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Boston's Economic Development Cabinet Position was filled by John Barros

February 10, 2014 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of John Barros as Chief of his Economic Development Cabinet.

In his role, Barros is charged with fostering economic development in all of Boston's neighborhoods through marketing Boston on a national and international scale; ensuring access to employment, pathways to careers, and strong job growth; streamlining licensing and permitting processes; and supporting small businesses, particularly women- and minority-owned businesses.

Barros now commands control of the aggressive Boston Redevelopment Authority. In college, he studied Economics and African/African-Studies and recently was at the helm of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and has served as a member of the Boston Public Schools Committee. Mr. Barros helped underwrite initial public offerings for dot-com startups when he worked for the Chubb companies. Barros was an opponent of the mayor in the 2013 race for Boston mayor and had received the endorsement of the Boston Globe newspaper.

The City of Boston corporate structure now consist of 12 cabinets which are: Arts & Culture; Chief of Staff; Economic Development; Education; Environment, Energy & Open Space; Finance & Budget; Health & Human Services; Housing & Neighborhood Development; Information & Technology; Operations & Administration; Public Safety; and Streets, Transportation & Sanitation. The leadership team will also include, ex officio, the Corporation Counsel, Chief of Policy, and Chief Communications Officer.

John's Economic Development cabinet position is a new position described by Mayor Walsh as the first step in a broad effort to streamline and support the areas of focus that contribute to Bostonís economy, including tourism, jobs and employment, businesses development, and real estate development. The new mayor emphasizes the need for increased transparency and accessibility for all Bostonians Ė especially women- and minority-owned businesses, and local businesses Ė to share in and benefit from the economic boom in Boston.


Download our open data brief filed September 20, 2013 about the weak black vote during Boston's mayoral race.

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Rep. Henriquez, a staunch supporter of minority business involvement in commercial and government funded real estate, is being asked to resign by democrat leaders Gov Patrick, Mayor Walsh, and House Leader Deleo due to recent developments in his personal life.

On Feb 6th, 2014, the Massachusetts House voted 146-5 to expel after Henriquez took the floor to declare his innocence while his assault case was being appealed.

This New England Area Conference NAACP Letter to the Massachusetts House of Representatives requested them to stand down from expeling Rep. Henriquez. Expulsion could remove his title?

A SPECIAL ELECTION TO REPLACE the fired Representative will be held shortly and Henriquez may want to run for his seat again at that time.

The Fifth Suffolk Dorchester District he represents/represented looks like this: Boston: Ward 7: Precinct 10, Ward 8: Precincts 5, 6, 7, Ward 12: Precinct 6, Ward 13: Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, Ward 14: Precinct 1, Ward 15: Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, Ward 17: Precincts 1, 2.

Rep Henriquez had worked on the Massachusetts Legislature Joint Committee on Education, Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Joint Committee on Ways and Means, House Committee on Ways and Means, until January 15, 2014.



Black Boston has a new mayor for 2014 and beyond.

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(Jan 2, 2014) - Its not so difficult to see how this came to be after all. WALSH won the popular vote in the 2013 Boston mayor's race and he received the support of every person of color in the final election who ran against him as a Democratic in the preliminary election.

Take a look at everyone in the photo above. Mayor Walsh is the fellow 2nd from the right and his opponents are there with him. They joined his transition team and some may work in his new administration. Boston, its going to work out. It just has too.

Happy New Year Charlotte Golar Richie. Best also to Mr. Barros and Mr. Arroyo. May the force be with you all. We root for Mr. Walsh and his new admnistration's potential for success. Bostonians are going to need it. You all left a lot of engaged citizens waiting in anticipation for the fresh start - the new ONE BOSTON, if it can ever be JUST 1.

They will be peering through microscopic glasses at you, watching what you do. Transparency was part of your promise, now allow it to become part of your everyday plans. We know its incredibly hard to administer a democracy. But, there will be expectations that you'll do better for the 99% than the last guy did!

Mayor-elect Walsh won the Black Boston precincts

November 6th - Voters in the Grove Hall neighborhood chose Marty Walsh over John Connolly even though black community leaders representing the Grove Hall Development Corporation, the Nation of Islam and black-owned Touch106FM radio, the fabric of the black community, had invested their public support and credentials behind the other candidate. developing

Minority Business Policy

( During Race for Mayor ) Martin Walsh and John Connolly swear they'll do more for minority businesses than has ever been done if elected Mayor of Boston. The "Urgent Need for Massachusetts:Growing minority-owned businesses" disparity study by Boston Consulting Group and Blue Cross Blue Shield took a stab at the issue ten years ago. Time will tell if a new Boston mayor will positively impact businesses owned by people of color.


