Jane Doe Inc. Mourns the death of Mayor Tom Menino
October 30, 2014
The news of Mayor Menino's death has been deeply felt within the community of advocates to end sexual and domestic violence. From his first day as a City Councilor to his final days as Mayor, Mayor Menino was always someone we could count on. He represented the best of what it means to dedicate your life to making our communities better, safer, and more just. He compelled each of us to do our part to create not only a city but a world that we want to live in: a world free of violence and full of opportunity and justice.
Mayor Menino created one of the first municipal policies on domestic violence and was instrumental in the creation of a Boston area Employers Against Domestic Violence. His leadership in establishing Mayors Against Illegal Guns with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in opposing the Secure Communities Act and supporting equal marriage and other civil liberties of our LGBQ/T friends, family members, and coworkers was grounded in his deep understanding of the intersections of these issues.
A year ago, Jane Doe Inc. honored Mayor and Mrs. Menino for their leadership. They are a class act, insisting that we use the money we would have spent on an award to support a local program that does great work but doesn't often get the spotlight. Given the Meninos passion for literacy and children, we decided to make a donation of books that were distributed to over 60 women and 150 children at the FINEX House holiday party. He couldn't have been more thankful to have this gift made in his name.
In the course of our celebration, programs and survivors recounted how Mayor Menino always responded to calls from individuals in need, in crisis: advocating to help them find support, services and not be alone. After a fire destroyed the shelter run by Elizabeth Stone House, he was there to help them take care of the families displaced and to rebuild for the future. He lent his support when the Asian community first gathered to create what is now the Asian Task Force to End Domestic Violence. These are just a few of the many examples of how Mayor Menino's commitment, compassion and leadership made a difference for thousands of survivors of sexual and domestic violence and their families.
On behalf of Jane Doe Inc.'s Board of Directors, members and staff, we express our sincerest condolences to Angela Menino and their family.