History isn't made on one Election Day, or even one election cycle.

History is made by the candidates, the organizers, the advocates, the volunteers who have worked for years - for generations - to build our communities. To build movements. To build power. 🧵
In 2009, when I won my first race for Boston City Council, I was the first woman of color elected in the Council's 100+ year history, and one of only two women on the Council that term - alongside eleven men. (2/x)
Today, the Council is more diverse than at any point in our City's history - majority women, majority people of color - and we have a historically diverse field of candidates for both City Council and Mayor, including many of my partners in good from City Hall. (3/x)
No matter the results tonight, those candidates and current officeholders, their families, their staff and supporters have changed our city forever and for good, through their commitment, their courage, and their sweat equity. (4/x)
Boston will be better for it.

Different questions will be called.

The lived experiences of more Bostonians will be lifted up.

& more people in our city will see themselves reflected in the halls of power.

I am so proud of the city our family calls home. (5/x)
To everyone on the ballot, the staff on their 100th cup of coffee, the volunteers knocking a few last doors - one of my favorite poems, To Be of Use by Marge Piercy:

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He didn’t give his life to become a martyr. His life was violently stolen.
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