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BCDC at the Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity (BRJE) Convening on Racial Equity 

At BRJE’s Convening on Racial Equity on March 25th, members of BCDC’s staff and board were among 100 local government, nonprofit, business, and faith leaders who gathered together for a day of cross-sector engagement focused on addressing racial inequities in Brookline.

Kimberley Richardson speaking
Kimberley Richardson: opening comments about Brookline and her experience here

Board member Kimberley Richardson set the tone for the day with her opening comments about Brookline and her experience here. Bonnie Bastien, our senior organizer, led a panel discussion on the theme of “access” in the context of Brookline. The panelists were Aba Taylor, Brookline Community Foundation’s Executive Director, and Kelly Harrington, Senior Research Manager at Boston Indicators, the research center at The Boston Foundation. During the panel they shared some critical data points on the barriers to accessibility and equity in Brookline through the lens of the racial wealth gap and explored some possible solutions that other communities are developing and testing to shrink the racial wealth gap. Deborah Brown, BCDC’s Board President, challenged attendees and leaders in Town to take action on these ideas and to bring accountability to the work in order to see it through.

Bonnie Bastien, BCDC Tenant Organizer
Bonnie Bastien leading a panel discussion on the theme of “access” in the context of Brookline

It was a fantastic event! Thank you to Raul Fernandez, Executive Director of BRJE, for organizing the convening and inviting us to participate in the conversation, and a special thanks to the Brookline Teen Center for hosting us in their beautiful space. We look forward to collaborating on solutions to the racial inequities in Brookline!

Deborah Brown, BCDC, asking a question
Deborah Brown, BCDC, asking a question