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Inequality in Boston, a Discussion

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On Thursday, April 14, 2016, NLC Boston hosted our first deep policy discussion on how to address the effects of inequality across the greater Boston area. This exciting event featured a panel discussion with experts working in the areas of income, workplace, and housing equality. 

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Dr. Atyia Martin, NLC Boston 2015 alum and current Institute Co-Chair, moderated the all-star panel. She kicked off the event defining the terms resilience, equity, and equality; speaking of her own work as the City of Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer.

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A key questions tackled during the evening: What do people want in their communities? Answers included: walkable neighborhoods, cultural food, jobs, and opportunity.

Noah Berger of MassBudget noted that,  in the past decades, almost all income growth has been at the very highest income levels. “If the minimum wage grew at same pace as CEO pay since 1979, it would be $119.81 today!”

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Malia Lazu, of Epicenter Communities, talked about the need to empower working class communities with the skills to turn their hustles into start ups that can feed, clothe, and give back to their communities.

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Finally, Deborah Goddard, most recently of MassHousing, spoke of the intersection of housing and inequality.

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