I am a community organizer, democratic socialist, tech worker, and data scientist. I have lived in the area my entire life, and in Somerville for seven years—four as a renter and three as a homeowner on the top floor of a triple-decker in Winter Hill with my partner and our large dog. I am transfeminine, which means I am a transgender non-binary person, and I use "they/them" pronouns.
For the last two years, I've helped run the Boston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a community organizing group with nearly 3,000 members in Eastern Massachusetts and over 300 in Somerville, as one of its two co-chairs. Together with DSA, I fought alongside the paraprofessionals of the Somerville Educators Union to win a living wage and a respectful contract, organized in City Hall to make developers pay their fair share, and campaigned for police accountability and budget justice. I'm a progressive independent and I take my political inspiration from the labor movement and workers' parties throughout history, like the UK Labour Party and Eugene Debs' Socialist Party of America.
One thing I have learned organizing in our community is that Somerville is a progressive, caring city, full of colorful characters and kind people that look out for one another. We are a city of homes, a city of neighbors. At the same time, our municipal government hasn't always reflected those values. Community members and educators shouldn't have had to pack school committee meetings, and rally, and protest for months to get our government to pay our precious paraeducators (disproportionately people of color and women) just a $25,000 starting wage. Just this year, public housing tenants in Clarendon Hill were threatened with eviction and in-person inspections during a pandemic by the Somerville Housing Authority, a city agency, in violation of the city's own eviction moratorium.
It doesn't have to be this way. If we work together, we can build a Somerville that does reflect our values. One election won't be enough to get there, but I can promise I will use this seat to contribute to the great work, already underway by many wonderful Somervillians, to build a powerful movement for equity made up of our neighbors. Together, we will be able to do whatever we set our mind to. I pledge to be accountable to that movement, and my at-large City Council seat will be our seat. Together we can recover from the unprecedented COVID crisis by building a green, equitable, and just city, with housing for all, on our seven hills overlooking the Mystic.