May 7, 2020


Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage, joins Kennedy to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on service industry workers and the importance of adopting a universal fair wage for tipped workers

[TONIGHT AT 8PM ON Twitter OR Facebook]Watertown, MA — Tonight Congressman Joe Kennedy III will host Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on service industry workers and the need for a universal minimum wage for tipped workers.

Kennedy and Jayaraman discuss how the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted systemic injustices in policies impacting the service industry. One Fair Wage is a national advocacy group which has raised $8.5 million in aid for service workers across the country. Without a universal fair wage, service workers, in particular tipped workers, are especially vulnerable to the crisis.

Last week, Kennedy published an op-ed in the Washington Post with Reverend Barber that highlights the need for legislation to protect service industry workers.

In the wake of COVID-19 and the Commonwealth’s stay-at-home advisory, Kennedy is hosting these special broadcasts every Monday and Thursday night at 8 PM from his home in Newton. Each episode streams live on FacebookTwitter, and Youtube, and features a special co-host.


Kennedy, 39, is all over social media.” –– Fredreka Schouten, CNN

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Congressman Joe Kennedy III reoriented his campaign to focus on what matters most right now –– making sure people have the resources and information they need to stay safe.

Here are just a few ways Joe is stepping up:

Live Social Media Check-ins –– Kennedy is keeping in touch with people in his daily Facebook Live check-ins. These often include special appearances from Ellie and James keeping busy at home. Since March 14th, Kennedy has gone Live 64 times across social media platforms, including 9 multi-platform streams, and his live streams have reached over 15 million social feeds.

Real-time text updates –– Kennedy launched a real-time text service for people to stay updated on his efforts to keep people safe across the Commonwealth. Text JK3 to 44939 for your updates!

“Community Check-in Phone Banks” –– Kennedy for MA field organizers and volunteers are checking in with older residents. For those who need help with things like grocery runs and prescription refills, Team Kennedy puts them in touch with local food banks and resources offering services. Check out this awesome twitter thread from one of our organizers highlighting a success story!

Frontline Fundraising –– Kennedy continues to ask his supporters to donate to organizations helping people the most in need –– raising over $100K for organizations like Project Bread and Meals on Wheels. In Chelsea, where COVID-19 has hit the hardest in Massachusetts, Kennedy has raised $30K for food and housing assistance. And to date, has raised over $15K for personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontline workers across the country and state.

“Kennedy Evening Broadcasts” –– Kennedy hosts evening broadcasts from his home in Newton every Monday and Thursday night. These episodes include co-hosts from across the country, provide critical information on COVID-19, and discuss best practices for living life in quarantine. Kennedy has co-hosted evening broadcasts with NBC Sports Reporter Trenni Kusnierek, children’s author Peter Reynolds, and celebrity chef Tiffani Faison, and others.

“Kennedy COVID-19 Frontline Reports” –– In Joe’s newest video series, he discusses what is happening on the front lines with doctors, nurses, first responders, and other essential personnel. His first video featured Rich MacKinnon, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM).

“Weekly Wednesday Q&A” –– In this time of deep uncertainty, Kennedy is hosting a Weekly Wednesday Q&A to take questions directly from supporters and the general public on Facebook Live. These Q&As take place every Wednesday evening at 8pm on the Kennedy for MA Facebook page.

Virtual Town Halls –– Prior to his evening broadcasts, Kennedy hosted a series of virtual town halls with special guests, including State Rep./ Dr. Jon SantiagoJason FurmanJosé Andrés, and others. In the wake of the shelter-in-place advisory, the campaign announced that these virtual town halls would take new shape: real-time interaction between Joe and residents across the Commonwealth. Kennedy has held eight regional virtual regional town halls, including one completely in Spanish.

Checking in with Spanish-speakers –– Kennedy is committed to bringing critical information to Spanish-speakers in regular Facebook Live videos and is providing Spanish language materials on his online response center.

Online Rapid Response Center/ Virtual Campaign Office –– Immediately following the Governor’s state of emergency announcement, Kennedy created an online rapid response center as well as a virtual campaign office to keep people informed. These pages are updated daily with guidance from the Governor and the CDC, as well as updates on what is happening in Washington, D.C.