Pressley and Mermell’s friendship and their political fights are inextricably linked: As a Boston city councilor, Pressley invited Mermell, then at Planned Parenthood, to the Freddie Mercury The legend I still love You signature shirt in other words I will buy this table in her effort to bring comprehensive, medically accurate sex ed to Boston public schools. “That table started out big, and over time it became smaller and smaller,” Pressley said. “Jesse never missed a meeting.”
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