|Name||Ayanna S. Pressley|
|Address||1910 Dorchester Ave |
Boston, Massachusetts , United States
|| February 03, 1974
Feb 09, 2019 12:09pm
|Info||My name is Ayanna Pressley and I am running for Boston City Council At-Large. |
I'm the daughter of a strong, determined and amazing woman whose work with the Urban League taught me at an early age that I have a responsibility to my community, that I'm obligated to vote and be an active citizen, that open and honest dialogue is necessary to solving any problem, and that community activism is a powerful tool for change.
I grew up in a tough neighborhood in Chicago. Bad influences and distractions were around every corner. But I also learned that my neighborhood could be a nurturing, positive place to grow up. We make a mistake when we stereotype neighborhoods as "bad," and not worth our attention or investment.
What I learned growing up holds true for Boston. We may say we're from South Boston or the South End, Roxbury or West Roxbury, Chinatown or Charlestown, or another neighborhood when we're asked where we live. The truth is, we're all Bostonians and we have a shared future.
My mother raised me on her own because my father was battling an addiction and was in and out of prison for most of my childhood. We often lived paycheck to paycheck. Thanks to my mother's sacrifices, I was able to attend one of the best schools in Chicago. I believe that no family should have to make the sacrifices my mother made. Our schools should be rewarding for all students. We can do better, and I want to help our schools improve.
Ayanna Pressley's mother
Ayanna's mother, Sandy Pressley
I came to Boston to attend Boston University, but never graduated. As it turned out, I also had to make sacrifices for the sake of our family. My mother lost her job, so I left school to work full-time to support her.
Fourteen years ago, I received the unique opportunity to work for Congressman Kennedy as a constituent services representative. Through my work in his office, I was able to help families like mine gain access to opportunities and services. It was a start to my career in public service that I'll forever be grateful for and has opened so many doors that I never dreamed would be available to me.
Since then, I've worked on behalf of families throughout Massachusetts as Senator Kerry's Political Director, served in leadership positions with groups such as the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, the Young Professionals Preventing Child Abuse, and the Children's Trust Fund. In addition, I mentor with the Young Black Women's Society and the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, and am a member of the NAACP. I also serve on the Boards of several Boston and statewide organizations, including the UMass Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus and Emerge Massachusetts. I have dedicated my career to public service, and especially ensuring that women and minorities are given equal opportunities to succeed.
Since I came here seventeen years ago, Boston truly has become my home. I'm proud to say that I am a Dorchester resident and homeowner, and look forward to spending many more years cultivating the roots I've already planted in this community. It would be the greatest honor of my life to serve as Boston City Councilor at-Large, and I hope I can count on your vote.