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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Michelle Wu for Mayor Announces “100 Estamos Con Wu,” a Group of Latino Leaders

 Michelle Wu for Mayor Announces “100 Estamos Con Wu,” a Group of Latino Leaders 


Boston, MA— More than one hundred leaders in the Latino community came out strongly for Michelle Wu today in a powerful demonstration of support. The list of leaders, “100 Estamos con Wu,” include Nilson “Junior” Pepen, Jovita Fontanez, Mario Paredes and Dr. Mariel Novas. The list includes people from República Dominicana, Puerto Rico, México, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, and Perú. The 100+ supporters cover a variety of occupations such as advocates in the field of mental health, education, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration and housing, as well as military vets, radio show hosts, housekeepers, religious leaders, entrepreneurs, small business owners, a retired judge, photographers, engineers and public health experts. These leaders have decided to come out publicly in support of Michelle because of her bold leadership, her vision for Boston and her strong track record on the issues they care most about.


“I’m so grateful to have the support of these leaders who have broken barriers and continue to push the doors wide open for the next generation. As the daughter of immigrants, I won’t stop fighting for all of our voices to be heard, and for all our communities to be reflected in positions of power and decision-making. I look forward to continuing to organize alongside this incredible coalition not just until the election, but to deliver change in office. Let’s go!” said Michelle Wu.


“I support Michelle because, since the beginning, she has been a respectful and efficient City Councilor At Large. As the daughter of immigrants, she understands what it feels like to not be heard and be neglected by our government, and I trust that she will continue to uplift the voices of the marginalized people. Her work with the Puerto Rican veterans before she even became a politician is just one example of who she is as a leader: somebody who honors our voices,” said Jovita Fontanez, trailblazing first Hispanic woman to serve as head of the Boston Election Commission and the first Hispanic woman elected to the Electoral College of Massachusetts.


"I support Michelle Wu because she is the candidate who most identifies with the Latino community, due to the fact that she is the daughter of immigrants. I support Michelle Wu, a daughter of immigrants, because in these difficult times we are living, Michelle has the plan and the desire to improve education, safety and generate jobs to close the racial wealth gap that exists, while also supporting small businesses. That is why I urge all Latinos to go out and vote this September 14th in the primaries for Michelle Wu,” said Nilson “Junior” Pepen, sports broadcaster.


I support Michelle Wu because she consistently promotes innovative and equitable policies that stem directly from the voices of Boston's diverse community members. Moreover, she is repeatedly among the first MA policymakers to take bold and progressive positions on issues related to racial equity, housing, immigration, transportation, environmental justice, and non-punitive public safety,” said Mario Paredes, pro-immigrant attorney.


“I support Michelle because her vision for Boston brings me profound hope for the future. She has the heart, the progressive values, the experience, the strategic plans, and the kind of unbreakable courage required to ensure that Boston works for black, immigrant families like mine; families who are too often left on the margins of opportunity. I know that City Hall will be of and for the people with her in office. Estoy con Wu!” said Dra. Mariel Novas, education advocate and organizer.


The “100 Estamos Con Wu” endorsers adds to the Michelle for Mayor campaign’s enthusiastic coalition of multigenerational, multicultural grassroots supporters including leaders Senator Elizabeth Warren, Boston City Councilors Lydia Edwards and Liz Breadon, State Senator and Assistant Majority Leader Sal DiDomenico, State Senator Julian Cyr, Representatives Mike Moran, Tram Nguyen, Tommy Vitolo, Natalie Higgins, Vanna Howard, Maria Robinson and Andy Vargas; former State Representative and Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing; labor unions Teamsters Local 25, New England Joint Board of UNITE HERE!, Alliance of Unions at the MBTA, MBTA Inspectors Union Local 600, OPEIU Local 453; climate organizations Sunrise Boston, Sierra Club, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, 350 Mass Action; Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale; Boston’s Ward 4 and Ward 5 Democratic Committees; and fellow municipal elected officials from across Greater Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For all of Michelle for Boston’s endorsements, visit michelleforboston.com/endorsements

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