Tuesday, September 15, 2020

吳弭宣佈參選波士頓市長 英、中、西三語同步發聲

吳弭正式宣佈參選波士頓市長。(吳弭宣佈參選視頻)

             (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導)波士頓市建立390年以來的首名華裔市議員吳弭(Michelle Wu),今(15)日正式宣佈參選市長。一旦當選,將成為波士頓市最年輕市長。
          吳弭現年35歲,   2014年首度上任波士頓市不分區市議員席位時,年僅28歲,2016年連任後,當上波士頓市議會議長,迄今已3度連任,最近這2次的選舉,還都贏得最高票。
              這次宣佈參選波士頓市長,吳弭已經成為波士頓市有史以來角逐波士頓市長職位的首名華人。
              亞裔社區則是曾有韓裔的時任市議員尹常賢(Sam Yoon),2009年挑戰當時在位市長萬寧諾(Tom Menino)。
             吳弭將參選市長的傳言,早從她第二度當選連任以後,就不時出現這樣的猜測。近來無論是在扶助新冠病毒受害者,消除族裔不公的成立基金會上,計畫及發展局(BPD)的存廢上,吳弭對市政府的做法,都有尖銳批評,認為她將參選市長的議論聲就更多了。
             97日,波士頓在位市長馬丁華殊(Martin Walsh)乾脆以吳弭已經告訴我的方式,代替吳弭做宣佈。
             吳弭辦公室當時不肯承認,也不肯否認。今日吳弭終於決定撥開疑雲,還以英文,西班牙文和中文,三語並用的宣佈我要參選波士頓市長了
             吳弭在聲明中強調,她要為波士頓人帶來新氣象。她說波士頓正處於一個前所未有的時機,面對著病毒大流行,經濟危機,以及全國性的系統性種族歧視。要迎合這樣的時代,波士頓市就需要能對應這種挑戰急迫性與規模的領導層。
             她是一名母親,一個移民的女兒,強烈相信經由打造社區可以解決人們所面對的最大挑戰。作為市議員時,她和人們合作,提出大膽,系統性的改變,經由鼓吹全市各地市府領導力,重新定義什麼是可能。
             吳弭指出,早在病毒大流行以前,像往常一樣做事就已經讓波士頓人失望了。新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19)更暴露、加劇了全市各地的嚴重不平等。在這危機時刻,不只是可能,而是需要重新想像以社區為基地的領導層。
            我們可以在我們所有的社區中創造財富,重視公共教育,為我們的鄰里做計劃,投資在我們能夠負擔的住宅,以及為所有人服務的交通,真正的為了安全及治療而資助公共健康,而且在市政府的新綠色交易(Green New Deal)中提供清潔的空氣與水,健康的住家,以及為我們的子女提供最光明的未來
             吳弭參選波士頓市長的宣言,有三種語言,英文,中文及西班牙文。吳弭將於本週內在不同鄰里舉行一系列5場社區活動,和波士頓市民互動。
             915日傍晚5點,將在Nubian車站問候洛士百利(Roxbury)地區居民及搭車乘客。吳弭支持者將於5點半起在奧斯頓/布萊頓(Allston/Broghton)吳弭家舉行住家派對。
             9!6日早上8點半,吳弭支持者將在海德公園舉牌,下午4點晤見波士頓華埠居民及商家。
             917日下午3點半,拜訪東波士頓Eastie農場的社區花園。下午四點到Maverick車站晤見乘客。
             918日早上7點半,在Forest Hill車站晤見搭車乘客,下午5點牙買加平原(Jamaica Plain)的吳弭支持者舉牌,舉辦住家派對。拜會黑人業主所經營店舖的時間,還待確定。
             919日早上11點,洛士百利千禧年世代有色人種支持吳弭早午餐會,下午1點,社區和吳弭一起騎自行車,下午3點,支持吳弭的家庭在遊樂場聚會。

以下為吳弭辦公室發佈的新聞稿:
Michelle Wu Announces Candidacy for Historic 2021 Boston Mayoral Election

Boston, MA— Today, Michelle Wu released a video in three languages to announce her candidacy for the 2021 Boston Mayoral election. After spending nearly seven years fighting for Boston residents as an At-Large City Councilor, Wu is running a people-powered campaign to bring new leadership to Boston’s executive office. 

“We’re in an unprecedented time as Boston faces a pandemic, an economic crisis, and a national reckoning on systemic racism,” said Michelle Wu. “To meet this moment, we need leadership that matches the scale and urgency of our challenges.” 

Michelle Wu is a mom, a daughter of immigrants, and a fierce believer that we can solve our deepest challenges through building community. As a Boston City Councilor, Michelle has worked in coalition to deliver bold, systemic change and redefine what is possible through activist city leadership across our neighborhoods. 

“Business as usual has been failing Bostonians since well before the pandemic, and COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated deep inequities across our city,” said Michelle Wu. “In this moment of crisis, it’s not only possible but necessary to reimagine community-based leadership with the vision and conviction to act.”

“We can build wealth in all our communities, value public education, plan for our neighborhoods, invest in housing we can afford and transportation that serves everyone, truly fund public health for safety and healing, and deliver on a city Green New Deal for clean air and water, healthy homes, and the brightest future for our children.” 

The campaign announcement video is available in the three languages that Michelle Wu speaks: English, Mandarin, and Spanish. Wu will be hosting a series of community events in different neighborhoods throughout this week to engage with Boston residents. 

Wu will be available to engage with the media at the following events listed below. More details and updates to follow. 

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 
  • 5:00pm: Greeting Roxbury residents and transit riders at Nubian Station
  • 5:30pm: Allston/Brighton for Michelle supporter stand-out 
  • 6:30pm: Allston/Brighton for Michelle House Party
Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
  • 8:30am Hyde Park for Michelle supporter standout 
  • 4:00pm Greeting Chinatown residents and businesses

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
  • 3:30pm Community Garden visit at Eastie Farm in East Boston
  • 4:00pm Greeting transit riders at Maverick Station 

Friday, September 18th, 2020
  • 7:30am Greeting transit riders at Forest Hills Station
  • Time TBD Black Owned Business Tour
  • 5:00pm Jamaica Plain for Michelle supporter standout 
  • Jamaica Plain for Michelle House Party
Saturday, September 19th, 2020 
  • 11:00am Roxbury Millennials of Color for Michelle Brunch 
  • 1:00pm Community Bike Ride with Michelle 
  • 3:00pm Families for Michelle Playground meet-up   
To learn more about Michelle Wu and her campaign, visit http://michelleforboston.com or connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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