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COVID-19 End of Week Update 6/28 + Youth Summer Jobs, State Budget Action, Unemployment

Dear Friends and Neighbors: While, so far, the Commonwealth has the lowest COVID transmission rate in the country, please remain vigilant regarding how the virus spreads and intentional in your own actions to prevent it from happening. Warmly, Liz Liz Malia State Representative liz.malia@mahouse.gov 617-722-2380 To uplift the words of my MA House colleague, Dr. Jon Santiago, who represents the 9th Suffolk District in Boston and serves as an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, often working overnights on the weekends, please read his powerful opinion piece in Saturday's 6/27 Commonwealth Magazine entitled Two scourges, intertwined: The dual pandemic of COVID-19 and racism. Belo

Local Community Activist to Be Honored During 17th Annual Commonwealth Heroines Awards

BOSTON – On Wednesday, June 24, The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women in a virtual ceremony instead of at the State House, will honor this year’s Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2020, which includes Ms. Cynthia A. Johnson of Boston, nominated by Representative Liz Malia (D-11th Suffolk), for her lifelong commitment to serving and elevating her community. Ms. Johnson will be honored along with 133 other Commonwealth Heroines from around the Commonwealth and the Commission will share a slideshow provided through a link on their social media platforms. For over 37 years, Ms. Cynthia A. Johnson remains an active and involved community activist. Her heart is as large as her creative

COVID-19 End of Week Update 6/21 + Step 2 of Phase II of Reopening, Court Decisions, Juneteenth, Pol

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Consistent with public health data and trends, Step Two of Phase II of Reopening Massachusetts is set to begin on Monday 6/22. For more details, read the Phase II Executive Order here. In case you missed it on Friday 6/19, watch Boston Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkataraman interview Dr. Ibram X. Kendi about how to build an antiracist movement — and about his appointment to lead a new antiracism research center at Boston University, scheduled to open July 1. Happy Father's Day, Liz Liz Malia, 11th Suffolk State Representative 617-722-2380 liz.malia@mahouse.gov Federal Updates 6/18 - The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration unl

COVID-19 End of Week Update 6/14 + Police Licenses, Use of Force, Testing & Tracing, Inclusive P

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week, we witnessed more powerful protests, heartbreaking violence, and the beginning of a true reckoning. After almost 1.5 years of working with my colleagues in the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, the Governor announced he'll be filing legislation in the coming weeks to create a long-overdue police certification/license system, like many states already have, to bring forces in line with other trained professions where workers must be in good standing with an active license or certificate to operate in their official capacity. ​ On Thursday, I cosponsored my colleague Rep. Liz Miranda's bill that seeks to overturn many of the injustices baked into our cu

COVID-19 End of Week Update + 10 Point Plan & Reopening Phase 2, Part 1 6/7/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Our hearts are broken by the murders of our brothers and sisters who should be alive today. I will continue to listen and live what I believe. And I do - every day - in my work to fight for state funding for vital community and youth violence prevention programs that support groups like Project R.I.G.H.T. (Rebuild and Improve Grove Hall Together) who work on the ground through dedicated and trained staff to wrap around, protect, uplift, and empower the lives our young people in Grove Hall and other nearby neighborhoods in Boston. This year, the fight will be that much harder given the economic state of our city, commonwealth and country. We're now hearing estimate

COVID-19 End of Week Update + Protests 5/31/20

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Once again, Bostonians are in the streets demanding an end to racism and police brutality. George Floyd's murder probably feels personal to you; if you see your own brother, cousin, uncle or father in Floyd's final pleas, I am sorry for the additional trauma during an already extremely difficult time. Many of us are weeping with you, and those who can are in the streets in at least 75 cities to say that enough is enough. The world is rarely ready for a movement to blossom. I hope that this one succeeds in bending our nation's arc, and that the combined cry of voices raised for equity and justice continues to center the experiences, wisdom and needs of Black, Latin

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