FWDMonthly - The State of Your State: Key Issues in 2015


January 27, 2015 at 7pm


Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway
fifth floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States


Ali Procopio

It’s 2015 and the 114th Congress has just been sworn in. The President’s recent executive memo on immigration is working towards implementation and millions of lives are about to change. So what does this mean for Massachusetts? Do these policies and changes affect your day- to- day, business, livelihood? This is the year in which our politicians are plugged into the communities they represent, and our chapter will provide that bridge.

This FWDMonthly, The State of your State: Key Issues in 2015, we will hear from experts on immigration law and from City government to understand the future of this year and its impact on our community. We will hear from Christian Park of Fragomen will be sharing his perspective on the President’s Executive Immigration memo and his role as an immigration attorney in our ecosystem.

Our guest speaker for this month will be Alejandra St. Guillen. Alejandra was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in 2014 as the Director of the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians with the mandate to strengthen the ability of residents from diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the city. Within the past year, the Office of New Bostonians has launched a number of innovative initiatives, including a Citizenship Day where nearly 200 people took the first step in becoming citizens, hosting a naturalization ceremony within the office of the Mayor and launching a 3-year Immigrant Integration & Empowerment Initiative.  

Prior to her appointment, Alejandra served as the Executive Director of ¿Oiste?, the Latino Civic and Political Organization, where she collaborated with state legislators and other governmental officials in the development and promotion of Public Policy initiatives that have directly impacted the Latino community in Massachusetts, that include Education Reform, Economic Justice Policy and Electoral Reform.


7:00-7:30 Open Networking

7:30-8:00 Monthly Speaker | The State of Your State: Key Issues in 2015

Examine pressing political issues in your state in 2015.

8:00-8:45 Breakout Sessions | The Democracy Project, The 2.0 Project, and The Co-Founders Project

Convene Project Teams and tackle challenges using your skill set.

8:45-9:00 Open Networking

From San Francisco to Austin, Miami to New York, FWD.us has enlisted thousands from our community to roll up our sleeves, get engaged, and communicate to lawmakers the urgent need for immigration reform. Despite the overwhelming public support for commonsense solutions, Congress has refused to act, so we at FWD.us are renewing our commitment to improve the political process by rallying the tech community to the cause.

To do this, each FWD.us regional chapter will launch three projects this fall: The Democracy Project, The 2.0 Project, and TheCo-Founders Project. We are committing our resources to these local chapters, which will serve as accelerators for political advocacy.

  • The Democracy Project: A team of innovators focused on developing new and creative strategies to engage in advocacy.

  • The 2.0 Project: A team of problem solvers and strategists who want to use their specialized skills to shape the national narrative on critical political issues.

  • The Co-Founders Project: A team of donors and volunteers who drive our quarterly ThinkFWD events that provoke discussion at the critical intersection of politics and technology.

Join any of these teams. Chapters will be the central home for everything we do in tech and politics, so visit our FWDMonthlies to join your local chapter’s expansion and renew your commitment to tech-driven political reform.

Check out our FWDMonthly Relaunch pamphlet here.

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