On Friday May 22, 2020 the MBLLC wrote to legislative leaders expressing their concerns and wants regarding elections in the age of COVID-19. The virus has forced reforms in how people work, govern, collaborate, and more. In order to ensure fair, accessible, and equitable elections, we will now need to reconsider how we vote for those elected to govern us. Read the full letter below.
The MBLLC invites Black and Latino high school students to take advantage of and sign up for Biotech in Action: a free summer program run by Cambridge based Biogen. The summer program offers young adults an easy way to see if a career in the biotech industry is right for them. Those who are interested can apply here.
This will be the second year that the MBLLC has partnered with Biogen to try to bring this opportunity to more diverse populations. To help see that through, Biogen has reserved space for underrepresented populations and MBLLC members have been actively engaged with their districts to direct students to the program.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's program will be held virtually through a partnership with MIT that is detailed further here. We urge you to apply, help spread the word, and learn more about the program through the materials below. You can also visit the Virtual Community Lab website here.
Last week the MBLLC invited Mayors, City Councilors, Town Managers, and Selectpeople to join the Caucus for a series of discussions regarding COVID-19. Building on previous MBLLC listening sessions, the roundtable discussions served as a way to continue the Caucus' tradition of meeting with others while focusing intently on listening to what they need from the Caucus.
The first of the meetings was held on Monday, May 18, 2020 with elected officials from Springfield and Holyoke. That was followed by a meeting with electeds from Boston on the same day and a meeting with electeds from the Merrimack Valley on Friday, May 15, 2020.
The Caucus was told about a range of concerns including widening disparities, need for increased testing, barriers to virtual learning, small business assistance, and more. The Caucus will use this input and feedback to inform its continued advocacy for communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MBLLC log posts are curated by the Caucus Executive Director.