Though the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is largely seen as a positive in the ongoing movement for criminal justice reform, Boston's Monica Cannon-Grant knows that the work is far from over.

At a rally held at Boston City Hall the day after the election was called for the Biden-Harris ticket, Cannon-Grant acknowledged that both Biden and Harris have a sordid record on racial equality and mass incarceration that they need to reconcile while in the White House by keeping the promises they made on the campaign trail.

Cannon-Grant is a well-known civil rights activist and organizer in greater Boston. She is affiliated with several nonprofit organizations such as Community Call and the NAACP, and she is also the founder of Violence In Boston Inc., a nonprofit whose mission is "to improve the quality of life and life outcomes of individuals from disenfranchised communities by reducing the prevalence of violence and the impact of associated trauma." She also narrowly lost an election for state representative in the 7th Suffolk District.

I was fortunate enough to be joined on-air by Cannon-Grant. She spoke frankly about what she expects not just from the Biden-Harris Administration but from elected leaders in Greater Boston and the Commonwealth, including Governor Charlie Baker, and the organizing that needs to be done going forward to hold them accountable.

Cannon-Grant's perspective was important to have on our airwaves, and steadfast leadership like hers is critical to ensure the movement that has been galvanized in the wake of George Floyd keeps its momentum.

You can listen to the full conversation here:

Marcus Ferro is the host of The Marcus Ferro Show airing Saturdays on 1420 WBSM from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact him at The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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