It’s amazing, 4 years have flown by. It’s
been a cathartic experience serving my community! We have accomplished many
important things in our little neck of the woods proudly named Soldiers Home or
I want to thank you for electing me to serve
our Chelsea Neighborhood, I want you to know that I do not take this Honor of
serving lightly as I realize that the seat belongs to You, the masses, and not
me and so I hope I have performed up to your standards and I do hope you elect
to allow me to serve for another term.
Together we have done many big and small
things that have improved our quality of life, things such as improving the
safety of our streets at night by improving the lighting. Our streets have
never looked brighter and that is fantastic, the safety of all of us is of
primary importance. The city steps, particularly the Washington Ave. to
Franklin Ave. side was hard to light up but we found a way to finally light that
up without disturbing the neighbors while providing maximum illumination and
Thanks to the great job performed by DPW, we
have kept on top of the damage created by snow and storms on our streets. We
have given senior citizens discounts on water, have increased the residential
exemption in an effort to further lower residential taxes and mitigated the
proposed increase of water to residents from almost 3 percent to 1 percent.
We negotiated favorably on behalf of our
residents with the DOT and on Summit ave
we are working on minimizing thedisturbanced cause by the building of the new
hospital. We are taking care of streets on Washington Ave and County Road, and
are embarking on more efforts to beautify our Soldiers Home like improved
Christmas and holiday ligting this season.
We also provided barrells both for trash and
recycle inan effort to curb the rodent problems in the city.
Thanks to the great work by all of the
boards and groups like the Chelsea Hill Community, we can see the ever
flourishing beauty that is Chelsea, come through more and more everyday! We
have beautified the city with trees, newer streets and newer sidewalks.
Improved the condition of our parks. Our city is the safest and our
transportation efforts are the best they have ever been.
All of this we have done together, with You,
our neighbors, hand in hand, at meetings
that have run through the night, along with a City Council that Cares and is
Commited to bringing the Best Services to our Communities. A City Manager that is commited to seeing
Chelsea grow and phenomenal people serving in the various boards doing their
best to make Chelsea the varied complex and
magnificent place it is to call Home.
It is an pleasure to have the Honor of
fighting alongside with you for the betterment of our Chelsea and my little slice of heaven our
beloved Soldiers Home!
Changes are in the air.
Did you know, that a long time ago, Chelsea
was , get this, a Vacation Destination, yes our own little Chelsea
Massachusetts was Elite. We do of course know, because it has been drilled into
our heads, the Chelsea that everyone called and wrote about as the Worst Crime
City in America or Poorest City in America.
Chelsea has a Mystery about Her! This
gorgeous city we call home has been up and down and over but never out, Its a
City I Adore and I am So Proud to call Home and my Area of Soldiers Home, the
Only Place for My Family.
We have all heard, its not a secret anymore,
Chelsea is the New It Place. Yup a place
where just 20 years ago our families rented 3 bedroom apartments for $450
everything included, is Now, Once Again, Elite!
They call it Gentrification!
The dictionary defines Gentrification as :
Gentrification is a process of changing the character of a neighborhood through
the influx of more affluent residents and businesses.
Chelsea is in need of Well Rooted, Caring,
Informed and Responsible Leadership. One who understand the struggles of the
lifelong residents of Chelsea and will work towards the efforts of helping
those residents remain here and welcome our new reality and our new neighbors
and make them feel at home just as we were made to feel at home when we first
came here, its the Chelsea Way!
There is a balance that the Council needs to
be able to strike and that is how to help our well-rooted families that have
been here for generations, remain here, it is a struggle that I have pledged to
help fight in an effort to alleviate some of the burden being placed by the
How do I help, I am on the Board of Capic, an amazing organization full of
wonderful people working to alleviate many of lives problems and particularly
Homelessness, Volunteering as an instructor at Chelsea Restoration doing first
time home buyer seminars in an effort to help people achieve a part of the American
dream and form Roots that call Chelsea their home.
