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Somerville Hosts Congresswoman Pressley, D.A. Rollins, & Other Leaders to Discuss Racism & Next Steps for Change

Byron Barnett to Facilitate Panel with Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D.A. Rachael Rollins, Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Mayor Joe Curtatone, Councilor Will Mbah, School Comm. Mem. Andre Green, & SHS Black Student Union Pres. Floreisha Bastien

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, D.A. Rachael Rollins, and other regional and community leaders will take part in a Panel Discussion on Structural Racism hosted by the City of Somerville on Tuesday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. Byron Barnett of WHDH TV 7 News will facilitate the panel, which will also include Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville City Councilor At-Large Will Mbah, Ward 4 School Committee Member Andre Green, and Somerville High School Black Student Union President Floreisha Bastien. 

The one-hour discussion will focus on how structural racism impacts health, public safety, education, jobs, housing, and other aspects of our society and communities. Panelists will take on the questions of ‘Where do we go from here and how can everyone be an ally?’ The panel is part of a series of upcoming related events hosted by the City, including an interactive public forum of racism and policing, as well as a series of ongoing small group listening sessions with Mayor Curtatone.

Event Details

  • When: The Panel Discussion will be held on the Zoom teleconferencing platform on Tuesday, June 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • How to join: Visit just before the start time of the meeting to join live online or get call-in information to listen by phone. You can also call 311 the morning of the meeting for call-in information.
  • How to watch: View simultaneous live streaming on and Somerville City Cable TV (RCN 613 and 13, Comcast 22). The Panel will also be recorded for later viewing on YouTube and City Cable TV. 
  • Closed captioning will be provided. 

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