Black endorsements for Boston Mayor

(Nov 1, 2013 Boston) - John Connolly endorsed by Charles Clemmons, an African American former Boston mayoral candidate and current radio station co-owner of Touch 106.1FM branded the fabric of the Black Community with an estimated 190,000 listeners in Black Boston.

the original Franklin Park gateway( October 2013 ) - Black Boston political leaders, Black ministers and a tiny number of well-known black business leaders have spread their mayoral endorsements carefully across the Boston mayor's race spectrum. Bay State Banner Newspaper royalty - Boston's premiere African American community newspaper, has endorsed John Connolly for Mayor as did prominent black business leader Clayton Turnbull. An endorsement for John Connolly flowed from a congregation of well-known black ministers including the Rev. Bruce Wall of Global Ministries.

Martin Walsh got the most endorsements from Boston political leaders of color. Endorsing were the first elected Latino Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Black Legislative Caucus leaders Rep. Carlos Henriquez and Rep. Gloria Fox; Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo, DSNI Executive and former candidate JOhn Barros of Cape Verde, and countless others in the progressive community. Former mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie (CGR) who place third behind Walsh and Connolly endorsed Martin Walsh too.

( 2013) - Only 13% of registered voters in Boston's 65 majority-black voter districts voted in the recent mayoral preliminary. This low voter turnout caused candidates of color to lose their best chance in 30 years to become Mayor of Boston. Of Boston's 600,000 residents, more than 50% are people of color and the governor of Massachusetts is African-American.


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Dorchester Reporter newspaper writer Gintautas Dumcius writes new book on 2013 Boston race for the mayor's office.

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(after the election SCRUM on Mayor's Preliminary Race 2013 ) Reducing Political Failure to Clarity
Appearing in this video story are WGBH News senior reporter Phillip Martin, Ken Cooper, the editor of UMass Boston's Trotter Review, and Dr. Peniel Joseph, the Tuft University professor of African-American studies.


ONE REASON - "Boston, in terms of the way local, municipal politics have played out historically, they're in a different position now," Joseph said of the candidates of color. "It's a majority-minority city, but there's no power broker or community organization that could winnow these candidates out before they ran."

September 24th, Charlotte Golar Richie lands in 3rd place. First and second place winners Marty Walsh and John Connally advance to Nov final mayoral election.

In this audio file, Richie discusses poll results before the election and her thoughts about candidate John Barros receiving the Boston Globe newspaper endorsement.

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*ENDORSED BY THE BOSTON GLOBECongrats to John Barros and his family's newest baby! Mr. Barros has offered compelling reasons to elect him mayor of Boston. He's a grad of Dartmouth College and a candidate for a Masters in Public Policy from Tufts University and has been the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Inc. Executive Director where over 200 permanent affordable homes were added to the city's housing stock.



Charlotte Golar Richie has opened six new offices in Boston Mayoral districts for campaign outreach and communications.



The Freedom House explains why it did not permit the Candidates of Color forum for Boston mayor to be held on its property.

Press the play button to hear Freedom House CEO Katrina Shaw on Touch 106.1 FM radio.

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Race for Mayor Observations

Access the election department for voter statistics, voting procedures and forms.

Besides improving the cityís image, electing a mayor of color would represent an important step toward healing the lingering wounds of the busing crisis. Power dynamics would change, too. City employees, already from all races and ethnicities, would work under a chief executive of color for the first time, which in turn could embolden more people of color to run for office, building a pipeline" ... wrote Ken Cooper in the article "Why Boston Needs a Mayor of Color," (Boston Globe, August 18th).




BREAKING!
Jamarhl Crawford enters race for Roxbury District Seven. Its Crawford vs Tito Jackson time! Boston City Council District Seven covers Roxbury and Black Boston. Crawford launched his write-in campaign effort after depositing funds with the state office of political finance and campaigns. He's an activist, author and publisher of the BlackStonian web site.



Linda Dorcena Forry photoHere is the new state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. She won! Her First Suffolk Senate district covers South Boston. It had historically been the seat that propeled Irish-American men from South Boston to powerful leadership positions in the Massachusetts General Court.

Congratulate Linda Dorcena Forry, the first Haitian-American to serve in the Massachusetts state Senate and the first woman to represent the district.


Follow this link to connect with the eleven members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.



