Milford Daily News: Rep. Joseph Kennedy III to lead transgender task force

Gerry Tuoti, Gatehouse Media

On the day he called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, U.S. Rep Joe Kennedy III — an outspoken critic of the Trump administration’s policies on transgender rights — was introduced as the new leader of a Congressional task force devoted to protecting the transgender community.

“The basic goal of the task force is to ensure America continues to try to make good on its promise of equal protection under the law and equality for everyone,” the Brookline Democrat said in a phone interview Thursday. “In 2017, the transgender community faces various forms of discrimination across the country.”

The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus on Thursday announced Kennedy as the new chairman of its bipartisan Transgender Equality Task Force

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Globe: Joe Kennedy tells NAACP members of hope in ‘dark and difficult times’

Amanda Hoover, Boston Globe

US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III assured a crowd packing a Central Square church Saturday morning that President Trump’s administration will not rewrite the “American story,” as he encouraged the group to stand together in the face of potential oppression.

“We gather this morning in some dark and difficult times,” Kennedy said, listing actions on the part of the Trump administration that have stoked anxieties in some communities, such as criticism of the press, the stalled immigration order, a potential rollback of LGBT protections, and controversial Cabinet nominees such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“For all that gather here today, this is a deeply personal fight,” he said, recalling the battle civil rights leaders waged locally and nationally. “It is our story. It cannot be rewritten, for it is sheltered in every American heart.”

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Globe: Congressman Kennedy and others fear mass deportations

Adrian Walker, Boston Globe

The rally on Tuesday that Congressman Joe Kennedy III helped organize at the Irish Famine Memorial to protest President Trump’s evolving immigration policies was intended to mobilize the faithful.

Though it was quickly arranged and modest in scale, the sight of Bostonians ready to resist on short notice ultimately offered some solace to him as well.

“You can’t overstate how important those moments are, especially for a member of the congressional minority like I am at the moment,” Kennedy said by phone after the rally. “It gives you a bit of bounce in your step to go back and fight.”

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US Rep. Kennedy: Democrats must heed voters’ economic fears

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press

BOSTON — He’s heir to a famed political family that traces its roots back to Boston’s bare-knuckled campaigns when Democratic ward bosses kept a close ear to the city’s narrow streets and tenement hallways.

Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy says contemporary party leaders could take a page from that history by listening harder to the economic worries of Democratic voters who bolted the party in November.

It’s not always an easy message for Democrats still reeling from Donald Trump’s win to hear, especially in a state that handed Hillary Clinton a 27-point margin.

But Kennedy said Democrats have little choice.

“There was a message sent on this Election Day where many voters that had traditionally come back home to the Democratic Party didn’t,” Kennedy told The Associated Press. “I think not taking the time to ask the question why, to listen to their response, and to try to understand why we lost some folks that had been in support of Democratic candidates and the Democratic Party for so long is folly.”

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Joe Kennedy III Plans to Protest in the Boston Women’s March

Town & Country

Robert F. Kennedy’s grandson, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, has said he will attend the Boston Women’s March on Saturday. In keeping with his family’s political tradition, Kennedy currently serves as the representative for the fourth district of Massachusetts.

According to a tweet posted on the lawmaker’s official campaign account on January 18, he will walk alongside his wife, Lauren, his young daughter, Ellie, as well as the Massachusetts chapter of Planned Parenthood, which could lose federal funding under the Trump administration.

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