In a nutshell: successful coalition building. People of color are more than 50 percent of the population, but we’re not monolithic. We need to come together and define a common agenda.
Abdulrahman Taqua, Entrepreneur, Dorchester
For people in Boston’s African American community, we have to claim the right our forefathers fought for — come out and vote.
Rev. Laura Ahart, Pastor, Dorchester
Because Boston has so much history, we have to be able to come to the table and have a conversation. If we can’t work with other communities, it will be difficult.
George Halfkenn, Circle Keeper, Cambridge
We need to work together. For this last campaign we had six people. If you added up all their votes, we would have won.
Rebekah K., Patient Advocate, Dorchester
More black people coming out to vote.
Douglas Norris, Line Cook, Roxbury
You need someone who has a little more exposure than the candidates who just ran. People didn’t know who they were.
Michelle Cabral, Laborer/Business Owner, Dorchester