Confronting Issues of Race and Racism

Charlestown has a long and deep history of racial tension, and many of our Charlestown Coalition's Turn It Around youth group members are young people of color.

Following the death of George Floyd, the coalition began monthly community-wide “Race Dialogues” in partnership with Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards and co-led by the Turn It Around youth. In attendance are Boston Police officers, clinicians from the MGH Charlestown Health Center, community residents and guest speakers. Topics range from community policing to voting rights to restorative justice and more. More than 20 dialogues have been held to date, spurring open, frank and respectful discussions about sensitive, politically charged topics and empowering the TIA young people to become the community leaders of tomorrow.