It seems that every day, our community faces new threats from Washington, DC. Most recently, the Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census threatens to undercount and deprive the residents of Chelsea with the representation they deserve. Attacks on our community are nothing new, but, in light of Donald Trump and the Republican Congress, we need a new generation of leaders who are willing to intentionally advocate for solutions that address our most challenging issues.
For that, and so many other reasons, I emphatically support Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s candidacy for the 7th Congressional District. Ayanna has a long record of standing up for communities facing threats: advocating for the protection of DACA and TPS recipients in Boston, working to ensure that more women and people of color can join the building and construction trades, and fighting to create pathways to graduation for expectant and parenting teens in the Boston Public Schools system.
Leadership like Ayanna’s is what our country is missing at this critical moment in history. It is not enough for our elected officials to vote against the attacks on our communities — we need representatives that will lead with us, for us, and alongside us to help build the communities we deserve.
I am proud to support someone for Congress that has intimate knowledge of how decisions made in Congress affect us locally, in our backyards. That energy of advocacy from someone that’s on the frontlines daily is exactly the energy we need walking the halls of Congress. Ayanna is great for Chelsea, and I’m honored to stand alongside her and cast my vote for her on Tuesday, September 4th.