Massachusetts lawmakers early Monday approved a package of significant changes to the state’s booming marijuana industry, answering longstanding calls for reform from advocates and entrepreneurs.
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination will receive an additional $3.3 million in funding in this year's state budget, following a WBUR report detailing wait times of well over a decade.
Former gubernatorial candidate explains her decision to drop out of race
As she announced her decision, Chang-Díaz deviated in several ways from the standard script for candidates who are bowing out.
Sonia Chang-Díaz addressed the Massachusetts Democratic Convention on June 4, 2022 ahead of the vote on the Governor's race. Following the speech, she received 29% of the votes, almost doubling the threshold to secure her place on the ballot.
NewsSonia Chang-Díaz knows what it’s like to be ‘other.’ It has shaped her and her bid for Massachusetts governor.
If elected, the barrier-breaker on Beacon Hill would be the first Latina and Asian American to serve in the office.
“Nuestro estado se encuentra hoy en un punto de inflexión y tenemos que decidir si regresamos a lo de siempre o corremos hacia los problemas con la urgencia y determinación para resolverlos. Necesitamos tener un Gobernador que anteponga a las personas a la política”, enfatizó.
The first Latina elected to the state Senate, Chang-Díaz would make history again if she prevails in November, as both the first woman and the first Latina elected governor of Massachusetts.
Seven of Massachusetts’ top climate policy makers, experts, and advocates are personally endorsing State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz in her campaign for Governor of Massachusetts.
Chang-Díaz joined Talking Politics host Adam Reilly to discuss her campaign and how she plans to win the nominations and governor’s seat.
Chang-Díaz now counts support from 80 elected officials across the state
Press ReleaseNew group of racial justice leaders names Sonia Chang-Díaz their top candidate for Governor
20 community leaders, attorneys, advocates cite Chang-Díaz’s record fighting for communities of color as a determining factor for their endorsements
Chang-Díaz now counts support from 50 elected officials across the state.
We can determine our own future here in Massachusetts, but we must act with urgency. We must use every tool at our disposal — to both hasten our arrival at a carbon-zero economy and to create prosperity in the communities most threatened by climate change.
New campaign brass hail from Democratic politics, advocacy organizations, and the Attorney General’s office.
Press ReleaseA dozen more Massachusetts officials back Sonia Chang-Díaz for Governor following Baker drop-out
New endorsers join state & national progressive groups, 25 other elected officials across the state in supporting Chang-Díaz.
People’s Action announced its endorsement of Sonia Chang-Díaz for Governor of Massachusetts. Chang-Díaz is running a movement politics, people-powered campaign and will work to advance the People’s Action People’s Platform once elected.
Press ReleaseSen. Chang-Díaz calls for “new chapter, with new leadership” as Baker says he won’t seek a third term
Massachusetts State Senator and candidate for Governor Sonia Chang-Díaz released the following statement in response to Governor Baker’s announcement that he would not seek a third term as Governor.
“We need to come to terms with the fact that we are free-riding on the backs of women,” said state Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, a Boston Democrat who is running for governor.
Press ReleaseSonia Chang-Díaz earns statewide endorsement from 15,000-member Neighbor to Neighbor MA
Neighbor to Neighbor is the first Massachusetts statewide organization to back a candidate for Governor in the 2022 race.
These ARPA funds are a once-in-a-generation chance: to strengthen the state’s public health infrastructure and safety net, to close the racial wealth divide, and to put an end to the inequities this pandemic has exacerbated.
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz continues to rack up endorsements — including 13 more from progressive state and local lawmakers across the state — in her bid for governor in the upcoming 2022 race, her campaign announced.
Chang-Díaz, the only office-holder in the Democratic race at the moment, has enjoyed the highest-profile success so far in attracting the support of movement progressives — including some of the same young political activists who helped key Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey's defeat of former Rep. Joe Kennedy III in a primary last year.
NewsSonia Chang-Diaz proposes free public college for Massachusetts residents as part of education plan
As part of a sweeping education plan released Tuesday, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and 43-year-old state senator from Jamaica Plain is pledging to invest “billions” to provide universal affordable child care, free preschool, and debt-free public college to Massachusetts residents.
PlanCOVID-19 Response Priorities: Massachusetts Needs Consistent, Proactive Plan to Protect Public Health
The Delta variant is a public health risk all across our state, threatening lives and the hard-won progress we’ve made toward economic and social normalcy — yet the Baker-Polito Administration continues to hedge and pass the buck. It’s past time for a consistent, cohesive, proactive statewide response.
Chang-Díaz calls for immediate statewide action to protect kids & families.
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz has lined up a dozen key endorsements from progressives on Beacon Hill and local city politics in her bid to become the next governor, her campaign announced.
A call for a more aggressive approach to everything from climate change to education funding seems likely to frame the liberal Jamaica Plain state senator’s campaign for governor, which she launched last week with a three-minute video describing her as a fighter willing to take on the status quo.
State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz declared her candidacy for Governor of Massachusetts on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Sonia started her run with a full schedule of stops across Massachusetts, culminating in a campaign kick-off with supporters on Wednesday afternoon. Watch Sonia’s remarks from the campaign kick-off here.
Chang-Díaz calls for end to Beacon Hill delays, new urgency for working families.
NewsSonia Chang-Díaz is the Democratic underdog in the Mass. governor's race, but she's overcome long odds before
In the race for Massachusetts governor, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz is the clear Democratic underdog.
NewsState Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, veteran progressive lawmaker, launches bid for Massachusetts governor
A favorite among young activists, the 43-year-old is staking a firm claim on the primary's progressive lane. Now in her seventh term representing a swath of Boston, the former teacher and first Latina elected to the state Senate has spent her years on Beacon Hill focused on education and criminal justice reform.
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Suffolk, and Atyia Martin, former chief resiliency officer for Boston, joined Jim Braude to talk about the key takeaways from the day.
Like Gonzalez, Chang-Diaz -- the Senate's only member of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus -- said the bill is not a complete solution but praised it as an important step.
Sonia Chang-Díaz advocates for the Reform, Shift + Build Act on the Senate floor
Broadly speaking, the bill's components can be divided into three categories, according to Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, who with Brownsberger led the working group that developed the bill. Chang-Diaz said the three themes are fighting racism, reducing the risk of police misconduct and "shifting from force and punishment to de-escalation and helping."
If we’re waiting for consensus, we’re waiting too long. Consensus is a luxury for politicians that poor and minority residents can’t afford.
We are standing on the precipice of an enduring, generational change in Massachusetts. After years of advocacy from students, parents, educators, and local officials from across the Commonwealth, the Legislature’s education committee released a long-sought K-12 funding reform bill last week.
With the State House back in session, lawmakers are reintroducing what would be the biggest overhaul of how public schools are funded in a quarter-century. If passed, the bill could result in more than a billion dollars a year in funding to Bay State schools.