The present day movement
Back in the present, Lopez is now commuting weekly to the South End hoping to be a voice for people she says have been forgotten in the struggle to address addiction, homelessness and poverty on the streets around them.
Lopez has faced cooccurring demonstrations from harm reduction advocates who say she and her group are ganging up with one dimensional attacks on vulnerable homeless populations
But, Lopez insists she’s simply calling for comfort. She says she’s speaking out hoping the residents of the South End and Roxbury can coexist peacefully and safely while tackling the challenges they face with support from elected officials.
Her political style is uniquely molded by a childhood in the city and an adult life in the suburbs. So, she says, she’s shouting all this with vigor.
“I’m a big grassroots person,” Lopez said, “…I’m very bold and unapologetic in my form of advocacy. I want to hold elected officials accountable.”