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Dear Friend,
June was filled with joy, laughter, frustration, celebration, along with whirlwind of emotions but I am always proud to fight for our Commonwealth. 
Here are updates on the legislation we got done in the Senate, and information on amendments I have written. Please click the bill numbers for summaries.

 I was proud to support the following legislation & write the following amendments.  
  • Foster Parent's Bill of Rights, S.2954, which would give foster parents the right to training,  information about the child that is being placed with them,  and  access to a social worker and family resource staff.                                                                                                      
  • Accountability for vulnerable children and families, S.2953, which updated Department of Children and Families reporting requirements & procedures.
    • I was proud to partner with Senator Adam Gomez  on an amendment that requires  DCF to report the rate siblings are placed together in foster care.                                                                  
  • Updating bail procedures for justice-involved youthS.2943, this bill reforms bail procedures for justice-involved youth, it eliminates the $40 administrative bail fee, and allows, at the discretion of courtroom officials,  parents to submit a commitment that their child will return to court in lieu of bail, and ensures bail is collected consistently across the Commonwealth.     
  • Promoting diversion of juveniles to community supervision and servicesS.2942, this bill expands the list of crimes that qualify for juvenile diversion, which would be determined on a case-by-case basis by a juvenile court.                                                                   
  • Forfeiture ReformS.2944,  this bill requires new transparency standards for forfeited property and provides court appointed attorney for income qualifying petitioners.
  • Expanding access to high-quality, affordable early education and careS.2973, would increase eligibility for subsidies from 50% ($65,626 annual household income for a family of four) of state median annual income to 125% ($164,065 annual household income for a family of four). It would also create a scholarship program that would allow educators to further their education, the scholarship will cover, at minimum the full cost of the credential or certificate at an approved institution. The bill will also allow childcare providers to give discounted care to their employees. 
Speaking on S.2944 a bill that would reform Civil Asset Forfeiture, and emphasizing the need for public attorneys in the civil forfeiture process.
Speaking in favor of an amendment to Foster Care legislation that would provide specific information on the rates of sibling groups being placed together.
Last month I advocated for Macy's workers who came to work every day, and did not take a raise during the pandemic. 
About a week after this demonstration outside of Macy's at Downtown Crossing, Macy's agreed to increase wages for its unionized employees, when we fight we win!
  • In June the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, ruled in favor of workers, and kept a corporate funded question off of the ballot. If passed this would have enshrined Uber and Lyft drives as second-class workers. We won, thanks to a massive coalition of activists and workers. Thank you Massachusetts Not For Sale, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and so many more. We’ve got work to do and a better, safer, sustainable gig economy to build. Today we smile tomorrow we get back to work. I was proud to write an amicus brief for the Matahari Women's Worker Center. 
  • In June the MassPort voted to raise the minimum wage for workers at Logan Airport, $16 starting July 1st, $17 starting in January 2023. This increase to the minimum wage for airport workers is an important moment for workers’ rights. These workers, including immigrant workers who keep us & our economy running deserve dignified wages. 

What an incredible celebration of pride & love in Winthrop! Thank you to the organizers, activists, & community members who made this happen! Winthrop has Pride!

Great to see the tradition I started of celebrating Pride in Charlestown continue with Representative Dan Ryan, Councilor Gabriela Coletta, Councilor Erin Murphy & Sen Sal DiDomenico celebrating Pride Month at the Charlestown Pride Flag raising! 

Happy to attend the first North End Pride Flag Raising! I was inspired by the story of North End resident Jackie Carlino! Thank you North End Music & Performing Arts Center for offering your space. Great to see Aaron Michlewitz, Councilor Gabriela Coletta and Former Speaker Sal Dimasi! Thank you Councilor Coletta for starting a new tradition in the North End!

