Natasha Megie-Maddrey, our Neighbor to Neighbor MA member running for office in Lynn, won her primary for ward councilor in early September! Many met her during the convention in D.C. where she went on stage and said: “I’ve been working since I was 14 years old and I’m working class as FUCK!”
Natasha is facing a 32-year white establishment that for decades has ensured that Natasha’s working-class and multi-racial ward lacks the resources it needs. Because of this, Ward 4 has the lowest voter turnout in the city at 12%. The establishment’s objectives are policing and parking; Natasha prioritizes community safety, investing in our people, cost of living, and bringing people together to find real solutions to the housing and safety crisis in the city.
The stakes could not be higher: this ward has suffered heartbreaking shootings in the last month that have rocked the Lynn community.Natasha’s community safety and multi-racial working class vision is an essential counter to a white establishment that seeks to use these shootings as an opportunity to spend more on surveillance and policing at the expense of badly needed community resources and transformational investment.
Many in the community are also tying the cost of housing to increased violence. Since September, parents in the community have shared that many of them are working longer hours and cannot spend as much time with their kids as rents and the cost of living overall increases.
Furthermore, they’re looking for solutions that prioritize street mentors, recreation centers, school funding, and more.
Natasha shocked the establishment when she won the primary, the first woman of color to ever win a primary in the city. As the establishment spends thousands of dollars to stop our movement, N2N is going out engaging with the multi-racial working class through house parties, phone banks, street canvassing, social media and more – even using new tools like Digi Canvas.
Each week, more new members are joining the movement as we go from initial conversations to 1:1s and community activation.
In this moment of crisis, movement politics is our solution.