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A new rainbow coalition backs Martin Walsh

Mayor-elect Martin Walsh, photographed at Martin Luther King Boulevard in Roxbury on Nov. 4.
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Mayor-elect Martin Walsh, photographed at Martin Luther King Boulevard in Roxbury on Nov. 4.

Regarding the Globe’s analysis of Mayor-elect Marty Walsh’s victory (“From the inside: How Walsh came out on top,” Page A1, Nov. 10), here’s an additional factor that figured significantly in Walsh’s movement.

A group called Right to the City, composed of various organizations working on access to affordable housing, good jobs, quality education, and sustainable community development, seeks to enable a cross section of racial, ethnic, and income groups to remain and participate in all aspects of Boston.

The group’s members, a new rainbow coalition, are in the forefront of such issues as foreclosure blockades to protect people’s homes, stopping no-fault tenant evictions, and fighting alongside unions for construction jobs.

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Following its questionnaire to both mayoral candidates, the group felt Walsh was more responsive to its concerns. Having encouraged these young adults to do this analysis, I joined with them. At our endorsement announcement, I admired their commitment to looking forward and not wallowing in the past.

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They saw a candidate who willingly shared parts of his life that indicated he has the capacity for change. He invited them to work with him to make a difference for all the city’s residents.

Both at the endorsement event, when a high school student spoke, and at Fields Corner, where a diverse group rallied, I saw evidence of ways Walsh’s campaign included people. A personal highlight was watching the candidate join in singing a song I wrote: “We are in harmony; once to every generation comes the chance to change the world.”

Mel King

Boston

The writer, a community activist, ran for mayor of Boston in 1983.