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Fall is off to a great start! Here is what I've been up to the past month! 
Debate Season
Proud to argue why we should bring back Happy Hour in Massachusetts on Greater Boston with Jim Braude! 
Proud to talk about why I am voting yes on Question 4 this November! 
Happy to join Mayor Bob Hedlund of Weymouth at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a debate on the Governor’s race. 

Thank you to students from the Academy Of the Pacific Rim, Blue Hill Technical School, Tech Boston Academy, Minuteman High School, Montrose School, & Marblehead High for the questions!
ADVOCACY
I was proud to co-write an important piece on why Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senator Adam Gomez, Senator-Elect Liz Miranda, Senator-elect Pavel Payano & myself are voting Yes on Question 4. 

Safer roads, safer communities, & better access to work, school & family.
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SENATE UPDATES
I attended the first meeting as a member of the New England Commission on the future of Higher Education in Prison. I will fight to center the voices & goals of people impacted by the system in the work we are doing.

I'm honored to be appointed to this commission, together with returning citizens, policy makers, and local businesses we will work to create laws, establish effective interstate collaboration, and private-public partnerships.

We have one year of working together to come up with real solutions, policies, and improvements.

Also if you have ideas or want to connect regarding opportunities and ideas for our returning family and friends hit us up: lydia.edwards@masenate.gov!
From the Attorney General's Office:

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has convened a Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) to better understand some of the obstacles to equitable and inclusive public involvement in utility and energy siting regulatory processes. The SWG is composed of community organizations, attorneys, and others experienced in the field, and is being done in partnership with a local consulting firm Strategy Matters .

The SWG is working to develop recommendations for how the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) can update relevant regulations and practices regarding public involvement to increase procedural justice at the agencies, resulting in more robust participation opportunities for disproportionately impacted communities. The impact of these decisions made by these agencies on members of the public can be significant, and it is imperative that the voices of those impacted are heard and taken into account. These efforts are separate from the open dockets at the DPU/EFSB. The SWG has undertaken a more expansive process while the DPU/EFSB processes are still under review.

Please send comments with your address & contact information to benjamin.tayag@masenate.gov and they will be forwarded.
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QUESTION 4 FORUM 
Question 4 on the ballot this November asks voters if they would like to maintain a law that would allow all people regardless of immigration status to acquire a driver's license if they pass a road test and meet other requirements. Please join me and District Attorney Kevin Hayden for a community forum on Question 4!
VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS
I'm excited to announce that I will be hosting virtual office hours!

Please use the below form to sign up for my virtual office hours! Meetings will be conducted on zoom, we will let you know exactly what time to join the zoom. We will be hosting virtual office hours on the First Monday, and third Saturday of each month. Translation is available in Spanish, Portuguese, & Arabic. 

The next session will be: Monday, November 7th at 6 pm, and Saturday, November 19th at 10 am. 
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IN-PERSON COFFEE HOURS!
Starting on October 29th I will be hosting coffee hours across my district! The first will take place in Revere on Saturday October 29th, at 10am at the Rosetti Cowan Senior Center (25 Winthrop Ave, 02151)
RSVP Here
Maverick St Mother's Scholarship Application
The scholarship is aimed to benefit local parents who are active in the community and are currently seeking secondary degrees at Boston-area colleges. Recipients will be shining examples of what it means to be involved and engaged community members. They are individuals who continue the work of the original mothers by advocating for a better East Boston.

All applicants must be a resident of East Boston; have at least part-time custody of minor child/children, or guardianship of children/adult child, demonstrated hardship, and have demonstrated dedication to the community in the spirit of the Maverick Street Mothers i.e attending PTA or civic association meetings, fundraisers, volunteering, and attend any accredited institution. The committee will make a case-by-case determination to prevent predatory institutions from benefiting from aid.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on October 31st!
 
Application Here
AWARDS
Charles River Watershed Association has worked tirelessly to make the Charles cleaner & more accessible, thank you for honoring me as a Champion of the Charles this year & thanks to Mayor Siddiqui for accepting on my behalf! 
Grateful to be honored by Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts alongside US Attorney Rachael Rollins as Pioneering Women of Color! When you stand in your light and shine it you will only help more people.

Congratulations to Book Scholarship winner Hirah Ahmed!
For 50 years the John F. Kennedy Family Service Center, Inc. has been a resource to students, families, & seniors, thank you & your staff for your commitment to serve. Proud to be honored alongside Action for Boston Community Development  CEO John Drew, Nora Blake, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, Boston City Councilor Gabriela Coletta  & State Representative Dan Ryan. 
CELEBRATING LATIN HERITAGE
I’m a savage. That's right, “Succeeding At Various Activities and Goals Everyday". Thank you so much for having me at the El Mundo Boston breakfast. Congratulations on 50 years to Alberto Vasallo and congrats to Regla Gonzalez on your lifetime achievement! 

