Letters to the Editor

A Letter from Revere Youth

Dear Editor,

We, the undersigned, are writing to you as an informal collective of Revere youth. The recent murder of George Floyd, Amuad Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have brought us together to write to you today. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and our Black community in Revere. We are appalled by the lack of acknowledgement of the ongoing national crisis and lack of support to our community from influential community members.

According to the US Census Bureau’s ACS 5 year estimate, Revere is home to a population of 53.9k people, with a median household income of $53,794 and where 37% of residents are foreign born and 30.1% are Hispanic or Latino residents. An estimated 69% of enrolled Revere Public School (RPS) students are of color (and identify as members of ethnic minority groups). RPS is a Title 1 school district that benefits from additional government funding and resources — because of these demographic statistics. Ironically, neither the school administration, nor the school committee, nor the city council reflects this. There remains to be a lack of representation all throughout the city. The city and school officials have (for too long) attempted to embrace a glorified image of ethnic diversity, without actually addressing the needs of youth of color or committing their work to protecting the civil and human rights of Revere youth of color.

We will not stand for the silence of our community leaders who lack the proper use of the platform that they are equipped with and cease to shed light on the current issues that plague the Black community. To quote human rights activist Desmond Tutu, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

We call upon any and all community members in positions of power to:

1. Publicly acknowledge the human rights crisis and ongoing genocide. Declare that you stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

2. If responsible for the safety and protection of Revere youth, dedicate the rest of your career to protecting youth of color and their human rights.

3. Urge your constitutents not to affiliate  with other alleged racist platforms, organizations, and public figures that have attempted to profit off of the ongoing struggles of Revere youth.

4. Commit your work to dedicating spaces for youth, especially Black Revere youth, to vocalize their feelings and organize. Commit your time to listening to youth voices at these spaces.

5. Collaborate with other Revere community officials and organizations that have also stood in solidarity with us and the Black Lives Matter movement.

6. Continue to support upcoming initiatives that Revere youth of color will be pushing for in the coming weeks.

Please do not let the youth of your community down.

Sincerely,

Current RHS student signatories:

