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Matthew Green

Hamilton City Councillor, Ward 3 - Community Organizing Like It’s My Job

Matthew Green was elected in 2014 to serve as Councillor for Ward 3 (Hamilton Centre) in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is the first Councillor of African- Canadian decent in Hamilton’s history.    Matthew is a graduate of Political Science from Acadia University. He has also attended McMaster University and received a certificate of Executive Education and Governance for Non-Profits from Harvard University. Since being elected he has given keynote speeches and attended panels for many organizations including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Broadbent Institute, McMaster University, and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. Matthew has been awarded the inaugural Friends of Labour Award from Hamilton District Labour Council, a J.C. Holland Award from Hamilton’s Black History Committee, and a community appreciation award from the Hamilton Native Womens’ Centre.   As a City Councillor, Matthew’s advocacy has focussed on ecological, economic, and social justice. Matthew passed the Blue Dot Motion, making Hamilton the first city in Ontario to adopt an environmental bill of rights. Matthew’s advocacy opposing police carding and racial profiling had a direct impact on provincial policy resulting in more stringent regulations on how local police interact with our community. He is a strong advocate for affordable, dignified housing, actively supporting inclusionary zoning, and serves as Vice Chair and Treasurer for City Housing Hamilton. He fought for improved consumer protections for residents by taking on the payday loan industry’s predatory lending practices and made Hamilton the first Ontario City to licence payday loan outlets. He currently lives in Ward 3, the community he serves, with his partner Jayde and his son Langston.

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