Marty Walsh Leaving Biden Cabinet to Lead NHL Players Union

In 10 years time, Marty Walsh went from being a state rep to Boston's mayor, to Secretary of Labor in President Biden's cabinet, and now he will head up the NHL Players Association. Representing the NHL Players Association seems to be a great fit for Walsh. Walsh joined the Laborers' Union Local 223 at 21 and served as the union's president from his time in the state legislature, starting in 1997 until he became mayor in 2014. When Walsh was sworn-in for his second mayoral term, it was former Vice President Joe Biden who swore him in. Their relationship led to Biden tapping Walsh to be labor secretary.

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Walsh Confirmed Secretary of Labor; Janey Now Acting Mayor

Marty Walsh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the secretary of the Labor Department on Monday afternoon, leaving Boston City Council President Kim Janey as the acting mayor. Walsh was confirmed on Monday afternoon, and shortly thereafter resigned as mayor of Boston, held a press conference and posted a video. Boston, serving as your Mayor for seven years has been a dream come true for this child of immigrants born and raised in our city. Thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/fcKsaIk2Zd
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) March 22, 2021

Walsh also congratulated Janey, who has not announced her intentions of whether to run for mayor this fall.

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Social Media Recap: Insurrection, Mayoral Vacancy, Climate Change Bill and More

Since Jan. 6's attempted coup at the Capitol a lot has happened in Washington DC, and at our state capital. Our Congressional representatives impeached the president, and our local state officials fought for a climate change bill vetoed by the governor. This is the last week in social media. Both of Jamaica Plain's Congressional Representatives Ayanna Pressley and Stephen Lynch voted to impeach President Trump for inciting insurrection.

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Biden Nominating Mayor Walsh as Labor Secretary

In a highly expected move, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is being nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Biden and Walsh have strong ties with each other. Biden swore in Walsh for the latter's second term. Walsh has been a strong supporter of unions for a long time, and they have supported him throughout his political career. When he was just 21 years old, he became a member of the Laborers' Union Local 223 in Boston.

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Listening Sessions: Share Your Thoughts on Police Body Cameras, Implicit Bias Training, Use of Force and More

Residents are being asked to provide community feedback during listening sessions of the Boston Police Reform Task Force starting July 22. The gathered input will be used to review the BPD's policies, practices, and to recommend reform measures. Residents are being asked to share their experiences on any of the four topics that are being covered:

The Body Worn Camera Program: Wednesday, July 22, 3-5 pm
Implicit bias training: Thursday, July 23, 3-5 pm
Strengthening Boston's existing police review board, known as the Co-op Board: Wednesday, July 29, 3-5 pm
Reviewing the use of force policies: Thursday, July 30, 3-5 pm

Testimony can also be submitted in any language either written or via the WebEx listening sessions. Written testimony can also be submitted before or after the listening sessions by emailing BPDTaskforce@boston.gov. You can also learn more information on how to participate at boston.gov/ending-racism. The Task Force will submit their initial recommendations by August 14, 2020.

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Mayor Walsh Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis and Reallocates BPD Overtime $

Saying that Boston needs to be a leader in battling racism, Mayor Marty Walsh declared racism a public health crisis. He also announced that 20% or $12 million of the Boston Police Department's overtime budget will be reallocated as investments in equity and inclusion in the city. "In Boston, we embrace the opportunity this moment and this movement offers us," said Walsh on Friday. "We stand with our Black community and communities of color to lead the change toward a more just and equitable society. With these actions, we will increase equity in public safety and public health, and launch a conversation that can produce lasting, systemic change to eliminate all the ways that racism and inequality harm our residents."

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Boston Creates Small Business Relief Fund to Help ‘Non-Essential’ Bizs Making Less Than $1.5M Annually

The city has created a Small Business Relief Fund to assist Boston's small businesses most directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is specifically for for-profit entities with fewer than 35 employees, and that earns less than $1,500,000 in annual revenue. "We are committed to helping Boston's small businesses during this unprecedented time by providing strategic, accessible, and critical financial resources to help them stay afloat and pay employees," said Mayor Marty Walsh. "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the lifeblood of our neighborhoods. As the response to COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to make this resource as straightforward as possible for business owners and work one-on-one to ensure they have the most up-to-date information on financial assistance available."

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