January 3rd, 2012
Happy New Year! I trust the holiday season afforded you the chance to catch up with family and friends, to regroup and refresh. I know for myself, the end of the year is always a reflective time, and a space with which to renew my commitment and focus to strengthen family bonds, build healthier and safer communities, and to do the tough but rewarding Council work you’ve entrusted me to do. Did you make any resolutions this year? You can see my resolutions and what I’m looking forward to in 2013 here.
I’m thankful for what our team accomplished at City Hall this year: pushing for a public awareness campaign on for-profit colleges; fighting successfully to save the Urban College; advocating against cuts to Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages programs. We re-established the Boston Residents Jobs Policy Working Group and proposed improvements for how the City contracts with women- and minority-owned small businesses.
It’s hard to believe, I’m starting my 4th year as a Boston City Councilor At-Large. I’m most grateful for your continued ideas and support and look forward to another wonderful year working together.
I wish you and your family a joyous, healthy, and peaceful New Year.
All the best,
Boston City Councilor At-Large
Elizabeth Warren Massachusetts Swearing-In
Our first female US Senator, Elizabeth Warren is holding a special Massachusetts swearing-in reception this Saturday at Roxbury Community College. I hope to see you there. You can find the details here.
TEASER: First Annual Raise Your Voice, Day of Empowerment for Girls & Women
In the coming weeks, I will be partnering with several organizations to put this event together in response to an increase in sexual assaults and violence against girls and women, both domestically and internationally. Stay tuned for more details on date and venue!
Accelerating Roadway Improvements for Bicyclists
For me, cycling lanes are a vital component of our City’s transportation infrastructure: reliable and affordable transit options are key elements to making Boston a more livable city for all of its residents. We’ve made great strides over the last 5 years in making Boston a more bike-friendly city but it’s time to accelerate our agenda.
One of the major issues around biking in Boston is safety. But data on accidents has been tough to come by. Which is why I’m pleased to report that during the hearing I called for, co-sponsored by Councilor Arroyo, the Administration committed to publishing a report compiling 3 years of crash data. We are hopeful that report will be available this month.
Missed the bike hearing? You can watch it here.
To get involved with this issue in 2013, please email: [email protected]
Ensuring BPS Students Have Access to Mental Health, Nursing and other Social-Emotional Support Services
More and more research is showing that access to mental health, nursing, and socio-emotional learning curriculum is critical not just to graduation rates, but to life-long success. While we struggle with persistent achievement gaps and teaching a diverse student population of all races, incomes, and from many countries, it’s particularly important that we are teaching the whole child.
On December 4th, I co-sponsored a hearing with Councilor Connolly to explore how we can implement a system-wide support system for our students.
You can watch the hearing proceedings here.
We plan to continue to work on this issue throughout 2013. If you would like to be informed of future action about this matter, please email our Policy Director, [email protected]
Ayanna on the Record
Best of the New: People and Ideas
City Councilor: Bike lane is really just paint on the street
West Roxbury Patch, December 6th
Officials: It’s time to change the outdated liquor laws in Massachusetts
Protesters demand more local jobs at Ferdinand
For tips and resources about heating your home this winter check out the City’s Home Heating resource page click here.
Youth Summer Jobs 2013
Registration begins February 1 at 10am until March 3 at 11:59pm or call 617-635-HOPE (4673) on Feb 19, 20 & 21 from 10am-2pm.
All applicants must be full time residents of Boston and be between the ages of 15 and 17 years old. You must turn 15 on or before Jul 7, 2013 and cannot turn 18 on or before Aug 16, 2013.
Applying with the HOPELINE does NOT guarantee a summer job. Please call the Boston Youth Fund with any questions, 617-635-4202. For more information and to see a list of sites that offered HOPELINE jobs last summer, click here.
What’s Good in Your ‘Hood?
Please send a brief note sharing something positive that happened in your neighborhood this month. It doesn’t have to be big news or have anything to do with politics. I just want to highlight the good work done by people throughout the city. They don’t often get the recognition they deserve but they’re truly the glue that holds our neighborhoods together. We’ll share some of the stories in the next edition of the Pressley Post.