Jose Maria Pereira Neves, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cape Verde was in town March 31st and received a commendation from Boston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey at the Dorchester House. Elected President of the ďPartido Africano da IndependÍncia de Cabo Verde (PAICV), Neves was cited for his leadership and for steering his country through the financial crisis.


We participated in the first African American Computer Culture Symposium in 1994. It was promptly branded an interactive Niagra Movement when the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and American Visions magazine convened black people from across America to plan for their cyber-connected future.


A hearing about City of Boston minority staff hiring and its vendor contract practices was convened by Councilor Yancey. It is his position that Boston simply isn't hiring enough black people and minorities in key positions to run the government. Minority-owned business contract vendors feel that improvements can be made in their sector. Meanwhile, the Mass Convention Authority seeks proposals to build new hotels on Boston Harbor.


Mayor Menino approved over $100 million to build new structures in Black BostonROXBURY DISTRICT COUNCILLOR Tito Jackson, appeared with Outreach Director for the Warren Campaign, Steve Tomkins on CityLine5's post-election special public affairs tv show, along with Latino organizer Oiste to discuss local grassroots campaign efforts and their impact on pushing Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren and President Barack Obama into elected office.

He cited the work that was being done block by block long before the election was held and praised Elizabeth Warren for being focused on issues such as foreclosure, hiring local campaign workers and making numerous appearances in Black Boston. Catch another side of the story in a live stream from Basic Black on GBH2.

Nationally, the NAACP stated it registered 432,000 voters and moved 1.2 million to the polls for the 2012 Presidential Election said Ben Jealous, President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His organization purchased a database of voters in all 50 states and went to work on it. In The Root article titled "Ben Jealous, Elections's Unsung Hero." Now, the four things the NAACP wants from OBAMA are: job creation, mass incarceration, child education and health care protections.


On November 2, 2012 the majority of Boston City Councillors approved a new redistricting map required by Census results that will remove people of color from some voting districts and place them in others.

Black councillors Tito Jackson and Ayanna Pressley along with Latino councillor Felix Arroyo were part of the 11-2 decisive vote. Councilor Charles Yancey, who has held elected office longer than any of his African-American colleagues, voted no and said "The new map fails to create a fifth District of Color in the City of Boston."
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Watch Boston City councillor Charles Yancey, analyst Kevin Peterson and supporters make points about creating five voting districts of color. 10/24

(Video) from Chris Lovett, NNN News



June 16, 2012 - The Supreme Judicial Court has sided with Chuck Turner when it ruled that the Boston City Council removed Councilor Turner from office illegally.

The new SJC decision could entitle Turner to back pay. "Itís a moral and legal victory," said Turnerís lawyer, Chester A. Darling, who added, "Whenever a government abuses its authority, someone should push back." When the council convened to vote, Councilor Charles Yancey was the only one who went against the council's wishes when it moved to remove Turner from office by an 11-1 vote. Turner left City Hall the next day. The full story is available in the Boston Globe Newspaper.



Byron Rushing is a ranking leader for the 187th General Court of the Commonwealth of MassachusettsOnly one legislator of color holds a leadership position in the Massachusetts Congress. His name is Byron Rushing (in the photo). He has been appointed Assistant Majority Leader by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. More info is available on the Massachusetts Legislature leadership page. He is a presistent community leader and black history expert.



Black Boston politics on TVBasic Black on channel WGBH 2 is a Boston gem.

The television show is broadcast on air while viewers can interact with show panelist online. The Basic Black series covers issues affecting the black community.

View Basic Black episodes online. All previous shows can be viewed in their entirety. Programs air Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on PBS 2 and affiliated networks. Featured panelists are: Latoyia Edwards, NECN anchor; Phillip Martin, 89.7 WGBH Senior Investigative Reporter; the host is Callie Crossley and Kim McLaurin, author and adjunct professor at Emerson College appears on the show with special guests.



REMEMBERING NOV 3, 2009 night of - the nerve of Boston's intellectual elite was captured that year, when editorial page authors of neighborhood-focused newspapers advised readers to VOTE for two African Americans, and one Latino candidate for three of four possible Boston City Council at-large open seats. Elections are over, and the winners have emerged. An African-American woman won an at-large seat on the Boston City Council for the first time ever. Close by in Newton, Massachusetts an African American male was elected Mayor - the first popular-elected black mayor in Massachusetts history!

not just another american flag
Courtesy of the National Museum of American History

Smithsonian photographers created this composite image of the Star-Spangled Banner in 2004 from 73 separate photographs. The flag's large size (30-by-34 feet) prevented photographers from capturing it in one image while conservators worked on it in the specially-built conservation lab.


