Public Event

Seizing the Moment

Proposals for a Just and Equitable Recovery


April 14, 2021

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM



STM Main Full Explore the Seizing the Moment proposals series

Over the past month Boston Indicators has been releasing policy briefs through its new Seizing the Moment project. Written by a range of community leaders, briefs present concrete ideas for advancing equity and justice as we emerge from the pandemic, working to ensure that our region is more resilient when the next crisis hits.

Today we’re inviting you to a unique event on Wednesday, April 14 to hear from and engage with these authors. The event will include two rounds of small group breakouts led by two or three of the authors who wrote on similar topics (listed below). Each breakout will begin with lightning presentations of the proposals leading into discussion of implementation details and potential action steps.

Whether or not you can attend the event (and we hope you can!), please click here to check out the twelve briefs Boston Indicators has released to date. The breakout sessions will be as follows:

  • Transit and Mobility
    • Regional Rail - Jarred Johnson, TransitMatters
    • Congestion Pricing - Chris Dempsey, Transportation for Massachusetts
    • Buses with Dual Side Doors - Julia Wallerce, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
  • Economic Justice 1
    • Racial Equity in City and State Contracting - Segun Idowu, Black Economic Council of Massachusetts
    • Eliminating the Subminimum Wage for Tipped Workers - Leena Mathew, Matahari Women Workers Center 
  • Economic Justice 2
    • Rapid Reemployment - Andre Green, SkillWorks
    • Unemployment Insurance - Marie-Frances Rivera, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
  • Housing
    • Repurposing Buildings for Affordable Housing - Soni Gupta, The Boston Foundation
    • Maximizing New TOD Requirement - Jesse Kanson-Benanav, Abundant Housing Massachusetts
  • Family Supports
    • Universal Free School Meals - Jennifer Lemmerman, Project Bread
    • Universal Early Education - Titus DosRemedios, Strategies for Children
  • Seeding Change Through Philanthropy
    • Community-Informed Grantmaking - Elizabeth Pauley, The Boston Foundation
    • Guaranteed Income - Ross Wilson, The Shah Family Foundation 
  • Regional Governance
    • Regional Governance Malden and the Mystic - Amy Dain, Dain Consulting
    • Regional Public Health Coordination – Rebecca Davis, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Transportation and mobility related research connected to the COVID Community Data Lab is supported by a generous grant from the Barr Foundation.

Boston Indicators will be releasing five or six additional briefs leading up to the event on April 14, so if you’re interested in receiving those, please sign up for the Boston Indicators email list if you aren’t already on it.

For additional information, or to register by phone or email, please contact Michelle Hinkle at: