By Joanne Wong
The Chinatown Coalition convened for its monthly meeting at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center on June 13.
State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, whose district covers Chinatown, gave a legislative update. Michlewitz, who is chairman of the Public Service Committee, discussed initiatives he launched and issues he is working on now.
In his service this past year, Michlewitz supported the bill for bilingual ballots through the House. The ballots, translated into Chinese and Vietnamese, are distributed to the precincts that exceed a certain threshold of Chinese and Vietnamese last names. However, the bill will expire Dec. 31. Michlewitz aims to eliminate the sunset clause before the end of the year, so the law is permanent.
Education, job training and workforce development are among Michlewitz’s priorities. “We need new alternatives for people to gain new skills to enter the workforce and become effective,” he said. In May, he secured state funding for job training services for the St. Francis House and Pine Street Inn. In addition, he assisted in implementing the JVS Bridges to College program, which pairs students with academic coaches and eases students’ transition into college.
“We need to create quality education throughout the city. We have great K-8 schools in downtown, but no good high school options,” Michlewitz said.
Other presenters included Richard Goldberg, director of education at the Asian American Civic Association, who compiled a list of community-based educational resources, and Janelle Chan, executive director of the Asian Community Development Corporation, who presented on the Parcel 24 development.
TCC is a group of individuals who share a common desire to serve Boston’s Chinatown community. It is open to everyone and holds monthly meetings to discuss issues that impact the community.
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