​"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground." —Frederick Douglass

Mary Lupien
Vice President, Rochester City Council
East District Representative

Our community has made it clear they are committed to the work of creating a more equitable city, even when confronted with unprecedented challenges in housing, violence, mental health, and substance abuse.
We must continue to confront the status quo and seek bold, innovative policies and transformational projects that will serve all residents and not only those with power, money, and influence.

Recent Events

Metro Justice Annual Meeting Keynote Address

Metro Justice's strength comes from their members, the annual meeting helps shape this year's direction! Hear reports from campaigns, approve the 2023 budget, and elect a new Metro Justice Council as well as hear from this year's Keynote Speaker, Rochester City Council VP Mary Lupien.

Mental Health Crisis Response:
How Has It Changed Since Daniel Prude's Death?

Rochester's Person In Crisis (PIC) Team was created to handle Mental Health 911 calls in the wake of Daniel Prude’s death at the hands of the police. Hear from insiders and knowledgeable outsiders to find out how PIC works.

Forum on 24/7 Bathroom Access

Panelists from Rochester, Fairport, and Portland discuss the importance of restroom access. Whether it's the desperate parents of a toddler, a morning jogger, or one of our houseless community members, having public restrooms available 24/7 is a basic human dignity and it will increase the quality of life for all downtown residents and visitors.

Campaign for a Public Utility

Metro Justice and Rochester City Council Vice President Mary Lupien hosted Rochester for Energy Democracy Town Hall meeting to share frustrations with RG&E and to learn what steps City Council can take to replace RG&E with a community-owned utility that will be more affordable, accountable, and climate-conscious.

Panel on Public Safety, Route Fifty Future Cities Summit

Panel discussion exploring what the future of cities could look like with innovative, equitable policymaking.

Rochester City Council Vice President Mary Lupien participated in a panel discussion on public safety at the Route Fifty Future Cities Summit.

New York Can Lead in Reimagining Public Safety. Here’s How.

Rochester City Council Vice President Mary Lupien and New York City Councilmember Shahana Hanif co-authored an op-ed for Next City.

"The safest communities are not those with the most police; they are the ones with the most resources."