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A first generation immigrant, Lee grew up in Grove Hall, the child of garment and restaurant workers, and graduated from Girls’ Latin School. Lee was the first in her family to attend college, earning a scholarship to Brandeis University and later earning her Master’s degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. <ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20120331224704/http://www.pipelineforchange.us/members.html]</ref>
 
A first generation immigrant, Lee grew up in Grove Hall, the child of garment and restaurant workers, and graduated from Girls’ Latin School. Lee was the first in her family to attend college, earning a scholarship to Brandeis University and later earning her Master’s degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. <ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/20120331224704/http://www.pipelineforchange.us/members.html]</ref>
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==Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”==
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[[Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”]] was released May 12 2020.
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":''Our demands: The country’s greatest priority at this moment is to beat the COVID-19 crisis, and this requires embracing principles of antiracist solidarity and international cooperation. The Biden campaign can and should beat Trump and the GOP with a message centered on our real public health needs and the progressive values that are required to meet those needs. The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency.''"
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Signatories included '''{{PAGENAME}}''' ,  President Emeritus, [[Chinese Progressive Association (Boston)]].
  
 
=="A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"==
 
=="A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"==

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Suzanne Lee


Suzanne Lee is a Boston, Massachusetts activist. She is a former principal of the Josiah Quincy Elementary School and earned her Masters at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Suzanne Lee worked in the Boston Public Schools for 35 years, first as a teacher and later as a principal. As part of her numerous accomplishments, she led a high-profile turnaround at the Baldwin School in Brighton, improving a low-achieving and divided school into a nationwide model for school improvement. She went on to head the Josiah Quincy Elementary School for 10 years. During her tenure, the school was named one of the Best 100 Elementary Schools in Massachusetts.

Suzanne Lee has been a community leader for more than three decades, helping immigrant mothers launch the first Chinese Parents Association and unemployed garment workers secure Boston’s first bilingual training programs. She has also worked closely with many organizations, such as The Boston Foundation, to address persistent poverty in the city. She was lead founder and longtime chair of the Chinese Progressive Association (Boston), a founding member of the Massachusetts Asian American Educators Association, and a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Council on Bilingual Education and the English Language Learners Task Force for the Boston Public Schools.

A first generation immigrant, Lee grew up in Grove Hall, the child of garment and restaurant workers, and graduated from Girls’ Latin School. Lee was the first in her family to attend college, earning a scholarship to Brandeis University and later earning her Master’s degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. [1]

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared” was released May 12 2020.

":Our demands: The country’s greatest priority at this moment is to beat the COVID-19 crisis, and this requires embracing principles of antiracist solidarity and international cooperation. The Biden campaign can and should beat Trump and the GOP with a message centered on our real public health needs and the progressive values that are required to meet those needs. The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency."

Signatories included Suzanne Lee , President Emeritus, Chinese Progressive Association (Boston).

"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"

Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.

This group was a split in the League of Revolutionary Struggle which soon became the Unity Organizing Committee.

Those listed as supporters of the call included Suzanne Lee, Chinese Progressive Association (Boston). .

Council run

Suzanne Lee announced that she has earned the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Massachusetts State Council, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Massachusetts Division, and SEIU Local 32BJ District 615.

“Suzanne Lee has been working to improve our communities, our schools and advocating for the needs of working families for decades,” said Veronica Turner, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU. “We are proud to support Suzanne because her leadership and commitment to workers’ rights and social justice make her the strongest candidate in the race.”

The SEIU Mass State Council, 1199SEIU, and 32BJ District 615, join SEIU Local 888, the Boston UNITE HERE Local 26, UNITE HERE New England Joint Board, Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ Local 534, the Sierra Club of MA, the Boston Wards 4 and 5 Democratic Committees, Mass Alliance, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Neighbor 2 Neighbor MA, the New American Leaders Initiative, Right to the City Vote Boston, Chinese Progressive Political Action, and the Massachusetts Voters for Animals, in endorsing Suzanne.

Suzanne Lee is running for Boston City Council District 2, which includes parts of South Boston, the South End, Chinatown, Leather District, Seaport, Downtown, Bay Village and Beacon Hill. The election is Tuesday, November 5th 2013.

Supporting Suzanne Lee

Chinese Progressive Political Action, November 2, 2013:

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Community members and South Cove East Residents standing with Suzanne Lee for District 2 City Councilor! — with Celine Chin, Michael Liu, Anna Lei, Colin Chan, Karen Chen, Mark Liu, Lydia Lowe, Jenny Lau, Kimberly Situ and Chuanling Chen.

Right to the City

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]

PowerPAC+ endorsement

In 2013 PowerPAC+ endorsed Suzanne Lee, - District 2, Boston City Council.

Honoring Mel King

On February 23rd 2011, the Boston Women's Fund held its second Men Take A Stand event, recognizing men who promote peace, equality and the leadership of women and girls. This year BWF honored local activist, statesman, MIT adjunct professor and community organizer Mel King. BWF granted him the “Social Justice in Action” award for his many years of dedication to community organizing, youth development, nonviolence and for Taking A Stand in supporting the leadership of women and girls.

For over 55 years, Mel King, the community activist and organizer, worked determinedly for social justice across race, class, gender and age in Boston. After being a State Representative for nearly 10 years, King was the first black mayoral candidate for the city of Boston in 1983. King founded the Community Fellows program at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology where he taught for 25 years and has since established the South End Technology Center to provide youth with access to technology.

The 150 people at the event included members of the BWF family, political figures, and fans and family of Mel King. Political figures included Governor Deval Patrick, who participated and shared in this memorable evening, State Representative Russell Holmes, District 2 City Council candidate Suzanne Lee, and District 7 City Council candidate, Tito Jackson.[3]

New Year celebration

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Chinese Progressive Association (Boston), December 28, 2015.

Celebrating the New Year with the Chinese Consulate! Suzanne Lee, and Mark Liu attended.

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As of 2016;[4] President Emeritus Chinese Progressive Association (Boston) - Suzanne Lee.

International Women's Day Celebration

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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.

Host Committee members included Suzanne Lee.

Pressley campaign launch

At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley kicked off her campaign for the 7th Congressional District at a Cambridge restaurant Feb. 13 2018, vowing to push against the political climate in Massachusetts that favors incumbents over insurgents.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 300 at the restaurant La Fábrica Central, Pressley pledged to work on rising health costs, access to capital for small businesses, income inequality, the growing wealth gap, systemic racism and the Greater Boston area’s crisis of housing affordability.

At her kickoff event, Pressley demonstrated considerable support for her congressional bid. She was joined by District 7 City Councilor Kim Janey, At-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, state Rep. Evandro Carvalho and Chelsea City Council President Damali Vidot. Other political activists from Boston and Cambridge included gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie, political activist Suzanne Lee, former state Rep. Gloria Fox and longtime Caribbean Carnival Association of Boston President Shirley Shillingford.

Veteran campaign strategist Wilnelia Rivera, who is serving as the Pressley campaign general manager, says her effort will focus on one-on-one contact with voters in the district.

“We’re excited to build a grassroots movement to talk to voters across this district,” she said.

Janey, who says she will volunteer on Pressley’s campaign, said she expects Pressley to have broad support throughout the district.[5]

References

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  2. [http://rtcvotebos.tumblr.com/Press Advisory FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2013 Right to the City Vote Endorses Walsh, Pressley, Lee]
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  5. State banner, February 21st, 2018 Pressley launches bid for congressional seat