John Barros and Carlos Henriquez shared insights and led a community conversation about the municipal elections. This took place at DSNI on Nov. 25th.
As community organizers, they both see power as collective, while the electoral arena emphasizes the role of the individual - the elected official or candidate. They ran for office because they see being able to unfold community power and democracy and to advance a community agenda through civic engagement.
The 2013 Mayor's race, in the end, had issues of race and class at its center. Important ideas and priorities were lifted up - around economic opportunity, educational and health disparities, public safety, and much more.
We looked at a map of the vote distribution in Boston. Marty Walsh was elected by the working class communities and the communities of color. Now, the communities need to stay engaged and organized to ensure broad-based benefit.