On May 17, keynote speaker Dianne Wilkerson addressed the first graduating class of the Black Economic Justice Institute’s Marcus Hall Civic Engagement Academy and pointed to the students to as an example of why Black lives matter.
“The major movers, shakers and organizers of the activity that really blew up after we saw that video of the public execution of George Floyd was born on the backs of young people. That’s who led this," Wilkerson said.
The recent report that details how little the City of Boston spends with businesses owned by people of color revealed that over the last six years, Black businesses have received just 0.4% of Boston's procurement/contract spending —
This reflects poorly on our city’s leadership — especially as Mayor Marty Walsh, prepares to go off to Washington as labor secretary to implement President Joe Biden’s economic plan. That's a plan that, as Biden himself said, "includes communities that have historically been left out of government procurement — Black, brown, Native American small businesses and entrepreneurs in every region of the country.”.
Brother Lo, Co-Founder of BEJI and a member of the Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition expressed dismay that the Coalition had been unable to secure a meeting with him since April to discuss the need to address COVID-19 issues in highly impacted Black and other communities of color.
As COVID-19 spreads across the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Black Economic Justice Institute, Inc. (BEJI) and Boston Praise Radio & TV (WBPG-LP 102.9 FM) are committed to chronicling its impact on the Black community. BEJI will document stories, advocate loudly and do what is possible to keep their neighbors healthy through information and assistance. Boston’s identity is shaped by the narratives of its people, all of its people, and BEJI and Boston Praise Radio & TV’s mission is to ensure that Boston’s Black Community stories are reported and heard. Read More HERE
Massachusetts has suffered some of the highest death rates in the country from the coronavirus, partly because a wave of infections tore through nursing homes across the state early in the pandemic. About 1 in 7 Massachusetts long-term-care residents died from COVID-19, a Boston Globe Spotlight report found in September. One of those victims was Ruby M. Flint Kinney, who was living in a Mission Hill nursing home when she died from the virus in April. Her daughter, Priscilla Flint-Banks, still has unanswered questions: Why didn’t her mother’s nursing home have designated places where people who tested positive could be isolated at the start of the pandemic? Read More Here (Copyright (c) Boston Globe
BOSTON — Priscilla Flint-Banks’ buried her mother Ruby on April 29, one day after what would have been her 88th birthday. “Everybody that knew her loved her," said Flint-Banks. “We called her Mother Kinnery. Very sweet, outgoing person.” Ruby Kinney’s cause of death was COVID-19, but Flint-Banks says the staff at her mother’s nursing home in Boston never told her Ruby was sick. “Never did no one say, ‘We’re isolating her because of this or we’re putting her there because of that,’ said Flint-Banks. “I still don’t know what happened.” Flint-Bank is not alone in her grief. Watch the video and read more HERE
Nearly 26 years after a ballot initiative banned rent control statewide, voters may soon have a chance to reconsider.
Joseph Feaster, Segun Idowu, Mayor Martin Walsh, and Darryl Settles enjoy a moment during the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts annual meeting. PHOTO: JOHN WILCOX, MAYOR’S OFFICE
The Highland Park Neighborhood Council voted this week to ask the city to rename a portion of Dudley Street to Chuck Turner Way in honor of the former city councilor, who died last month.
Entrepreneurs and nonprofit workers can sign up as members of Reevx Labs by first entering their names and emails into Berkshire’s database. They can then reserve space in the 2,200-square-foot lab’s conference room, workstations or multifunction room. Source: BayStateBanner
Black residents of Boston have been hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, and East Boston has been the hardest-hit neighborhood, new data shows. According to data released by the city, the city had confirmed 7,910 cases in the city as of Saturday. Of the cases, 271 were fatal cases while 1,573 patients had recovered. Read More HERE
BOSTON--As Black organizers begin the second night of camping outside of historic Faneuil Hall, Mayor Marty Walsh continued to avoid meeting about setting a public hearing date related to changing the name of Faneuil Hall.
Kevin Peterson, the founder of The New Democracy Coalition, (NDC) was beginning the second day of a hunger fast, as Walsh ignored a small contingent of activists seeking to hold him to his pledge to address systemic racism, in Boston.
“Your words that you spoke two weeks ago about making Boston a national leader, concerning ending structural racism, ring hollow,” said Reverend Joseph Rocha, a member of the NDC. “We call on you, Mr. Mayor, to keep your promise.” At 12 noon on Wednesday, June 24th, in front of Faneuil Hall, Peterson and others will address the news media with a special statement.
A settlement between Massachusetts and a company accused of ignoring rules for hiring minoirty and woman subcontractors highlights how hard it is for these firms to participate in state contrcts even when they are written into the requirements. Read More HERE
Boston’s black community has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with a staggering 39% of the known COVID-19 cases in the city traced back to African Americans, health statistics show. Read more HERE
By Danny McDonald Globe Staff, Updated December 29, 2020
Massachusetts has suffered some of the highest death rates in the country from the coronavirus, partly because a wave of infections tore through nursing homes across the state early in the pandemic. About 1 in 7 Massachusetts long-term-care residents died from COVID-19, a Boston Globe Spotlight report found in September. One of those victims was Ruby M. Flint Kinney, who was living in a Mission Hill nursing home when she died from the virus in April.
Her daughter, Priscilla Flint-Banks, still has unanswered questions: Why didn’t her mother’s nursing home have designated places where people who tested positive could be isolated at the start of the pandemic? Did the home’s staff have access to enough personal protective equipment? When did her mother’s health decline? Was it gradual or sudden?
She didn’t even know her mother had the virus until after her death.
“COVID is real, it’s not a fantasy, and our people are dying rapidly every day,” said Flint-Banks, a 65-year-old community advocate from Roslindale and cofounder of the Black Economic Justice Institute.
Read More Here (Copyright (c) Boston Globe
by Amelia Mason and Miriam Wasser Source: wbur.org
Like a lot of people with loved ones in long-term care facilities, Priscilla Flint-Banks spent much of the spring worried about her 87-year-old mother, Ruby Kinney. Kinney, who had dementia, lived in the Edgar P. Benjamin Healthcare Center, a predominantly Black nursing home in Roxbury. In early April, Flint-Banks called to check on her mom and spoke to a nurse. She says she asked whether the home had any COVID-positive residents. Read More Here Copyright (c) WBUR
BEJI distributes $40,000 in grocery & pharmacy gift cards to Boston's Black families.
Audit finds 36% of nursing facilities are not adhering to states' COVID-19 guidelines. Leaders of BEJI demand further investigation and justice.
Black and Latinx advocates used Memorial Day to commemorate the people of color who have died from COVID-19 and demand a rollback of the state’s reopening plans.
Members of the social justice group Mijente organized a protest that ended on the steps of the Massachusetts State House Monday. Representatives of 50 other advocacy groups joined the crowd and urged Gov. Charlie Baker to reconsider reopening procedures.