Boston Children’s Chorus to perform at the March

The March is delighted to welcome the Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) to the stage at the March.

The BCC harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city’s diverse communities and inspire social change. Our singers transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experience (locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world), they learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony.

Attorney General Maura Healy set to speak at the Boston Women’s March

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.

Mayor To Speak At The Boston March

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.

Healthcare activist Kindalay Cummings-Akers speaks at the March

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.”

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Will Speak At The Boston March

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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Rev. Mariama White-Hammond to present at the Boston Women’s March for America

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond was born in Boston, MA in 1979. The child of two preacher-doctors, Mariama grew up with an understanding that God calls us all to serve our fellow man. Mariama’s activism began in high school and continued at Stanford University where Mariama was involved in campus politics and in the arts. She majored in International Relations, studied abroad in Chile, and focused on the political and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean in the aftermath of dictatorships and/or civil wars.

In September 2001 Mariama became the Executive Director of Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past – History, Organizing and Power), an organization she had been involved with the organization since high school. Project HIP-HOP is a youth-led that engages young people in critical thinking, artistic production and community organizing. At PHH, Mariama used the arts as a tool to raise awareness about social issues and help young people to find their voice and share their ideas with the world. She taught young people to draw on the history of their ancestors for wisdom and strength. During her time there, the organization performed for Mayor Walsh, Governor Patrick as well as in the streets of Roxbury, Chinatown, East Boston and throughout the city.

For her work in the non-profit sector Mariama has received numerous awards including the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, The Roxbury Founders Day Award and the Boston NAACP Image award. In June 2014, Mariama stepped down as Executive Director to focus on her work within the church. She continues to serve the Boston community as a board member of FOCUS, Inc. (affordable housing) and UP Academy in South Boston & Dorchester (elementary and middle school). She serves in an Advisory role to ArtsEmerson, Green The Church, and Right to the City Boston VOTE!

Mariama is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She serves on the ministerial staff at Bethel AME Church in Boston and is a Masters of Divinity Candidates at Boston University School of Theology. She serves as a Ecological Justice Minister at Bethel AME Church and as a member of the leadership team of Mass Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action. Her goal is to challenge the Christian church to embrace a more radical understanding of the life and mission of Jesus Christ. She believes that the church must be responsive to issues like street violence, mass incarceration, climate change, AIDS, food security, and human rights.

 

PHOTO: Ashley
Boston Hip Hop Peace + Unity Fest ’07
With De La Soul + Slick Rick at City Hall Plaza, 2007

Champion of the rights of low-wage workers Roxana Rivera to speak at the Boston Women’s March for America

Roxana Rivera has been organizing low-wage workers for over twenty years, fighting for workers’ rights and justice for immigrants. She has been a part of and led hunger strikes and strikes in California and New England, including those part of the historic Justice for Janitors struggle in the 1990s.

After nearly a decade with Local 615 driving member engagement work and leading the commercial division, Rivera was appointed by 32BJ President Hector Figueroa to head up New England District 615. The district represents 18,000 janitors, security officers, and workers in higher education across New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is part of 32BJ, which has over 145,000 members in eleven states and Washington DC.

PHOTO:Chase Carter
Janitorial Workers of Capital Properties Protest, 2012

Nkosi Nkululeko, award-winning poet, will perform at the Boston Women’s March

The March is thrilled to announce that poet Nkosi Nkululeko, a Callaloo Fellow, will be performing at the March.

Nkosi is multi-nominated for Best of the Net, as well as nominated for the Independent Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize. He is affiliated with the I Sell The Shadow collective, for which he has performed in venues for The United Nations and in Copenhagen, Denmark for the Women’s Deliver conference.

Nkosi is a featured speaker on TEDxNewYork in 2016 and a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Awards for Poetry. His work can be found in [PANK] Magazine, VINYL, No Token, and other publications. He lives in Harlem, New York.

Learn more about him on his Facebook page.

 

Senator Warren, AG Healey, Mayor Walsh, Local Advocates to Join Boston March for Justice and Equal Rights

Boston Women’s March for America Confirms March Program, Back Bay Route

BOSTON, MA, January 11, 2017— Boston Women’s March for America organizers today announced that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh are among the speakers who will launch the January 21st march.

The Boston Women’s March for America is one of over 300 happening nationwide and internationally inspired by the Women’s March on Washington. On the day after the Inauguration, Americans will unite in towns, cities and schools from Boston to Anchorage to send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human dignity, equal rights and freedom from discrimination.

Senator Elizabeth Warren“I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with women and people of all backgrounds from across Massachusetts at the Boston Women’s March for America,” said Senator Warren. “This gathering is a chance for us to come together to make clear that we believe in basic dignity, respect, and equal rights for every person in this country, and that we are committed to fighting back against bigotry in all its forms.”

“We need to act to build on and protect the progress we’ve made in our communities, throughout Massachusetts and across the nation,” said Attorney General Healey. “I’m thrilled to stand with the people in this historic march for our shared values and priorities.”

“I am proud to join people in Boston and across the country as we stand up and march for our values, liberties and freedoms from discrimination. Boston has been and will continue to be a city that is open and inclusive to all, it is part of who we are and what we stand for,” said Mayor Walsh. “The Boston Women’s March for America embodies our fundamental belief of freedom and equality for all, and it puts a stake in the ground saying that we will not compromise our values. Together we will defend our friends, neighbors, and family members from any and all efforts to exclude them, harm them, or strip them of their rights.”

More than 25,000 people will gather at 11am on the Boston Common near the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets for the speaking program. In addition to Senator Warren, Attorney General Healey and Mayor Walsh, marchers will hear from local advocates who reflect Boston Women’s March for America core values and mission statement, including human rights, religious freedom, racial justice, reproductive rights, economic justice, and climate change.

Immediately following the speaking program, the March will proceed on a one-mile route to Commonwealth Avenue, turning at Clarendon Street and looping back to Boston Common. March organizers are working closely with the City of Boston, Boston Transportation Department, and local businesses and neighbors to accommodate participants including over 80 community partners.

Boston Women’s March for America launched as an organic, grassroots effort in response to the massive event planned in Washington, DC. Spearheaded by local activists and organizers and sponsored by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, the March will bring together people across Massachusetts and throughout New England, particularly women of all backgrounds, races, religions, ages and abilities, as well as communities of immigrants, people of color, and people who identify as LGBTQIA. While led by women, March organizers say all are welcome to attend.

PHOTO: Jacqueline
Senator Elizabeth Warren