I am incredibly grateful for your support and am honored to serve as your upcoming State Representative for the 5th Suffolk District. We broke a 40-year record for voter turn out and I could not have done it without my family, friends, neighbors, and community leaders, like you, by my side. Together, we will identify the top priorities for our district so that I can best serve my community in the State House.
I will be sworn in as State Representative on Wednesday, January 2nd. After the official ceremony is held, I will be hosting an event within our district to celebrate our win. Stay tuned!
Until January 2nd, be sure to direct all neighborhood inquiries to acting Representative Evandro C. Carvalho. I look forward to collaborating with you all on a wide range of issues.
NewsWednesday, October 30, 2019 12:00 AM
Gloucester Times - Is Bay State ready for more climate refugees?
BOSTON — After the deadly Category 5 Hurricane Maria forced Puerto Rican evacuees to settle elsewhere in the United States, the city of Boston supported 142 displaced households, enrolled 193 students in its school district, provided 1,000 winter coats, hats and gloves, and distributed 36 Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
"With all of these efforts, there's more we can do and more that we could have done as communities across Massachusetts," Yusufi Vali, the director of Boston's Office for Immigrant Advancement, told lawmakers Tuesday after he presented those statistics.
Vali testified before the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities in support of a bill by Rep. Liz Miranda that would create a special commission "to better prepare the Commonwealth for climate change refugees."
Vali said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's administration supports the bill "because it understands that Hurricane Maria is not an isolated incident."
"Climate change is real, and there will be more disasters in the future," Vali said. "There is a lot we did right to support our new Massachusetts residents, reacting as best we could in the moment. Given that we anticipate more instances of climate refugees, however, in the future we must have a proactive plan in best efforts."
Along with municipal efforts to support hurricane evacuees, the state took several steps, including providing additional money to local schools experiencing an influx of Puerto Rican students, offering in-state tuition rates to evacuee college students, and convening housing, education and health officials on a task force to coordinate aid efforts.
Police officers, emergency management personnel and a six-person National Guard communications unit also deployed to the island at various points.
Miranda's bill (H 149) proposes an 11-member commission that would evaluate the state's efforts after Hurricane Maria and advise the Legislature on ways to prepare for future influxes of individuals forced to leave their homes due to "either sudden on-set disasters or slow on-set degradation of their natural environments related to at least one of the following impacts of climate change: flooding, extreme weather events, sea-level rise, and droughts."
Miranda said the arrival of displaced people after Hurricane Maria highlighted a need to define and improve existing emergency response protocols and to consider what other measures might be needed.
"We know that displacement related to climate change is on the rise," the Boston Democrat said. "It's not if it's going to happen, it's when and where."
Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:00 AM
After a spate of violence starting on the Fourth of July, hundreds gathered at Jeep Jones Park in Roxbury Sunday for the conclusion of a two-day basketball tournament to promote peace on city streets.
State Representative Liz Miranda, who represents parts of Roxbury and Dorchester, is a member of Score 4 More, the nonprofit that organized the tournament, which drew about 500 players.
“We’ve got to always remember that the best that we can offer is love, peace, and community,” said Miranda, who lost a brother to gun violence in 2017.
Monday, February 4, 2019 12:00 AM
Dorchester resident and recently sworn-in State Representative for the 5th Suffolk District (Dorchester-Roxbury), Liz Miranda, has “taken a leap” in her first weeks as elected official to filed a bill for a renewed “Safe Communities Act” legislation in Massachusetts.
Officialy titled “An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents,” the bill was presented at the State House (bill HD.1520) by Miranda and the 12th Middlesex State Representative Ruth Balser, and at the State Senate (bill SD.926) by Middlesex and Worcester State Senator James Eldridge on January 16th, 2019.
The key features of the “Safe Communities Act,” according to the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy coalition are: 1) No questions about immigration status: Bars law enforcement and court personnel from asking people about their status unless required by law. 2) Protects due process: Before Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) questions someone in local custody, requires police to obtain their consent using a form that explains their right to decline an interview or have their own attorney present. 3) Limits notifications to ICE: Bars police, court officers and jail officials from notifying ICE that someone is about to be released. 4) No more 287(g) agreements: Ends contracts with ICE that allow state and county personnel to act as federal immigration agents, at state taxpayers’ expense. 5) Provides crucial training and accountability: Requires law enforcement agencies to train their personnel about this law, and if there is an alleged violation, people can file a complaint with the relevant agency or the Attorney General.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:13 PM
Worcester Telegram: Blacks typically taken for granted by Democrats
By: Clive McFarlane
Nika Elugardo said she held her nose the first time she voted. It was in 1992. She was 19, and Bill Clinton was the Democratic presidential nominee.
