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Kennedy: Courts are a major challenge to domestic violence victims

Zachary Comeau, Milford Daily News

MILFORD – The major problem facing victims of domestic violence is the very system designed to punish batterers and bring justice, according to U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III.

Kennedy spoke for more than an hour Wednesday with domestic violence workers, advocates and lawyers at the Milford office of New Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping domestic violence victims navigate the court system.

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Kennedy urges regional cooperation on the economy

Jim Hand, The Sun Chronicle

ATTLEBORO — One day, U.S. Reps. Joseph Kennedy III and David Cicilline were talking about how people from their districts cross borders every day to get to work, school and home.

Although Kennedy is from Massachusetts and Cicilline is from Rhode Island, they found people and the local economy do not seem to be hindered by borders between the states and the communities within those states, Kennedy said Tuesday.

It got them thinking that maybe local leaders should take a more regional approach to economic development.

Perhaps the strengths of Southeastern Massachusetts — including Attleboro, Fall River and New Bedford — could be combined with those in Northeastern Rhode Island to attract new jobs to the area, he said.

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Rep. Kennedy promotes economic partnership concept between southeastern Mass, R.I.

Michael Gagne, The Herald News

DARTMOUTH — Representative Joseph Kennedy III is hoping to jumpstart discussions on a new economic strategy for southeastern Massachusetts — one that ignores the fact there is technically a border between this state and Rhode Island. That vision is based on leveraging assets that are nearby, whether those assets are in New Bedford, Taunton, Fall River, Attleboro, or in Providence and Warwick, Rhode Island.

“Treat Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton, Attleboro, Providence, Tiverton not as isolated silos, but as a combined economic force,” Kennedy said to members of the SouthCoast Development Partnership Friday morning in the Moot Courtroom at the University of Massachusetts School of Law.

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Rep. Kennedy hopes to close “gap” in legal services for low-income residents

Kennedy backing bill to extend civil rights protections to gay, transgender citizens

Jim Hand, The Sun Chronicle

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III is co-sponsoring a bill that seeks to extend civil rights protections in employment, housing and other areas to gay and transgender citizens.

The chief sponsor of the bill is Kennedy’s neighbor to the south, Rep. David Cicilline, R-R.I.

It would ban discrimination based on sexual preference and sexual identity in a number of areas, similar to the way the Civil Rights Act of 1964 providing protection to people based on race, color, religion, gender and national origin.

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