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November 04, 2018

Boston Herald:  Joe Kennedy says he's pushing to protect transgender rights

by Associated Press

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy said he's trying to guard against any effort by the Trump administration to exclude transgender individuals from federal civil rights protections. Read more here: … Continue Reading

November 02, 2018

Washington Blade:  98 House Dems urge Trump administration to drop anti-trans plan

by Chris Johnson

In the wake of an explosive media report in the New York Times indicating the Trump administration is preparing a proposal to define transgender people out of existence, a group of 98 House Democrats led by Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) are speaking out to urge the Department of Health & Human Services not to implement the proposal.Read more here: … Continue Reading

November 02, 2018

MassLive:  US Rep. Joe Kennedy III demands HHS reject effort to redefine 'sex,' says transgender Americans 'will not be erased'

by Shannon Young

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Brookline, continued push back Friday against the Trump administration's efforts to define "sex" as a biological condition, urging officials to reject the "brazen, targeted attack" on transgender Americans. Read more here: … Continue Reading

October 25, 2018

The Hill:  Dem lawmaker urges NLRB to withdraw new labor rule

by Lydia Wheeler

October 23, 2018

MassLive:  US Rep. Joe Kennedy III urges Trump administration to end crack down on sponsors for migrant children

by Shannon Young

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Brookline, called on the Trump administration Tuesday to stop the Office of Refugee Resettlement from sharing unaccompanied minors' fingerprints and other information with immigration enforcement agencies -- a policy which he argued has scared away potential sponsors who could care for these kids outside of government facilities. Read more here: … Continue Reading

October 22, 2018

MassLive:  US Rep. Joe Kennedy III says Trump administration's 'attacks' on transgender rights emphasize importance of Massachusetts ballot question

by Shannon Young

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Brookline, spoke out Monday against the Trump administration's reported push to roll back Obama-era protections for transgender individuals, arguing that the effort underscores the importance of Massachusetts' anti-discrimination laws. Read more here: … Continue Reading

October 19, 2018  Here’s what Joe Kennedy III had to say after visiting a detention center for immigrant children in Texas

by Christopher Gavin

Four months after he was turned away at the door of a Texas border detention center that houses thousands of undocumented immigrant children, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III returned for a tour this week as the population of detainees continues to climb amid what the Newton Democrat calls "obstacles and unnecessary delays" fueled by the Trump administration. Read more here: … Continue Reading

October 13, 2018

Boston Globe:  Mental health study could address ‘structural disaster,’ Joe Kennedy III says

by Colin A. Young

US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III wants to put a dollar figure on the amount the United States spends as a result of limited access to mental and behavioral health services, a tally of incarceration and addiction-fighting costs he says will help make the case that the money would be better spent addressing the root issue of mental health. Read more here: … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

The Sun Chronicle:  Kennedy, student leaders urge Attleboro High School seniors and juniors to vote

by Jim Hand

Student leaders and U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III urged Attleboro High School juniors and seniors Tuesday to get involved in civic affairs, including voting. The students were given the opportunity to register to vote if they were 18 years old, or pre-register if they were 16 or older. "We want your opinion to be heard," said senior Natalie Johnson, one of the organizers of the effort from a class called 2030. Read more here: … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Salem News (State House News Service):  Kennedy: Mental health care in U.S. a 'structural disaster'

by Colin A. Young

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy wants to put a dollar figure on the amount the United States spends as a result of limited access to mental and behavioral health services, a tally of incarceration and addiction-fighting costs he says will help make the case that the money would be better spent addressing the root issue of mental health. Read more here: … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

The Herald News:  U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III wants to bolster mental health care

by Scott Calzolaio

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III touted the work of William James College during a visit on Wednesday in which he participated in a panel discussion on the future of mental health treatment. Read more: … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Boston Herald:  Joe Kennedy III backs hotel strikers in the Seaport

by Tom Shattuck

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III stopped by the hotel workers' picket line today in a show of solidarity. The Democratic congressman said the roaring economy is leaving those earning minimum wage behind -- including some hotel workers. Read more here: … Continue Reading

September 11, 2018

WGBH:  Joe Kennedy And Trenni Kusnierek Want Americans To Speak Up About Mental Health

by Arjun Singh

Congressman Joe Kennedy III and NBC Sports Boston reporter Trenni Kusnierek want to change the dialogue on mental health. Their friendship started when Kennedy stumbled on an article about Kusnierek in The Boston Globe, which detailed her own personal struggles with anxiety and depression. Inspired by the story, Kennedy wrote to Kusnierek and the two decided to pool their resources to fight the stigma that mental illness has carried in the U.S. for decades.Read more here: … Continue Reading

August 08, 2018

Portland Press Herald:  Expanded opioid treatment program lauded by Reps. Pingree and Joe Kennedy

by Joe Lawlor

Andrew Allen said he made a difficult call to Maine Medical Center three years ago, telling them he was addicted to opioids, had no insurance or money and needed help. "They didn't really have any answers or know what to do with me at that time, and I didn't get any help," Allen said Wednesday. Fast forward to last October when Allen, 38 and still struggling with substance use disorder, called Maine Med again. This time, despite still being uninsured, he was referred to MaineHealth's new … Continue Reading

August 06, 2018

Milford Daily News:  Joe Kennedy III visits Milford for National Health Center Week

by Alison Bosma

To recognize National Health Center Week, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Monday visited a local health center named after his great-uncle, Ted. "We welcome these visits to tell our story," said Antonia McGuire, president and chief executive officer of the Edward M. Kennedy Health Center, "and continue our support." National Health Center Week actually kicks off Aug. 12, but Kennedy will be out of town, a spokesman said in an email. Supporting centers like Milford's is one of the congressman's … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

MassLive:  US Rep. Joe Kennedy III slams GOP effort to impeach Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein: 'You've got to be kidding me'

by Shannon Young

July 17, 2018

CNN:  Democrats want Trump's interpreter to testify before Congress

by Lauren Fox

Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts had called for the testimony in a series of tweets criticizing Trump on Monday. "And that was only what we saw on live TV. @realDonaldTrump's translator should come before Congress and testify as to what was said privately immediately. If Republicans are as outraged as they claim, then issue the subpoena today. 2/2," Kennedy tweeted. Read more here: … Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

Newsy:  Rep. Kennedy On Trump In Europe: 'A Disaster From Day One'

by Bianca Facchinei

President Trump's recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin did not go over well with many members of Congress. Newsy caught up with Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) to get his take on Trump's remarks and how the rest of the president's trip through Europe went. Read more here: … Continue Reading

July 17, 2018

HuffPost:  Dem. Lawmakers Propose Banning ‘Gay And Trans Panic’ Legal Defense

by Alanna Vagianos

Two Democratic lawmakers from Massachusetts want to end a controversial legal defense in which a criminal defendant claims violence against LGBTQ people was justified because of "panic" about the victim's sexual identity or orientation. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) introduced the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2018 this month, proposing to end gay and trans panic legal defenses in federal court. Read more here: … Continue Reading

July 11, 2018  Watch: Joe Kennedy III details NYC visit with migrant children in foster care

by Christopher Gavin

Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy III, an outspoken critic of the federal policy that left undocumented immigrant families separated at the southern border, visited a New York City foster care facility this week where some of the migrant children are living.Read more here: … Continue Reading

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