Working alongside the City Manager on a
Master Plan which will set the direction the city is going to take for decades to come. This alone needs a
council that is knowledgeable with bold leadership that will help bring about a
brighter future for Chelsea as it moves into its new and ever changing face
while at the same time ensuring that the historical value and character remain
Chelsea matters to me , I have lived here
since my arrival from Colombia in 1977, Chelsea and particularly Soldiers Home
have been where my New American Roots began to take shape back in 1977 and they
never left. Don’t fret my friends, my family and I have maintained every little
bit of our heritage from back in Colombia and we enjoy our sancocho y chicharon
y pan debono en la manana con cafe.
I cannot function without my dunks in the
My roots are here in Chelsea Soldiers Home,
I have my village here, my two beautiful sons and daughter, nieces, nephews,
aunts, cousins, my beautiful mom Alda, two amazing sisters and many other
I love doing my part in protecting our home
and I am asking for your Vote to Re-Elect me to serve on your behalf in the
Council for our Great area District 2 Soldiers Home!
It has been an Honor serving the needs of
our area and know that I do not take Lightly the Responsibility of Representing
Our Interest and our Area.
I , Luis Tejada , ask for your vote so that
we can continue the fight for an ever improving, never settleling Chelsea and
Chelsea Soldiers Home District 2 .
Preliminary elections may happen on Sept.
14, with the countdown to narrow the running mates down to two and then its off
to the election in November.
Thank you in advance for participating in
the process and for taking the time to read this my message to you my dear
Boston University awarded academic degrees
to 6,902 students in May 2019.
Receiving degrees were Richard Jean
Baptiste, Master of Laws in Graduate Taxation; Jorge W. Baptista, Master of
Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences; Sara Beqo, Bachelor of Science
in Health Science, Cum Laude; Jhonatan Perea Piedrahita, Bachelor of Arts in
Biology, Spec. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics; Raymond
Novaes, Master of Science in Global Marketing Management; Ada G. Avila, Master
of Social Work in Social Work; Makieya M. Kamara, Master of Science in
Nonprofit Leadership; Mathew C. Renik, Bachelor of Science in Business
Administration in Business Administration and Management; Lindsay B. Zimnoch,
Master of Theological Studies in Biblical and Historical Studies.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an
internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.
Consisting of 16 schools and colleges,
BU offers students more than 250 programs of study in science and engineering,
social science and humanities, health science, the arts, and other professional
disciplines, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the
University’s research and teaching mission. With more than 33,000 students, BU
is the fourth-largest private university in the country and a member of the
American Association of Universities (AAU), a nonprofit association of 62 of
North America’s leading research-intensive institutions.
Local Students Receive Bachelor’s Degrees from UMass Amherst
Approximately 5,500 students received
bachelor’s degrees in over 100 majors at the University of Massachusetts
Amherst’s Undergraduate Commencement on May 10, 2019 at the McGuirk Alumni
Below is a list of students from your area
who earned a degree.
The Memorial Day weekend is
upon us, a three-day weekend that for most Americans marks the start of the
summer season. Many will celebrate appropriately with barbecues and outdoor
activities with family and friends.
However, amidst our
festivities, we should not forget that Memorial Day is America’s most solemn
national holiday, marking our nation’s tribute to those who made the Supreme
Sacrifice for our country.
Memorial Day initially was
observed on May 30 and was known as Decoration Day, in an era before the turn
of the 20th century, when the Northern states paid tribute to the Union
soldiers — who gave their lives to preserve America as we know it — by
decorating their graves that were a part of the landscape of every Northern
community whose sons died to preserve the Union and free the slaves.
That tradition continues to
this day, with the graves of those who gave their lives for their country being
decorated with American flags and flowers around the country, whether by
veterans organizations or family members.
The new century soon brought
with it wars, seemingly every generation, that would give new meaning to the
words Supreme Sacrifice. Starting with the Spanish-American War in 1898,
American blood was shed on foreign soil in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf
War, and then Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention in other far-off places
around the world that are known only to our government.
Although history has been
less than kind in judging the wisdom of our policy-makers who involved us in
many of these conflicts, what is beyond dispute is that in every war to which
we have sent our young men and women, they have performed with courage and
patriotism in the belief that they were serving the best interests of our
For those of us who have
been spared the horrors of war, it is difficult, if not impossible, to
appreciate the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf by those who served
— and died — while wearing the uniform.
