Reports from Rachael on the campaign trail.
Rollins Report 5/17/2018
Welcome to the THIRD edition of the Rollins Report– a newsletter to update you on all that is happening on the campaign trail! Things have been moving along wonderfully, and Rachael has been very busy and is so excited to share these updates with you.
SENATOR BROWNSBERGER WEIGHS IN AND ENDORSES RACHAEL!
Massachusetts State Senator William N. Brownsberger, a main architect of the sweeping criminal justice reform bill passed last month, decided to weigh in on this important race. Cognizant of the fact that the next DA will be tasked with carrying out the legislation he has worked on for years, Sen. Brownsberger carefully assessed the candidates in this race and made his selection.
Brownsberger stated, “Rachael Rollins offers strong leadership, a deep commitment to public safety, and a full appreciation of the need for reform. She is the best candidate for the job.”
ADAM FOSS SELECTS A CANDIDATE IN THIS RACE!
Former Suffolk County A.D.A. and international powerhouse criminal justice advocate, Adam Foss endorsed Rachael this week. Adam explained: “Rachael brings together the best of what this city and county can be. We need a skilled and passionate leader, someone who has a vision to make the community better and to improve relationships between the community and law enforcement. Someone to give a voice to the often voiceless. Rachael is that person, and I am proud to endorse her.”
Rachael is so honored to have the support of key criminal justice leaders in our community and far beyond.
This week, we received amazing news from Voter Choice MA! Rachael won the straw poll conducted at the April 9th JP Progressives’ Candidate Forum. The community has been coming out in droves to be #RollingwithRollins and we couldn’t be happier!
On Sunday, May 13th, we walked in solidarity with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute for the 22nd Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. Founded on dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder, the Walk for Peace continued to be a monumental event this year.
As a member of the community, Rachael is outraged by the continued threat to our city’s families. As a mother, she is concerned for our children’s futures. And, as a foster mother, Rachael feels protective towards our most vulnerable populations. She grieves with these mothers and stands tall with them against gun violence.
One of Rachael’s key initiatives as your next District Attorney is to fully prioritize the nearly 1000 unsolved homicides in Suffolk County. These families deserve justice and Rachael is dedicated to addressing these issues while in office.
Last week, Rachael took part in many community events including: the Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center’s initiative to put together backpacks for students in Puerto Rico, College Bound’s Dorchester Gala where Rachael supported the youth of Suffolk County, and the Boston Foundation’s screening and forum for the documentary This Ain’t Normal. She also visited Ward 8 this week to spread her message of justice and equity. Rachael is working hard to remind youth of their worth and the community that we still have work to do.
Also, check out Rachael’s interview on Politica Entre Amigos here.
Upcoming events and volunteer opportunities
Saturday 5/19: help clean up Charlestown from 8-10am and/or come out to canvass with us from 11-1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Sunday 5/20: Haitian-American Unity Parade. Come out and support the Haitian-American community and Rachael. Meet at 12 noon at Le Foyer Bakery (132 Babson Street).
Saturday 5/26: door knocking day, location TBA. We’ll be canvassing the community as we roll with Rollins!
Please email email@example.com to get involved. We are trying to canvass every single day to make sure everyone in the community knows just how much of a trailblazer Rachael is.
Thanks again for all of your support, and we look forward to sharing all of our news with you. Come on team, let’s roll!
Rollins Report 5/9/2018
Welcome to the 2nd edition of the Rollins Report – a newsletter to update you on all of the exciting things happening on the election trail!
Last week, Rachael was featured in BC Law’s magazine after serving on a panel hosted by the school’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) with Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and Attorney J.W. Carney at its annual conference. Carney, Commissioner Evans, and Rollins spoke on the need to change cultures in the DA’s Office and on the police force, and advocated shifting success metrics and paradigms to focus on engagement and justice, rather than convictions. “We need more people in the room with different perspectives,” Rollins said. “That’s how things get better.”
Rachael’s kickoff was held last Tuesday and brought members from all over the community together to celebrate the official start of her campaign. Over 150 people came out to show their support, reflecting the true diversity of Suffolk County. Esteemed guests like former Justice Geraldine Hines, Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell, Boston City Councilor Kim Janey, former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, former Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and Adam Foss were in attendance. Justice Hines, President Campbell, and Foss have all officially endorsed Rachael! You can watch the full live stream video of Rachael’s kickoff here!
Last week, Rachael took part in the second DA forum at Suffolk University Law School hosted by Boston Wards 3, 4, and 5 Democratic Committees and moderated by Meghan Irons of the Boston Globe with opening remarks from Rahsaan Hall of the ACLU. Rachael was able to present her platform and prove that she is the best candidate for the job and the most qualified to shift the culture within the office and implement change! You can watch the full live stream of the debate here!
Finally, Rachael was excited to receive an endorsement from The Real Justice PAC. Founded by social activist Shaun King, Real Justice is a leader in the national and growing movement to reform our criminal justice system. Rachael is humbled and energized by their endorsement.
Thanks again for all of your support, and we look forward to sharing this experience together. Let’s roll!
Rollins Report 4/17/2018
Welcome to the #RollinsReport!
We want to thank you for pledging your support to Rachael’s campaign for Suffolk County District Attorney. We’ve had a busy couple of weeks and wanted to keep all of you in the loop with the weekly #RollinsReport.in Roxbury, JP, Dorchester, and Chelsea was a huge success! Supporters from all over Suffolk County came out to help collect signatures to get Rachael on the ballot. Every signature we collect and every person we talk to gets Rachael one step closer to victory in September.
On April 9th, we participated in our first forum hosted by the JP Progressives and Boston NAACP. “We have prosecutors who don’t look like the people they’re prosecuting. We have police officers who don’t look like the people they’re policing. And we need to do better.” said Rachael. Rachael’s dedication to revamp the criminal justice system of Suffolk County was highlighted during the forum. You can read more about the forum in the Baystate Banner and watch it here.
Suffolk County DA forum sponsored by JP Progressives and the Boston NAACP
Later in the week, Rachael hosted a gathering of woman attorneys in the Boston area. She then headed over to the Boston News Network as a guest speaker on “Talk of the Neighborhoods.” Make sure to watch her interview here.
Rachael spent the weekend meeting and talking with the people of Suffolk County at a number of community events.
She served as a panelist at the Boston College Black Law Students Association (BLSA) conference along with Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans. Her panel titled “Community Policing: Law Enforcement, Urban Neighborhoods, and The Ties That Bind Us All” focused on how to improve the relationship between civilians and law enforcement in Boston.
She stopped by the 6th Annual Got Peace Basketball Tournament at the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College. Rachael was proud to honor these fine, young athletes and connect with the event coordinator and community icon Big Time, Governor Charlie Baker and MBTA Transit Police Chief Ken Green. Then, she headed over to the Roxbury Neighborhood Assembly hosted by Boston Ujima Project, Right to the City, Reclaim Roxbury and ACE (Alternatives for Community and Environment)!
On Sunday, Rachael started off her morning at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan with Bishop John M. Borders, III and Boston NAACP President Tanisha Sullivan.
It’s been a jammed-packed couple of weeks, and Rachael is so grateful for your help. From collecting signatures, to contributing, we would not be here without your support. Stay on the lookout for more opportunities to assist Rachael on the campaign trail. This is the first #RollinsReport and we are so happy to have you on our team!
P.S. Keep an eye out for our new website debut later on this week! We will be posting more events and updates.