Issues

We believe that our government should constantly be asking itself these three important questions:

  • What are we doing to include all voices in the process of government decision-making?

  • What systems do we have in place that to hold our city representatives and government agencies fully accountable?

  • How can we remove the unnecessary barriers to our city’s resources and services? 


During our time in office, we have made huge strides in changing the way business is done in the City of Boston in four main areas: Accessibility, Accountability, Transparency, and Civic Engagement. Here is some of what we’ve achieved:

Accessibility

  • Filed and passed a language access ordinance that expands existing laws to provide more services to people who speak languages other than English.

  • Hosted over 50 events broadcasted on Zoom and Facebook Live, with recordings being stored on our Facebook page.

  • Organized a hearing on language barriers faced by non-English speakers during COVID-19 that, for the first time ever, provided real-time translation into Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

  • Held a hearing on public hearings to better understand the barriers that prevent constituents from participating.

Accountability

  • Coordinated a Housing Policy Summit with residents, housing advocates, community activists, non-profit organizations, city officials, and elected representatives.

  • Designed a Civilian Review Board to review, investigate, and suggest sanctions for police misconduct.

  • Collaborated with community organizer Derrel Weathers on a series of Community Conversations, reaching 200+ constituents.

  • Called for Rent Control and for targeting corporate landlords and ensuring that we put provisions in place to support smaller landlords who are struggling to keep up with the constantly evolving market.

Transparency

  • Produced infographics and videos throughout the FY21 (and now FY22) budget season to educate people about how their tax dollars are being spent.

  • Hosted a BPS Reopening Town Hall with parents, teachers, and students to break down the reopening plan, hear constituent concerns, and collaboratively create solutions.

  • Filed a Home Rule Petition, in coalition with community groups and leaders, to create a fully elected school committee in Boston and put the power back into the hands of the people

  • Shared hundreds of video highlights from weekly council meetings, hearings, and committee meetings, directly letting constituents know what is going on behind 'closed doors.'

Civic Engagement

  • Worked side-by-side with local advocates to write and pass an ordinance creating Retail Residental Kitchens, which allows home cooks to sell shelf-stable foods, share their culture, and lowers the barrier of entry for entrepreneurs.

  • Organized a series of town halls focused on the impact of fireworks on the city as a whole as well as specific neighborhoods.

  • Invited a dozen young people from across Boston to engage in policy work, communications work, and civic engagement work over the summer through our Civic Engagement Institute.

  • Facilitated weekly COVID-19 mental health check-ins hosted by and for young people