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A celebration of everyday democracy

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City Council

During this week’s Council meeting, the Council adopted a resolution recognizing the Boston Ujima Project’s 2021 Citywide Assembly, "We Be Knowin: A Boston Ujima Project Celebration Of Everyday Democracy".

The virtual event starting, February 14 through February 22, will celebrate Black artists and writers, and strategies to build mutual aid, community, and the solidarity economy.

The Boston Ujima Project is a democratic, member-run organization building a cooperative business, arts and investment ecosystem in Boston, with a mission to return wealth to working class communities of color.

The assembly is bringing together the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA), Boston Teachers Union, Boston Impact Initiative, Boston While Black, CommonWealth Kitchen, Cooperative Fund of New England, Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Fairmount Innovation Lab, Foundation for Business Equity, King Boston, Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, Lamplighter Brewing Co. and U.S. Haitian Chamber of Commerce.

The event series begins with live music from the Black Cotton Club and continues with a neighborhood needs workshop, a conversation with Eastern Massachusetts-based Black brewers, a Citywide Assembly to deliberate Ujima’s Citywide Investment Plan, a session with artists Jacolby Satterwhite, Jonathan Lyndon Chase and Boston’s DJ Dee Diggs, and a conversation on transnational organizing with Didi Delado. The event concludes with the Black Trust: Chuck Turner Arts and Lecture Series with Kiese Laymon and Boston’s Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola.

This week-long series will celebrate everyday relationships and efforts in democracy while strengthening the whole Boston community. The​ Council adopted a resolution recognizing the Boston Ujima Project’s 2021 Citywide Assembly, ​We Be Knowin: A Boston Ujima Project Celebration Of Everyday Democracy​, and encourages all who can to virtually participate.