After making 40 stops on his JJI Tour last weekend, Kennedy talks economic recovery and resiliency with business owners, working families, and residents in three more cities on Saturday.
Watertown, MA –– The morning after returning from D.C., Kennedy was back on the road Saturday morning for small business visits in Waltham, Lowell, and Haverhill. These stops mark the third weekend in a row of Kennedy’s Jobs and Justice Tour –– a state-wide tour Kennedy kicked-off earlier this month to talk about building a better, stronger, more resilient post-COVID American economy with working families, business owners, Black and Brown communities, organized labor, essential workers, and others.
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Kennedy visited small businesses on Moody Street in Waltham, including Moody’s Deli and Gourmet Pottery to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses in Waltham.
In Lowell, Kennedy toured small businesses in Cambodia Town with City Councilor Vesna Nuon. Kennedy chatted with business owners at Le Petit Cafe, Jimmy’s Auto Repair, P&P Jewelers, Mony Var Insurance, and Heng Heng Asian Fast Food, Dessert Shop & Bakery.
Kennedy then joined Lowell Mayor John Leahy and City Councilor Sokhary Chau for a business walk in downtown Lowell. Kennedy visited Viet-Thai Restaurant, Cobblestones of Lowell, 1981 Ramen Bar, Big Poke Lowell, Time Out Cafe, and Mill City BBQ and Brew before rallying volunteers at Kittredge Park.
“Small businesses took a major hit during this pandemic, and it’s going to take more than one-time stimulus packages to get families and business in Lowell back on their feet,” said Mayor John Leahy, who led Kennedy on the business tour in Lowell. “Joe Kennedy gets that –– and it’s why he is here today. He rolled out his jobs plan but wasn’t going to take it down to Washington without first talking to the communities it is intended to help. That’s what we need in our next Senator. I am very thankful for him being here today and am proud to stand with him in this race.”
“A few weeks ago, I did a neighborhood canvass with Joe in Lowell,” said City Councilor Sokhary Chau, who toured small businesses in Lowell with Kennedy. “On that day, I said how impressed I was that Joe would take hours from his day to go door-to-door, talking with residents, all while running a stae-wide race. Here we are today, less than 40 days from the primary, and Joe is back again. This time, asking small businesses owners in Lowell what they need to recover from this pandemic. We can’t afford leadership that is not this enageed. We need Joe in the Senate.”
In Haverhill, Kennedy toured small businesses with State Senator Diana DiZoglio, who endorsed Kennedy shortly after he first announced his bid for Senate in October of 2019. Kennedy and DiZoglio visited STUFT, Passion Flower Shop, Brothers Market, Tax Accounting & Services, Vip Cuts, and Villamar Caribbean Restaurant.
As part of the Jobs & Justice Tour, Kennedy is meeting with working families, business owners, Black and Brown communities, organized labor, essential workers, and other community leaders across the state to inform the Jobs and Justice Initiative and receive feedback from local stakeholders.
The Kennedy Jobs and Justice Initiative (JJI) proposes a large-scale public works and federal hiring program designed to both address the acute needs of COVID-19 response, and to remedy the profound injustices of our modern economy, which long predated this pandemic. With a focus on equality, intersectionality, and anti-racism, the proposal builds on Kennedy’s earlier “moral capitalism” platform and continues his efforts to reorient federal economic policies to center American workers.