Feb.14, 2018

Next week the Stable Ground Team will be meeting with the  Community Engagement Manager at the Lena Park Community Development Corporation. We are also excited to meet with the Director of Community Engagement at Urban Edge.  We will be learning more about the perspectives of each organization and the community based  issues that each organization feels are most prevalent.

We are beginning a robust round of outreach to many community based organizations and organizers.

We will also be attending Toward Sanctuary Summits is organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics in association with The New School Sanctuary Working Group and The Zolberg Institute Working Group on Expanding Sanctuary.  This Friday, Jules Rochielle will be attending an all day workshop with Jeanne van Heeswijk, artist and initiator, Philadelphia Assembled and Michael O’Bryan, Director of Youth and Young Adult Programs, The Village of Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia. We look forward to learning from other organizations.

Jan. 2018- Feb. 2018 Project Highlights

Our Legal Designers have been quite busy the past couple months!

Dayle Duran has, with minor help from the team, created a draft for a Stable Ground Boston (SGB) Trauma-Informed Advocacy guide and has been able to digitally map more than 100 subsidized housing units in the greater Dorchester area (which is currently available to see on the website). She has conducted outreach to the Ujima Project, Health Resources in Action, Dorchester Community Development Corporations, and various other housing experts in the city of Boston. She has attended housing policy conversations with the Boston Foundation and the Office of Housing Stability.

Mark Martinez has taken on the task of creating all video content for the project and did the introduction videos for both the Legal Designers and the Artists in Residence. He also was in charge of creating a summary of the most relevant Massachusetts Housing Laws for the SGB team. He has also been a crucial part of helping the team understand the local law.

Daniel Espinoza’s work has mostly been out of the office. Along with Mark, he has done a walkthrough of most of the Dorchester area to get a feel of the neighborhood, has been to community conversations with the City of Boston, Vida Urbana, and Tran’s housing group, Dorchester Not For Sale. Additionally, along with Mark and Dayle, Daniel has been to several public hearings at the State House dealing with housing issues. He has also compiled and summarized housing reports from the last five years.

Together, our Legal Designers have been compiling a list of all current and proposed bills that touch on housing. Dayle has been focused on the city level, Daniel has been focused at the state level, and Mark has been looking into what other major cities across the country have been doing in regards to housing. In addition, the Legal Designers completed a high-level clinic with the Domestic Violence Institute on the key tenets of trauma-informed legal services.

Our team is excited about having laid down a great foundation for our artists and we look forward to the future of this project!