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March Tzedek Salon: Housing Justice & Eviction

Tzedek Salons bring young Jews, in our 20-30's, together with social activists, policy makers, attorneys, and academics for conversation.

This month, we will speak with Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Joel Wool, her Director of Policy and Communications. We will learn about a new campaign to protect tenants and seal eviction records.

This month's Salon is a great follow up to our January Salon, at which we discussed advocacy and housing inequality with Eric Shupin from CHAPA. However, you absolutely do not have to have attended our previous Salon to engage in this conversation. We will continue to learn how we can take action to advocate for policies that will begin to address and prevent housing injustice.

Tzedek Salons are free of charge. All are welcome.

Space is wheelchair accessible and light refreshments will be served. For accessibility and all other questions, please contact

Councilor Edwards has spent her entire career as an advocate, activist, and as a voice on behalf of society's most vulnerable. She served as the deputy director within the Mayor's Office of Housing Stability where she was responsible for developing and delivering innovative solutions to fight displacement and brought together all stakeholders: landlords, management companies, housing authorities, and tenants. Councilor Edwards worked as a public interest attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services. She served as the statewide campaign coordinator for the Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, which advocated for the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In 2015, she received an honorable mention for Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe. Councilor Edwards graduated from American University Washington College of Law and received a LLM in taxation from Boston University School of Law.

A native of the Bay State, Joel Wool has worked on civic engagement, organizing and public policy efforts related to the environment, housing and public health. Joel was instrumental in passing statewide legislation to accelerate repair of natural gas leaks in 2014, produced a report on the impact of coal-fired power plants on public health, worked with a diverse coalition of community, labor and environmental groups to win equity reforms in state weatherization programs, and secured funding for an environmental justice director at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. He is a graduate of Emerson College and Tufts University and an alumnus of AmeriCorps and the JOIN for Justice Fellowship.