The activist organization #StuckOnReplay, along with many other local organizations, hosted a recent community event focused on inspiring their Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan neighbors to vote in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. Since the launch of #StuckOnReplay in July of 2016, the organization has been focused on elevating voice, uplifting communities, and influencing policymakers. It has shifted its focus this year to holding policymakers accountable for the communities they represent. Other collaborating organizations include The Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc., Violence in Boston, Inc., Haley House Bakery Cafe, Sisters Unchained, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Emancipation Initiative - Against Life Without Parole. The rally centered around the question that #StuckOnReplay posed to community members and public officials throughout all these local, state, and federal elections happening this year is: “Who Do You Value?”
BIO: James Mackey
James Mackey is a national activist, social philanthropist, motivational speaker, and the founder of the grassroots organizing movement #StuckOnReplay. Mackey is a graduate fellow of the Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Tufts University. In 2017, he was nominated twice and awarded for his work on criminal justice reform, striving to ensure that those affected by mass incarceration are heard and influencing policymakers throughout the state of Massachusetts. Mackey is the recipient of numerous community recognition awards. He received the Ralph F. Browne Jr. award (2017) and the Community Partner Award (2017), for working with the _I Have A Future_ movement to end youth criminalization and increase youth opportunity. He received the Aspiring the Youth Award (2016) for his significant contribution to the African American Community in the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Social Capitalist Award (2016) for personifying the spirit of strengthening communities through civic engagement and volunteering his time by impacting the lives of others, leveraging his personal and professional network to make a difference. Mackey is extremely passionate about community organization and striving to make true social justice a reality. He is devoted to youth engagement, mentoring, and advocating the importance of allocating resources and opportunities to those who need it most. In the summer of 2016, Mackey’s story was featured on _NBC Nightly News_ because of his YouthBuild experience and his dedication toward positively empowering and impacting his family and the lives of others for the better. Photo: James Mackey on Twitter
BIO: Rahsaan Hall
Rahsaan Hall is the Director of the Racial Justice Program for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. In this role Rahsaan helps develop the ACLU of Massachusetts’ integrated advocacy approach to address racial justice issues. Through legislative advocacy, litigation and community engagement, the program works on issues that deeply impact communities of color and historically disenfranchised communities. Prior to joining the ACLU of Massachusetts, Rahsaan was the Deputy Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice where his work included policy and legislative advocacy, community outreach, and maintaining a litigation caseload of voting rights, police misconduct and public accommodations cases. Rahsaan headed up the Voting Rights Project that included the coordination of the statewide Election Protection initiatives, voting rights litigation and his prior involvement in community coalitions on redistricting after the last decennial census.
BIO: Monica Cannon Grant
Monica Cannon Grant is the founder of Violence In Boston Inc. and the Executive Director of The Tito Jackson Community Fund where our number one goal is giving back to the community. She also ran for State Rep. for the 7th Suffolk District. She serves on the Young Adult Committee for the NAACP. Grant has a Diploma in Medical Administration and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree with over 12 years Administrative Assisting experience. She has also sat on the Peace Collaborative for Boston and served as the Director of Promotions for The Peace Collaborative coordinated by Cindy Diggs. Grant is a Community Liaison for her neighborhood where she has hosted a Block Party for Peace for the Past 8 years.