Welcome to a SPECIAL edition of the Rollins Report-- a newsletter to update you on all that is happening on the campaign trail!
ALL THE WAY: FROM OUR KICKOFF TO TODAY
Because today is May 31st, we will be using this Rollins Report to recap the entire month of May! Team Rollins has grown exponentially these past four weeks and we can't wait to see what the rest of the campaign holds.
WE MET AND EXCEEDED OUR $100,000 MARK
We couldn't have done this without YOU and our incredible finance committee. This money helps us to spread Rachael's message of equity and justice for all in our criminal justice system; we are overwhelmed by your support!
LEADERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND SUFFOLK COUNTY SUPPORT RACHAEL
#TeamRollins has received a multitude of mind-blowing endorsements throughout the month of May! These include:
- Adam Foss, criminal justice reform champion
- Andrea Campbell, Boston City Council President
- Justice Geraldine Hines, former Associate Justice and the first black woman to serve on the Massachusetts Supreme Court
- Leo Robinson, Chelsea City Councilor
- Martin Murphy, former First Assistant in Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and current partner at Foley Hoag
- Monica Cannon Grant, Boston activist and CEO and Founder of Violence in Boston
- Real Justice PAC, founded by activist Shaun King
- William Brownsberger, Massachusetts State Senator, champion of the recent comprehensive criminal justice bill, and Chairperson of the Joint Committee of the Judiciary
CANVASSING OUR COMMUNITIES:
We've covered Suffolk County in signage and literature all throughout the month of May! Rachael and our cohort of volunteers have knocked on hundreds doors, talked to numerous local business owners, and given speeches to community groups in Allston, Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hall, North End, Revere, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End, West Roxbury, Winthrop. (Reminder: If you see any Rollins signage in your community, make sure to tweet it at @Rollins4DA with the hashtag #SignedUpWithRollins!)
In order of appearance: A Rachael sign spotted in the community; Rachael with her niece, Victoria, talking to voters at Tito Jackson's Turkey Fry; Rachael and Field Director, Dakota Roundtree-Swain, and Deputy Field Director, Annie Noel.
ENGAGING THROUGH EVENTS: OUT AND ABOUT WITH RACHAEL
In addition to our field efforts, we've also attended numerous community events, large and small, to spread our message. Highlights include College Bound's Dorchester Gala, the Dorchester Day Parade of Seniors Luncheon, the Haitian Flag Breakfast and the Annual Haitian American Unity Parade, Mother Caroline's 100 Backpacks for Puerto Rico event, Boston Memorial Day services, the Salesian Boys and Girls Club Breakfast, the Peace Institute's Walk For Peace, and Wake Up The Earth. Rachael has also continued to spread her message through multiple interviews (Politica Entre Amigos, WEMF Activist Hour, MAMLEO) and forums (Suffolk Law School and This Ain't Normal Panel).
In order of appearance: Rachael, her daughter Peyton, and her niece, Victoria on Memorial Day; Rachael and Councilor Kim Janey celebrating Haitian Flag Day; Rachael and Mayor Marty Walsh at the Dot Day Senior Parade; Rachael and Attorney General Maura Healey walking for peace; Rachael with her former boss, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
VOLUNTEER WITH RACHAEL
Saturday, 6/2: Meet, Greet, and CANVASS
Join us in canvassing from 5 pm - 7 pm on 6/2! RVSP above for more information. Get to know each other, get trained to canvass, and get out there and let people know about Rachael. She is counting on you to share her message of equity and justice by knocking on doors!
WALK WITH US
THE DORCHESTER DAY PARADE
Please come out and walk with us in unity with the wonderful community of Dorchester, this Sunday. We'll be meeting at the East Boston Savings Bank(2250 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124.) at 12:30 p.m. Come out to support Rachael and walk in the parade! Check out our Facebook event HERE!
Wednesday, 6/6: Meet, Greet, and CANVASS
Join us in canvassing from 5 pm - 7 pm on 6/6! RVSP above for more information. Get to know each other, get trained to canvass, and get out there and let people know about Rachael. She is counting on you to share her message of equity and justice by knocking on doors!
HOLD SIGNS AT
THE ACLU SUFFOLK COUNTY DA DEBATE
Please join Team Rollins at Hibernian Hall (184 Dudley Street Boston, MA 02119) for this exciting debate coming up on June 7th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM! Come at 5:30 PM to show your support for Rachael before the debate. The debate will be moderated by Callie Crossley, esteemed host of Boston WGBH's Under the Radar. Doors open at 6:00 PM. More information here.
WALK WITH US
THE PRIDE PARADE
Walk with us to celebrate the LBGTQIA community here in Suffolk County and in the nation. It'll be a day of pride, passion, and excitement. The parade kicks off at 12 PM on the corner of Boylston St and Clarendon St in Copley and will go to City Hall Plaza. Please meet us on the steps of the old side of the Boston Public Library facing Copley Square. Check out the Facebook event HERE!
Sunday, 6/10: Meet, Greet, and CANVASS
Join us in canvassing from 5 pm - 7 pm on 6/10! RVSP above for more information. Get to know each other, get trained to canvass, and get out there and let people know about Rachael. She is counting on you to share her message of equity and justice by knocking on doors!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved. We are trying to canvass as often as possible to make sure everyone in the community knows just how much of a trailblazer Rachael is.
Also, please join our Facebook group here.
Thanks again for your support, and we look forward to sharing all of our news with you. Come on team, let's roll!
(If you've missed any previous versions of The Rollins Report, check out our blog to see all archived editions.)
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: CHALOEA WILLIAMS
"Given Rachael's experience as a state and federal prosecutor, commitment to public service, understanding of the roles mass incarceration and the criminalization of poverty, mental illness, and addiction play in destabilizing communities, and Rachael's vision for transparent and progressive criminal justice reform, [I am] excited to support and volunteer for Rachael's campaign for Suffolk County District Attorney." - Chaloea Williams
Chaloea Williams first met Rachael during a reception hosted by the Massachusetts Black Lawyer Association ("MBLA"). Rachael, who served as President of the MBLA at the time, inspired Chaloea and other aspiring lawyers in the room to utilize their legal careers to serve all members of the greater Boston community.
Chaloea is a lawyer in Boston, MA. Previously, Chaloea was a senior associate at WilmerHale LLP, where she maintained a robust pro bono practice, including appearing on behalf of a family facing eviction from subsidized housing, representing asylum seekers, and motion practice on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union in support of the Boston Police Department’s body-worn camera pilot program
She received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where she served as President of the Black Law Students Association, defended adults and children in Boston Municipal Court, and delivered the 2014 J.D. commencement speech.
THANK YOU TO OUR INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS, LIKE CHALOEA!