Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley recently visited Community Servings to celebrate the Jamaica Plain nonprofit's 11th million meal served. “This is a unique model that meets the needs of individuals who are vulnerable and isolated, those that are terminally or chronically ill, that shows that food is also medicine. The fact that they have 100 volunteers a day helping at Community Servings is really a testament to just how many people care,” said Pressley after visiting on Sept. 8. “Community Servings is celebrating our 11 millionth meal, which we prepared from scratch in our kitchens in Jamaica Plain.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley's (MA-07) legislation to provide credit reporting accuracy after a legal name change advanced out of committee last week.
Pressley, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, along with Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45), authored their brand-new legislation to make the credit reporting system more inclusive and address credit issues and discrimination faced by trans and nonbinary people who legally change their names. The legislation was passed by the House Financial Services Committee. Pressley's hope is that the bill passes the House of Representatives. “In this country, your credit score is your financial reputation, for better or worse, and the credit reporting system has perpetuated inequities and pushed our most vulnerable consumers—including our trans and nonbinary siblings—further to the margins,” said Rep. Pressley via press release. “Our Credit Reporting Accuracy After a Legal Name Change Act is a legislative fix that will help prevent the financial discrimination of trans and nonbinary people and improve accuracy in consumer reporting.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and several of her colleagues were arrested on Tuesday outside the Supreme Court during a non-violent civil disobedience action in support of abortion rights. “This Supreme Court has been relentless in stripping away our reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy, but we’re not backing down," said Pressley in a statement after her arrest. "...we put our bodies on the line to defend abortion rights because the stakes in this fight could not be higher. Due to the cruelty and callousness of this Court, millions of people now face insurmountable barriers to abortion care and the health of our most vulnerable—especially our Black, brown, low-income, disabled, Indigenous and LGBTQ+ siblings—is now further at risk." [Pressley is arrested around the 32:18 mark in the video below]
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Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA 8) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA 7) introduced a bill that would develop an electronic version of the U.S. dollar. “As digital payment and currency technologies continue to rapidly expand and with Russia, China, and over 90 countries worldwide already researching and launching some form of central bank digital currency, it is absolutely critical for the U.S. to remain a world leader in the development and regulation of digital currency and other digital assets,” said Rep. Lynch, Chairman of the Task Force on Financial Technology. “By establishing a pilot program within Treasury for the development of an electronic U.S. Dollar, the ECASH Act will greatly complement and advance ongoing efforts undertaken by the Federal Reserve and President Biden to examine potential design and deployment options for a digital dollar. Importantly, this pilot program will also preserve a role in our financial system for smaller anonymous cash-like transactions which are currently transacted in physical dollars and which have seen a rapid decline in use.”
The White House previously announced an executive order on March 9 instructing numerous federal agencies to study digital assets and provide numerous reports about their use and proposals that could regulate them. The hope of this legislation is to promote greater financial inclusion, maximize consumer protection and data privacy, and advance U.S. efforts to develop and regulate digital assets.
On a tour of Ellis Early Learning, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley may not have been planning to comfort a little lady. But that's exactly what happened during a recent visit.
When you’re having a rough morning at daycare and @AyannaPressley is there to help you out. @EllisEarlyLearn @NVSBoston pic.twitter.com/SBUBu9JLvT
— Corey Welford (@CoreyWelford) October 14, 2021
Pressley visited EEL on Oct. 14, and was also there to promote the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) that President Biden is pushing to pass.
The Biden administration heard the calls for help and after letting a federal eviction moratorium end on Aug. 1, reversed course and issued a new moratorium running through Oct. 3. The federal moratorium was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new ban applies to parts of the country experiencing what the CDC refers to as "substantial" and "high" spreads of COVID.
The CDC's eviction moratorium expired August 1, but rental assistance resources are available through the city's Office of Housing Stability. Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is also pushing legislation to extend the moratorium. You can apply for rental assistance through the city's Office of Housing Stability by visiting their website here. The Office of Housing Stability hosts a virtual clinic for small landlords and tenants every Tuesday at 5:30 pm. Complete the online form to RSVP for this virtual clinic. The Office of Housing Stability also host virtual walk-in hours on Wednesday from noon to 2 pm to answer your housing questions.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley virtually testified on Monday at a Massachusetts State House hearing on redistricting the 7th Congressional District, the district she currently represents. During the Joint Committee on Redistricting hearing, Pressley shared constituent stories and testified to the importance of centering racial and economic diversity in the redistricting process and keeping municipalities whole if possible. "As I have said before, the Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District is incredibly diverse and vibrant, but also one of the most unequal in the country. The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for every community--but by almost every metric, the hardest hit communities per capita in the Commonwealth are concentrated in the Massachusetts 7th—Chelsea, Everett, and Randolph. This is not random, it's not a coincidence.
The insurrection on January 6th was terrifying for millions of people, especially for Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and her staff, once it was realized that the panic buttons were removed from their office. Pressley's Chief of Staff Sarah Groh revealed that terrifying tidbit of info in a Boston Globe interview:
As people rushed out of other buildings on the Capitol grounds, staffers in Pressley’s office barricaded the entrance with furniture and water jugs that had piled up during the pandemic. Groh pulled out gas masks and looked for the special panic buttons in the office. “Every panic button in my office had been torn out — the whole unit,” she said, though they could come up with no rationale as to why. She had used them before and hadn’t switched offices since then.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley reintroduced legislation to lower the national voting age from 18 to 16 years old. “A sixteen-year-old in 2021 possesses a wisdom and a maturity that comes from 2021 challenges, 2021 hardships, and 2021 threats,” said Pressley (D-7th).“Now is the time for us to demonstrate the courage that matches the challenges of the modern-day sixteen and seventeen-year-old. My amendment with Congresswomen [Grace] Meng and [Jan] Schakowsky would lower the voting age for federal elections from eighteen to sixteen years of age, and allow young people to have a say in our federal elections and the policies that impact their lives today and will shape the nation in their lifetime.”
Pressley pointed out that many states, including Massachusetts allows 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote so they can vote on their 18th birthday. Pressley first introduced the legislation in March 2019.