Matthew Grady — WEBN TV

By Matthew Grady 11/07/2018

City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley ran unopposed for the 7th Congressional District in Massachusetts. So, the Boston City Council decided to celebrate her victory in its chamber, today, right after the midterm elections were over.
 
City Council President Andrea Campbell said, “We would be remiss if we did not take a moment to celebrate our colleague Ayanna Pressley in her incredible victory.”
 
Pressley is the first black woman to be elected to the House of Representatives from Massachusetts.
 
District 6 Councilor Matt O’Malley worked alongside Pressley for eight years. He praised her for working hard to make Boston a better place adding that now she’s “going to build a better country for all of us.”
 
The meeting was not all congratulations, however. Pressley spoke in support of many orders at the meeting, namely those about trauma and helping the elderly.
 
One of the dockets provided funds to be used in “allow[ing] the elderly to live and age in community and place where they grew up and with the families they love,” according to Pressley.  Another docket dealt with a grant to help those with Alzheimer’s, working to end the disease and provide travel companions to seniors afflicted with the condition.
 
Pressley had helped create the Committee of Healthy Women, Families, and Communities so she talked about the issue of trauma and how listening only hearings have been helpful.

They let families share their experiences with violence and trauma, especially in losing loved ones as a result of gun violence. This led to making a Mass General Hospital bereavement room to gain a greater understanding of non-gun related violence, namely stabbings and other kinds of knife use, according to Pressley.

 
“I’ll be here for a little bit longer,” Pressley promised before sitting down one last time at the meeting.
 

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