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Working Families Party for Marven

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I am honored to announce that the Working Families Party has endorsed our campaign for Ward 5 City Council in Lynn. The Working Families Party is a national political organization that is recruiting, training, and electing the next generation of progressive leaders to office across the country.

I am running for City Council because Lynn is built on working families. It is all of you, the people who work in this city, who provide for the people they love, who will bring about the future of progressive leadership in Lynn. If elected to city council for Ward Five, I will fight every day to make this city a fair place where we can come together to grow into the future.

The Working Families Party has an impressive record of down-ballot wins already in 2017, including the Democratic primary victory of Philadelphia’s next District Attorney Larry Krasner, helping elect the new Mayor of Jackson, MS, Chokwe Lumumba, a sweep of school board races in Milwaukee, and special election victories for progressive leaders running for state legislature in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. I am proud to join this group of amazing progressive leaders working to create strong, vibrant, fair communities across the US.

If you are interested in joining the great local and national groups who have generously pledged their support to our campaign, please consider donating or volunteering, and sharing our website and facebook page with your friends.

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Upcoming events, 6/28 and 7/1

Dear friends,

I hope the beginning of the summer is treating you right, and that you are enjoying some sunshine and ready to make the most of it. We have a lot planned for this summer, from doorknocking and listening events to beach days. I wanted to let you know about two upcoming events in the next week: first, our fundraiser kickoff at RF O’Sullivan’s, and second our volunteer network kickoff with breakfast and an introduction to doorknocking.

RF O’Sullivan’s Fundraiser:
Wednesday, June 28th, 6-9pm, 151 Central Ave., Lynn, MA
Come join us for a famous burger and to talk with fellow Ward 5 residents and supporters about what issues matter most to you.

Breakfast and Canvassing:
Saturday, July 1st, 10am-2pm, Clocktower Building, 330 Lynnway, 3rd Floor, Room 354, Lynn, MA
Volunteers: join us this Saturday at our Campaign HQ for bagels and coffee at 10 AM and door-knocking at 11 AM. Come meet the campaign team and get to know Ward 5 residents with us! No prior canvassing experience needed.

Can’t wait to see you there! As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions: I am reachable at marv4lynn@gmail.com, or send us a message on facebook.

Marven Hyppolite

Why I’m Running

My name is Marven Hyppolite. I live Downtown, and I ran for Ward 5 city council in 2015.  I am running again this year, and I want to talk about why.

During my first run for public office, I had the opportunity to speak with Lynn citizens from across Ward 5 and beyond. One of the people I met a single mother of two who worked to send both children to college. She ripped my flyer in front of me and told me with tears in her eyes that I couldn’t stop her eviction.

I met a young man who had recently been released from prison for selling drugs. He was a new father, and his rent had just increased. He explained to me how difficult it was to find work after his incarceration, and how that frustration and desperation forced him to consider selling drugs again.

I met young people who spoke to me about the uncertainty of their futures–would they ever find a place of their own? Would they find meaningful work?

As I made my way through the ward, I walked along invisible dividing lines between precincts and people. However, despite the differences between the precincts, there was a common theme: everyone believed that power in the city was somewhere else, out of their reach, and no one in our city government was willing to engage with them to prove otherwise.

I learned that many in Ward 5 have no idea what City Council does, but the truth is that City Council is what we make it. Power in Lynn isn’t somewhere else–it’s with us, the citizens.

We need more transparent leadership in Lynn. We need leaders who will empower each resident to participate in decisions that affect our city. We need public servants who leave their bubbles behind and take a holistic approach to governance. City Council’s work should start by asking meaningful questions: Do we feel like we can make a difference in our city? Do we see a bright future for ourselves and our children? How can City Council help us achieve our goals?

Over the next few months, I want to work with you to plan how we, working together, can make meaningful change in our city. I would like this campaign to be a new kind of space, where people from across our ward from all backgrounds and experiences come together to talk, and more importantly to listen. Make your voice heard, get involved, and let’s start growing together.