I spent my summer interning with the office of Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz. She is a freshman State Senator from Jamaica Plain, and represents the Second Suffolk District. It was a crazy summer of legislation, what with the casino debate (which is still unresolved), rancorous discussion of immigration reform in the 2011 budget, the passage of an awesome foreclosure bill, the announcement of 1000 Great Places in Massachusetts, the incredible and long-overdue boston bilingual ballot bill and, perhaps most importantly, the passage of CORI reform. Phew! A lot happened. It was an incredibly productive session, regardless of what the critics might tell you. And I learned a lot, about how to be a good advocate, and how to write good policy. I also had the privilege of seeing a lot of really involved citizens take on transformative issues for themselves, their communities, and the Commonwealth. They imagined a better world, worked for it, and thanks to them we are a little bit closer. And we still don’t have casinos.