Xiomara Romani Rojas

Amir Ayed

Allen Hou

Xavier Alvarez

Ryan Sarmanian

Amelia Viscay

Sarena Sao

Minnah Sheikh

Karen Restrepo Gomez

Emma Cassinello

Karen Santiago

Isabelle Martin

Janaya Busheme

Mikaella Almeida

Jaileen Dubon

Kathy Trinh

Lesley Barrientos

Shirley Rodríguez

Jonathan Flores Angel

Nour Selman

Oulaya Louaddi

Obsee Tolla

Grace Rondon

Kristian Pecollari

Calvin Boudreau

Daniela Magana

sofia cardona

Jack D’Ambrosio

Nancy Tran

Evelyn Lara

Nicole Perdomo

Dimitrios Hodaj

Lorina Tran

Angelice Leng

Emely Garcia

Alejandra Guingue

Amira Kotbi

elianni monge

Lynberlee Leng

Edwin Hernandez

Fatima

Astrid Noriega

Calvin Tham

giselle madrigal

maria clara campos

Kevin Camargo

Jafar Barry

Jadeline Garzon

jenipher silva

Gianna Uminski

Haroon Mirza

khristel ortez

Keyla Cantarero

Karolina Da Silva

Samantha cajoux

Pamela Pemberthy

Michael Adolphus

Shaimaa Bouras- Saiah

Fábio Tran

Kenny Vo

Gianna Chianca

Malak oufessa

Ariel Uribe

Elicia Echevarria

Ayah Amar

Chelsea Phan

Christy Ly

Ayat Zakaria

Hailey Ancheta

emma bruno

Jessr

Souhaila Mziguir

Thifany Da Silva

zeiry garmendia

Kevin Serrano

Brianna Mercado

Diego Lara

Ena Batic

Juliana DelGreco

Danielle Catherine LaFontaine

Nathan DeSouza

Emily De Jesus Kolsky

Brianna Senecal

Alaa atoui

Lya Castro Cen

Amber Aguilera

Kaitlin Mendalka

Amya

Dania Hallak

Alexa Lostaunau

Antony Arias

Lina Nguyen

Tatiana Roman

ava rocino

Gabrielli Oliveira

Elsy Arely Romero

Zach Bowden

Adam Fazazi

Hien Nguyen

Sarah Kathryn Condelli

Nada Abou Hadiba

Victor pelatere

Brittney Pham

Sophia Garcia

Sydney Ciano

Aya Malki

Valeska Flores Muralles

Ahmed Mohammed Mahtar

Christian Madrid

Guadalupe Alvarado

Eiad Karageh

Phillipe Eligene

Nathan Ramos

Michael Roncevich

Maajda Louaddi

Gaby Hernandez Villanueva

Nafiz islam

Angela Huynh

Yulissa Santana Baez

Rosa peña

Amy Chavez

jackie lemus

Mia Perrin

Carmen Garcia

Eve Lescovitz

Katherine Acosta

Milton Rios

Vivian V.A Le

Astrid Umanzor

Johan Martinez

Camila Sposito

Ryesha Mezan

Amber Aguilera

Youssef Assour

Armando Buenrostro

Edina Ibreljic

Vincent Ventola

Hajar Nadin

Adam Abougalala

Gianna Berry

Jessica Villalobos

Parker Legere

Christopher Osgood

Sarah Reyes

alessandra santos

Isabella Borges

Rafael Andrade

Faith Nwafor

taylor walsh

Steven Leone

angela cene

Skyla DeSimone

Rachel Huynh

Belma Mujic

Giana losanno

Julianna DiCicco

Isabella Restrepo

Hilina tafesse

Itati Salazar

Israelly E. Menezes

jancy vargas

Carolina Bravo

Tyler Richard Minasian

Kimberly Andrade

Tiffany majano

Skye Rivers

Victoria Deoliveira Silva

manuela tobon

jimmy luis dubon

Anthony Insogna-Parziale

Soleil Yuong

Brianna Paradis

Luis Jaramillo

Megan DeFaz

Elaysia lung

Jasmine Rodriguez

Jackelynn Zapata

Salome Gezehagn

Rose Burns

Kalei Alba

Menold Sinani

Carlos Quintanilla

Jason Acosta Espinosa

Shakira Sahibi

Brad Silva

Angelina Marin

Salma Khamis

Yenifer landaverde

Manal Dembri

Kathy Umanzor Andino

Mayerly Ortez

Kevin Hernandez

Kyle Gove

Astrid Hernandez

Natalia Lopez

Cinthia Sarita

Nour EL Houda Belkhira

Anthony Soares

Yassir Soukaki

Alexandra Ramirez Caro

Kayla Armetta

Gabi Vasquez

Trish Le

Hana Aklog

Nattaly Hernandez

Vanisha Samon

Nhan Deo

Emily Woodman

Rony Granados

Mazer Ali

Zachary hbani

Samra Klapuh

Malia Sanchez

Adrianna Fusco

Matthew Perdomo

Dania Alvarez

Gweneth Ke

Jennifer Arevalo Merlos

Tanisha Charles

Gilbert Dario Oviedo Marte

justin cambria

Sabrina Carrion

Wellan sok

Imane Douane

Justin Gullage

Juan Rivera

Emily Tham

Nina Cassinello

Madison Lucchesi

Larissa Alves

Emely Moya

Emmanuel Alvarado

Laura Camilo

Subaiyal Asghar

Jay

isabella abreus

Coby Everton

isabella veraldi

Carolina Bettero

Jaryd Benson

Ricardo Goncalves

Larissa Alves

Emely Moya

Rana Ahmed

Emily Nguyen

Sofia Gouriny

Sonia Salazar

Dayanara Sanchez

Razhan Kamal

Kevin Cano De La Cruz

Jc

Astrid Noriega

Dennis Othmer

Alexandra Burke

sofia rojas

Isabella Silveira De Toni

Esteban Henao

Kimberly Doblado Guevara

Yasmine El Hajjajy

dayanara cano

Nesrine Abdelouhab

Annalisse Hart

Nicole Bagley

Samuel franco

Christian mancia

William Ly

Nadia

Mariam chahid

Elba Tejada

Nahomy Galvez Martinez

josimar martinez

priscila haro

Sarah Rashid

Alondra Enciso

Amina Chitaoui

Rafael Buenavista

Gianluca Atehortuav

Asmaa Omar

Melanie Duarte

Isabella Martinez

Hani El-shibi

RHS Alumni signatories:

