Days before election, Wu asks students to get involved
General City Councilor Michelle Wu described what a Wu Town Hall would look like and urged the younger population to participate in the upcoming Nov. 2 election at a student press conference on Wednesday.
“We are in a time of generational crisis,” Wu said at a press conference organized for students at Boston universities. âThe decisions we make over the next three to five years will determine the lives and livelihoods of the next three to five generations. “
Wu, a progressive, and fellow councilor Annissa Essaibi George, considered a moderate, are both running for the city’s top office in Tuesday’s election. The two are the only remaining candidates of the selection that started racing earlier this year. Regardless of the election outcome, the city will see its first female mayor of color this fall.
Wu’s platform seeks to build a “resilient, healthy and just Boston” by strengthening education, expanding access to food and increasing jobs, according to its campaign website. Rather, Essaibi George seeks to “prioritize building an economy” and making Boston more affordable for all of its residents.
Wu said she intended to work with students and youth to facilitate change in Boston, noting that she had worked closely with Youth for Wu to create its campaign policy and “propel change in. each department “.
âFrom day one of this campaign, we partnered, centered and followed the lead of young people whoâ¦ push for the kind of transformational change that Boston could really step in,â she said.
The âtransformational changeâ Wu plans to implement includes taking the lead in climate justice.
Climate justice is a crucial part of Wu’s platform. She has long been a strong supporter of the new green and blue deals and has outlined several steps the city can take to decarbonize and switch to renewable energy, which will create jobs and promote environmental justice in the city.
“I am really excited to be making Boston a leader in climate justice and showing the urgency we need to act on,” she said. âWe need to electrify everything, clean up the sources of electricityâ¦ and ensure that racial and economic justice guides our decision-making. “
In addition to climate change, Wu also touched on his commitments to reduce food insecurity and tackle homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction, issues that are of particular importance given the recent clean-up of the homeless camp. shelter at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard.
âWe need leadership and accountability here,â Wu said. âWe have turned a blind eye to the depth of the humanitarian crisis in Mass. And Cass.â
She said she plans to hire a chief of staff to focus specifically on the region, adding that her administration would seek to connect the people of Mass and Cass with public health officials, mental health resources. and low threshold supportive housing.
In addition to his plans for Mass. and Cass., Wu said his administration will focus on reducing food insecurity for Boston residents and students. While state and federal funds will continue to be spent on increasing access to food in the city, Wu said his administration will push for systemic change.
“We need to change our underlying systems in order to link access to food to culturally appropriate jobs and food access points that can actually enable communities to be more economically stable,” said she declared.
Wu has repeatedly called for the removal of tariffs on the MBTA, which she says is public and, like libraries and parks, should be free. Its campaign website emphasizes the importance of free public transportation, saying it will limit traffic, connect Boston communities and strengthen the city’s economy.
Wu stressed the importance of student participation in the upcoming elections, calling on young people – whom she recognized as a “huge voting block” – to show up at polling stations and mail their ballots. She added that this election also has the potential to affect politics at greater levels.
âThe city of Boston is in a unique place to really change the conversation about what’s possible across the country,â Wu said. âWe need to make sure we’re setting the tone and leading the way to also build momentum for state and federal government action. “