Transforming Boston: A Black and Brown Justice Agenda for the New Mayor


Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 5:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

What will Boston's historic mayoral election mean for Boston's Black and Brown communities? While the election of the first woman mayor is a watershed moment for Boston, will the next mayor deliver the equity and justice that Black and Brown communities have waited decades for?

Join the Ash Center, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston for the second of two sessions focusing on the urgent issues - from education and housing to economic development and communal violence - that the next mayor of Boston must address to rectify structural inequities and support Black and Brown communities. This event will take place a week after the mayor is elected. We'll hear from grassroots advocates working every day for meaningful social change on the ground about what an agenda for justice and equity in Black and Brown communities should look like.

This session will feature:

  • Toiell Washington, Black Boston 2020
  • George (Chip) Greenidge, Greatest Minds, Ash Center Visiting Democracy Fellow
  • Kaidi Grant, Black Market Nubian


  • Yanilda González, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • David Corbie, MPA student, Harvard Kennedy School 

Virtual Event Recording


About the What Justice Looks Like Event Series 

Protests in cities across the U.S against racialized police violence, along with mass protest movements from Chile to Colombia to Haiti against long-running structural inequality and exclusion, have demonstrated that policymakers and political leaders routinely remain disconnected from, or actively ignore and silence, the experiences of communities directly harmed by their policies. 

“What Justice Looks Like” takes a perspective of “public policy from below” by centering the voices of those on the ground level of struggles for justice, but traditionally excluded from the halls of power.  This discussion series centers the voices and experiences of activists and communities directly affected by state violence and mass incarceration in trauma-informed conversations about (in)justice, power, resistance, and pathways to racial justice, equity and meaningful change. 

Convened by Assistant Professor Yanilda González. Sponsored by Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Wiener Center for Social Policy.