Friday, May 31, 2013

MWPC endorses Ayanna Pressley!

As many stay glued to their iPhones, televisions, and computers carefully watching the Boston mayoral race, incumbents and hopefuls alike are gearing up for what should be a lively election season for the Boston City Council as well.  The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus is proud to announce our endorsement for Boston City Councilor At-Large, Ayanna Pressley! We have previously endorsed Councilor Pressley for her first race in 2009, and when she ran for reelection in 2011 (and topped the ticket!). Given the Councilor’s proven record of supporting policies devoted to women and families and loyalty to her constituents, it comes as little surprise that the MWPC PAC Board voted to re-endorse her.  
Councilor Pressley’s election into the Boston City Council on November 3, 2009 marked the first time that a woman of color was ever elected to the Boston City Council in its 100-year history. Understanding the gravity of such an important win, Councilor Pressley hit the ground running and got to work on issues that affect women, children, and families, all while bringing her genuine personal touch to each situation.
Councilor Pressley is founder and Chair of the Council’s legislative Committee on Women & Healthy Communities, which is devoted to stabilizing families and communities, reducing and preventing violence and trauma, and combating poverty. In addition, Councilor Pressley serves as the Chair of the Arts, Film, Humanities & Tourism Committee and the Vice Chair of the Public Safety Committee.
In less than two terms, Councilor Pressley has passed legislation to improve access to construction jobs for women and people of color, held a first of-its-kind listening only hearing for survivors of homicide, led the Council’s efforts to combat human trafficking, and began an annual Raise Your Voice event to start a community conversation about sexual violence and empower girls and women. Councilor Pressley is fighting for increased access to adult education and for child care vouchers to help support working families and she is also working to support small and local business entrepreneurs.
Councilor Pressley’s tireless work with children and families in the community on violence prevention has earned her recognition from Ebony Magazine, The Root, the Boston Globe, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, Big Sisters of Greater Boston and countless others. Councilor Pressley is an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership (Class of 2012) and was selected as a Truman National Security Project Partner in 2012.
We salute Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s remarkable achievements and are very excited to work alongside her as she pursues another term and proudly represents the people of Boston.

For more information, please visit Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s website: