Category Archives: Local Government

One Step Closer to Justice

BRJE and Town Meeting Member Raul Fernandez frames the challenge and the path ahead for all Brookline citizens concerned with achieving racial justice and equity in the town of Brookline. It’s always the right time to speak up for racial … Continue reading

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It’s an awkward fact

WBUR’s Edify team reports on the town of Brookline’s attempts to reconcile the conferring of a honorific on a slave-owning land donor with the current understanding of the barriers it has created to the development of a healthy racial identity … Continue reading

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It’s Not a Very Diverse Town…I cannot say that there is a plan

BRJE member Raul Fernandez, Town Meeting Member from Precinct 9, closes the May 21, 2018 town meeting with a discussion about the plan for diversifying town boards and its elected membership. Raul’s discussion with the Town Clerk and the Select … Continue reading

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BRJE and Workmen’s Circle Host Racial Justice and Equity Meeting

Dec 2016 – BRJE and the Boston Workmen’s Circle hosted a community meeting to discuss finding systemic solutions to structural racism. During the meeting, BRJE founding member Abigail Ortiz introduced the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) framework and how … Continue reading

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Confronting the legacy of slavery in Brookline

Deborah Brown’s presentation explores important topics in the conversation about changing the name of the Edward Devotion School. Her portion begins at 58:57.

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How the Lack of Diversity in Town Governance Affects Public Policy

BRJE member and Town Meeting Member Raul Fernandez presents a critical analysis of the impact of innocuous-appearing and well-intentioned Warrant Article language on drivers of color in Brookline. Raul’s analysis is that lack of consideration of the language changes proposed by … Continue reading

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