Above and beyond in Orlando's wake

To the editor:

A few hours after the shocking massacre of 49 human beings in Orlando, I sent an email out to a group of people, searching for others who felt called to do something in response to this terrible tragedy. The first person to respond that Sunday morning was our state representative, Tricia Farley-Bouvier.

Together we and a small group of other community members, in particular Ed Sedarbaum of Berkshire Rainbow Seniors, organized a public vigil to express our profound grief and our fierce resolve to work together to prevent future mass shootings from happening and to end homophobia.

Tricia went above and beyond in those 48 hours when we put the vigil together. Always responsive, she helped ensure we had the necessary permits in hand to gather in Park Square and then spoke directly and powerfully at the vigil itself.

That's what it means to be a leader. That's what it means to be a responsive and committed member of this community. That's what it means to be an outspoken advocate for positive change.

I'm proud to be voting to re-elect state Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier on Thursday, Sept. 8, and I invite you to join me.

Megan Whilden, Pittsfield