It is these brave Americans,
who gave “the last full measure,” whom we honor on Memorial Day. Without their
heroic efforts, we would not be writing this editorial — nor would you be
So as we enjoy the long
holiday weekend with friends and family, let each of us resolve to take a
moment — if not longer — to thank those who gave their lives in order that we
might be able to enjoy the freedoms that make America the greatest nation on
Abraham Lincoln’s words in
his Gettysburg address ring as true today as they in 1864:
Four score and seven years
ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in
Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a
great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so
dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We
have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for
those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether
fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we
can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far
above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long
remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is
for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which
they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be
here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored
dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full
measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not
have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of
freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people,
shall not perish from the earth.
In the aftermath of the terrible coordinated
attacks by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka that killed more than
300 people and wounded about 500 in churches and hotels across the small
nation, the Sri Lankan government took the extraordinary step of shutting down
social media platforms, including Facebook, You Tube, and Twitter, in order to
prevent the dissemination of misinformation that might incite even more
bloodshed among its various sectarian groups.
This decade has seen the spread of social
media that rightly might be compared to an out-of-control wildfire. What
initially was seen as an innocuous manner of sharing information among friend
groups — think of friends sitting around a camp fire telling stories — has
turned into a raging inferno whipped by the winds of greed and hatred that is
destroying everything in its path.
Say what you want about the recently
released Mueller Report, what is beyond dispute is that it shows that the
Russian government used social media through coordinated bot attacks to spread
misinformation among large swaths of the American public who utilize these
forms of media. In short, the Russians are using social media to undermine our
The attacker in New Zealand who committed
the atrocities in two mosques drew his inspiration from social media postings
by right-wing organizations and individuals from around the world and then
posted his carnage live online. It was hours before the social media companies
were able to take down what he posted, but by then the damage had been done and
his carnage had been viewed around the globe.
In some respects, these abuses of online
platforms by those who wish to spread fear and disinformation are just the tip
of the iceberg of the curse that has become the Internet.
There is no such thing as privacy for
anybody, unless you live under the proverbial rock. Everything we do on-line is
tracked and establishes a profile that can be used — and misused — by those
who are keeping track.
The Chinese government is showing firsthand
how the Internet can be wielded by a malevolent government (and non-government
actors) to control both unfavored opposition groups and individuals.
The Chinese are employing facial recognition
software to identify every person in their country — a monumental task in a
nation of a billion or so people — but it already is being used to keep track
of, and suppress, minority religious groups.
The Chinese government also is issuing a
“score” for every person in the country — think of it as a credit score, but
taken to the nth degree — that ultimately will rank every person in the
country on a scale of social and economic acceptability, creating a hierarchy
that will determine a person’s lifelong fate.
It also is clear that the internet has
become the new battlefield among nations and others. Who needs nuclear weapons
when a hostile government or terrorist organization or criminal enterprise can
disable a nation’s energy grid or wreak havoc on the financial system or hold
individuals and businesses hostage simply by employing malevolent software?
America’s military might — our trillions of
dollars worth of aircraft carriers, stealth bombers, and drones — is no match
for a computer virus or worm that attacks our nation’s infrastructure.
George Orwell, in his novel “1984,”
describes a dystopian future in which the government, symbolized by Big
Brother, scrutinizes every human action with the aim of creating conformity
among its citizens.
Orwell wrote his novel in 1948. It is ironic
— and incredibly prescient of Orwell — that the internet as we know it today
was beginning to take shape in 1984.
It is clear in 2019 that the world Orwell
predicted in 1984 has arrived — and we fear that things are going to get a lot
worse before we figure out how to get this Frankenstein monster under control,
if we ever do.
Several local restaurants and the City’s Chelsea
Prospers program is stepping up to celebrate all things about the pupusa this
Sunday, April 7, at Emiliana Fiesta as part of the first annual Pupusa Fiesta.
