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State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda Release

July 28, 2014 – 1:35 pm |

July 11, 2014, Cambridge, MA: Inspiration and resolve suffused the official release of MAPC’s State of Equity in Greater Boston Policy Agenda. The event, held at and sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for …

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State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda Release

July 28, 2014 – 1:35 pm |

July 11, 2014, Cambridge, MA: Inspiration and resolve suffused the official release of MAPC’s State of Equity in Greater Boston Policy Agenda. The event, held at and sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and sponsored, too, by the Mel King Institute for Community Building and Action for Regional Equity, was crowded with leaders and advocates from many parts of the equity community of the Boston area. 

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"Not every regional planning agency is focused on equity. MAPC is leading the way." Marc Draisen, MAPC Executive Director, MAPC State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

“Not every regional planning agency is focused on equity. MAPC is leading the way.” Marc Draisen, MAPC Executive Director. MAPC State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

"All our struggles have to tie in together," said David Harris, the Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, in his welcome. MAPC State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release Event, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

“All our struggles have to tie in together,” said David Harris, the Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, in his welcome. MAPC State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release Event, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In his opening words, Marc Draisen, MAPC’s Executive Director, discussed the extent to which equity is front and center in the agency’s work, and emphasized the importance of policy – of action. He turned the podium over to four community advocates, each of whose remarkable work represents one of MAPC’s four key priorities in moving the region toward equity:

  • Preventing displacement of residents from neighborhoods near rapid transit.
  • Ensuring climate change resilience for all
    residents
  • Reducing health disparities
  • Facilitating statewide violence prevention programs.
"With the Green Line Extension, Somerville rents could rise from 25-67%. Minimizing displacement is our number one priority." Meridith Levy, Deputy Director, Somerville Community Corporation, MAPC's State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

“With the Green Line Extension, Somerville rents could rise from 25-67%. Minimizing displacement is our number one priority.” Meridith Levy, Deputy Director, Somerville Community Corporation. MAPC’s State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

"Environmental resiliency must mean bouncing forward as well as bouncing back. It's not just about recovery." Kalila Barnett, Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and the Environment. MAPC's State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

“Environmental resiliency must mean bouncing forward as well as bouncing back. It’s not just about recovery.” Kalila Barnett, Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and the Environment. MAPC’s State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

"Food insecurity is a toxic stress, and there are major racial disparities in food security." Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Research and Policy Director, Children's HealthWatch. MAPC's State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

“Food insecurity is a toxic stress, and there are major racial disparities in food security.” Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Researc and Policy Director, Children’s HealthWatch. MAPC’s State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

"If we can break down the stereotype that teens are bad, we can break down the stereotype that police are the enemy." CJ Victor, Youth Organizer, Center for Teen Empowerment. MAPC's State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

“If we can break down the stereotype that teens are bad, we can break down the stereotype that police are the enemy.” CJ Victor, Youth Organizer, Center for Teen Empowerment. MAPC’s State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

"The issue of [...] regional equity is probably the most important work we can do now. Because if we acheive it, we eradicate the issues we all work on: Sub-par schools, poor housing conditions, inequities in the workplace. All that goes away if we do this right." Marvin Martin, Action for Regional Equity, MAPC's State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

“The issue of [...] regional equity is probably the most important work we can do now. Because if we acheive it, we eradicate the issues we all work on: Sub-par schools, poor housing conditions, inequities in the workplace. All that goes away if we do this right.” Marvin Martin, Action for Regional Equity, in his introduction of the keynote speaker. MAPC’s State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

The keynote address, by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, was invigorating, hopeful, and purposeful. “The fate of the nation is dependent on the fate of its people of color. [...] We don’t get America right if we don’t get equity right.” [...] The disparity that matters is not between black and white, but between where we are and where we need to be.” It is no surprise that Ms. Glover Blackwell was greeted by a spirited standing ovation.

 

"When we solve problems for those who ae most vulnerable, we solve them for everyone."  Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, in her keynote address. MAPC's State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

“When we solve problems for those who ae most vulnerable, we solve them for everyone.” Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, in her keynote address. MAPC’s State of Equity in Metro Boston Action Agenda Release, July 11, 2014, Cambridge, Mass. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

Annual Council Meeting

June 2, 2014 – 11:28 am |

MAPC’s Annual Council Meeting, held May 28, 2014, was an occasion for transitions, for well-deserved awards, and for engaging discussion about the agency’s plans for the next five years.
The first order of business was to …

MetroFuture Walks & Talks — May 2014

May 29, 2014 – 5:08 pm |

Rail Trail Workshop in Danvers
On May 22, 2014, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in collaboration with the Planning Department of the Town of Danvers, offered a two-hour interactive Rail Trail Workshop to neighboring municipalities …

Final Sustainable Communities Consortium Meeting with Keynote Speaker US HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan

May 27, 2014 – 3:40 pm |

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Video of all speakers
Powerpoint of all project posters
All event photos

 

Last week, MAPC celebrated the many accomplishments made possible by our 2009 $4 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, and to recognize the Sustainable Communities …

MAPC’s Metro Mayors Community Safety Day on the Hill

May 6, 2014 – 5:27 pm |
Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief, William G. Gross, discussed the important role that SSYI and Shannon funded partners play in supporting community safety and providing positive alternatives for youth. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

April 30, 2014, Boston: Exuberance was in the air as over 250 youth, mayors, law enforcement and municipal officials, legislators and community advocates gathered in Nurses Hall at the State House. It was the Community …

April 25, 2014 – 3:22 pm |
Aqueduct Trail opening, April 24, 2014, Natick, Mass. MAPC staff photo.

April 24, 2014, Natick: The kids couldn’t stop giggling as they grouped together to cut the ribbon. The sun was shining, the dignitaries were present, and the mood was buoyant: another section of the retired …

sPARKing New Ideas: Parking Strategies for Stronger Communities

April 18, 2014 – 12:15 pm |
Desk of a MAPC parking team member who works with municipalities on parking. They're a dedicated lot, so to speak. MAPC offices, Boston, Mass, 2014. Staff photo.

Parking may not be the subject of scintillating conversation among non-planners, but the hundreds of municipal, state, and community leaders who came to the sPARKing New Ideas conference on April 8, 2014 really got it: …

Municipal Solar in Sudbury

April 7, 2014 – 1:31 pm |

To utilize otherwise nonproductive space on their closed landfill, Sudbury decided to fill it with solar panels–6,060 of them. This solar power purchase agreement was part of a group procurement for energy services that MAPC …

Managing Neighborhood Change in Somerville and Beyond

March 10, 2014 – 4:41 pm |
Somerville Housing Forum, March 4, 2014. Photo courtesy Somerville Community Corporation.

On Tuesday, March 4, Somerville residents gathered at the Argenziano School with Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Denise Provost, aldermen, and community partners for the third and final installment of a forum series on housing. Hosted …

LED Streetlight Conversions in Arlington

March 7, 2014 – 4:36 pm |

This is the second in a series of videos that MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has made about our work in four communities. Check out the first one, focusing on local energy planning  in Medford.

Before it …

Winter Council Meeting: Sustainable Communities Accomplishments

February 28, 2014 – 1:37 pm |

Inspiration was on tap at MAPC’s February 26th Council Meeting, as speakers celebrated the work that Sustainable Communities Grants made possible and looked to the future. Michelle Ciccolo, MAPC’s Council President, welcomed the large group …