A quick roundup of some of March coverage….if you see or hear more, let us know!
A quick roundup of some of March coverage….if you see or hear more, let us know!
There is no better way to ‘walk the talk’ of equity, tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity than by asking our staff to join the Women’s March. It is far too easy to offer platitudes about our children being our future than it is to stand up for the type of world we want them to inherit.Our schools and programs remain committed to supporting students with diverse learning styles and varied family backgrounds and configurations.
We march to affirm their dignity and value in our local and global communities.Our teachers and counselors educate children about the harmful effects of the ‘isms: racism, sexism, classism and all the ways they divide us. We walk in support of the values we hold dear at Schools for Children. We walk out of concern over the shrill voices and destructive behaviors that threaten to diminish us as individuals and to divide us as a people.We walk to take a stand against bullies.
Whether on school playgrounds or in positions of leadership, there is no place for threatening language, demeaning comments or intimidation of those who may be weaker or less privileged. We march because there must be room in our society for each of us to play meaningful roles in crafting a future of peace, hope and mutual support. We walk to stand up for our children and their futures.
Theodore H. Wilson III, Ph.D. is President, Schools for Children, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit organization creating and managing great schools and educational services, including early childhood and elementary schools, afterschool programs, and special education schools and services to help keep students from falling through the cracks in our educational system. Schools for Children also develops new education services and innovations, and consults with other schools, districts and human service providers to enhance the quality and performance of their services.
Maura Healey was elected Massachusetts Attorney General on November 4, 2014. Today, she leads the people’s law firm as the people’s lawyer, continuing a career spent fighting for justice and equal rights.
Healey’s historic victory in her first-ever run for office was driven by a strong grassroots campaign where she bested well-financed establishment candidates in both the Democratic primary and the general election. Being sworn in at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, Healey vowed to lead an office guided by her core values and driven by the issues that matter to the people of the Commonwealth – from regulating health care and energy costs to protecting consumers, ensuring equality for all and keeping our communities safer.
“As the people’s lawyer, the Attorney General is here to take on those tough challenges,” she said. “Fighting for opportunity across Massachusetts. Securing its promise for every resident. That is my commitment to you.”
Maura Healey began career by serving as a prosecutor in Middlesex County and a litigation partner at WilmerHale, one of Boston’s most prestigious law firms before joining the Attorney General’s office as Chief of the Civil Rights Division. For seven years prior to her election, she oversaw more than half of the office’s 500 employees. She directed two of the office’s most prominent divisions: the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau.
Attorney General Healey is the oldest of five children and grew up in the small coastal community of Hampton Falls, N.H., just over the Massachusetts border. Her mother was a school nurse, her father a captain in the Navy and an engineer, and her stepfather taught history and coached high school sports. After graduating from high school, Maura left her small town to attend Harvard College, where she majored in government and was the captain of the basketball team. After two years as a starting point guard for a professional basketball team in Austria, she returned to Massachusetts to attend law school at Northeastern University.
Maura Healey lives in Charlestown with her partner. She is the first openly gay Attorney General in the United States.
Martin J. Walsh, a lifelong champion of working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, was sworn in as the City’s 54th mayor on January 6, 2014. He has inspired voters to imagine a Boston with equality and opportunity for all, where a revolutionary history sparks creative solutions for 21st century challenges.
Since his election, Mayor Walsh has strengthened Boston’s schools, adding hundreds of high-quality pre-kindergarten seats and securing tuition-free community college for Boston Public Schools graduates. He has also led Boston to the forefront of the global innovation economy, by attracting industry-leading employers and using connective technology to transform government services.
At the same time, Mayor Walsh has created powerful tools for low-income workers, including a “learn and earn” job apprenticeship program and an Office of Financial Empowerment. He is an outspoken contributor to the national dialogue on income inequality and has addressed the tremendous need for housing in Boston with an ambitious plan, setting records for new affordable and middle-class homes.
The Walsh Administration has been hailed by the White House for expanding young people’s opportunities and breaking new ground in crime prevention and police-community relations. It has also been lauded for establishing the nation’s first municipal Office of Recovery Services to prevent and treat substance abuse.
Finally, the Mayor has invited Boston residents to help build a blueprint for the City’s future with Imagine Boston 2030, the first citywide plan in half a century.
Before taking office, Mayor Walsh served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he defended Massachusetts’ pioneering stand on marriage equality. Mayor Walsh also made his mark as a labor leader, running the Building and Construction Trades Council from 2011 to 2013. His signature creation, a program called Building Pathways, is now a model for increasing diversity in the workplace and providing good career opportunities for women and people of color.
