State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz has announced neighborhood office hours for spring 2018 and will take place in JP on March 9th. Office hours, held by Chang-Díaz and her staff, will take place within each of the neighborhoods of the Second Suffolk District. Chang-Díaz encourages residents and interested parties to attend and discuss any community, regional, or statewide issue of concern. Office hours will be held at the following times and locations. Please note that there are both morning and evening office hours.
At the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast held in Boston, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz passionately called for the passing of a bill that would provide criminal justice reform, such as no mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenses throughout the Commonwealth. Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin Walsh, U.S. Senator Ed Markey, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, were all in attendance, as Jamaica Plain's state senator received a standing ovation for her speech. Below is a transcript of Chang-Diaz's speech:
Good morning. It has been an intense, worry-filled, but also inspiring year since we were together last. Last year, I stood at this podium worried about the slow pace of criminal justice reform in our state.
Governor Charlie Baker signed the LOOK Bill into law on Dec. 5th, which recognizes the value of bilingualism by encompassing the best practices for serving English learners. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz fought hard for the bill to pass, particularly because she knows bilingualism is an essential skill for career growth, college readiness and to enable students to be competitive in the global economy. "I am thrilled to see this bill signed into law. All children in our schools deserve to learn English, and now parents and educators will have the tools to serve each student’s needs and make sure no child falls between the cracks," said state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, co-chair of the LOOK bill conference committee and Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education.
State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz has announced neighborhood office hours for the fall. Office hours, held by Sen. Chang-Díaz and her staff, will take place within each of the neighborhoods of the Second Suffolk District. Chang-Díaz encourages any resident or interested party to attend and discuss any community, regional, or statewide issue of concern. Office hours will be held at the following times and locations. Please note that there are both morning and evening office hours.
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz let it be known she doesn't agree with several district attorneys' comments regarding a state bill that would decrease the amount of people in the criminal justice system. She is strongly in favor of the bill while some DAs do not like that some mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses would be removed. "The knee-jerk reaction of some district attorneys to the (Massachusetts) Senate reform package smacks of entitlement. They want to talk about accountability? Over the last forty years, we gave huge power to DAs in sentencing – and with it they oversaw a system that grew into a costly, ineffective, and racist mess," said Chang-Díaz to Jamaica Plain News.