carmen Hidalgo de Rosa, Proprietaria de Rosa's Family Day Care en Dorchester

 (TRANSLATED: I have been the owner of a family-based early education program for 9 years in my home in Dorchester, and I understand the importance of investing in children's well-being and learning from infancy to prepare them for kindergarten. This plan would change the landscape for early childhood providers by allowing us to access long-term professional development opportunities and invest in stimulating curricula and materials, and by giving us the support we need to create an enriching environment for all children,” said Carmen Hidalgo de Rosa, Owner of Rosa's Family Day Care in Dorchester.)

"While accessing and affording early education and care has always been a serious concern for families, COVID-19 has made it clear that women bear the burden when care is unavailable. Getting parents back to work and paying providers what they deserve are crucial steps to close gender and racial wage gaps, which have only been exacerbated by this pandemic,” said MaryRose Mazzola, Former Executive Director of the Boston Women's Workforce Council and Current Senior Advisor to the Michelle Wu for Mayor Campaign.

“Sadly the home daycare business is an overlooked, unrecognized essential business. Michelle Wu understands as a working mother how vital great child care is. We need to keep young families in Boston. We need a plan for all early education that offers resources to families and development opportunities to providers. We need to grow the childcare industry. It’s essential to Boston’s recovery and growth. Michelle understands the needs of providers and families,” said Siobhan McHugh, Daycare Provider in Brighton.

As a working mom, Councilor Michelle Wu is intimately familiar with the challenges and gaps that families with young children in Boston face. In 2014, she became the first sitting Boston City Councilor to become pregnant and give birth--to her older son Blaise--who is now 6 years-old and a K2 student at the Sumner School. In 2017, she became the first City Council President to have a baby, when she and her family welcomed Cass (now 3 years-old, waiting in BPS K1 lottery) to the world. She has written about the juggle of being a working mom for CNN and navigating multimodal transportation as a mom, and was the lead author of Boston’s Paid Parental Leave ordinance, which was signed into law in 2015 and was later highlighted by President Barack Obama in a Labor Day speech. As City Council President, she convened her colleagues to lead the charge in removing barriers to childcare access.

Councilor Wu’s childcare plan follows bold, urgent plans for a Boston Green New Deal and Just Recovery Plan, Food Justice Agenda, Digital Equity Agenda and more. 


State Senator Julian Cyr Endorses Michelle Wu for Mayor of Boston


Boston, MA— State Senator Julian Cyr, Senate Assistant Majority Whip and Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, today announced his endorsement of Michelle Wu for Mayor of Boston. Senator Cyr, who represents Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket, praised Councilor Wu’s commitment to public health, equity and environmental justice for all Bay Staters. 

“I’m proud to support my friend Michelle Wu for Mayor of Boston. Michelle represents a fierce new generation of courageous leaders who aren’t afraid to tackle tough, intractable issues. She leads by listening and with her heart, and always shows up and delivers for those left out and left behind. I’m confident she’ll be a transformational mayor and a partner for justice for residents across Massachusetts,” said Senator Julian Cyr.

“I am grateful to receive the endorsement of Senator Julian Cyr, a statewide leader on so many issues facing Boston families and a consistent voice for public health, equity, and justice. Julian has been a friend and partner over many years to advance progressive policies and to open the doors for millennials and young people in politics. I look forward to continuing to partner in combating the substance use epidemic, ensuring access to mental healthcare supports, and striving for a healthier and more equitable Boston for everyone,” said Councilor Michelle Wu. 

In the Senate, Senator Cyr has led on legislation to transform mental health, advance health equity, bolster public health, and promote clean energy. He is one of two openly LGBTQ members of the Massachusetts Senate. Previously, Senator Cyr served as director of policy and regulatory affairs for environmental health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and deputy director for government affairs at the Department of Public Health in the Patrick and Baker Administrations. From 2011-2016, Julian also served on the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth, including serving as chair in 2013 and 2014.

Senator Cyr’s endorsement adds to the Michelle for Mayor campaign’s enthusiastic coalition of multigenerational, multicultural grassroots supporters including community activists, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sunrise Boston, labor unions Teamsters Local 25, OPEIU Local 453 and Alliance of Unions at the MBTA and fellow municipal elected officials from across Greater Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For all of Michelle for Boston’s endorsements, visit michelleforboston.com/endorsements

February is Black History Month

This month — and year-round — we must come together to celebrate the accomplishments, joy, activism, and legacy of Black Bostonians.

We also acknowledge the systemic inequities that continue to pervade our society and endanger the lives of so many Black and brown people every day.

Our city’s racial wealth gap is a prime example. A recently released disparity study found that only 0.4% of the 44,000 business contracts issued by the City of Boston over a five-year period benefited Black-owned businesses.

The study comes after years of advocacy and oversight in coalition with community. Four years ago, I led the charge with then-Councilor Ayanna Pressley to pass legislation for equity in city contracting. But the problem remains the same. We have massive wealth inequality in Boston — and we’ve failed to use our abundant resources to close the gap.

