Will Mbah

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Will Mbah is Democratic Diversity Chair, City of Somerville.

Background

Born and raised in Cameroon, Mbah was orphaned at a young age, and depended on his extended family and community for support. As a college student at the University of Buea, he advocated for student rights, and earned a scholarship to Sweden’s University of Agricultural Science to study soil science.

In 2010, he moved to Massachusetts after winning the American Diversity Lottery. Despite his credentials, “the process of finding work and settling down here was challenging,” he says—a sentiment that will be familiar to all immigrants and working people. He took on odd jobs, washing dishes and working as a custodian. Mbah lived out his own immigrant success story. He attained a position in MIT’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety, where he works as a technologist.[1]

Education

Studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Solidarity Project with the People of Mexico

Mary Jo Connelly September 6 2019·

Don't miss the chance to join us next Sunday Sept. 15 from 4-6pm for food and conversation with Prof. Javier Bravo, a representative of Mexico's MORENA Party (the party that elected AMLO, a left-progressive President of Mexico).

The event will be held at 50 Maverick Square, 2nd floor. The event is co-sponsored by Liberation Road, Mijente Latin American Solidarity Circle and the Solidarity Project with the People of Mexico.

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It's a great opportunity to hear what's happening in Mexico with the astounding election of progressive Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), and to talk about what we can do on both sides of the border. For fellow left-electoral geeks, there's a lot to learn from AMLO and MORENA experience. See the attached flier for more information. — with Mike Connelly, Ben Echevarria, Shana Berger, Amanda Achin, Andre Green, Rae Axner, Matt Taylor, Will Mbah, Gabriel Mireles, Garret Virchick, Matthew Miller, Pennie Taylor, Vicki Jane, Lily Huang, Becca Tumposky, Ben Bradlow, Payton Corbett, John Fitzgerald, Greg Hill, Rene E. Mardones, Juan Pablo Blanco, Joe Teixeira, Genevieve Leigh, Camilo Vive, Brian Connelly, Thomas Estabrook, Joe Ramsey, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Donald Cronin, Linda Liu, Consuelo Perez, Van Hardy, Mary Regan, Amy Colwell Todd, Zac Bears and Gillian Mason.

Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward

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Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.

Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?

This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.

Those invited, on Facebook included Will Mbah.[2]

Endorsements

Our Revolution - Somerville July 31, 2017 ·

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Our Revolution - Somerville has posted our official endorsements to our website at ourrevolutionsomerville.com. At yesterday's city-wide meeting, 75 of our members voted to endorse Matthew McLaughlin (Ward 1), JT Scott (Ward 2), Ben Ewen-Campen (Ward 3), Jesse Clingan (Ward 4), Mark Niedergang (Ward 5), Lance Davis (Ward 6), and At-Large candidates Will Mbah, Mary Jo Rossetti and Bill White, and Payton Corbett for Mayor. Get in touch with us to sign up for canvassing for our slate of progressive candidates.

2017 electoral successes

The Boston Democratic Socialists of America (Boston DSA) is pleased to announce the endorsement of the following candidates in their campaign for municipal office in the 2017 election cycle. “We are excited to support these activist candidates who share our commitment to affordable housing. The current housing crisis in the Boston metro area makes it critically important that we elect candidates that understand the need to empower our communities and fight the tide of displacement in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge,” say DSA Co-Chairs Liz Henderson and Peter Morency.

In Somerville, Boston DSA endorsed four candidates for alderman: Jesse Clingan (Ward 4), Ben Ewen-Campen (Ward 3), Will Mbah (at-large), and JT Scott (Ward 2). In Boston, two City Council candidates received an endorsement: Lydia Edwards (District 1) and Alex Golonka (District 9). And in Cambridge, the group endorsed City Council candidates Dennis Carlone, Sumbul Siddiqui, Vatsady Sivongxay, and Quinton Zondervan.

Out of these candidates, 3 received a higher level of endorsement, meaning that Boston DSA will send volunteers on a regular basis to support the campaigns. These candidates were Lydia Edwards, Ben Ewen-Campen, and JT Scott. Ewen-Campen and Scott are DSA members.

Co-chairs Henderson and Morency added, “We are excited to encourage our over 800 members to vote and work for these candidates. We will be coordinating with the campaigns regarding our priorities for electoral action this year. We look forward to great conversations at the doors throughout the area.”[3]

Says Matt Miller, the "Boston area chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (Boston Democratic Socialists of America) is pleased to announce that our endorsed candidates performed very well in the 2017 elections. We endorsed candidates in the Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston municipal elections and knocked on over 12,000 doors across the three cities."

“Our victories last night show that democratic socialist candidates can win when we put the weight of our ever-growing organization behind them. Now we’ll hold our candidates to their bold promises and continue organizing in our communities to pave the way for housing justice,” says Presley Pizzo, a leader of the Boston DSA Electoral Politics Working Group and Somerville resident.

After coming in second in a very close primary this September, Boston DSA endorsed candidate Lydia Edwards won an upset victory in her run for Boston City Council in District 1. Edwards captured 52.8% of the vote with 6897 votes, thanks at least in part due to Boston DSA volunteers knocking on thousands of doors. This endorsement came in recognition of Edwards long track record of advocacy for workers’ rights, most notably her work that lead to the passage of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2015.

Meanwhile in Somerville, Boston DSA endorsed and directed volunteer efforts for DSA members JT Scott (Ward 2) and Ben Ewen-Campen (Ward 3), as well as endorsing Jesse Clingan for Ward 4, and Will Mbah for Alderman-at-large. All four candidates were part of an Our Revolution Somerville slate and won their respective races, a major accomplishment considering Ewen-Campen and Scott were both first-time candidates who unseated long-time incumbents, with 58 percent and 57 percent of the vote, respectively.

“In Somerville, Boston DSA showed its political force by mobilizing young people and working-class residents. We are proud that two DSA members won their elections and will undermine the status quo that favors developers over working people in Somerville,” says Pizzo.

In Cambridge, Boston DSA endorsed four city council candidates. Of those that were endorsed, Sumbul Siddiqui, Quinton Zondervan, and Dennis Carlone were elected to the Cambridge city council.

“Thank you to all of our members who put painstaking effort into electing our endorsed candidates! We are overjoyed to see that our hard work has paid off, but now we must now look forward. This is just the beginning. Boston DSA plans to hold elected officials, especially our endorsed candidates, accountable as we work to eradicate capitalism in the pursuit of a socialist future,” says Simran Fitzgerald, a leader of the Boston DSA Electoral Politics Working Group and Cambridge resident.[4]

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