Ryan Black

RyanBlackMedia@gmail.com || (585) 755-4615 || 10 Davis Ave, Apt F

I’m a 27-year-old renter and progressive activist who moved to Brookline in 2018. I live in Brookline Village, and can often be found waiting for a coffee at the Brothers & Sisters cafe on Station St. or on a jog around the Brookline Reservoir.

I was born in Rochester, NY and went to college at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating, I came to the Boston-area for my current job as an editor at TechTarget, where I cover software development.

In Brookline, I’ve gotten involved in progressive local causes, including:

  • Dr. Miriam Aschkenasy’s campaign for Select Board;

  • helping found the Brookline Equity Coalition; and

  • Brookline Budget Justice – and subsequently the local movement to reallocate money from policing to services for students, seniors, and public housing residents.

Additionally, I’m an active member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). As a DSA organizer, I’ve exhaustively campaigned for candidates that fight for economic and climate justice, ample funding for public schools, and greater democracy in our communities and workplaces, and who stand against racism, transphobia, sexism, and homophobia. This past year, I was most involved in the DSA campaigns for the victorious Willie Burnley Jr., Charlotte Kelly, Kendra Lara, and J.T. Scott.

I humbly ask for your vote this election. With me, you will continue to get a steadfast progressive vote in Town Meeting. This past year I was proud to:

  • vote YES for ground-source heat pumps at the Driscoll school;

  • vote YES on the full settlement for Firefighter Gerald Alston; and

  • vote YES on a home rule petition that would enable virtual participation in Town Meeting being a permanent option.

In me, you will also get someone who will tirelessly organize to have Town Meeting as a whole vote in ways that reflect principles like anti-racism, climate justice, economic justice, and housing justice.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or if you just want to chat. You can reach out over phone at (585) 755-4615 or by email at RyanBlackMedia@gmail.com

Endorsements

  • Brookline Equity Coalition

  • Brookline for Everyone

Completed candidate questionnaires:


League of Women Voters Questionnaire

  • “Question 1: What are the one or two most critical issues in your precinct and/or the town and how would you address them?”

Barriers to civic participation and inequality. Residents struggle with paying high percentages of income towards housing costs, underfunded social services, systemic racial injustices, and food insecurity. These inequalities are compounded because of how difficult it is for those who feel these inequities the hardest to participate civically.

For example, A) the State Gov hasn't answered Town Meeting's requests to allow non-citizens and sixteen-/seventeen-year-olds the right to vote in local elections; B) no living wage for the Select Board and School Committee; C) not having METCO parents vote in School Committee elections; D) Massachusetts lacking same-day voter registration; and E) the State Gov has yet to permanently allow virtual participation in Town governance.

  • “Question 2: Biographical data”

I'm a 27-year-old renter, current Town Meeting Member who's dedicated his life to progressive organizing in Greater Boston. In Brookline, I've helped found the Brookline Equity Coalition, a group dedicated to racial, environmental, and economic justice.