July 7, 2014
I’m from Dorchester, I’m 16 and I’m a youth organizer and also a writer. I got involved with ACE when I met [ACE staff] David Noiles at the Summer Leadership Program (SLP), and he got me into REEP. I work on all three REEP campaigns.
My favorite part of the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition’s (YAC) work is the actions. It’s exciting when action day actually comes. Sometimes I’m on the bullhorn, sometimes I’m on press, sometimes I’m a superhero. I’ve been a superhero for the last two marches. During the action, I was on press and was interviewed by a reporter from NECN.
At the rally, there was excitement, hope. We had to keep walking or else we could get arrested, so we kept marching in circles and almost everyone had a sign. The people ranged in age. My godson was out there and he’s only one. One of the police officers even started saying our chants. It was the people – our rowdiness and yelling. There were allies, people from YAC, people I’d never seen – there was a lot of support.