Ward 4, a Legacy of Activism

We were delighted to welcome back Herb Hershfang, long-time South End neighborhood organizer, at our September 17th meeting. With letters and newsletters that date back to the late 1960s and the original establishment of Ward 4, Herb provided a historical tour of our Committee’s steadfast commitment to urban equity. In fact, Herb filed suit in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to make Ward 4 a single-representative district with a voice in the State House. Under his leadership, the Committee successfully helped to defeat the South End Bypass, create affordable housing, and enforce local hiring commitments.

The attached flyer for Ward 4’s endorsed candidate in 1968 reads like a Who’s Who of Boston activist legends. Note the tagline: HOUSING, NOT ROADS!

We salute you, Herb!

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