“I was sick to my stomach, because I hated his policies on race,” she said in an appearance on WGBH’s “Basic Black” following her stunning mid-term electoral victory in the 15th Suffolk/Norfolk District over Jeffrey Sanchez, veteran Democratic state lawmaker and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
“I hated his polices on so-called welfare, and I hated his polices on criminal justice.”
That’s been the bane of the African-American experience with the modern-day Democratic Party. The party doesn’t treat them right, but jumping ship would be like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. So people like Ms. Elugardo stayed and held their nose.
Well, that might be changing.
The 2018 mid-term elections might have been a referendum on President Donald Trump and his policies, but they were also a gut-check for the Democratic Party, which saw an infusion of young, progressive voices, most of them women and many of them African-Americans, and some who are unapologetic in their criticism of the party.
Many note that their rise to power came without the backing of the party machine and suggest that one of their mandates is to push the party to be inclusive in its deeds, rather than just in its rhetoric.
“What needs to be said in a very straightforward way is that the Democratic Party is straight-up racist,” Ms. Elugardo said during her WGBH appearance.
“The structural racism that we’re talking about dismantling is in the party.”
Liz Miranda, the community organizer who won the 5th Suffolk District seat, also spoke in that same WGBH event to what she believed to have been the lack of support from the state Democratic party.
“I think the Democratic Party of our commonwealth and the country needs to take a look at themselves,” she said, saying that she and others won without major support from them during the primary.
“I’m Democrat. I am gung-ho for the party, but you see yourself fighting against the system that is supposed to support you.”
So far the party brass has responded understandingly.
At a fundraiser earlier this year, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, apologized for the party taking African-Americans for granted.
“I am sorry,” he said. “We took too many people for granted and African-Americans - our most loyal constituency - we all too frequently took for granted. That is a shame on us, folks, and for that I apologize. And for that I say, it will never happen again.”
Gus Bickford, chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, was singled out by Rachael Rollins, winner of the Suffolk district attorney’s race, as not doing enough to help her candidacy. She noted, for example, that campaign literature that the party had her passing out did not include her or others like Ms. Miranda.
“We are working every day to build a more inclusive and representative Party here in Massachusetts, and we always welcome constructive feedback on how we can do that better,” Mr. Bickford told me in an email.
“We are immensely proud that the slate of Democratic candidates elected earlier this month is among the most diverse in our state’s history, and we look forward to working with them to hold ourselves accountable and continue fighting for every community here in the Commonwealth - including communities of color.”
Congressman Jim McGovern, who in 2006 bucked the state’s party machinery by being the first high-profile politician to endorse the successful candidacy of then political unknown Deval Patrick for governor, said the criticism of the party is warranted.
“The party has taken African-Americans for granted, and we need to build an inclusive and diverse party that involves people from the top down. Business as usual has to end,” he said in an interview Tuesday.
“I have felt that way for a long time. We need to listen to what our critics are saying, and make it better. If not, we are going to lose our constituencies.
“Sometimes it is difficult for someone running the show to admit they can do things better. That is a challenge we need to overcome. We ask for their votes, but when decisions are being made, they are not a priority; they are not always at the table. That needs to change.”
Utah’s Mia Love, the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress and who lost her re-election bid this year to a Democrat, perhaps best captured the dynamics of party politics and minority constituents.
“This election experience ... shines a spotlight on the problems Washington politicians have with minorities and black Americans - it’s transactional. It’s not personal,” she said.
“We feel like politicians claim they know what’s best for us from a safe distance yet they’re never willing to take us home.”
We’ll see if that changes in the next two years, but one thing is for sure, if you are a Democratic incumbent looking toward re-election in 2020, you should know you’ve been put on notice by your most loyal constituency.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 9:04 PM
By: Michael Norton
MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATS, who won race after race in Tuesday’s elections, appear to have a some racial tensions within their party.
In a televised interview that aired Friday night on WGBH, Suffolk County District Attorney-elect Rachael Rollins and state representatives-elect Nika Elugardo and Liz Miranda, all of Boston, pledged to be forceful agents of change, discussed how they built winning campaigns, and raised serious concerns with leadership in the Democratic party, with Elugardo describing the party as “straight-up racist.”
“What I found was a little disappointing was that I think that the Democratic party of our commonwealth and across the country needs to take a look at themselves,” Miranda told Basic Black host Callie Crossley. “We all won without major support for our primaries.”