As a precursor to the coming Night Market
events, and a nod to the City’s Latino and Central American heritage, the City
and local business owners have combined efforts to put on a free festival to
highlight the stuffed corn tortilla delicacy – as well as all the trimmings
that go with it.
Downtown Coordinator Mimi Graney said that
five businesses have signed up to participate in the free event, where they
will have pupusa samples, forchata drinks, pupusa-making demos, curtido and
“It’s kind of flexing our muscles to see how
well we get people together and I also wanted to have a celebration of a
particular food that we have in Chelsea,” said Graney.
Julio Flores of El Santaneco Restaurant said
they are very excited to participate and feel it is very important that a dish
like the pupusa is being highlighted.
“We’re very excited because we opened the
restaurant in 2000, and since then we’ve participated in different events like
Taste of Chelsea and others,” he said. “However, this is the first time it’s
going to be just about the Latino cuisine – particularly the pupusa. That’s a very
A pupusa is a thick corn tortilla stuffed
with cheese and beans – sometimes meats as well. Curtido is a common side dish
with the pupusa and it is a vinegar-based slaw made of cabbage and carrots –
and a touch of spiciness.
“I think the city manager and Mimi and
Chelsea Prospers are doing a great job because I’m not 100 percent sure, but I
think it’s the first time there is an event just about Latino food. It also
opens up the opportunity for this to happen again. I would love to see this as
an opportunity to start a tradition and that it won’t be a one-time event.”
He also said it gives homage to the culture
in Chelsea, but a culture that is changing.
“The City is changing,” he said. “The Latino
community has been in Chelsea many years.”
The Pupusa Fiesta
will take place on Sunday, April 7, from 2-5 p.m. at Emiliana Fiesta, 35 Fourth
St. It is a free event.
Hundreds of friends, family, former high
school classmates, and co-workers paid their respects to Trina Louise Wilkerson
during memorial observances at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Malden.
Trina passed away unexpectedly on March 6.
She was 45 years old.
Reggie Wilkerson, her older brother and one
of Chelsea High’s greatest quarterbacks, said he appreciated the many people
who came out to pay tribute to his sister’s beautiful life.
Trina was a lifelong supporter of Reggie’s
and the caretaker of the well-known Wilkerson family.
“Trina was a great little sister, the best,”
said Reggie. “She was always there for me. She took care of our family, and
that was so important. She took so much care of everybody in our family.”
Reggie and Trina participated in Chelsea Pop
Warner together, he as a football player, she as a cheerleader.
Trina was an amazing party organizer and
loved being around people. She uplifted others with her smile and kind words.
When Irena Wilkerson, Reggie and Trina’s
beloved mother, passed away, Trina decided to organize a party to honor her and
donate the proceeds to the American Cancer Society. Reggie helped out, to be
sure, but Trina was the planner who took care of the details to insure the
success of the event, making sure that everyone had a good time.
Reggie said he will carry on with the fifth
annual fundraiser – in memory of Irena Wilkerson and Trina Wilkerson – and host
the benefit this Saturday, March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Merritt
Paying their respects
One of the many friends who turned out for
the tribute to Trina Wilkerson was Phunk Phenomenon Dance Studio owner Reia
“Reia was one of my sister’s best friends,”
said Reggie. “Reia, my sister, and I used to take dance lessons together at
Genevieve’s. I was a dancer, too. We used to wear our little costumes.”
City Councillors Leo Robinson and Calvin
Brown joined other local dignitaries in paying their respects to Trina.
“Just a great young lady,” said Calvin
Brown. “I’m so fortunate to having gotten to know Trina and her beautiful
family. We have lost a great person, someone who loved Chelsea and gave back to
Also turning out for the memorial
observances in Malden were Trina’s co-workers at Hyde Park Community Center.
“My sister was a youth counselor in Boston,
so there were a lot of youths whom my sister mentored during their childhood –
they spoke at the services,” said Reggie.
“It was very touching to hear their stories and how much they loved my
sister and what she did to help them succeed in their lives. I was like, ‘wow,
Reggie said during the observances a
gentleman approached him and said, “Your sister (Trina) helped my daughter so
much. She suffered from low self-esteem, her confidence level was low and she
didn’t believe in her artwork. He said to me, ‘your sister mentored her and she
raised her confidence level and she got my daughter to believe in her work.
