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Sonia Chang-Díaz earns statewide endorsement from 15,000-member Neighbor to Neighbor MA

Press ReleaseOct 27, 2021

BOSTON, MA - Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, a grassroots organization of over 15,000 members, has announced its endorsement of State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Boston) in her bid for Governor. With local chapters in communities from Boston to Springfield, Neighbor to Neighbor is the first statewide organization to back a candidate in the 2022 Governor’s race.

"Neighbor to Neighbor is one of our state’s strongest community organizations leading the fight for real change," said Chang-Díaz. "Their members know what it takes to organize and win for working people — and they’ve shown it time and again from generational education funding and criminal justice reform to electing progressive candidates across our state. I’m so proud to have their support and partnership as we build this multiracial, multigenerational movement."

"Our members see themselves in Sonia, in her fight, in her story, in her vision," said Eliud Alcala, Chair of the Neighbor to Neighbor Action Fund. "She earned our trust by being with us in the trenches. We knew we could always count on her, not just to fight for us, but to listen and work together. We are very excited, and inspired by her candidacy for Governor and what her leadership could do for working families across the state."

Neighbor to Neighbor’s backing is the latest in a string of Massachusetts endorsements Chang-Díaz has racked up since announcing her campaign. Last week, Chang-Díaz’s campaign announced it had earned 25 endorsements from progressive state legislators, city councilors, and school committee members across the state.

"I am excited that Neighbor to Neighbor MA has endorsed Sen. Chang-Díaz for governor of Massachusetts," said Andrea Nyameke, Associate Director of Neighbor to Neighbor. "I have worked alongside Sen. Chang-Díaz over the years and have seen how she has centered the voices of folks in her district, as well as Neighbor to Neighbor members, and is always ready to lead on important issues impacting communities all over the Commonwealth."

"I'm really excited that Neighbor to Neighbor has endorsed a candidate that has experience as an educator, an activist, and as a seasoned State Senator," said Jeannette Rivera, Neighbor to Neighbor member. "Not only is Sen. Chang Diaz qualified to be our next Governor, she has consistently fought alongside us on important policy changes and upholds values that Neighbor to Neighbor is built upon. Values like; Imagination, Integrity, Abundance, Solidarity, Love and Gratitude. I believe Massachusetts deserves a Governor that embodies these qualities and has such valuable experience."

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts is a progressive organization of working class, multi-racial, and multi-ethnic people working together to build political and economic power to improve the quality of lives in local communities. The organization has been instrumental to electing progressive leaders at the local, state, and federal level in recent years.

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