The endorsers point to Kennedy’s presence in Latinx communities and his legislative record on immigration, economic justice, and human rights
List follows prominent Latinx endorsements of Kennedy including civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, former PR Governor Calderon & Congressional Hispanic Caucus leaders
Watertown, MA –– Today, the Kennedy campaign released a list of over 350 Latinx community leaders that have endorsed Congressman Joe Kennedy III for US Senate. The list includes elected officials, organizers, youth activists, veterans, and small business owners from across Massachusetts.
From Boston to Springfield, Brockton, Worcester, and Lawrence, the list includes support from a broad coalition of Latinx groups –– Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Central and South Americans, and Brazilians –– and highlights Kennedy’s increasing support in communities of color and predominantly immigrant communities.
Since entering the race, Kennedy has put an enormous focus on the Latinx community across Massachusetts. Kennedy has invested in growing his Latinx political organizing staff, established seven regional Latinx groups, and has held the first ever Spanish-language only town halls in the history of U.S. Senate races in Massachusetts –– including two in-person town halls and two virtual town halls. Over the course of his months-long Jobs and Justice Tour, Kennedy has visited and prioritized Latinx communities, businesses, and workers.
“This pandemic has pinpointed deep disparities we have ignored for too long. The Latinx community faces higher rates of infection and unemployment, all while making up a significant proportion of today’s essential workers,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “Yet we’re still locking children and families up at the border. We’re still calling human beings “‘illegal” and denying them access to health care. These are the men and women who have kept that same healthcare system afloat, performed critical sanitation jobs, and made sure we had food on our tables. It’s time we have Senators who show up in, and for, these communities. I’m honored to have the confidence and support of all of these endorsers and I’m excited to see where these partnerships lead us.”
Throughout his career in the House of Representatives, Kennedy has worked with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to call for the decriminalization of migration, paths to citizenship for DREAMers, and a compassionate asylum process. After visits to the southern border, Kennedy called for investigations into health and safety conditions at detention centers, deaths of transgender migrants in ICE custody, and the separation of families. And he has aggressively opposed bed quotas at detention centers, criticizing his opponent Ed Markey for his support of such policies.
This list of endorsements follows a wave of prominent Latinx leaders who have endorsed Kennedy’s candidacy, including civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, former Governor of Puerto Rico Sila Maria Calderon, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35), Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51), Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Congressman Filemon Vela (TX-34), Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Congressman Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3) and Congressman Gil Cisneros (CA-39).
See the full letter and list here.