The People’s Justice Guarantee: The Woman Behind the Movement, Ayanna Pressley Presses Forward on Legal Reform

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) is not shy when it comes to speaking her mind, especially when other people’s lives are on the line.

That is evident after she introduced the People’s Justice Guarantee, a criminal-legal reform resolution last year created to eradicate a racist system that disproportionately targets, incarcerates, and kills members of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities, Pressley discussed with ESSENCE her idea for the country, the Black Lives Matter’s mandate for the incoming Biden-Harris administration, and why The People’s Justice Guarantee will change what justice looks like in America.

Elected to serve the people of Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District in 2018, Pressley has showcased her dedication to justice, freedom, liberation, and healing for Black people and other marginalized communities that have been oppressed since this nation’s inception is clear in The People’s Justice Guarantee. This is a resolution she introduced in 2019 that is based on five


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