BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - A group of Boston elected officials of color released a statement Tuesday condemning what they're calling "ongoing threats of violence and hateful attacks" directed at Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.
The mayor has recently been under pressure over the city's mask and vaccine mandates. She's also been met with protesters at City Hall, as well as outside her home in Roslindale.
Right now, face masks are required in all indoor public settings in the City of Boston for anyone over the age of 2 years old. People are also required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination in order to enter certain indoor spaces. First responders in the city are suing over plans to mandate the vaccine without a testing option.
“Since beginning her term, Mayor Wu has met the moment and worked tirelessly to address many of the greatest challenges facing our communities—including combatting the ongoing pandemic that has robbed us of more than 1,600 lives across the City of Boston alone. It is due to her brave and steadfast leadership, her commitment to science and the public health—including her common-sense and life-saving vaccine mandates—that the City of Boston is making necessary progress to combat this pandemic and protect our most vulnerable,” according to the statement.
The statement was signed onto by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley; State Representatives Russell Holmes, Brandy Fluker Oakley, Chynah Tyler, Liz Miranda, Jon Santiago, and Nika Elugardo; State Senators Lydia Edwards and Sonia Chang-Diaz; City Councilors Julia Mejia, Ruthzee Louijeune, Ricardo Arroyo, Kendra Lara, Brian Worrell and Tania Fernandes Anderson; Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden; Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins; and Suffolk County Register of Probate Felix D. Arroyo.
“To remain silent is to be complicit, and as elected officials of color across the City of Boston, we will not stand by and watch as openly racist, anti-Asian and sexist rhetoric is normalized in our community,” according to the statement.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports