Downing Releases Racial Justice Action Plan for Massachusetts

For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2021



Puts forward community-grounded framework for eliminating generational impacts of systemic disparities, converting white allyship into partnership, and preventing future harm of historically-oppressed communities

East Boston – Former state senator, clean energy business leader, and current gubernatorial candidate Ben Downing today released the framework for a comprehensive racial justice action plan for Massachusetts. In an effort to refocus our attention on what should matter most, Downing shares a community grounded lens on how to tackle systemic racism, economic and social inequities, and other disproportionate impacts on communities of color and the working poor.

“Every session, our state government attempts to chip away at the deep structural racism and injustice embedded in our society. When I was in the legislature, I saw it every session,” said Downing. “Expecting that the current status quo culture of policy making in Beacon Hill and across the Commonwealth will deliver on racial equity is expecting different results from the same old, same old. We need a Governor that will make it a priority to pick up the table and bring it directly to racial justice and advocacy, community leaders, and your kitchen tables.”

“Today, I released a platform that aims to put forth a working framework for how a Downing Administration will approach transformational racial justice in Massachusetts,” Downing continued. “This platform is grounded in the concrete recommendations of BIPOC communities and racial justice advocates, and emphasizes that the obligation to deliver racial justice in Massachusetts cannot fall exclusively on residents of color while white people sit on the sidelines. From generational wealth gaps to inequity in the healthcare system to carceral reform—true movement on racial justice requires both immediate action using the full powers of state government and deliberate planning with partners who have devoted themselves to this work.”

The platform includes key action steps in the following areas: The Wealth Gap, Health, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Children, Youth & Families, Housing, Carceral Reform, Equitable Legal Cannabis, Environment, Equitable Participation in Government.

“Racial justice in Massachusetts will not be achieved from behind a desk or through a grand vision by any Governor; it will be won by advocates and communities fighting for it. It will be won relationally, by sitting down with our neighbors to have the courageous conversation about what it looks like to live in the most equal state of the country.  As Governor, I will be accountable to people who have devoted their lives to the fight for racial justice and to the communities I am elected to serve, and I will use the powers of the office to deliver on my commitments to them.”

This release marks part one of the action plan, to be completed after Downing hears from the people of Massachusetts most impacted. The Downing Campaign will hold virtual and in-person feedback hubs in the coming weeks, after which it will revise this action plan to reflect new commitments made during these meetings. For questions on the action plan or on the feedback hubs please contact Christina Gregg at

Holyoke In-Person Feedback Hub 

Wednesday, November 17th | 5pm | RSVP

Springfield Virtual Feedback Hub 

Monday, November 22nd | 5:45pm | RSVP

Statewide Virtual Feedback Hub

Monday, November 29th | 5:45pm | RSVP

Brockton In-Person Feedback Hub

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Restorative Justice Feedback Hub

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