On Friday, April 26, 2019 the MBLLC announced its collaboration with Biogen Inc., a Cambridge-based global biopharmaceutical company, to build pathways in the industry for communities served by the Caucus. The two organizations will work together to create grater access for Black and Latinx students to the company’s Community Lab: “a science education program to increase access for those not exposed to science in their everyday life."
The no-cost sessions offer high school students the opportunity to conduct hands-on lab projects, work with DNA and proteins, and interact with scientists. Students have until May 15th to apply at www.surveymonkey.com/r/BiogenCLAB and should note who their State Senator or State Representative is in the application. With 23 spots remaining, the Community Lab is now accepting applications for the following sessions:
Additional information and commentary can be found in the PDF below.
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019 the MBLLC shared a finalized resolution with the world in a celebration of the U.S Constitutions 15th amendment. The resolution, originally announced on March 12th of the same year, commemorates the 150th anniversary of Massachusetts' ratification of the landmark amendment.
The amendment extended voting rights to adult males over the age of 20 regardless of “race, color or previous condition of servitude." This pivotal moment in voting rights history would later be followed by the 19th amendment which extended voting rights to previously disenfranchised women.
The bipartisan effort was led by MBLLC Chair Carlos González , Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senator Joanne Comerford, and the MBLLC. After all signatures were collected, the resolution featured 63 cosponsors from Legislators representing communities from throughout the Commonwealth.
A PDF version of the press release and the resolution are included below.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2019 MBLLC Chairman Carlos González and Executive Director Lucas DeBarros met with Harvard Institute of Politics Vice President Maya Jenkins to lay the foundation for a proposed fellowship between the two organizations. Ms. Jenkins, the innovative student who brought this proposal to the Caucus, is a New Jersey native who is currently a Harvard Sophomore concentrating in Sociology. Ms. Jenkins has actively worked to make Black, Latinx, and disadvantaged communities central to the various initiatives she has worked on over the years.
The fellowship, which is still being finalized, would provide 5-10 students with "high impact service" opportunities with MBLLC members as the undergraduate students assist with community engagement, legislative priority research, and more. Programs such as this fellowship and the MBLLC's Civics Day on the Hill are vitally important as they provide youth of color with pathways to enter the State House, and offer a viable route to future employment and/or holding elected office in the building.
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