July 21, 2020: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Dear Friends,  I want to write to you today about a policy initiative I’m excited about: over the past few months, I’ve been working closely with Councilor Lydia Edwards and the BPDA, as well as researchers at MIT, to determine the best ways to incorporate the principle of “affirmatively furthering fair housing” into Boston’s zoning code.Continue reading “July 21, 2020: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”

July 14, 2020: Public Health Hearing & Virtual Office Hours!

Dear Friends, Last week, the Committee on Public Health hosted a hearing regarding the reopening of colleges and universities amid the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of the hearing order I filed with Councilors Breadon and Janey. If you’d like to watch the hearing, which was attended by the Mayor’s administration, local union leaders, andContinue reading “July 14, 2020: Public Health Hearing & Virtual Office Hours!”

July 7, 2020: Press Releases on Ways and Means Hearing Orders

Councilors Bok, Mejia, Arroyo, and Breadon file hearing orders to discuss more inclusive and imaginative approaches to city budgeting Exactly six months into their first term on the Boston City Council, new Councilors Kenzie Bok, Julia Mejia, Ricardo Arroyo, and Liz Breadon filed two hearing orders this week to explore more inclusive and imaginative approachesContinue reading “July 7, 2020: Press Releases on Ways and Means Hearing Orders”

June 25, 2020: The Budget and The Work Ahead

Dear Friends, Yesterday the City Council voted to pass the City’s revised FY21 budget. As you know, I’m serving as the Council’s Ways & Means Chair; I wanted to write about that decision and what comes next.  This year’s budget process has come in the cauldron of COVID-19, collective fury about police brutality, and theContinue reading “June 25, 2020: The Budget and The Work Ahead”

Councilor Bok’s District 8 Newsletter: June 8, 2020

A Note from Kenzie Dear friends,  Firstly, thank you for your continued civic and community engagement. I’m grateful, as always, for our community in District 8 and beyond. A longer newsletter update will be sent out next week, but here are some timely and important items: On Friday, we announced an additional meeting of the WaysContinue reading “Councilor Bok’s District 8 Newsletter: June 8, 2020”

Justice for George Floyd, and for all

Dear Friends,  The Boston Common is in my district, and I was at the protest Sunday night in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. I saw firsthand our inspiring young people of color leading a powerful peaceful demonstration, calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism. I’m so gratefulContinue reading “Justice for George Floyd, and for all”

Food Deliveries and Budget Season Continue!

Dear friends,  I hope you all had a restful and reflective Memorial Day weekend, and to our Muslim neighbors and friends, I hope you had a blessed Eid.  Last week, we distributed an additional 580 boxes of food to the West End and Beacon Hill, where we have many low-income and senior buildings with residents inContinue reading “Food Deliveries and Budget Season Continue!”

Mission Park Produce Delivery: Success!

Dear friends,  Last week, we were able to deliver an additional 1,100 boxes of fresh produce from Katsiroubas Brothers and Fresh Truck to District 8 residents! This time, our incredible volunteers helped us deliver produce boxes to residents of Mission Park, one of the most vibrant and diverse communities of elders and families in DistrictContinue reading “Mission Park Produce Delivery: Success!”

Fenway Food Delivery: Success! Next Up: Mission Park!

Dear friends, We are so fortunate to have such a supportive community of people and partners who want to help District 8 residents. I am so grateful to everyone who helped us get 470 boxes of produce from Katsiroubas Bros and Fresh Truck, funded by the Boston Resiliency Fund, to Fenway families in need onContinue reading “Fenway Food Delivery: Success! Next Up: Mission Park!”