Training: Workshops and Learning

Grassroots Speaker Series: Black Economic Justice Institute

Thursday, March 29, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Global Ministries Christian Church
670 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02124

Dinner will be provided. Register today.

Join us to hear from Priscilla Flint-Banks, the co-founder of Black Economic Justice Institute in Dorchester, MA. Priscilla will be talking about the work of their initiative called the Blue Hill Corridor Planning Commission where a group of community stakeholders are working together to stem the tide of gentrification and to have a say in development.

The mission of the Black Economic Justice Institute is to to accomplish one important goal: To advocate and develop programs that address justice and economic opportunity for black and other people of color of Boston. BEJI is working to focus on addressing economic justice by uniting citizens, labor, faith, foundations, corporate partners and community organizations to develop and win campaigns that promote economic justice for all. BEJI is about building strong, diverse, sustainable neighborhoods in Boston.

For the past five years, BEJI has led protests at various construction sites in Boston to ensure Boston residents, people of color and women are hired on construction and permanent jobs. They also work with several other social justice  organizations and attend numerous meetings, hearings and standouts.

About Priscilla Flint Banks

Priscilla Flint-Banks was born and raised in Roxbury, MA.  She is a product of Boston Public Schools and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College.  She is the author of the book titled, “I Look Back and Wonder How I Got Over”. She was licensed to preach in June of 2009 and continues to serve the Lord in the Church and outside of the Church. She is a member of Global Ministries Christian Church located in the Codman Square area of Dorchester.  Priscilla retired from the City of Boston Treasury department in 2010 after running their payroll department for over 18 years.

Her career start in banking and she worked for several banks in the Boston area. She also worked for the Mass Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA) a non profit organization that helps community residents become homeowners. She is a founding member of Mothers for Justice and Equality, a non-profit organization that is helping to change the stories of our streets by supporting and working with mothers of homicide victims.   

Priscilla and her husband Brother Lo co-founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called the Black Economic Justice Institute (BEJI) five years ago. They also have two radio broadcast on Boston Praise Radio and TV located in Dorchester, MA.  The broadcast are held every Thursday morning from 8:00am-10:00am on WBPG-LP 102.9fm and  The shows are called the “BEJI Report” and “People Power with Priscilla”.

Priscilla suffered the loss of her two sons at the age of 4 and 7 and has not birth anymore children, but she is blessed to have six stepchildren and 13 grandchildren.  She is a fighter and if she can help you, she will. She only fears God and one of her favorite scriptures in the Bible comes from Mark 11:24. “What so ever you desire when you pray, believe that you receive it and you shall have it.”

About TSNE MissionWorks' Grassroots Speaker Series

In the midst of today’s hostile political climate, grassroots organizers remind us that the struggles of oppressed people are not new. TSNE MissionWorks, with our long history of nonprofit capacity building, seeks to use our platform to lift up the voices of grassroots community organizers working on some of our society’s most pressing issues.

The Grassroots Speaker Series highlights the creativity, resourcefulness, and resilience of local community organizers. Our speakers will share how their lived experiences shape their organizing and the difficulties they face leading grassroots organizations.

Our speakers will explain how audience members can get involved in supporting their work, and may include a facilitated action step during their talks. We hope that attendees will leave with ideas about how to continue to support these important organizations and causes in their own lives—as nonprofit workers, funders, students, or community members.