Jeff grew up in a working class family. He was raised in a single parent household as the son of a waitress. He experienced, first hand, the struggle of working families, and the impact of wage inequality. At times during his youth, his family received public assistance, but didn't have access to housing. He and his siblings lived with their mother in a trailer and at times they were so poor, they had to heat the trailer with and oven. Jeff didn't learn to read until he was in the 12th grade, but was the first in his family to graduate from college and law school.
When he graduated from Northeastern University Law School, he went to work as a researcher at the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, examining the institutionalization of oppression in our legal system and later became a lawyer and an advocate for immigrant communities of all backgrounds and LGBTQ+ families. He works to help stabilize families that face the same working class struggles as his own family and to make sure we progress as a city so that all Bostonians have access to opportunity.
He worked on the earned sick time ballot initiative to protect workers and advocated for raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. He believes the $4.35 pay scale for tipped workers must change and that tip pooling results in pervasive wage theft and vows to fight to end this practice. Jeff is proud to support labor and the fight to eliminate stigmas of coalition building and community organizing through worker rights to unionize.
Jeff's been dedicated to public service since youth when he attended church with his grandmother and spent weekends helping seniors recycle newspapers and delivered food to home-bound neighbors. As an attorney, he spent his career advocating for human rights and to eliminate income inequality. Boston is a place where Jeff and others like him can be proud of humble working class beginnings and we have to fight to maintain that tradition.
We need leaders that will make government more accessible to more residents and increase transparency. If policies of the past aren't working we have to try new ideas. We must continue to build bridges and break down barriers across neighborhoods, so we can build safer communities and we can continue to create opportunities for all Bostonians. Every Bostonian should have access to economic prosperity and a fighting chance to succeed.
We have to ban together to reform our social and political institutions to make an economy in Boston that works for working families. These are just some of the important issues that we hope to partner with you on - to empower our community - to improve lives. Jeff has the experience to bring a new voice, new leadership and new ideas to Boston. Please give Jeff one of your four votes for At-Large Council Sept. 24.
Friends of Jeff Ross
P.O. Box 180005
Boston, MA 02118
cell phone 617 504 0732