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Video: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce are both severe and lopsided in comparison to men. For women of color, who make up a higher percentage of essential workers, job losses are even worse. Addressing this “she-cession” will take a focused effort across sectors: government, business, advocates, and academia must all […]

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Transportation Planning with a Health Lens

Transportation Planning with a Health Lens The Blue Hills Regional Coordinating Council Assessment and Action Plan  In 2019, a group of local health and community leaders, transportation professionals, planners, and municipal employees gathered with a unique vision: to approach transportation planning in the Blue Hills region through a health lens.   The result was the […]

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Police reform bill is first step of many to address police violence

Police Reform Bill is First Step of Many to Address Police Violence Statement from Executive Director Marc Draisen Thursday, December 3, 2020 Earlier this week, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed a significant bill to address issues of police violence against persons of color. The bill includes meaningful reforms in a wide variety of areas, […]

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Six Communities Chosen for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan Program

Six Communities Chosen for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan (REMAP) Program Six Greater Boston communities will receive technical assistance to create and begin to implement racial equity action plans over the next year. The towns of Bedford, Natick, and Stoughton and cities of Framingham, Lynn, and Revere will participate in the Racial Equity Municipal Action […]

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New Analysis: How Much COVID-Related Housing Assistance Will MA Municipalities Need?

New Data | The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap How Much COVID-Related Housing Assistance Will MA Municipalities Need? Published: August 25, 2020 Where in Massachusetts will residents need housing assistance once the state’s eviction moratorium ends? Everywhere, shows a new MAPC analysis of unemployment and housing data.   454,954 people across the state are collecting unemployment benefits […]

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Local Officials: Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism

Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism Our nation’s long-simmering tensions over systemic racism and police violence have resulted in important protests and conversations this summer, making one thing clear: now is a time for action. All of our residents deserve to feel safe in their homes and on our streets, and we can take […]

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MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations

MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), today released the the following statement: “President Trump’s repeal of regulations that encourage local government to affirmatively further the goal of fair housing, accompanied by a racist tweet, represent a […]

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Race & Equity Experts Discuss “The Diversity Deficit”

Our municipal workforce is much less diverse than the region it serves. For younger employees of color, the imbalance is even more extreme. That’s what MAPC found in “The Diversity Deficit: Municipal Employees in Metro Boston.” The research analyzes the demographics of municipal employees in 164 Metro Boston cities and towns. These employees are overwhelmingly […]

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The Diversity Deficit: MAPC Releases New Research on Greater Boston Municipal Employee Diversity

The Diversity Deficit MAPC Releases New Research on Greater Boston Municipal Employee Diversity  The people who work in Greater Boston cities and towns are overwhelmingly whiter and older than the communities or region they serve, according to new research released by MAPC today.   Clerks, police officers, librarians, firefighters, teachers, municipal maintenance workers: residents interact with […]

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Racial Segregation Concentrates Residents of Color Near High-Polluting Roads, Study Shows

45% of Greater Boston’s Black residents, 47% of Asian residents, and 54% of Latino residents live in highest-polluting areas, compared to only 29% of White residents Exposure linked to increased COVID-19 and other health risks For immediate release: Monday, June 22, 2020     BOSTON – Greater Boston residents of color are more likely to live near […]

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