Agenda for November 10, 2016 Meeting from 9:30-11am at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
- Introduction & Welcome
- Presentation from Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (Mike Nichols)
- CCEP Update: BEST Corp presentation (Joan Abbott)
- Discussion: CCEP and casinos (Richard Goldberg, AACA)
- One Chinatown Arts Center (Giles Li, BCNC & Nuri Chandler-Smith, Bunker Hill Community College)
On behalf of the Chinatown Library Committee,
Community members are invited to send in letters of support for the next stage of working towards a Chinatown branch library. One way is to sign on to this letter of support below.
If you’d like to sign on to this letter, please contact Carolyn Rubin at carolyn.rubin(at)tufts.edu by Friday, May 6, 2016.
-Chinatown Cultural Center Committee/Friends of the Chinatown Library (Carolyn Rubin, Lydia Lowe, Kim Situ, Vivian Wu-Wong, Eugenia Beh, Allistair Mallilin, Rosann Tung)
Dear. Mayor Walsh, Dan Koh, and Jerome Smith:
We wish to thank you for putting a new feasibility and strategic planning study for a Chinatown library into the proposed capital budget.
We are community organizations and leaders representing a broad consensus in the Chinatown community in support of a public library branch for Chinatown. As you know, Chinatown is one of the few Boston neighborhoods which has been without a library since the 1950s.
For the past decade or more, the youth of Chinatown have revived and continued to advance the call for bringing a library back to Chinatown. In 2007, the City commissioned a feasibility and siting study for a Chinatown library, but progress was stymied by the recession that followed.
The Friends of the Chinatown Library, in various stages called the Chinatown Lantern Committee and the Chinatown Cultural Center committee, partnered with Boston Street Lab to pilot an innovative pop-up approach to urban library space and then with the BPL’s Copley Square facility and Asian CDC to develop the Oak Terrace Reading Room.
We have been heartened by Mayor Walsh’s commitment to develop a permanent branch of the BPL for Chinatown and see the China Trade Center, a BRA-owned building with several community offices, as a potential site for the library which can serve as an important anchor site on Chinatown’s border with downtown. With much development activity in the area, we believe there are opportunities to take a public/private approach to creating a library for the community.
The new feasibility and strategic planning study which you are currently proposing is an important step in helping us get to the community’s vision of a Chinatown library. Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to continuing to work with you on this issue.
Friends of the Chinatown Library/Chinatown Cultural Center
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APIs CAN! is a new coalition of AAPI civic organizations in Eastern Massachusetts cities such as Boston, Quincy, Malden, Lowell, and Worcester.
-The coalition is dedicated to helping the AAPI community shape and advocate for a platform of shared policy goals
-Their first event is the APIs CAN! Candidates Forum for the 2016 First Suffolk & Middlesex State Senate Election.
-The forum will be on March 16 at 6pm, in the Josiah Quincy Elementary School Auditorium
-It is co-sponsored by AACA, ACDC, BCNC, CRA, CPA, CPPA, MassVOTE, and South Cove Community Health Center
-For more information see flyer here: http://sampan.org/2016/03/state-senate-candidate-forum-march-16/
AACA Adult Education update: Careers in Banking and Finance Training Program
-This is a program to help participants start careers in retail banking/finance.
-15 week course, Tuesdays-Fridays 9am-4pm; Next cycle begins April 26
-Graduates go on to jobs as customer service representatives, personal bankers, tellers, financial services reps, etc.
-Nearly 100% job placement. Wages are around $14.30 per hour
-For more information on the program and requirements to apply see: http://aaca-boston.org/programs-services/job-training/banking/
-AACA is updating their website with the most recent information on all Chinatown adult education/training/ESOL programs. CCEP members should send program updates to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Everyone is encouraged to attend the City Council hearing on the Just Cause Eviction proposal next Monday 3/14 at 4pm at City Hall. Contact Lydia@cpaboston.org for more information.
-ACDC will be uploading their mapping project on Chinatown affordable housing inventory on the ACDC website in the next week. Contact Debbie.email@example.com for more info.
-The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is holding a resource fair for Asian American Pacific Islanders on 5/24. Michelle Wu will be speaking at the event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, and for the SBA’s latest guide to starting your own business.
-Huiling Chen raised the concerns of parents of ABCD Chinese Headstart participants and wait-listed children, concerning the relocation of ABCD programs in June. There need to be more bi-lingual program spots to meet the Chinatown community’s needs, but instead the relocation reduces the number of spots, merging 3 programs into 1 program and reducing classes from 13 to 9.