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January 17, 2020 In The News

Rep. Ayanna Pressley said on Friday she hopes to achieve 80 percent decarceration through The People's Justice Guarantee, the sweeping criminal justice reform plan she released last November.

"I think our criminal legal system is so fundamentally flawed and broken it cannot be reformed by tinkering at the edges," she told Boston Public Radio. "We need a transformative, bold, radical reimagining of what the criminal legal system can be, by prioritizing decarceration.”

January 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) questioning their anti-corruption policies and practices after a series of high-profile officials responsible for oversight of the private prison and detention industry have left to join the biggest compani

January 16, 2020 In The News

U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Barbara Lee probed the “State of Black America” last weekend during the Congressional Black Caucus’s first-ever visit to Massachusetts. Both representatives spoke with the Banner last Friday about Pressley’s decarceration initiative — the People’s Justice Guarantee — and advocated for the Ending PUSHOUT Act, legislation focused on keeping black girls in school and reducing unjust expulsions.   

January 15, 2020 In The News

The Congressional Black Caucus made a historic visit to Boston last weekend to address the country’s systemic inequality and economic injustice. A press conference held Friday at Northeastern University’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute commenced the “State of Black America” series, where various elected officials acknowledged America’s continuing racial disparities and advocated for progressive reforms.   

January 12, 2020 In The News

The Bruce C. Boiling Municipal Building in Roxbury was packed Saturday afternoon as people concerned about equal access to economic opportunity for black entrepreneurs waited to hear from Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley and six of her congressional colleagues.

Pressley and her colleagues are part of the Congressional Black Caucus. The group aims to visit each member's district to get a sense of the problems facing black communities across the country. While it was founded in 1971, this is the group's first visit to Boston.

January 10, 2020 In The News

The Congressional Black Caucus kicked off its first-ever visit to Massachusetts Friday evening with elected leaders from across the country articulating some of the nation’s most dire problems of institutional racism.

A press conference at Northeastern University’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute was a precursor to caucus events throughout Representative Ayanna Pressley’s 7th Congressional district this weekend that are aimed at discussing and wrangling with systemic discrimination.

December 13, 2019 Press Release

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December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Karen Bass (CA-37), and 30 Members of Congress, alongside over 145 advocacy organizations and community representatives, introduced the New Way Forward Act, a landmark piece of legislation to restore due process to the immigration system and disrupt the prison to deportation pipeline.

December 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In an op-ed published this week in The Boston Globe, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., author and creator of the new documentary PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, discuss the school pushout crisis facing young girls of color who are disproportionately expelled and suspended from school at every grade level. In the op-ed, Congresswoman Pressley and Dr.