Congrats to Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, as the first Latin American State Senator.  Shout out to Senator Adam Gomez first Afro-Latino & welcome to Rep. Liz Miranda and Pavel Payano Senators elect. Together we make history as 10% of the State Senate will be People of Color.

Always happy to break bread with Mayor Wu, and Congresswoman Pressley
Had a wonderful afternoon yesterday with the Mexican American community in East Boston. Thank you Veronica Robles for an incredible performance. Great to see a representative from the Mexican Consulate & Boston City Councilor Gabriela Coletta!
Feliz de ver que la comunidad salvadoreña continuó celebrando su independencia ayer en su consulado general en East Boston! Viva El Salvador! Felicitaciones a todos los salvadoreños/as en sus 201 años de independencia—Viva El Salvador! 

Congratulations to every Salvadoran 🇸🇻 on 201 years of independence—Viva El Salvador! Happy to see the Salvadoran community celebrate their Independence at the Salvadoran Consulate in East Boston! Viva El Salvador!
CELEBRATING ITALIAN HERITAGE
Happy to see and participate in so many celebrations of Italian Heritage across the district! 
IN THE COMMUNITY 
Boston
Proud to help break ground for Piers Park II today with many of the people & institutions that made it possible. 

Thank you Massachusetts Port Authority, Boston City Councilor Gabriela Coletta, Mayor Michelle Wu, Rep. Adrian Madaro, Boston City Councilor At-Large Erin Murphy, City Councilor Michael Flaherty & the community members who worked towards this moment. 

Thanks to Harborkeepers & Piers Park Sailing Center, Alex DeFronzo, Magdalena Ayed, and their teams. Many thanks to my predecessors, former Senators Joe Boncore & Anthony W. Petruccelli, former Senate President Robert Travaglini, and former City Councilor Sal LaMattina.
Thank you to the East Boston YMCA, Joey Gaeta, & YMCA of Greater Boston for the all work you do for our neighborhood! Congratulations to James Morton on your retirement! 

Great to see Boston City Councilor Gabriela Coletta, Rep. Adrian Madaro, and Mayor Michelle Wu.
Thank you East Boston Social Centers & the Every Child Shines coalition for hosting a community conversation centered on ensuring the success of all kids! 
Joined Mayor Michelle Wu, Boston City Council President Ed Flynn, MA State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, State Rep. Jay Livingstone, Boston City Councilor Kenzie Bok & the Boston Groundwater Trust to discuss action on Climate change—being environmental stewards puts us on a path towards a brighter & more beautiful future. 
The construction of South Station Tower is a historic moment with a historic coalition. It demonstrates that in Boston, we do big things. We do the best when we do them together. This is not just a tower but a beacon of our future and our call to meet the moment.
Winthrop
Thank you to the Winthrop Foundation & Winthrop Loves Trees for your work planting trees in town!
Thank you Greenroots, Clean Water MA, & Winthrop Mother Out Front for Hosting an Air Pollution forum in Winthrop! 
Revere
Happy to honor Italian heritage in Revere!

Great to be with, Mayor Brian Arrigo, Rep. Jessica Giannino, Rep. Jeff Turco, Councilors: Steve Morabito, Richard J. Serino - Ward 6 Revere City Councillor, Gerry Visconti, Revere City Councilor-at-Large, Ira Novoselsky, Marc Silvestri, Anthony Zambuto, Anthony Cogliandro, School Committee member Anthony Caggiano.
Happy to attend the Revere Patriots’ Senior Night vs. Lynn! Great to see City Councilor Pat Keefe!
In the News 

MBTA Orange Line Reopens- Bloomberg Podcast

Massport, East Boston Community Celebrate Piers Park II Groundbreaking- East Boston Times

Immigrant license law takes center stage in WBZ debate- WBUR

Republican AG candidate joins debate over immigrants and licenses- Boston Herald

Hines Celebrates the Next Chapter in the Redevelopment of South Station in Boston- Hines

Trafficking Inc.: Forced labor in Massachusetts- GBH

MA: South Station tower aiming for 2025 opening, big station changes- Mass Transit

The GOP power struggle continues- Politico

Edwards cuts an independent path - Commonwealth Magazine

 

Onward, 


Lydia Edwards

 
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