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Coronavirus Pandemic Draws Sharp Attention to Boston’s Childcare Crisis

City Councilors Liz Breadon (District 9), Michelle Wu (At-Large), and Andrea Campbell (District 4) are urging the City to consider ways to support the childcare industry during and after COVID-19 to ensure affordable access to care remains available when workers begin to reenter the workforce as the state reopens. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to Read More…

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City Councilors Propose Unarmed Community Response System for Non-Violent Emergencies

City Councilors Lydia Edwards (District 1), Michelle Wu (At-Large), and Julia Mejia (At-Large) proposed a system that would direct non-violent emergency 911 calls away from law enforcement and toward a public safety response team. This proposal comes in the midst of racial injustice protests that continue across the Commonwealth following the death of George Floyd Read More…

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City Council Supports Bill for Police Officer Certification

During the weekly City Council meeting on June 17, City Councilor Andrea Campbell (District 4) offered a resolution to support the Bipartisan House Bill H.2146 that would require a special commission on establishing a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) system. Under this system, municipal police officers would require certification. This would ensure that municipalities Read More…

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City Council Responds to Growing Demands for Police Reform

As protests continue in an effort to address racial injustice and police brutality across the country, the Boston City Council has turned their attention toward police reform. The City Council is in the process of finalizing their FY21 budget and recently held a public hearing around their police budget. Advocates have urged the Boston City Read More…

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Boston Moves to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

Boston City Council hosted a hearing this week to discuss a proposed ordinance that would ban the use of facial recognition technology. Councilors Michelle Wu (At-Large) and Ricardo Arroyo (District 5) introduced their proposal for banning facial recognition technology over concerns about its inherent racial biases and the dangers of allowing unregulated use of such Read More…

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City Council Discusses Implementing Net-Zero Carbon Requirements for New Constructions

City Councilor Matt O’Malley (District 6) proposed a hearing to discuss implementing requirements for all new constructions—residential, commercial, and industrial—to have a net-zero carbon footprint. The City of Boston pledged a commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 under the Carbon Free Boston initiative in an effort to combat climate change. In December 2019, Mayor Read More…

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City Council Pushes for Boston to Provide Bilingual Ballots During COVID-19

Some Massachusetts leaders have been at the forefront of pushing for Vote-by-Mail legislature that would allow mail-in ballots to be sent to every registered voter in the state. Councilors Liz Breadon (District 9) and Julia Mejia (At-Large) proposed a resolution regarding the City of Boston adequately providing bilingual ballots to City residents. As the coronavirus Read More…

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Bill Seeks to Offer Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers

City Councilor Kenzie Bok (District 8) urged her colleagues to support an act recently filed that would provide equal stimulus checks to immigrant taxpayers. Despite paying an equal amount of taxes through the use of an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), many immigrant taxpayers have been left out of recovery reliefs during the pandemic. In Read More…

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City Council Discusses Banning Facial Recognition; Regulating Surveillance Information Sharing

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate the advancement of surveillance technology for public safety purposes to monitor the spread of the virus. The Boston City Council recently discussed proactive measures to regulate the use of some surveillance technology while eliminating inaccurate facial recognition. Councilors Michelle Wu (At-Large) and Ricardo Arroyo (District 5) proposed the banning Read More…

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City Council Discusses Occupational Presumption of COVID-19 for Essential Frontline Workers

While thousands of Bostonians have transitioned to working from home as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, essential workers have remained on the frontline to provide critical services to the public. Since the start of the public health crisis in Massachusetts, workers across several crucial industries started to test positive for the coronavirus; namely, Read More…

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City Council Discusses Relief for Restaurants: Liquor Licenses, Reducing Delivery Commission Fees

Restaurants and bars are among those businesses most severely impacted by the government’s COVID-19 shutdown restrictions. Due to physical distancing directives and stay-at-home advisories, restaurants have been forced to transition to pick-up and delivery services only, putting many in jeopardy of never being able to open again. As these businesses are integral to Boston’s neighborhoods Read More…