Martin Walsh

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Martin Walsh is the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts.

Right to the City support

According to Mel King there’s an additional factor that figured significantly in Martin Walsh’s successful mayoralty campaign in 2013.

A group called Right to the City, composed of various organizations working on access to affordable housing, good jobs, quality education, and sustainable community development, seeks to enable a cross section of racial, ethnic, and income groups to remain and participate in all aspects of Boston.

The group’s members, a new rainbow coalition, are in the forefront of such issues as foreclosure blockades to protect people’s homes, stopping no-fault tenant evictions, and fighting alongside unions for construction jobs.

Following its questionnaire to both mayoral candidates, the group felt Walsh was more responsive to its concerns. Having encouraged these young adults to do this analysis, Mel King joined with them. At our endorsement announcement, I admired their commitment to looking forward and not wallowing in the past.

They saw a candidate who willingly shared parts of his life that indicated he has the capacity for change. He invited them to work with him to make a difference for all the city’s residents.

Both at the endorsement event, when a high school student spoke, and at Fields Corner, where a diverse group rallied, I saw evidence of ways Walsh’s campaign included people. A personal highlight was watching the candidate join in singing a song I wrote: “We are in harmony; once to every generation comes the chance to change the world.”[1]

RTTC endorsement

Right to the City VOTE, a new civic action project focused on building power for working class neighborhoods and communities of color, announced today that it has endorsed Martin Walsh in the 2013 Boston mayoral race.

Right to the City Vote leaders cited Marty Walsh’s commitment to stabilizing working class neighborhoods, diversifying city leadership, increasing access to jobs, and closing opportunity and achievement gaps for Boston youth. More importantly, the group pointed to his State House record of championing equality for all, workplace and unemployed rights, supporting immigrants, and leading the fight for gun control and programs that address substance abuse.

Right to the City VOTE also endorsed At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who is running for re-election, and District 2 City Council candidate Suzanne Lee. Both candidates fully support the Right to the City platform to Remain, Reclaim, and Rebuild Boston and are proven leaders who have stood on the frontlines with communities of color to fight for voting rights, library services, access to good jobs, and stabilization of working class neighborhoods.[2],

Womens March


State Attorney General Maura Healey, Sen. Ed Markey, philanthropist Barbara Lee, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Martin Walsh and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg march down Commonwealth Avenue for the Women's March for America in Boston, 2017.

CPA 40th Anniversary Gala dinner


Chinese Progressive Association Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 – 9:00 pm, at Hei La Moon Restaurant. 88 Beach Street in Boston Chinatown


International Women's Day Celebration


Chinese Progressive Association (Boston) International Women's Day Celebration March 8, 2017 - 5:30pm

SEIU 32BJ Local 615 26 West Street Boston, MA 02111.

Celebrate International Women’s Day and the Chinese Progressive Association Workers Center’s 30 years of organizing.

Honorary Committee

CPA celebrates 40 years of community advocacy

Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley spoke before presenting the Chinese Progressive Association’s Community Building Award to the Friends of the Chinatown Library on May 19 2017 at Hei La Moon.

Suzanne Lee, Martin Walsh

The Chinese Progressive Association, a grassroots organization that rose up in the late ’70s to become a stalwart advocate for the Chinatown community, celebrated four decades of accomplishments at a food-filled gala attended by hundreds, including Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. The “Many People, One Heart” gala also included an award ceremony honoring community leaders as well as traditional dance performances by local troupes.[3]

CPA banquet