Born and raised in Dorchester by immigrant parents, Mayor Walsh is driven to ensure that Boston remains a City where anyone can overcome their challenges and fulfill their dreams. As a child, Mayor Walsh survived a battle with Burkett’s lymphoma, thanks to the extraordinary care he received at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. His recovery from alcoholism as a young adult led to his lifelong commitment to the prevention and treatment of addiction. He returned to school to earn a degree in Political Science at Boston College while working as a full-time legislator.
Mayor Walsh continues to reside in Dorchester with his longtime partner, Lorrie Higgins.
Kindalay Cummings-Akers is a Personal Care Attendant with more than 30 years of healthcare experience, a lifelong resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, and a mother to four children. To hear Kindalay describe her journey and work is to witness lived compassion. “My oldest child is disabled,” she explains. “This is one of the reasons why I became a PCA. So that I can help those who cannot help themselves.”
Since joining the 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East union in 2006, Kindalay has been an active canvasser for the union and political initiaitves throughout the Springfield area. She played a key role in launching the SEIU Community Action (SCA), a local organization devoted to familiarizing Springfield residents with ongoing union actions. In addition, Kindalay has served as a contract bargaining team member in numerous fights for paid sick time, overtime, and pay raises for PCAs and similar low wage workers.
Kindalay’s service and insights have been recognized far beyond the Springfield limits. She is a recipient of the Paul Kahn award for PCA Service and participated in a round table discussion with Hillary Clinton about the fight for a $15 minimum wage, women’s rights, Social Security, and health insurance.
“I love what I do,” Kindalay says. “We the people need and deserve to live a better life and to take care of our families. As a parent I have to show my children that you have to lift your voice and speak up for your rights and fight for what you want.”
The Boston Globe writes:
“Count US Senator Elizabeth Warren and Attorney General Maura Healey among the female leaders who will address the Boston Women’s March for America next Saturday — along with hizzoner, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
“Boston is among the cities coordinating marches on Jan. 21 in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, a massive demonstration aimed at incoming President Donald Trump that is planned on the National Mall the day after the inauguration.’
Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made her life’s work the fight for middle class families, was elected to the United States Senate on November 6, 2012, by the people of Massachusetts.
She is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures middle class families. Her original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence are credited as integral to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Senator Warren served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Her independent and tireless efforts to protect taxpayers, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to ensure tough oversight of both the Bush and Obama Administrations won praise from both sides of the aisle. The Boston Globe named Elizabeth Warren Bostonian of the Year and TIME Magazine called her a “New Sheriff of Wall Street” for her oversight efforts.
Senator Warren personally experienced the economic pressures facing working people, growing up in a family she has described as “on the ragged edge of the middle class.” She worked as an elementary school teacher before enrolling in the Rutgers School of Law. After earning her law degree and having two children – all before the age of 30 – she practiced law out of her living room before before returning to teaching in grand fashion. Senator Warren served as a law professor for more than 30 years, including nearly 20 years as the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
The graduating class at Harvard twice recognized Senator Warren with the Sacks-Freund Award for excellence in teaching. She has taught courses on commercial law, contracts, and bankruptcy, in addition to authoring more than 100 articles and written 10 books, including three national best-sellers. National Law Journal named her one of the Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and TIME Magazine has named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world three times. She has also been honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association with the Lelia J. Robinson Award.
Today, Senator Warren and her husband Bruce Mann have been married for 35 years and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They have three grandchildren.
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March Guru has a conundrum.
Look good or be comfortable.
Is there really ever a choice? You don’t want to get too cold, but then again, isn’t it worse to be too hot? To sweat into wool or down or fleece? Oh, the horror.
When marching in New England, one always has to be prepared for the weather. Keyword? Layers. And no matter how tempting it may be to slip into some cool looking kicks or, egads, boots with heels, you really have to go water resistant at a minimum to avoid wet toes and slippage. Check out these some fashionable tips (and practical advice) for rocking that march route runway. From Wardrobe Oxygen.
March Guru loves a good chant. A good chant focuses the energy of the crowd on an important issue like a laser. They can really make your message pop. When you have large groups chanting with you, the chant becomes a symbol of collective power.
The March will have chant leaders who will fire up the crowd, but your group might want to write and chant something of your own which other groups may then pick up.
Check out these pro-tips from labor organizers for writing a killer chant and come to the Boston Women’s March for America with your own chants and blow us all away. Be positive, not negative. Show the way forward.