Civic participation is the backbone of our Democracy!
Here are some ways you can become involved in the democratic process here at the city level:
Contact Your City Councilors
The Boston City Council consists of four at-large members (elected to represent the entire city of Boston) and nine district councilors. Michelle is one of the four at-large members elected to represent the entire city. To contact a City Councilor’s offices with questions, concerns, or feedback on an issue, locate their page on the Boston City Council website. Click here to find the Councilor representing your district.
Watch Weekly City Council Meetings
City Council meetings take place Wednesdays at 12 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the Christopher A. Iannella Chamber on the 5th floor of Boston City Hall. If you can’t attend the meetings in person, you can follow online, watch Boston City Council Television (Comcast Channel 8 or RCN Channel 82), or search through old video archives. Find more information on City Council Meetings here.
Testify at Hearings
Sharing your input on local issues is a meaningful way to become civically engaged. You can testify at a City Council committee hearing in person, by mail, or by email. For more information about how to submit testimony through any of these three channels, check out the City Council webpage here. Similar to weekly council meetings, if you can’t attend a hearing in person, you can follow online, watch Boston City Council Television, or search through our video archives for older footage.
Use the BOS:311 App or Dial 311
Download the BOS:311 app to report non-emergency issues such as potholes, graffiti, or broken street signs. The Boston App Showcase provides this app and other innovative apps developed by the city online.
Dialing 311 on your phone will connect you to highly-trained constituent service representatives readily available to answer requests for non-emergency city information and services. More information about this service can be found here.
Information related to all things “311” can be found on the city’s website.
Join a Local Community Organization
Find a community organization in your neighborhood and get involved. Organizations in your locality act as venues to meet with fellow residents to discuss issues affecting your area. The State of Massachusetts provides a list of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the greater Boston area. To locate resources and organizations in your Boston neighborhood, click here.
Volunteer for a Local Campaign
Make an impact by volunteering on a local campaign. Volunteers are critical to any successful campaign for office. With campaigns being run at the city, state, and national level, all you need to do is find one whose values and beliefs align with your own.