Boston: Councilor FitzGerald Delivers His Maiden Speech

~ In his first speech as a newly elected councilor, FitzGerald emphasized the importance of breaking the cycle of violence in the City of Boston. He urged the city to take responsibility for providing resources to address trauma and promote safety.

During his campaign, FitzGerald highlighted the significance of keeping families in Boston and building a city infrastructure that caters to their needs. He stressed that safety is a crucial factor in achieving this goal.

The councilor's hearing order, presented before his family, friends, and colleagues, focused on discussing the current trauma response resources in Boston and exploring opportunities for expansion. According to the order, there were 144 shootings and 37 homicides in 2023 alone, with the first murder of 2024 occurring on January 1st in Dorchester.

FitzGerald acknowledged that violence can have long-term effects on individuals and communities of all demographics. Unresolved trauma can lead to substance abuse, mental health issues, difficulties with employment or education, and even further crime and violence.

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To address these issues, FitzGerald proposed utilizing trauma-informed care through counseling and reflection-centered healing. He also highlighted the Boston Public Health Commission's Neighborhood Trauma Team Network, which offers a 24/7 support hotline for residents dealing with trauma.

The councilor expressed concern over the lack of effective coping resources for those struggling with trauma. He called on the city to do better in providing support systems for its constituents instead of relying solely on non-profits and other external entities.

FitzGerald hopes that this hearing will bring attention to the work being done by city workers and members of the Boston Public Health Commission who tackle these issues daily. He believes that shedding light on their efforts will garner more support from the community.

The hearing order has been assigned to the Committee on Public Health for further discussion. Councilor FitzGerald's maiden speech can be heard by all interested parties.

As a city, it is crucial to prioritize the mental health of individuals and communities affected by violence. Councilor FitzGerald's call to action serves as a reminder that safety should be a top priority in building a thriving and inclusive city for all.

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