What’s missing is intention from City Hall.

With political will, we can tap into entrepreneurship and local business leadership to transform our systems and implement the changes we’ve been fighting for over many years.

Because as a city, we must affirm that Black Lives Matter, elevate Black joy, showcase Boston’s Black history, and most importantly, take urgent action to address the ongoing racial crises that leave too many behind.

We need bold leadership right now. Our communities don’t have another year to wait for action.

Thanks for all that you do,

Michelle


With the vivid images of this week’s shocking insurrection in D.C. still fresh in our minds, and with a President & his enablers, still spouting divisive and harmful rhetoric, it is abundantly clear that new leadership and (more importantly) a fresh, visionary, transparent, inclusive mindset is needed in government.

With the departure of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to become the Biden/Harris' Administration's Sec. of Labor, we now have the perfect opportunity to elect a leader who embodies those progressive values - Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu.

We wish Mayor Walsh nothing but the best in his upcoming, new role. He will be missed, and we thank him for all he’s done for the City of Boston. His departure, however, opens the door for Michelle’s bold leadership and vision to take his place as Mayor.

Michelle is now the clear frontrunner to succeed Mayor Walsh.  Having “topped the ticket” in her previous two City Council elections, and with new supporters coming in by the hour (… trust me, folks have been texting/calling me since yesterday afternoon!), Michelle is the candidate to beat.

Now is the time to seize this momentum.  Whether it’s for a possible Special Election in the Spring, or for the Primary Election in September, now’s the time to “jump aboard the Wu Train”!!

If you’re interested in donating to Michelle’s campaign, please CLICK HERE.
To volunteer, please visit Michelle's website HERE.

As always (... and as many of you have already done!), you’re also welcome to reach out to me if you’d like.

Thanks, and hope you’re all staying health & safe.
- Leverett

 









Hi, everyone.


As we build off the momentum of last week's election, I wanted to invite you to join me, Quincy City Council President Nina Liang, and a number of diverse & progressive leaders in supporting Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu in her campaign for Mayor of Boston.

THIS Thursday (Nov. 12th from 5:00pm-6:00pm), we'll be hosting a virtual Grassroots Fundraiser which we're calling "Building the Movement".  You can find out more information and RSVP HERE

As our new President-Elect and our historic Vice-President-Elect reminded us, we cannot afford to stand on our laurels. Locally, the outcome of last week's election was just a first step in the work that continually must be done to keep our city a safe and thriving place for all Boston residents. 

We must hold ourselves accountable for Building the Movement. We must continue to improve our efforts, hold our leaders accountable, and promise to civically engage more people. This is the time to build on this historic election and to continue to fight for our democratic ideals.

Michelle personifies this tireless fight and burgeoning movement... Since she joined the Boston City Council in 2013 and became Council President, she has proven herself a local leader who uplifts other candidates, mentors new leaders, and encourages young people to run for office. She builds others up and works hard everyday to be a caring, action-oriented public servant. This event shows her vision for how to keep and sustain the national momentum we are seeing in Boston.

I hope you will consider joining us this Thursday b RSVPing HERE. We have an energizing program planned, and if you RSVP, you'll see the name of a very special guest who will be joining us on Thursday night.

I am excited to see this type of enthusiasm and hope after months of uncertainty. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Take care, and hope to see you this Thursday.
- Leverett
Hi, everyone.


Wanted to invite you to an event supporting my dear friend Michelle Wu's campaign for Mayor of Boston.  I've never been more excited to support a candidate than I am to back Michelle.


I hope you can join us THIS Thursday, October 8th (5:30-6:30pm - flyer attached) for a "virtual fundraiser" with a number of leaders from the Asian American community, including:

Stephen Chan, Nick Chau, Kenneth Fan, Jennifer Fang, Jeffrey Hsi, Paul Lee, Geoffrey Why, Emily Yu and myself.


To RSVP or donate: Click HERE.


Since she first took office in 2013, Michelle has become the standard by which I hold all public officials.  She is intelligent, visionary, equitable, progressive, compassionate, tenacious, tireless, and tough-as-nails!


Michelle has been in the forefront of proactively AND EQUITABLY moving Boston forward, and her accomplishments as a Boston City Councilor have impacted & influenced communities in and outside of Boston.  From one of her original initiatives advocating for (and passing) Paid Family Leave for City employees (which later inspired the State Treasurer and Attorney General to do the same), to her new vision of a City-level Green New Deal (read more HERE),


- If you're interested in volunteering for her campaign, please let me know, or sign up HERE

- And if you just need to learn more, please watch her incredible Announcement Video HERE


I very much hope you’ll join us at our fundraiser for Michelle this Thursday, and then I hope to see you on the campaign trail.  Thanks.

- Leverett

(AAPI Fundraiser Flyer, attached)

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