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Community Justice Event – $20 for your time! Apr. 9

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Community Justice event

Event Details:
Are you a resident, professional/student, or activist in Boston who is interested in social and racial justice? The Houston Institute is hosting an event where groups with an activist, student and resident work together to identify issues experienced by communities of color in Boston. The trio will then research what programs exist around Boston and beyond to mitigate these specific issues. We will end the event with free, local food, a debriefing, and an open mic. Anyone who wants to perform that day CAN and is ENCOURAGED – singing, dancing, spoken word, show-casing art, whatever!
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Residents – we are looking for Boston/Cambridge residents who are willing to share their experiences about what harms/injustices people of color are facing in their community due to a system or policy (whether it be lack of public school funding; harassment by police officers; lack of access to fresh food; higher rates of asthma; lack of job opportunity; no affordable housing; lack of community engagement; etc). We are primarily looking for residents who live in Roxbury, Dorchester, East Boston/Chelsea, Jamacia Plains, or the South End. You will be compensated $20 for your time.

Activists / Students(or Professionals) – after engaging in a listening session with the residents to learn about the injustices they face in their community, the three of you will work together to research programs/policies/organizations working to mitigate these issues. Students, we need your research + writing skills. Activists, we need your knowledge of programs and organizations in the communtiy. A webpage you provide information for will be featured on our upcoming website, which will help activists connect around the world! Please bring a laptop if you have one available.

Timeline for the Event
9:30 AM – doors open for coffee + donuts
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – introduction and brief explanation of Houston / Marshall Plan followed by examples of what we’re looking for in this community justice event.
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – get into small groups for a listening session (residents explain to students/activists some of the issues they experience in their communities)
11:30 AM – 11:45 AM – set up a space with your small group to start researching programs/policies/organizations working to mitigate those specific issues
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM – research and create a write-up of what was found (examples for what to include in the write-up will be given at the event)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – debrief over food + open mic

We will have two locations for this event – pick the location easiest for you! Event will be hosted at the same time, but now in two places (double the opportunity to join)!

First Location:
Boston University
Howard Thurman Center in George Sherman Union,
775 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215, Basement Floor

Second Location:
Roxbury Community College
Room 447 in the Academic Building
1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120

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