Company One Theatre is producing
can i touch it? to AMPLIFY:
community-centered development and affordable housing as paths to address gentrification in Boston’s historically BIPOC neighborhoods, including Uphams, Nubian Square, and Roxbury.
the organizations and activists whose work sustains the wellbeing, culture, and small economies of these same neighborhoods.
the CROWN Act, which bans race-based hairstyle discrimination in the workplace and in schools, as part of the ongoing fight against policing of Black women’s bodies and behavior.
the unapologetic, politically-comedic voice of Boston-raised, Cape Verdean-American playwright Francisca Da Silveira, whose work is being supported by the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program.
[local narratives] + [local artists] + [city-owned cultural spaces] = vital, neighborhood-based public art for all.
RESOURCES & ACTION STEPS
Take action to support equitable and fair housing in MA!
- Utilize this 6-step guide from Housing Forward MA to learn how you can be an equitable housing advocate.
- If you or your neighbors are in an housing emergency, learn more about your rights and get support from City Life/Vida Urbana, including their bilingual (Spanish & English) housing rights hotline.
- Add your name to the Dorchester Community Care Network’s growing list of neighbors who are available to donate resources to residents in need.
- Write to the City and BPDA using template provided by Dorchester Not for Sale, to call for a six month slow down of the Dorchester Bay City development process to get real community feedback, as well as more commitments around affordability, good jobs, and community benefits.
- Listen to DSNI Deconstructs by Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a podcast series that engages local advocates and listeners to question, analyze and think towards the futurity of our community and city together.
- Not in Boston? Housing and Community Development MA has an online index of housing resources by city/town from shelter assistance to legal help.
- Join a tour of Boston Neighborhood Community Land Trust on Saturday, Aug 6th at 11am! Visit community-controlled land and housing, hear about Boston CLT’s organizing to activate the neighborhood, and learn about an energy retrofit project and CLT buildings.
Support hair justice!
- Hair discrimination is an undue burden that polices Black identity and upholds white supremacy. Learn more about the CROWN Act movement and end hair discrimination nationwide.
- Gain a deeper insight into the issue via the “Good Hair” Study by Perception Institute, the first surveyed study to examine implicit and explicit attitudes related to black women’s hair.
- Use this reading list compiled by Social Justice Books Project to discover hair justice readings for all age groups.
- Visit Rephairations, a hair product and salon community space in Arlington, MA providing a Black-centered, welcoming environment in which anyone and everyone can shop, discuss, laugh, and appreciate textured hair and all the ways we choose to style it.
Get resources for your local business!
- If you’re an aspiring business owner, use the tools at www.boston.gov/starting-business to to help start, manage, and grow your business in Boston.
- Black professionals and students, Black-owned businesses, and ally organizations can join as a member of Black Economic Council of MA (BECMA) to help advocate for the support and sustainment of Black businesses and residents in Massachusetts.
- The Center for Women & Enterprise offers comprehensive training, resources, counseling and connections to assist women in starting and growing small businesses.
Spend your dollars at a BIPOC and/or Women-owned business! Use these links to shop online or in person:
- Search or add your business to the Black Owned Bos. directory, a listing of 1,600+ Black Owned Businesses in MA with a focus on the Greater Boston Area
- Visit the The Seaport x Black Owned Bos. outdoor market through October to purchase from local Black-owned businesses from throughout Boston
- Follow @blackmarketnubian for info about upcoming Black Market weekend popup events.
- Search the Buy for a Black Woman directory by category/industry to locate WOC-owned business to support across the country
- Shop for skincare, homegoods and more via the online Black-owned Market.