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Lydia Edwards District 1 Newsletter (April 2019)


Before I update you on what our office has been up to these past few weeks, I want to acknowledge the passing of a titan for social justice. Mary Ellen Welch's impact can be felt in the open spaces she fought to maintain, the affordable housing units she advocated to protect, and even in the very air we breathe. I'm grateful for her decades of activism and for every individual who worked alongside or has followed in her footsteps.

As we engage on the review of Suffolk Downs - which, I contend, is akin to our generation's airport struggle - I have Mary Ellen in mind. We've also launched a scholarship fund to honor the Maverick Street Mothers and promote educational advancement for parents.

In other news, I've called a hearing on wage theft at Logan Airport, and you can check out my recent piece in Commonwealth Magazine on the issue. Wage theft is a chronic problem in Massachusetts and particularly affects immigrant workers and workers in low-wage industries. The City of Boston has taken steps to address wage theft in industries licensed by the city, but these do not cover quasi-public entities such as the Massachusetts Port Authority or the airlines and airline contractors who work at Logan.

Last week, I was proud to join students, parents and teachers in calling for greater school funding. You can watch my remarks here. As the School Committee recently voted to advance the proposed budget, it now moves to the city council. I'm amazed by the level of community activism on education and I will be fighting to reverse funding cuts that disproportionately impact District One schools. Please stay tuned for upcoming budget hearings.

With regards to the nascent cannabis industry, I'm deeply disappointed by the process thus far. Lack of clarity in the city's workflow and standards for approval have added to division within our communities and put equity applicants at a disadvantage. I'm supporting an ordinance filed by my colleague Councilor Kim Janey to create an independent board to oversee the cannabis industry in Boston. I believe this ordinance will ensure our city is more transparent, efficient, equitable and better able to respond to community feedback.

Check out more news coverage below and as always, reach out to our office to engage or ask questions!


Women for Lydia Fundraiser was a Success!
Thank you to all the amazing ladies who co-sponsored and came out to support. Thank you to District Attorney Rachael Rollins for the amazing intro, Council President Andrea Campbell for doubling down the importance of women showing up for each other, Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu, Rep. Liz Miranda and Rep. Nika Elugardo for joining us!
St. Patrick's Day Breakfast
Thank you to Senator Nick Collins for hosting today's St. Patrick's Day Breakfast and to everyone that came out! I had a great time at both the breakfast and the parade! Special thanks to Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn for inviting me to join him on the parade with the USS Jason Dunham. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
Women's History Month at the Ausonia Apartments

A great morning celebrating Women’s History Month at the Ausonia Apartments with our North End Seniors. I spoke about all the great achievements that women have accomplished and how women are leaders in the North End and throughout the City of Boston.

Suffolk Downs PDA Discussion

Thank you to everyone that came to the Suffolk Downs PDA discussion on housing on Wednesday, March 13th! Special thanks to Wayne for the drawing! Suffolk Downs is the opportunity of a lifetime, but we need everyone's voice to make sure we get it right. Stay tuned for an updated schedule of upcoming sessions on different topics!

Charlestown Tea & Treats: Meet & Greet with Charlestown Residents

Thank you to Tracey Zimmerman, Charlestown resident and owner of Charlestown Tea & Treats, for hosting a meet and greet in honor of International Women’s day! I am always proud to support and uplift local, women-owned businesses this month and all year round. If you’re in the neighborhood, please go in and grab some coffee and a scone (or five) at Charlestown Tea and Treats

Upcoming Council Hearings and Meetings
Monday, April 1st, 2019, at 1:00 PM
City Council Committee on Way & Means Hearing RE: appropriations to cover the FY19 costs of the collective bargaining agreement between the City of Boston and the Boston Public Library Professional Staff Association (PSA), Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Monday, April 1st, 2019, at 4:00 PM
City Council Committee on Education Hearing RE: implementation of a policy requiring all Boston Public Schools to have a full time nurse and social-emotional support specialist, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, at 1:00 PM
City Council Committee on Government Operations Hearing RE: An Act Relative to Voting Precincts in the City of Boston and an ordinance requiring review of precincts in the City of Boston, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, at 5:00 PM
City Council Committee on Education Hearing RE: independent education plans in the Boston Public Schools, Iannella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, at 12:00 PM
City Council Meeting

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