First, I would like to remember all those who lost their lives this day. I pray for all the families who were directly impacted and the country as a whole.
I am back with another blog post where every Monday I will exclusively talk about Jeff Santos and his media presence. We all know how important social media is because it connects us with those near and far. We are able to be raw with our emotions and attach persuasive photos with our posts. As the entire country knows, on August 19th Boston held a counter protest in response to the white supremacy free speech rally. Pictures and videos were plastered on everyone’s Facebook timelines. The common link between all of these proud, outraged and contemplative posts, was that they all had news articles or pictures from other sources. No one I knew had attended this breaking news rally. Many people feared being arrested, 27 people were arrested, and others feared physical harm. Although the rally was peaceful, with a gathering of 40,000 people some pockets can be more hectic or violent.
The first post that I saw of someone mixed in with the crowd of protesters was of Jeff Santos. There are two precious pictures of him with his campaign manager Robin Bergman. The first is a simple selfie of Jeff with thousands of people behind him. The other picture is more powerful because Robin is wearing a black shirt with affirming words about influential black people throughout history. Don’t even get me started on her reflective peace earrings. It is true they were not on the front line, but taking the time to stand with their fellow Bostonians shows their dedication to their fellow man. If you want to see these pictures, go to Santos for City Council on Facebook.
When it comes to making change, writing letters with proposals and other jargon is essential in order to have officials take you seriously. However, to get your people to trust you, they want to see you alongside them marching in the streets. Jeff Santos has proven to balance both forms of protesting, and these will ultimately aid Cambridge in helping make the city, the state and the country a safer space for all.