Walsh Targets Inequality, But What Can A Mayor Actually Do? 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/14/2014 Categories: ABCD Low income & poor families Mayor Marty Walsh Poverty

By  90.9 WBUR February 14, 2014

The corner of Washington and Avery streets, just a couple of blocks from Boston Common, was a foreboding place not so long ago: a seedy extension of the old Combat Zone.

Not anymore.

The new 15-story Millennium Place offers up luxury condominiums, a private screening room for residents and a customized social calendar called La Vie. Across the street, upscale furniture store Roche Bubois sells an $11,000 couch with a built-in iPad jack.

But just around the corner: a reminder that Boston’s surging affluence is not shared by all.

The city’s largest anti-poverty agency, Action for Boston Community Development, is a big, concrete box.

Hundreds of clients walk through its spare lobby every day. On the fourth floor, Tonya Wilkerson, an unemployed phlebotomist from Dorchester, applies for home heating assistance and bemoans a long stretch of joblessness.

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Mayor Walsh appoints John Barros as Economic Development Chief  

Posted by ABCD Public Information 2/12/2014 Categories: ABCD Mayor Marty Walsh

Boston Business Times, February 12, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of John Barros as Chief of his Economic Development Cabinet. The appointment is a significant step towards revitalizing the way Boston approaches economic development.
"John shares my belief that we have to do more than better organize our efforts — we have to ensure those efforts lead to more opportunities for all of Boston's residents and business owners," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's economy is in a good position, but we can do better. With John, our job creators, and our communities all working together, we will create more economic opportunities throughout our city and take Boston to the next level."

‘Service’ events to mark big Walsh weekend 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/2/2014 Categories: ABCD Mayor Marty Walsh

By Gintautas Dumcius, Dorchester Reporter, Jan. 2, 2014

Walsh announced the public service events at a press conference inside his inaugural committee’s offices, located at the Bayside Office Center in Dorchester. He was joined by John Drew, president of ABCD, and Suzanne Battit, vice president of external affairs and advancement at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Drew said his organization attempts to help 90,000 people a year. Battit said one in 9 Massachusetts residents are often at risk of going hungry.

Walsh said as a state representative from Dorchester, he was a “frequent caller” to both of their offices, looking to aid constituents.

The inaugural committee is also holding a youth summit on Saturday, Jan. 4, aimed at sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders. The summit, which will be held at Roxbury Crossing and start at 3 p.m., will be moderated by New England Cable News’s Latoyia Edwards and City Year’s Charlie Rose.

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Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh Finalizes Inaugural Community Service Initiatives Program 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/31/2013 Categories: ABCD Mayor Marty Walsh


 Bostlnno Staff Writer Streetwise Media 12-31-13

From his transition office in Dorchester Monday, Walsh stated that he and volunteers from his transition team would hit Boston's streets to undertake a series of community service projects spanning all of Boston's numerous neighborhoods. He will also be hosting a book drive to benefit Children’s Hospital with numerous drop-off locations situated around the Back Bay and Beacon Hill.

He was joined by John J. Drew, President & CEO, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD), and Suzanne Battit, Vice President of External Affairs and Advancement, Greater Boston Food Bank.

This is about civic engagement and about giving back to our community,” said Mayor-Elect Walsh in a statement. “Poverty touches every issue we discuss – education, jobs, housing. This is an opportunity for us to make an impact on one of the toughest issues our City faces."

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Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh to Talk Community Service Inauguration Activities 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/30/2013 Categories: ABCD Mayor Marty Walsh Winter Emergency Campaign
by  Staff Writer BostInno

December 30th 2013

On Monday, Mayor-elect Marty Walsh will dive into detail about the collection of community service events he and his inaugural committee will host on the days leading up to the swearing in ceremony. Walsh is slated to officially assume the office of Mayor of Boston on January 6, 2014.

Earlier this month the Walsh camp released preliminary details for how he plans on ringing in his new municipal position but Monday he will be joined by representatives from Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) and the Greater Boston Food Bank in his native Dorchester make these details clearer.

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