Happy New Year to you and yours.
That’s all the time that remains until Boston City Councilors select our Council President, at noon on Monday.
The Council has a profound statement to make in that selection.
The Councilor best positioned to bring the body together and lead the city toward an even stronger future is JPP Favorite Ayanna Pressley. In today’s Boston Globe she says “I’m confident that I could lead and represent the council. I’m someone who has had to be able to bridge-build and form coalitions and to find common ground. That’s what I would do as council president.”
Your email in these last few hours can make the difference in ensuring that our next Boston City Council hears our voices.
It only takes a minute!
It is no accident that Pressley was the top vote getter for the council across the entire city. She has shown her ability to work with diverse coalitions of leaders. She has shown leadership around contentious issues such as equity in the distribution of liquor licenses, the three strikes laws, and promoting medically-accurate age-appropriate sex education in Boston Schools.
In these and many other examples, she has listened to her colleagues and to community leaders in every neighborhood in a thoughtful and respectful manner, and has empowered stakeholders to have seats at the table and stronger voices. Exactly the kind of leadership we should expect in Boston!
The Globe’s Yvonne Abraham reminds us of all the reasons we have concerns about the other candidate seeking this important leadership position. Just last month, he was the lone vote in opposition to Ayanna’s home rule petition to change liquor license laws to reduce neighborhood inequities and encourage community development and small businesses. This is a measure critical for our city. Don’t take our word for it. The Boston Globe Editorial Page concurred.
With a new administration taking the reins of the city this Monday, we have the ability to write the next chapter in Boston’s history. The choice of City Council President will send a powerful message about whether this next chapter will bring us forward together as a strong diverse community of Bostonians.
Council Emails (key contacts in bold)
- At Large Councilor-Elect Michelle Wu
- At Large Councilor-Elect Michael Flaherty
- At Large Councilor Steve Murphy
- At Large Councilor Ayanna Pressley
- District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina
- District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan
- District 3 City Councilor Frank Baker
- District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey
- District 5 City Councilor-Elect Tim McCarthy
- District 6 City Councilor (and JP resident) Matt O’Malley
- District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson
- District 8 City Councilor Josh Zakim
- District 9 City Councilor Mark Ciommo
Make sure to leave a positive message with whoever you email, letting them know how important this vote is to you, and why. Make sure to let them know that you want a Council President who honors the diversity of the Boston, has shown leadership on issues of equity, who is a person who listens to her constituents and her colleagues. Let them know we want to move away from the Boston of our past.
Annie Rousseau and Reuben Kantor, CoChairs