Boston's First black city council presidentBruce Bolling, (April 29, 1945 Ė September 11, 2012) was a politician and businessman in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as the first black president of the Boston City Council in the mid-1980s.

Bolling served as a racial healer in the aftermath of Bostonís busing crisis in the 1970s. He was instrumental in urging for calm during the Charles Stuart case in which a white man sought to blame the murder of his wife and son on a fictional black man in Roxbury. The case caused a national racial uproar and led to police and community tensions that remain until today. As a city councilor, Bolling opposed efforts by some radicals in the black community to create a separate city called Mandela which would have led to so-called minority neighborhoods succeeding from Boston based upon perceived racial bias.- source:Boston Banner newspaper
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first black female sheriff Massachusetts BostonAndrea J. Cabral, J.D. is the current Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and was named to the post by Governor Deval Patrick the 12th of December, 2012. She took the post in 2013 after resigning her rein as the first black female Sheriff in Massachusetts over the Suffolk County jurisdiction. She was appointed to the sheriff's position in 2002 by former Governor Jane Swift, elected to a full term in 2004 and re-elected in 2010.

In 2010, Sheriff Cabral was appointed to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by United States Attorney General Eric Holder. The SAB is comprised of 18 experts - scholars and practitioners in criminology, statistics, sociology, criminal justice and juvenile justice - and was created by the DOJ's Office of Justice Programs to help bridge the divide between research and practice in the criminal justice fields. Sheriff Cabral is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.


keep digging. a democracy is a hard thing to administerWatched Ted Kennedy's last motorcade pass by ... The first company this webmaster worked for was his own at 83 Commercial Street in the North End. There were union workers there, lining streets to pay their respects to the Honorable Senator Edward Kennedy. On August 27th at 4:15 p.m., his funeral motorcade came down Atlantic Ave near The Big Dig. It rode past the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway where Ted Kennedy's personal investment initiated the building downtown greenway parks.


Black Boston Politics is right hereIn 1974, Bill Owens became the first African-American elected to the Massachusetts state Senate. Dianne Wilkerson was the first African American woman elected to the Massachusetts Senate. Running on the Democratic party ticket, she took office in 1993 and lost the 2008 Primary election by a bit over 200 votes to challenger Sonia Chang-Diaz.

The Honorable Edward Brooke, was the first African American to be elected by popular vote to the United States Senate when he was elected as a Republican from Massachusetts in 1966. In 1866, the first African-American legislators in New England were elected.

Ralph Martin was the first African-American elected (1992 to 2002) Suffolk County (Boston) district attorney while Andrea J. Cabral was elected in 2004 when she became the first Black female Sheriff of Suffolk County.

There are three African American Boston City Councilors currently in office. Charles Yancey represents Mattapan (zip code 02126) and parts of Dorchester (zip codes 02120-02125), Ayanna Pressley is a city-wide councilor at-large and Tito Jackson represents Roxbury (zip code 02119).

Updates about the first Massachusetts African American politicians in Massachusetts are available.

We recommend The Boston Banner newspaper archives where the oldest black media source stores news and information going way back. The Massachusetts Black Legislative Caucus is another source of information.


A HISTORY SHORT ABOUT BOSTON BLACK POLITICS: Ward 9 was home to Laurence Banks, Bostonís first black city councilor. Shag Taylor's drugstore on Tremont Street was the headquarters of Democratic politics in the black community going back to the days of Mayor James Michael Curley, noted the Banner archives.


NAACP Niagara Movement (1905-1909)

The NAACP celebrated 100 years in Boston in 2007 and we want you to have a souvenir keepsake you can download here.

It has rare photos and NAACP movement history.

The Niagara Movement 1905-1909, established the modern civil rights movement and led to the founding of the NAACP. The third of its five meetings and the largest was held in Boston in Faneuil Hall in 1907. The movementís membership, led by W.E.B. Du Bois, was made up of some the most accomplished African American businessmen, teachers and clergy of the day. It was intended to counteract the inequity and the social and political ills impacting African Americans at the time. The late 1800s saw the demise of the Reconstruction Period. In 1896 the Supreme Court Decision of Plessy vs. Ferguson created government approved segregation.

Boston NAACP phone number (617)427-9494.

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Only 93,633 of the more than 300,000 eligible Boston voters cast ballots in recent Democrat US Senate race.

Blackstonian.com, MAMLEO and TouchFM.org collectively ask Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to focus harder on crime in Roxbury and to resign from the job. DAVIS RESIGNED.

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