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Your Congresswoman. Proudly representing the MA 7th. Here to break concrete ceilings & shake the table. Personal account. She/hers. #ChangeCantWait
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Oct 6, 2018 7 tweets 5 min read
I went to bed feeling betrayed--perhaps even enraged. I woke up, still feeling betrayed--but resolved. I still believe #AnitaHill. I still believe #ChristineBlaseyFord I still believe #survivors #women They have knocked us down, but not out. I still believe in the power of us. Our perpetrators tried to stifle our voices too--and, WE ARE NOT GOING BACK. We will not be silenced or moved. Today, survivors will keep organizing, sharing our painful and hard truths until the very last hour, and then we'll take our fight to the ballot box.
Sep 21, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
1/4 One year ago, #HurricaneMaria devastated #PuertoRico. Despite the devastation, the spirit of Puerto Rico is stronger than ever and serves as a reminder to be resilient in our fight for a #JustRecovery. 2/4 MA is home to thousands of Puerto Ricans & loved ones displaced and affected by the disaster and I am committed to supporting those living in the MA-7 CD and advocating for a #JustRecovery process for the island. From Villa Victoria to Washington DC, I stand with #PuertoRico.
Aug 23, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
#PrisonReform is not an abstract issue for me -- it's personal. I believe in justice and dignity for all. I believe that the solutions live in the lives of those most impacted.

That is why, I stand in solidarity with all of the inmates taking part in the national #PrisonStrike. The disparities in the system are not new. They are not secret.

- 2.3 million people sit in US prisons and jails.
- 60% of people behind bars have never been convicted of any crime.
- Women are its fastest growing population.

This amounts to $182B in spending each year.
Aug 11, 2018 5 tweets 3 min read
#JUMPIN2PEACE pscp.tv/w/bj8MaTc1NjIw… Today we honor the women and girls who lost their lives to violence. Each name represents a life that was robbed from us. #JUMPIN2PEACE #Violence #Trauma #Joy
Jul 25, 2018 4 tweets 5 min read
In @HealthyBoston briefing with @wutrain @CampbellforD4 @EdforBoston @LydiaMEdwards where updates are being provided about efforts to improve #trauma response and recovery models by the City working with CBOs, #healthcenters and #hospitals. In my 8yrs on the Council, I have convened 7 hearings on #trauma, each with a different focus. Although more work remains, I am encouraged to hear that many of the recs offered up by impacted persons & communities at our hrgs & listening sessions were integrated into new system
Jul 11, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Today, I filed a resolution urging the Massachusetts State Legislature and Governor Charlie Baker to pass & sign into law the #NASTYWomenAct - a bill to scrap outdated laws banning contraception & abortion across the Commonwealth. Stay tuned at 12pm for the @BOSCityCouncil mtg! The constant attacks on women’s rights to self-determination & safe, competent reproductive healthcare - including abortion - know no bounds. The appointment of another conservative justice to the Supreme Court threatens the critical federal protections afforded by #RoevWade.
Jul 6, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
In light of Trump's pending nomination to the Supreme Court, Massachusetts must act swiftly to protect the right to choose for all those who live here. This is a fundamental human right and we must lead the nation... ...Massachusetts still has an antiquated state law on the books banning abortion that could become problematic if Roe v. Wade is overturned. We will fight to protect a woman's right to choose every step of the way...
Jun 30, 2018 11 tweets 9 min read
(1/11) When I say..."The people closest to the pain, should be the closest to the power, driving & informing the policymaking..." THIS is what I mean. (A) When I wanted to break cycles of #poverty by strengthening pathways to #graduation, preventing #dropout #MA7 (2/11) for expectant & #parenting #teens, (still the #1 reason girls drop out, even with unplanned pregnancies on the decline) I invited them to the table to share their stories, struggles & to inform the #BPS policy we developed to better support them.
Jun 30, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Let us be clear: the Supreme Court’s ruling this week about crisis pregnancy centers was not about freedom of speech, it was about disenfranchising women, specifically low-income women and women of color. Access to healthcare is a human right. So-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ oftentimes engage in deceptive strategies that target at-risk women and withhold information about the full range of medical options available to them while posturing as medical professionals.
Jun 26, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Too little has been done to help the thousands still suffering in Puerto Rico from the effects of Hurricane Maria. With 6,000 Puerto Ricans resettling in our state we must do more.... bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/0… ...In 2005 and 2012, the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) was activated to help pay for emergency housing, utilities, and relocation of victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. As your Congresswoman, I would seek to pass legislation mandating the activation of DHAP...
Jun 21, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Ready to ride the 111 bus to Chelsea with @streetsboston. Too many communities experience delays and unreliable transit options that further entrench existing inequalities. #TransitMatters #ChangeCantWait Today, our campaign released the transportation plan of our equity agenda to tackle this and so many other issues relating to inequality in access to high-quality and reliable transit. Check it out here! ayannapressley.com/issues/equity-…
Jun 20, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
For the past few weeks, as the Chair of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities, I have played the role of mediator and facilitator between #WhittierStreetHealthCenter management and the workers. I am encouraged by the progress we made leading up today’s vote, previously terminated employees were reinstated and elections made accessible, the outcome of which we will know soon.