In this moment of increased attention on racial inequality, violence, and economic uncertainty, we rise together in leadership for a government that represents all its citizens and provides real solutions.
[From a press release]
A political action committee (PAC) has been formed called It’s Her Time to support a slate of candidates for Pawtucket City Council. The PAC is chaired by Stephanie Olarte, a prominent Pawtucket disability rights activist; Vice Chair Shirley Moore is a pastor, entrepreneur, and advocate; Secretary Moriah Garcia Nelson is an advocate and project manager; and Treasurer Gabrielle “Abby” Godino is an experienced political organizer and fundraiser. The PAC will support the following candidates:
- Agi Gai-Kah, Pawtucket City Council Citywide
- Melissa DaRosa, Pawtucket City Council Citywide
- Tarshire Battle, Pawtucket City Council Citywide
- Crisolita Figueiredo, Pawtucket City Council Ward 1
- Alexis Schuette, Pawtucket City Council Ward 4
- Janie Seguí Rodríguez, Pawtucket City Council Ward 5
The PAC issued the following joint statement on behalf of the It’s Her Time slate of candidates:
We, like many people in Pawtucket, understand the fundamental problems that plague us as a community can no longer be ignored. The COVID-19 global pandemic and its associated economic devastation have put our cities leaders and their policies to the test–and found them ill prepared to serve. In this moment of increased attention on racial inequality, violence, and economic uncertainty, we rise together in leadership for a government that represents all its citizens and provides real solutions.
The City of Pawtucket is one of Rhode Island’s most diverse cities and yet our council leadership in no way reflects the people and range of experiences that make up our community. We ask what if the full diversity of Pawtucket was seated at the table?
Pawtucket working families should have confidence that their children can get a quality public education and have a better life than their parents. Our Black and Brown neighbors shouldn’t have to live in fear that their teenagers may be the next victim of unwarranted police brutality. And every Pawtucket resident should have affordable, quality housing. Our current leadership in City Council has shown no urgency in fixing these systemic problems.
We’re running as a slate of women to represent ALL of Pawtucket because, it’s time the people of Pawtucket had a voice in their government. We are mothers, sisters, immigrants, essential workers, educators, community advocates, and we care deeply about our city. It’s our time to run for office.
We want to represent everyone in Pawtucket. We will do that by responding to your needs, and by holding ourselves accountable to you. We want a quality education system that prepares our children for success in life after school, a city where Black and Brown people are not treated as second-class citizens by the police, we want affordable housing for every person in Pawtucket, and we want term limits for all Pawtucket elected officials.
In 2020, we must change Pawtucket and make it a city that reflects who we are as a community, that supports all our children to succeed and thrive, that supports our working families, and invests in a sustainable and affordable future. We cannot afford to wait. Right now, Pawtucket City leadership is planning to renew our police union contract with pay increases, no community input, or any structural changes.
We need your help to make this happen, but we know we can make a better future for our city with your support!
It’s Her Time.
For more information about It’s Her Time, go to: www.itshertime.org