January 30, 2024 – Community Conversation
How much affordable housing do we need?
From the Community Conversation
- Video: Segregated by Design which was shown at the beginning of the event. It examines “the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.”
- PDF: the Affordable Homes Act Fact Sheet.
- For mythbusting and other “pro-housing” messaging:
MBTA Zoning & Complete Neighborhoods – Massachusetts Housing Partnership (mhp.net)
This site has webinars and a video which are focused on MBTA Communities but applicable generally.
- The Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s website also has links to tools for housing advocates:
DataTown: mhpcenterforhousingdata.shinyapps.io/DataTown/ Residentsity: Residensity – Massachusetts Housing Partnership (mhp.net) TODEX: mhpcenterforhousingdata.shinyapps.io/todex/
- Presentation: Exclusionary by Design by Amy Dain
“Exclusionary by Design: An Investigation of Zoning’s Use as a Tool of Race, Class, and Family Exclusion in Boston’s Suburbs, 1920s to Today”, released as part of Boston Indicators’ Racial Wealth Equity Resource Center.
- Report: A Long Road Home: A Racial Equity Analysis of Homeownership Support Programs in Massachusetts leads with a history of our region’s racial homeownership gap and provides a thorough landscape scan of affordable homeownership programs in Massachusetts, diving more deeply into six key state programs and policies. The paper ends with recommendations for strengthening the existing system, derived from a series of focus groups and stakeholder interviews.
- Newsletter: Regional Housing Services Office, September 2023
- Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
- City of Boston Housing Innovation Lab
- Lexington Affordable Housing Trust
Provides for the preservation and creation of affordable housing in the Town of Lexington for the benefit of low and moderate income households and for the funding of community housing.
- Lexington Housing Assistance Board (LexHab)
Expand the Town’s inventory of affordable housing for rental to families of low and moderate-income, and with preference when possible to those who work and live in Lexington.
- Lexington Housing Authority (LHA)
- Housing Partnership Board
Promotes and supports affordable housing activities, and recommends appropriate actions.
- Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC)
- Regional Service Housing Office
October 24, 2023 – Community Conversation
Why can’t we talk to each other?
Watch the LexMedia video on YouTube
- Academic Conversations: Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings
- Getting to Yes
- The Mediation Process: Practical Strategies for Resolving Conflict
- Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
Web resources from Essential Partners
- Essential Partners main site
- Essential Partners resources
- Sign up for a 5 week series of emails that helps guide people through the dos and don’ts of having difficult dialogues.
- The four important skills to having constructive conversations
- A guide about talking across the generations
- Eleven tips for making hard conversations work
What has happened in your life that’s really important to you?
April 13, 2023 Community Conversation
How do we think about local news?
- Local news startups are overcoming the evils of corporate chain ownership by Dan Kennedy
- The National Trust for Local News
- The Emancipator at the Boston Globe
- Building Back Truth in an Age of Misinformation by Leslie F. Stebbins
What Works in Community News: Media Startups, News Deserts, and the Future of the Fourth Estate by Dan Kennedy and Ellen Clegg will contain a chapter about The Bedford Citizen. It is scheduled to be published by Beacon Press in early 2024.
March 7, 2023 Community Conversation
How do we foster greater civic engagement in Lexington?
- Anything But Steady (Ofrit Liviatan)
- Novel based on intellectual and scholarly work that teaches about the conflict in Ireland, its past, present and its evolving future
- Building a Beacon of Hope in Boston (Jerren Chang and Henry Santana)
- Op-ed co-authored with the Boston Mayor’s Office about plans to promote civic engagement in the city in 2023.
- Citizens’ assemblies: are they the future of democracy? (The Guardian)
- Flipping tables and killing darlings (Courtney Martin)
- The author invites us to let go of good/bad binaries, “acknowledge our power and our struggle wherever we sit on the hierarchies”, and align “our hope for humanity with the ways we try to grow and change every single day.”
- Our Common Purpose – Reforms to Reinvent Democracy for the 21st Century
- The Relational Work of Systems Change (Katherine Milligan, Juanita Zerda & John Kania)
- The authors reinforce that systems are made up of people, and lasting change must stem from changes in how we relate to one another.
- Rethinking Civic Engagement (Brennan Center for Justice)
- What Is Civic Engagement? Definition and Examples (ThoughtCo)
- What Makes Someone a Good Member of Society? (Pew Research)
February 9, 2023 Community Conversation
Race and Schools, and Social Justice
Books on Race and Schools
Race at the Top: Asian Americans and Whites in Pursuit of the American Dream in Suburban Schools by Natasha Warikoo, PhD
Is Affirmative Action Fair? The Myth of Equity in College Admissions by Natasha Warikoo, PhD
Don’t Blame Us by Lily Geismer
Despite the Best Intentions by Amanda Lewis & John Diamond
White Kids by Margaret Hagerman
Lexington Public Schools (LPS) Reports
LPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources
Lexington, MA, DEI Resources
- Toward an Equitable and Just Community
- Toward an Equitable and Just Community for All (video)
- Lexington Human Rights Committee
- Lexington Commission on Disability
- Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project