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James Williamson

James Williamson

Long time activist and regular at Monday night council meetings, James Williamson is running for council under the slogan “Take Back City Hall” and stressing slowing development.

On the relationship between MIT and Cambridge --

“We need a major honest, fair, sensible debate about what the responsibilities of the universities to Cambridge ought to be.”

While criticizing Harvard and MIT for not providing large enough in lieu of tax donations or adequate housing for students and staff, Williamson hopes to improve relations between the city and universities.

On affordable housing --

“The city should address [the problem of housing] low-moderate to moderate income people”

Williamson is an advocate of the return of rent control to Cambridge but is also concerned with expanding the coverage of current housing subsidies to residents who are ineligible for assistance but cannot afford to live in the current housing market.

On activism --

“I would lead and organize a national effort to finally get Lori out of prison in Peru.”

A long-time advocate of the cause of Lori Berenson, a former MIT student imprisoned in Peru, Williamson would use a council seat to lead a delegation (possibly including President Charles M. Vest) to Peru to plead Berenson’s case.