Mass. legislators and officials react to Boston protests over death of George Floyd


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U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley

“People are gutted. They are exhausted. And they are peacefully protesting and demonstrating, of course, for justice for George Floyd, but (also) on the broader issue of police brutality and really social justice at large,” Pressley mentioned throughout an interview on WGBH’s “Boston Public Radio” Monday. “And I would just like to make this one (point) that community organizers are community builders. They are not destroyers, and it is deeply painful that there are forces at work to infiltrate and undermine the good work, the vigilant work, of people who are committed to peace and justice in earnest, despite how slow coming that has been.”

Boston, I see you and I like you. We will heart Black voices & our actions won’t be co opted. Let us be led by the younger folx, guided by our ancestors, clear in our focus, and resolved within the pursuit of racial justice.

— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) June 1, 2020

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren

We have to ask ourselves what we’re doing proactively to dismantle systemic racism in our communities, our workplaces, and our circles of affect. It’s not sufficient to face as an ally. We have to be anti-racist.

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 1, 2020

If you’re ready, donate to those organizations as they proceed to struggle for racial justice in America. This is a small first step, however each motion we take provides up, and our response to this second will form our future.

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 1, 2020

Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey

Thank you to the @bostonpolice and different regulation enforcement for shielding the protest. Proud of our metropolis.

I do know this—the violent, the looters, the instigators that search to intervene with this motion won’t achieve success.

— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) June 1, 2020

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

I see you. I hear you. I’ll use my voice for you.

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 1, 2020

I wish to thank the officers of the Boston Police Department and the entire public security companies for his or her professionalism tonight. They are working laborious, as they all the time do, to maintain our metropolis protected and deal with our residents with respect.

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) June 1, 2020

Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty

See beneath for my official assertion on yesterday’s occasions within the City of Boston

— Michael Flaherty (@mfflaherty) June 1, 2020

Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi-George

Last night time, I attended a BLM protest that started and ended peacefully. It was shifting to be with 1000’s of Bostonians to handle the nationwide disaster of police brutality & racism, esp. as a result of it was organized by youth. 1/3 #mapoli #bospoli

— Annissa Essaibi-George (@AnnissaForBos) June 1, 2020

Above all, it’s necessary that we proceed to return collectively and get up for racial justice.

I’m having inside conversations with my workforce at the moment to contemplate our subsequent steps to be simplest for the motion to finish racism and police brutality. 3/Three

— Annissa Essaibi-George (@AnnissaForBos) June 1, 2020

Boston District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley

To each particular person of coloration who feels apprehensive, depressed, anxious, fed up, or simply exhausted: I can’t say I perceive what you’re feeling (as a result of clearly I can’t); however I’ll pay attention, study from, & assist you. Through coverage & follow, I’ll work to get others to as effectively.

— Matt O’Malley (@MattOMalley) June 1, 2020

We have to show that #BlackLivesMatter by addressing inequities in legal justice, economics, housing, and healthcare methods.

We have to display that #BlackLivesMatter after we store. When we advocate. When we vote. When we communicate. When we expect. And after we act.


— Matt O’Malley (@MattOMalley) June 1, 2020

1st Suffolk District state Sen. Nick Collins

I assist the rights of residents to peacefully protest and I share their outrage. I additionally condemn the acts of violence, vandalism and theft dedicated by lawless chaos seekers.

— Nick Collins (@nickcollinsma) June 1, 2020

By coming collectively, listening to 1 one other, seeing each other, listening to each other, and recommitting ourselves to anti-racist insurance policies we’ll begin the lengthy strategy of therapeutic as a neighborhood.

— Nick Collins (@nickcollinsma) June 1, 2020

2nd Suffolk District state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz

Protesters chant “Show you care” exterior the State House at #BLM protest tonight. Will we, #mapoli?

— Sonia Chang-Díaz (@SoniaChangDiaz) June 1, 2020

third Suffolk District state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz

I’ll do my finest to honor that motion and recommit myself to do extra….as all of us ought to do.

We all should do extra. (2/4)

— Aaron Michlewitz (@RepMichlewitz) June 1, 2020

I do know many people wish to know solutions of what went incorrect and led us to a scene the likes we’ve got by no means seen right here in Boston. (4/4)

— Aaron Michlewitz (@RepMichlewitz) June 1, 2020