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This Boston Teen Turned Ayanna Pressley’s First House Speech Into A Song

This article was originally published online at wbur.org on March 4, 2019.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the occupant of the White House.”

Those were Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley’s first words on the House floor after taking office this January. And that speech is what got Danny Rivera’s “creative juices” flowing for his song, “We’re On Our Way Up.”

The 18-year-old Boston singer-songwriter said in a recent email that when he found out his high school, Boston Arts Academy, was giving Pressley the Champion Award, “I knew that I wanted to sing something special for her.”

Pressley accepted the award at the BAA’s annual performance at Strand Theatre this past January, where Rivera performed the song:

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