The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center is pledging to lend its budget and finance expertise to the Movement 4 Black Lives, a coalition of 100 Black-led organizations, and local organizations that are looking to enact policies that support minority communities.
In a Medium post written by President Marie-Frances Rivera, MassBudget said it would apply its knowledge to the movement's platform sections on economic justice, invest-devest and reparations.
"Equitable investments are critical. How we spend and raise our public dollars is the clearest picture of our shared values. Our budgets — federal, state, and municipal — are the most concrete expression of our collective vision for the society we want," Rivera wrote. "It's all about investing in policies and programs that bring collective well-being and joy and divesting from what's harming Black and Brown communities."
She said the MassBudget staff and board took time last week to reflect on what it means to be antiracist. After committing to the values of antiracism, the group began thinking about how it could shift its work to reflect those values. Rivera said the organization "recommitted ourselves to listening to and centering Black voices and bringing our decades of expertise around economic and fiscal issues to help end racial oppression and white supremacy."
Rivera said organizations that want "support analyzing budgets for antiracist policy change" should reach out.