Marie Kennedy is Professor Emerita of Community Planning at UMass Boston. Since the 1950s, she has integrated her studies and professional work as an architect, planner and educator with struggles for justice at home and abroad. She has particularly worked with excluded communities in the Boston area and Latin America, and written extensively on themes of participatory community planning. Marie Kennedy has served on the boards of La Alianza Hispana, the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development, Boston Jobs with Peace and, with Chris Tilly, Grassroots International.
2007 Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards
On September 27, 2007, Boston Democratic Socialists of America presented its annual Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Award to a couple Marie Kennedy and Chris Tilly, "two long-time champions of economic justice and grassroots democracy".
The awards reception took place at the Jamaica Plain home of Marcia Peters and David Karaus. Honorary Co-Chairs for this event were Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo and Elaine Bernard, Director of the Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program.
Open Letter to Obama on Iran
In 2008 Marie Kennedy, UMass Boston, Boston, MA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”