Julia Tran

Erica Zapata

Liza Gonzalez

Marta Portillo

Allison Treminio

Nicole Mendonca

Riaz Butt-Garcia

Kamila Calle

Somaya Laroussi

Kevin Nguyen

Brian Arango

Cristian Acuna

Sarah Habbour

Christian Rios Arango

Hridhi Islam

Lesley Santos

Haley Bennett

Omar Bendjahene

Vincent Axiotakis

William Ardon

Heidi Barrientos

Vanessa Cabrera

Jason Reyes

Sari Saint-Hilaire

Christian Eaves

Jennifer Parada

Balsam Zenab Elalam

Alaa Ahmed

Michael Marchese

Matteo Velasquez

Luana Dias

Angelica Ortez

Sebastian Vanegas

Wallid Soukaki

Oumayma Chaibi

Estefania Arroyave

Natalie Maggioli

Sara Mejia

David Lania

Jhovani Lizardo

Ava Hawkes

Kevin Henriquez

Salma Hazimeh

Hind Harima

Jennifer Mata

Abderrahmane Benzellat

Stephanie Carvalho

Olivia Novoselsky

Truc Nguyen

Andrew Reth Suy

Judy Tran

Manuela Gomez Gutierrez

Samuel Bryce Gonzalez

Denys Umanzor

Gabriela B

Phil Smith

Brianna Martínez

Corey Khat

Arlin Arias

Aaron Rondon

Melissa Perez

Madison Cunningham

Matthew Stasio

Samantha Karl

Kati Perlera-Medrano

Joe Gendreau

Alejandro Ortiz

Fernando Lara

Alyssa Julia Mellone

Ahmed Ibreljic

Ally Ciano

Naila Jabbar

Kiana Ny

Adrian Vynnesh Boodoosingh

Daniel Gutierrez

Britney Sao

Cristian Medina

Zemar Jones

Christopher Bundick Jr

Isabella Velasquez

Melisa Avdic

Erin Mahoney

Kathryn Calo

Stefanie Flores

Nadira B

Abigail Gutierrez

Natalie Maggioli

Jessica Vo

Zachary Gentile

Emely Morales Pizarro

Erica Zapata

Mimi Hoang Tran

Palmira Caraballo

Marcella Cardone

Tina Nguyen

Maria Torres

Stephanie Vu

Alejandro Zuleta-Munoz

Sonya Chaabouni

Jillian Eaves

Sarah Benhalima

Arlin Arias

Lizbeth Gutierrez

Salvatore Christie

Jonathan Nushi

Gabriella Serraino

Idriss Taoujni

Nicolas Velasquez Leon

Josue Aguiluz

Daniel Celaj

Sid M

David Phan

Sofia Aurora Gil

Roman Iacoviello

Kelli Brawley

Wissal Fathy

Camilia Aichfakir

Sofia Aristizabal

Olivia McManus

Sonia Hercules

Alejandro Imbrechts

Reinaldo Diaz

Valentina Saldarriaga

Hannah Fitzpatrick

Joela Goga

Mayanka Meristal

Leila Cesic

Andres Mejia-Callejas

Isabella Amato

Tinuola Olatunbosun

Revere Resident signatories:

Arturo Buenrostro

Jannel Mercado

Jhonnatan Rivera

Sarrah Naittalb

Lina Ghiat

Jhonnatan Rivera

Lesedi Zulu

Ayah Harper

Fadi El Asri

Chantal Fontanelli

Gabriella Torres Mendez

Jena Baiz

Stephanie Reyes

Fazeela Sheikh

Lorenza Cuci

Victoria Figueiredo Martinez

Katherine Sandoval

Clara Coll

Arnulfo Imbrechts

Kethlen Jacome

Lina Nasri

Kashif Sheikh

Farah Shaikh

Nadia El-shibi

Umar Sheikh

Amanda Kosta

Bilal Sheikh

Chaimaa Hossaini

Nicole Almendares Joshi

Caroline Ibaachen

Rayan Echelh

Hassan Sheikh

Angela Abad

samantha solis

Isabella Hoeun

Alondra Enciso

Hira Sheikh

Marisol Lopez

Safaa Laroussi

Franklin López

Sothea Yuong

Liv Yuong

Ayah Khamis

Jasmine Deleon

Cheyenne Rose Gibney

Lesedi Zulu

Kevin DePaula

Other signatories:

Rocio Gonzalez

Olivia Silveira

Nicholas Chaparro

Luka Papa

Katherine Sandoval

Stephanie Azurdia

Nayellie Estrella

Jermaine asegura Hernández

Kayleigh Brammer

Ahmed Hesham Reda

Kelly Diaz

Ariana pacheco

Jemima Salvador

Adam Lahyani

Justin Truong

Brenda Mata

Maria Hernandez

Tinuola Olatunbosun

Aden yeshitila

Jeancarlos Guerrero

Justin Truong

Alem Cesic

Sofia Visconti

Ashley Diforte

A Mission Towards Equity

Dear Editor:

Today, we reflect on the tragic death of George Floyd, the racist incident in Central Park, the shooting of a Black man while jogging in Georgia – as well as many others. We are saddened and angry about these events that once again laid bare the ugly racism that still exists in this country with particularly deadly consequences for Black boys and men (not that Black women are exempt). 

While we are horrified, we are unfortunately not surprised. These are not isolated incidents but a chronic pattern of racial hate crimes that have persisted for hundreds of years. In this difficult time in which communities of color are disproportionately affected by the devastating health, social and economic consequences of COVID-19, this seems too much for these communities – and all of us – to bear. 

We feel frustrated and even helpless as we struggle with what to do to fundamentally change the racist systems, structures and culture that contribute to tragedies like George Floyd and so many others. But, we know that as a community, at the very least we must recognize, discuss and grieve the heinous incidences of the past month. 

At a time like this, and the many others that will come, we must reaffirm the importance of our mission of “improving the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.” CCHI strives to model what it means to value all lives. For those disproportionately affected by this pandemic and in memory of those that have lost their lives, we rededicate ourselves to partner with others to root out racism and journey towards equity.   

Joan Quinlan

Vice President for Community Health

Leslie Aldrich

Executive Director, CCHI

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