It's about damn time!!! REVERE had an incredible Pride Celebration. Dancing, laughing and celebrating.
Proud to participate in the East Boston Pride Flag raising! Thank you for your inspiring words Jesús García Mota! 
Thank you to the City of Cambridge and Mayor Siddiqui for inviting me to your 32nd Pride Brunch! Thank you John Gintell for your service to the LGBTQ+ community!
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Join us as we host the first Eid Celebration in East Boston!
Proud to stand in solidarity with activists, organizers, and elected officials today as the Beyond Roe Coalition responds to this vicious attack on a woman’s right to choose.
Honored to speak at Castle Square's celebration of Juneteenth! Thank you to the sponsors CTSO Boston & WinnCompanies, as well as Deborah Backus!
Congratulations to the Charlesgate Alliance, Emerald Necklace Conservancy and so many advocates for our parks on acquiring $145 million to reinvigorate Charlesgate Park, can’t wait to take a stroll through!
Had a great time at Green Roots Environmental Justice last night! An incredible organization fighting for environmental justice. Congrats to Rep. Adrian Madaro, Sen. Jamie Eldrigde, Rep. Liz Miranda, Rep. Michelle DuBois, Sen. Sal DiDomenico on being recognized as Environmental Justice champions in the State House!
Great to be with  Mayor Michelle Wu Rep. Adrian Madaro, Councilor Gigi Coletta, as our Federal delegation Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley announced a $2 million investment in Piers Park III!

We observed the official holiday of Juneteenth. Thank you Massport for flying the flag at Piers Park. It was incredible to see celebrations throughout my district.

Thank you Charlestown and Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard. Congratulations to Aida Caraballo who is the 2022 Lydia Edwards Scholarship winner.

Thank you Bunker Hill Associates and THANK YOU Charlestown for the opportunity to serve. I LOVE CHARLESTOWN FOREVER & Councilor Gigi Coletta!

Proud to stand in solidarity with 4 East Boston residents facing no-fault eviction by Grid Management. Thank you City Life/Vida Urbana community activists & organizers for standing up for your neighbors this morning.

What an incredible dinner at the Sacred Heart Parish in East Boston! The meatballs were amazing!

Congratulations to the East Boston High School Class of 2022! Be proud of everything you have accomplished!

So wonderful to be at Story Time with the kindergarten students at the O’Donnell Elementary this week! Thanks for having me.

A pleasure to celebrate the Kiwanis Club of East Boston’s 75th Diamond Jubilee at Spinelli’s! Thank you for your years of service to East Boston, and here’s to many more!

Happy to participate in Boston Harborfest's kick-off of Boston's 4th of July Celebrations & help cut the cake! 
Honored to speak at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers induction-ceremony. This class is made up of working parents, young adults, and people from all walks of life—It’s you who will build our future & you’ll do it the Union way.

So proud to support the incredible work that Holistic Emergency Alternative Response Team (Cambridge H.E.A.R.T) is doing for our community! Finding public safety alternatives centered in transformative justice & community building is critical.

On June 26th, we remembered Ramona Cooper and David Green of Winthrop. Each Air Force Veterans and beloved members of our community. Today we not only remember but recommit to speak out, stand in front, and love. We morn for the dead but fight with love for the living.
Had an incredible time at Winthrop's Special Olympics aka the Mahegan Driscoll invitational. Thank you Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui of Cambridge for providing a healthy dessert for the athletes.
Happy to join the Winthrop Teachers Association for their first retirement party in over two years! Thank you to the retirees who dedicated their careers to teach our children!
On Firefighter Memorial Sunday, Winthrop and Revere honored the firefighters who are forever & always on guard for their communities. Thank you for your tireless service.
Enjoyed cooling off with sundaes & story time at For Kids Only Afterschool in Winthrop!
‘It’s like we don’t even exist’: Weeks after Revere Beach fire, dozens remain displaced - Boston Globe
Sumner Tunnel Mitigation focuses on Public Transit - Boston Herald
One woman's fight against sky high rents - GBH News
Town celebrates the lives of David Green and Ramona Cooper with tree-planting ceremony- Winthrop Transcript
Edwards: We won’t let Big Tech endanger the future of work in Mass.-  Boston Herald
Push on at Massachusetts state house for Boston’s real-estate transfer fee - Boston Herald
Local Officials React to Roe V Wade Being Overturned- Beacon Hill times
Sumner Tunnel closure breeds traffic, worries in East Boston- Boston Herald
Sumner Tunnel to close on weekends for 36 weeks- WHDH Channel 7
Logan workers win a raise with Massport vote- Boston Herald
Sen. Lydia Edwards Secures $200K for Eastie Programs in Senate Version of Budget -East Boston Times Free Press
Wu resists Council bid hiking police budget cut- Dorchester Reporter
Mayor Wu and Eastie, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop officials want Blue Line to be free while Sumner Tunnel is closed- Boston Globe


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