“And Reggie, I want to tell you that because
of Trina, my daughter was accepted to the school of her choice – and we owe
this all to your sister.”
Heartwarming stories like that about Trina –
a 2017 recipient of the CBC’s prestigious Chelsea Trailblazer Award – have
helped Reggie and the family during this difficult time.
“Trina did so
much for kids and the community in general,” said Reggie proudly. “I want to
carry on her legacy of caring and kindness and her generosity of spirit.”
So much happens within every municipality that needs to be shared: upcoming events, new initiatives, important updates, celebrations of success. And there’s myriad ways in which each department of City Hall interfaces with the public in routine ways, from applications for parking permits to business licenses, to simple correspondence to the uniforms of Department of Public Work employees repairing the streets. Inherent in all of this communication is a message about how the municipality functions. Each represents an opportunity to say something about the City of Chelsea itself.
The new Chelsea City Seal features a more appropriate figure and a consistent design.
To make the most of these
opportunities, the City of Chelsea has just released a Style Guide that details
the specific graphic style for all communications from the ten City Hall
departments and nearly twenty boards and commissions. The goal of the
effort is to establish a consistent brand identity that’s professional, clear,
and attractive. The guide details typography, colors, photography and
formatting that together create a distinctive look for City Hall’s print and
digital materials. For administrative staff at City Hall, a suite of templates
facilitate the quick creation of regularly needed materials within the
established style. The refreshed documents include letterhead and envelopes,
agendas and minutes, business cards and brochures, forms and flyers, reports
and PowerPoint slide decks.
The underlying goal of
the project is that quality, consistent design will demonstrate a unified voice
whenever expressed by an agent of Chelsea’s city offices. Quality design
demonstrates competence and professionalism. Through a clear graphic identity
the public will be able to better recognize services provided by municipal
Over the past eight
months, a team of City Hall staff representing a variety of departments worked
with design consultant, Catherine Headen, to develop the guide. After
reviews, working sessions and a special event with City Hall staff the
completed Guide and templates are formally released this week.
A major aspect of the
work was refining of the City Seal. Over the decades numerous changes had
led to an evolution of the design, drifting the illustration away from the
original as detailed in the banner hanging Chelsea’s City Council
Chambers. When the team began, nearly a dozen different images were in use
as a City Seal across municipal departments. The design details had
changed so significantly that the group was surprised to discover lost elements
prescribed within the City Charter: “The following shall be the device of the
corporate seal of the city: A representation within a circle of a shield
surmounted by a star, the shield bearing upon it the representation of an
American Indian chief and wigwams; at the right of the shield, a sailboat such
as was formerly used for ferriage; at the left of the shield, a view of the
city and a steam ferryboat; under the shield, the word “Winnisimmet;” around
the shield, the words “Chelsea, settled 1624; a Town 1739; a City 1857.”
The unveiling of the new look with take place over time. City staff will
continue to use the print materials already on hand but will use the new
templates for all their future materials. The new style is intended for the
main City Hall departments and doesn’t extend to the City’s Police and Fire
departments or to the schools.
The growing movement for the federal
government to take the lead in effecting policies that will negate the effects
of both economic inequality and climate change has been incorporated into what
is being referred to as the Green New Deal.
Our U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey, is among
those who is spearheading the legislation, along with newly elected
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
The key features of the Green New Deal are
both economic and environmental.
Health insurance for all Americans, job
creation, and the expansion of the safety net are among the highlights of the
economic aspect of the proposal.
On the environmental front, the goal is for
the United States to become carbon-neutral within 10 years.
Both aspects of the proposal will face
opposition in Congress from Republicans. The economic aspects will require
raising taxes on the wealthy, which essentially would repeal the tax cuts
approved by the GOP Congress last year.
The environmental goals will face a fierce
fight from the energy industry and other business groups.
The Green New Deal seeks to address what we
believe are the two great existential threats both to the American way of life
and America itself :
First, that we are becoming a plutocracy —
a government of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich.
