First Welcoming Framingham Task Force Meeting Scheduled For Thursday

FRAMINGHAM – The first meeting of the Welcoming Framingham Task Force has finally been scheduled.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at 3:15 p.m., according to District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard.

In February, before a standing room only crowd, the Framingham City Council unanimously voted to create a task force that would write an ordinance to support immigrants in the city.

Proposed by Shepard, the Council vote created a task force, to be chaired by Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer.

Members of the task force, which would include three Councilors, a member of the School Committee, a representative of the police department, a member from MetroWest Legal Services, and two residents who would be appointed by the Mayor. The task force would be tasked with writing an ordinance to welcome all to Framingham

In May, Shepard said she was frustrated the task force had yet to be appointed and they had yet to begin work, as the Mayor had made no appointments.

Shepard told SOURCE today, July 8, that herself, District 3 City Councilor Adam Steiner, and District 6 City Councilor Mike Rossi will serve on the task force.

She said the mayor’s senior policy advisor Jacquetta Van Zandt sent out an email about the first meeting on July 11 at 3:15 p.m. but not the names of the task force members, the meeting location, nor the agenda.

“The Task Force Meeting should be open to the public,” said Shepard, who added the “the main purpose of the Task Force is to open a dialogue with the city and it can only be achieve in meetings opens to public participation.”


Photo of Margareth Shepard speaking at the Families Belong Together event in 2018.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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