Term One Achievements
At a time of national uncertainty, we must become stronger locally. There is no better way to strengthen our communities than to talk to and learn from each other. In my first term, I got creative about how to initiate those conversations.
Cambridge Digs DEEP: Community-Wide Conversations on Race, Equity, Power & Privilege
On November 28, over 150 attendees gathered at the Fletcher Maynard Academy for the first event of Cambridge Digs DEEP, a series of community conversations on race, equity, power, and privilege. In the months since, many of you have joined the community forums and workshops addressing implicit bias, micro- and macro-aggressions, and the diversity of the Cambridge experience. I look forward to continuing the essential work of looking critically at our community and ourselves, while engaging across difference to learn and grow together. More information on the series can be found here.
Government Alliance on Race & Equity
The Cambridge City Administration recently became a member of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE), a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. GARE emphasizes institutional transformation, and supports the development of new policies and programs to close the racial opportunity gap.
Through the Arts - UNVEILED: A One-Woman Play
In 2018, I sponsored Chicago-based actor, artist, playwright and activist Rohina Malik’s performance at CRLS’ Fitzgerald Theatre this fall. She gave not one, but two performances of her moving one-woman play, “Unveiled,” first performing for the students at CRLS and later that evening for an audience of over 400 community members. Her talk-back engaged the audience in a conversation of how activism can take the stage through storytelling.
Cambridge Community Iftar
Over the last 2 years, the Community Iftar has become a beautiful Cambridge tradition. Every year, City Hall hosts the Cambridge Muslim community at sunset to break the fast, and invites people from all faiths to learn about Ramadan. I’ve been honored to organize the event in 2018 and 2019 and invite community leaders from the Muslim community I am deeply proud to be a part of and represent.
Coffee & Pizza Office Hours
I have had regular “office hours” each month at local businesses around the city. In addition, I have had office hours at the Fresh Pond Apartments, where I grew up.
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