Second, that climate change will wreak
environmental and economic havoc on our nation with catastrophic consequences
unless we take immediate steps to reverse its effects before they reach a
tipping point from which we cannot escape.
Some may call the Green New Deal a
pie-in-the-sky idea. But the reality is that unless we do something — and soon
— about the growing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few and the
imminent threat of climate change, the future of America (and the world) is
Ryan Dion has fond memories of his days
growing up in Melrose and traveling to Route 1 to enjoy a steak at the Hilltop.
“Route 1 is my old stomping ground,” said
Dion, who graduated from Melrose High (Class of 1999) and UNH with a degree in
Business and Hospitality. “The old
Hilltop was family dinner most Saturday nights. I remember waiting two hours for
seating in Sioux City, Kansas City, and Dodge City. I use to run around the old
phone booths with my brothers.”
Dion is now the chief operating officer of
110 Grill, which just celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting
ceremony at its newest location on Route 1 in Saugus.
The 110 Grill in Saugus is the restaurant
group’s 18th location and it sits majestically on the former site of the
legendary Hilltop Steakhouse. The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured the lighting
of the iconic Hilltop cactus.
Asked to describe 110
Grill, Dion replied, “110 Grill is upscale, casual, American cuisine in a
trendy, casual atmosphere.”
110 Grill features
steaks, seafood, a variety of sandwiches, salads, and appetizers, as well as
monthly rotating specials that the chefs create.
Appetizers range from $7
to $15. Entrees range from $14 to $30.
Why have the 110 Grill
restaurants – now in three states (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York)
proven to be so popular with diners?
“I believe it’s three
things – great food, great service, and the great ambiance,” said Dion. “What I
love about our concept is being upscale casual, you can come in here in a
business suit and have a $32 ribeye and a bottle of Duckhorn Cabernet, or you
come in shorts and sandals from the beach, sit at the bar and have a burger and
a beer. Either way, you fit in.”
The restaurants seats 155
persons, with a private function room available for lunch, dinner, and cocktail
“We’re absolutely excited
to get to know the local folks,” said Dion. “We have a great crew working here
from Saugus, Melrose, Revere, Lynn, and other area communities.”
110 Grill appears destined to be a huge hit on the local restaurant scene.
When one considers that it has been almost
51 years since Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, it is easy to
understand why so many of our fellow Americans today have so little
understanding of who he was and what he accomplished.
Every school child for the past generation
knows well the story of Martin Luther King. But an elementary school textbook
cannot truly convey the extent to which he brought about real change in our
country. To anyone under the age of 50, Martin Luther King is just
another historical figure. But for those of us who can recall the 1960s, a time
when racial segregation prevailed throughout half of our country and overt
racism throughout the other half, Martin Luther King stands out as one of the
great leaders in American history, a man whose stirring words and perseverance
in his cause changed forever the historical trajectory of race relations in
America, a subject that some historians refer to as the Original Sin of the
However, as much as things have changed for
the better in the past 50 years in terms of racial equality in our society, it
also is clear that we still have a long way to go before can say that all
Americans are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of
their character, as Dr. King famously put it in his speech at the Lincoln
Memorial in 1963.
It is clear that there is a movement in our
country that seeks to take away many of the hard-fought gains of the past 50
years. The shootings and deaths of African-Americans while in police custody
that have shocked all of us in the past few years are just the tip of the
iceberg. Much more significant have been the judicial decisions that have
stripped away key provisions of the voting rights act, the disproportionate
treatment and incarceration of minorities for drug-related offenses, and the
voter ID laws and gerrymandering in many states that, in the words of a federal
court in North Carolina, attain with surgical precision the goal of preventing
people of color from being fairly represented in government at all levels.
“What would Dr. Martin Luther King
do?” we often ask ourselves. We can’t say for sure, but we do know that he
that as much as King accomplished in his lifetime, he would be the first to
understand that his work for which he gave his life still is far from done —
and we can only hope that his spirit and courage can continue to inspire this
and future generations to bring about a world in which all persons are treated
with dignity and respect.