On Wednesday, February 12, 2020 the MBLLC met with Senate President Karen Spilka to discuss strategy for the coming months. With the Joint Rule 10 deadline behind them, the MBLLC discussed intentions and reevaluations regarding efforts for the remainder of the session.
The Senate President and MBLLC discussed important matters such as transportation, the Safe Communities Act, the Driver's License bill, and much more. The meeting was the second as of late between the two offices as both agreed to meet on a quarterly basis moving forward.
On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 the MBLLC welcomed 250+ guests to celebrate Black History Month and the Black leaders who make our communities thrive. The celebration was the second of its kind building on past successes of the Caucuses "Excellence" events.
The event featured a speaking program with Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Karen Spilka, and MBLLC members. The celebration also serves as an opportunity to recognize Black Excelence 2020 Honorees who were nominated by their respective Legislators.
A full list of the honorees and their biographies can be found below.
On April 11, 2017, Town Councilors Kenrick Clifton, Paul Fernandes, and fellow Randolph Town Council colleagues warmly welcomed the MBLLC for our Communities of Color Budget Listening Tour stop in Randolph. Local Town Manager David Murphy, State Senator Walter Timilty, State Representative Bill Driscoll, and Brockton City Councilor Shaynah Barnes also joined us for this event.
Left to right- Bottom: Rep. Aaron Vega, Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Rep. Frank Moran, Rep. Evandro Carvalho, Rep. Carlos Gonzalez
Top row: Rep. Juana Matias, Rep. Russell Holmes, Rep. Byron Rushing, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, Rep. Bud Williams
(Not pictured: Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Rep. Jose Tosado, Rep. Chynah Tyler)
On April 10, 2017, City Councilor Roy Avellaneda and fellow Chelsea City Council colleagues generously hosted the MBLLC for our Communities of Color Budget Listening Tour Stop. Before the budget hearing, MBLLC members enjoyed a tour of the City of Chelsea which included visits with Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, Chelsea Collaborative, and GreenRoots. State Senator Sal DiDomenico also joined us for this event.
On March 29, 2017, the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC) unanimously voted State Representative Frank Moran (D-Lawrence) to serve as Chair for the 190th legislative session.Representative Moran, whose district includes Lawrence, Methuen, and Andover, has been a member of the MBLLC since entering the House of Representatives in 2013. He replaces Representative Russell Holmes (D-Mattapan), who transitioned from his two-year Chair duties in early April 2017.
In March 2017, the MBLLC and the Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement launched its second installment of Civics Day on the Hill. Joining us on this visit was Boston Public School's Tobin Middle School (Mission Hill). Guest speakers included Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Representative Russell Holmes, Senate Clerk William Welch, and legislative staffers Liana Poston and Anthony Thomas.
In February 2017, the MBLLC joined the Senate Office of Education and Civic Engagement in launching the Civics Day on the Hill initiative. For its launch, the MBLLC and Senate hosted Boston Public School's Washington Irving School (Roslindale) for a half-day educational experience at the State House. This initiative aims to help to increase student diversity in State House educational programs and to expand 8th -10th grade student’s understanding of the Legislature. Guest speakers included Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Representative Russell Holmes, Senate President Chief of Staff Natacha Perez, and other legislative staffers.
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