August 10, 2020


Between Friday and Sunday, Kennedy made over 50 stops on his Jobs and Justice Tour

Watertown, MA –– Congressman Joe Kennedy III made over 50 stops on his Jobs and Justice Tour between Friday and Sunday. In Woburn, Lawrence, Hyannis, Falmouth, Bourne, Scituate, Braintree, Fall River, New Bedford, and Franklin, Kennedy met with small business owners and workers, and rallied the troops for the campaign’s month-long GOTV operation.

Kennedy began the weekend on Friday with visits to Woburn and Lawrence. He visited Andrea’s Pizza and Fortunato’s Restaurant before meeting with volunteers in Woburn. He then headed over to Lawrence, where he visited Terra Luna Cafe and El Taller with City Council President Kendrys Vasquez, and hosted a Kennedy Community Meet-up to fire up supporters in the area.

Saturday morning, Kennedy and former Mayor Joe Sullivan toured small businesses on Washington Street in Braintree. He then headed to Scituate, where he visited local restaurants and hosted a meet-up with local supporters. Kennedy hosted the day’s second community meet-up in Bourne, before wrapping up the day with a visit to Raw Bar and a third community meet-up in Hyannis.

Kennedy rounded out the weekend with over a dozen stops on Sunday. He began the day in his hometown of Newton, where he, Lauren, Ellie, and James visited Johnny’s Luncheonette and met with local supporters.

“Joe Kennedy knows what home means. It’s more than where you sleep at night: it’s where your kids grow up, where you host Thanksgiving dinner, where you run into friends at the supermarket. That’s what Newton is to Joe,” Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said. “I know that Joe is the Senator that Newton and Massachusetts needs because we’re not just constituents or voters. We’re his neighbors. This is his community, too. That’s what government is supposed to be.”

He then drove to Franklin, where he visited La Cantina Winery and Simon’s Furniture, Mattresses, & Appliances, before greeting supporters at Franklin Commons. He was joined by State Representative Jeff Roy who said, “Franklin deserves a Senator who’s actually been here. Who’s bumped elbows with us and asked us what we need from him. This race is personal because Joe makes every aspect of politics personal. Joe Kennedy won’t forget about small towns like ours after this race is over. He won’t forget the conversations we’ve had here today. That’s why I’m proud to stand beside Joe today.”

Kennedy also visited Fall River, where he participated in a retail tour and spoke with supporters at a Kennedy Community Meet-up. Earlier in the week, former US Ambassador to Portugal Bob Sherman made visits Portugese communities in Fall River and New Bedford to stump for Kennedy.

“There is far too much on the line –– both at home and abroad –– for us to send anything but a bold, committed leader to the U.S. Senate,” said Ambassador Bob Sherman. “I’ve known Joe for some time. I know that, like me, he is Massachusetts through and through. And I know that he is steadfast in his commitment to the people of this Commonwealth. He will be a champion for every single family in this state, and I know his voice will make this Commonwealth and our country proud every single day.”

He finished up the weekend in New Bedford, where he met with essential workers at Stop & Shop and spoke to Cape Verdean owned small businesses. He was joined by former Mayor Scott Lang and City Councilor At-Large Brian Gomes.

As part of the Jobs and Justice Tour, Kennedy will be 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.

Kennedy’s visit is part of a statewide tour to promote his Kennedy Jobs and Justice Initiative (JJI), a working legislative proposal to guide our country’s economic recovery efforts in building a better, stronger, more resilient post-COVID America.

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Health and safety are of the utmost importance to Congressman Kennedy and the Kennedy for MA campaign. All participants in this weekend’s events were required to adhere to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the wearing of face coverings.