February 12, 2022
On February 9, city officials launched an application portal for city council nominations to the Commission on Black Men and Boys. Councilors Julia Mejia and Brian Worrell, in addition to Council Chairman Ed Flynn, initiated the process. According to a press release, “Council will submit fourteen names to the Mayor’s office, who will then select seven to serve on the Commission.” The app will be available at www.boston.gov/join-city-bostons-commission-black-men-and-boys. It will be open from February 9 to 23.
“We have an obligation to ensure that our Commission on Black Men and Boys represents the many lived experiences and worldviews so that it is truly a Commission for all Black men and boys,” Mejia said. “I would like to again thank Council Chairman Flynn and his office for their swift work in authorizing this process. I also want to thank Councilor Worrell and his team for playing a role in ensuring that the application process respond at the time. And of course, I want to show my appreciation and gratitude to Kerry Jordan for working on setting up our app.”
“The Commission on Black Men and Boys will play a vital role in addressing inequality in our city,” Flynn said. “I want to thank Councilor Mejia for her work in creating this commission, and Councilor Worrell for her partnership in this nomination process. I also want to thank our central staff for working with us to create the nomination, as well as Mayor Wu and his administration for their efforts in setting up the Commission”
“As the first black man to serve on the Boston City Council since my friend Tito Jackson, this commission has special meaning for me,” Worrell said. “I am grateful for the leadership of Councilman Mejia, Mayor Janey, and Mayor Wu in formalizing the tireless work of so many who have advocated for the advancement of black men in Boston. Through this open application process, we can provide those who have found their government inaccessible a chance to shape our future.”
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