A Dialogue about Changes in Our Communities
Building Bridges to Justice:
9am – 12pm
Third Sector New England
First Floor Community Room
89 South Street, Boston
NIAAS participants will reflect on the demographic changes to Boston’s neighborhoods and the challenges and opportunities they present for relationships among communities of color. The goal of this dialogue is to lay a foundation for trust and understanding which supports strategies for building common ground.
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In this first dialogue, NIAAS participants reflected on the demographic changes to Boston’s neighborhoods, the challenges and the opportunities these shifts present for relationships among communities of color. Participants had the chance to get to know about each other’s personal stories, how each of the participants identified and some of their roots, where they are coming from and some of their cultural rituals. The goal of this dialogue was to start laying the foundation for trust and understanding that members of NIAAS think will support strategies for building common ground. In small groups people answer some of the following questions: what is the racial/ethnic make-up of your neighborhood? Do you belong to the ethnic/racial minority or majority? How are members of your racial/ethnic group perceived in your neighborhood? How has your neighborhood changed with respect to race? What are some of the common problems in your neighborhood? Who is usually scapegoated for these problems? Do you think different racial/ethnic/cultural groups are working to solve these problems?
Some of the Boston’s neighborhoods represented in the dialogue were from, East Boston, Roxbury, West Roxbury, Allston, North Cambridge, Dudley Square, Roslindale, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Revere, etc.