Raul A. Fernandez
2019 League of Women Voters' Guide
|Question 1: What are the one or two most critical issues in your precinct and/or the Town and how would you address them?|
Question 2: Biographical data.
1. Brookline deserves excellent, well-funded schools, beautiful parks, first-rate municipal services, and vibrant, sustainable, economically diverse neighborhoods. And we have to find a way to pay for it. We can accomplish that through smart growth - diversifying our commercial tax base by inviting business development in already bustling areas. At the same time, we can incubate small businesses - especially those that are women and minority-owned - to get them through the first year and beyond. The revenue from this mix of larger commercial projects and thriving, well-supported small businesses, as well as additional revenues from hotels, and well-regulated marijuana dispensaries, ride-shares, and Airbnb's will help strengthen and stabilize our finances.
2. Dr. Raul Fernandez is an educator and organizer who brings people together to find common ground and dialogue for social change. A son of retired union workers and a first-generation college graduate, he's now an Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Boston University. He is also a Lecturer in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, as well as an accomplished speaker, having led workshops for thousands of attendees around the country and internationally. As a Town Meeting Member, Raul has spoken out to ensure that all voices are represented in our decision making. He also co-created the Wide Lens film series with the Coolidge Corner Theatre, which has engaged a diverse array of panelists and hundreds of attendees in dialogue about the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, income, and immigration status. An appointee to the Commonwealth's Racial Imbalance Advisory Council, Raul has utilized his research to further the dialogue on eliminating racial imbalances in our schools statewide. He is a vocal proponent of efforts to address the climate crisis, increase affordable housing, grow small businesses, and maintain excellent, equitable schools. Raul's entire platform is available at: raulforbrookline.com
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