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Kennedy: “Something has to be done” about ISIS

NECN, Jim Braude

“Malala Yousafzai is Muslim and Pakistani. Her first act after accepting the Peace Prize was to pay tribute to the co-winner of the award, Kailash Satyarthi, a 60-year-old Hindu from India, and a leader in the fight to protect child workers from abuse.

Malala’s story is just one of several politically driven happenings that made headlines this week. The Ebola outbreak infiltrating America, airport screenings, ISIS, and President Barrack Obama’s handling of his military commanders were also in the news.

Joe Kennedy, Democratic Congressman from Brookline, Massachusetts, joined Jim Braude on Broadside to discuss it all. The two spent the bulk of their time discussing the growing threat of ISIS. ‘ISIS is a direct threat to our assets, our allies, and the United States. Something has to be done,’ said Kennedy.”

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Education group honors Rep. Joseph Kennedy III

Attleboro Sun, Emily O’Donnell

“The Massachusetts Association of Vocation Administrators named U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III “Legislator of the Year” on Friday in recognition of his advocacy for vocational schools and workforce development.

During the award ceremony at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, the Brookline Democrat praised career-technical education for providing “critical access to the modern economy.”

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Dignity for All

America Magazine, Joe Kennedy III

“There was not much on the stretch of highway between Llanos de Perez and Imbert in the Dominican Republic: a few wooden shacks with tin roofs, a couple of fruit stands, a small crowd gathered by the local lottery kiosk or watering hole. It was a poor but tight-knit community. Stalks of sugar cane swayed in the breeze and rolled on for what seemed like forever. Behind, a series of foothills rose up, and Rio Damajagua weaved between them.

By the time I arrived there as a young Peace Corps volunteer, tour companies from the North Coast had discovered Rio Damajagua and its stunning waterfalls, running together like Mother Nature’s perfect water park. They had set up shop, busing in tens of thousands of tourists a year and charging them up to $100 to climb the falls. The locals served as guides, escorting the tourists up and down the river, sometimes carrying them on their backs. For that grueling work, the companies guaranteed them only a few dollars per trip.”

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Social impact bonds: Getting better at doing good

Boston Globe, Joe Kennedy III

“When you walk into the unassuming Chelsea headquarters of Roca, you see the hallmarks of a thriving, urban non-profit. Teenagers draped on couches in the lobby. Posters proudly touting participants’ achievements lining the walls. Doors leading to a modest gym, job training classes, and crowded offices.

But there is a word you hear repeatedly around Roca that sets it apart: data. Dedicated to reducing recidivism in high-risk youth and helping disengaged young people break the cycle of violence and poverty, Roca is compulsively data-driven and outcomes-oriented.

Their four-year program for juvenile offenders is measured, analyzed, and evaluated every step of the way. Each participant is closely monitored, which allows Roca to see which interventions work and which don’t. An enormous database tracks progress through the program and holds the organization and its participants accountable for the results. Those results, so far, have been exceptional. Last year, 89 percent of young men in the final stages of the program had no new arrests and 69 percent were holding down jobs.”

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