Issue #186 - February

Show some love for a low-income fare on the MBTA — submit public comment today!

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The MBTA has been working to implement a low-income fare since Governor Healey allocated funding for start-up costs last year. Submit your public comment TODAY by using this simple email template below. You can also submit comments via phone or mail — learn more here.

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The MBTA will be prioritizing comments they receive by their deadline, TODAY February 29th. However, if you missed the deadline, we strongly encourage you to please submit your comments regardless.

Upcoming events related to housing in Boston

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Image: Selmon Rafey


Do you care about housing, zoning, unhoused populations, and community development? Keep reading for opportunities to get involved and make an impact in Boston:

  1. Join BDPA for their Article 80 Modernization Meeting taking place tonight (Thursday, February 29) from 6:00-8:00pm on Zoom.

  2. Join the Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) for a public hearing on how they will use money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over the next 5 years.

    • Hearing #1 (Virtual - Zoom)
      Tuesday, March 19, 6:00pm-7:30pm

    • Hearing #2 (In Person)
      Thursday, March 21, 6:00pm-7:30pm
      Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon
      700 Boylston Street, Boston

Tell state lawmakers: pass face surveillance commission recommendations

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the ironwork displaying the building name

Since 2019, ACLU Massachusetts has led a campaign to pass long-overdue legislation to regulate face surveillance technology. In 2022, a bipartisan commission endorsed many of their recommendations, and those recommendations were turned into a bill (S.927/H.1728). It’s time for lawmakers to finish what they started in 2022 and pass this crucial legislation. Urge your state lawmakers to pass this commonsense face surveillance law!

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Why is this important for transportation? Cameras are everywhere in our public space and streets, as well as throughout our transportation systems. Strengthening protections for how that technology can be used is important for open space and transportation advocates to care about!

Highlights from Black History Month

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Image: City of Boston


Black History Month may be nearly over but Black History in Boston is always relevant. The GBH podcast What is Owed? by journalist Saraya Wintersmith discusses the possibility of reparations in the context of Boston's role in the slave trade and the ongoing economic oppression experienced by Black families and individuals.

Additionally, the City of Boston has put together a virtual exhibit that shares the history of enslaved people in Boston and the roles that wealthy white Bostonians played in creating and perpetuating injustices against enslaved Black and Indigenous American people.View the online exhibit here.


Join LivableStreets as a Volunteer!

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Interested in helping out the LivableStreets’ team? We are seeking volunteers to support our team across projects and program areas”! This includes database organization, inventory, event preparation, general office support, as well as outreach and engagement efforts through the Street Ambassador program. If you’re interested in helping out, please fill out our volunteer form and feel free to share more about your skills and interests! You can also email [email protected] with the subject line “Interested in volunteering” and we will be in touch. Thank you in advance for your support!

Exciting LivableStreets team updates!

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In January we held our first staff retreat of 2024, spending time together to do strategic planning, paint pottery, and go candlepin bowling! We also have four (count 'em, FOUR) promotions to announce:

Ammi has been promoted to Operations + Communications Coordinator to reflect her growing leadership in communication, events and operations work.

Catherine has been promoted to Director of Policy as a reflection of her growing leadership across the organization and her strong policy expertise across all levels of government.

Lorraine has been promoted to Senior Manager of Culture + Content to reflect the unique role she had created within LivableStreets and the work she has done to build strong expertise across many areas of the organization.

Makayla has been promoted to Senior Manager of Community Engagement to reflect her strong expertise in engagement, not just at LivableStreets, but regionally among government agencies and peer organizations.

Email Ammi, Catherine, Lorraine, and Makayla to say congratulations!








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