PRECINCT 10 RESIDENTS: SPECIAL TOWN MEETING IS COMING UP IN NOVEMBER, 2021
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PRECINCT 10 CONSTITUENT EVENT:
Have Your Voice Heard
When: Oct 17, 2021 08:00 PM Eastern Time
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KNOW YOUR TOWN MEETING MEMBER:
Age: 51. Born & raised in Brookline; graduate of Driscoll, Brookline High School (BHS) and School-Within-a-School (SWS)
Renter: I share a rental apartment on Beacon Street with my boyfriend, Teddy Weinberg.
Education: Studied Linguistics at Harvard College, and History and Social Study of Science and Technology at MIT. Proficient in 6 languages; successful 20-year career as global business development executive for Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, Experian.
Current Brookline Civic Activities: Board Member, Fundraising Committee Chair, and Host "The Arc of Justice," Brookline Interactive Group (BIG)
Co-Teacher (with 43-year BHS teaching veteran Abby Erdmann), "Telling Your Story" memoir group for Brookline parents living in Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) housing.
Photo by Laura Bradford. On left: Kimberley Richardson (Newly-elected TMM Precinct 2).
I believe the #1 issue facing Brookline is our Town administration's collective failure to address major equity issues, especially climate justice, economic justice, racial justice and social justice.
There has actually been good progress in all of these areas, but the pandemic has exposed what everyone knew along: the impact of Covid-19 has been experienced most deeply by the Brookline residents of low-income, a great many of them Black or Asian, a great many of them older adults. We lost 16 residents early on to the Covid pandemic, most of them low-income and most of them non-white. I feel it is important to remember their loss, and we owe their families our consideration as we move forward.
The prevailing attitude seems to involve pretending systemic racism does not exist. Even something as important as renaming the Florida Ruffin Ridley School met with stiff opposition from people who bristle at any asssociation with the word "racist."
I believe systemic racism does exist in Brookline and that we should deal with it proactively. As a Town Meeting Member, I am addressing problems head-on. Everyone has racial biases: that is a scientific fact, not an opinion. The question is can each person do something about it (i.e. be an anti-racist?) Can we take action together, as a Town, that goes beyond symbolic gestures and moves toward addressing our historic issues of racial equity?
Visiting my mom at her Memory Care facility during the pandemic.
I grew up in Brookline during a time of far greater economic inclusion, and I believe Brookline is rapidly becoming a terribly unfair and exclusionary enclave that will soon be only available only to the very wealthy. Almost none of my classmates from Brookline High School can afford to live in the town where we grew up. I am angry that many older adults are on the brink of being pushed out of Brookline for economic reasons. I oppose Brookline's exclusionary status quo. As a Town Meeting Member, I support fundamental changes to our zoning. Growth is the only way to assure that everyone can stay in Brookline if they want to.