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April 13, 2020

TONIGHT 8PM –– “KENNEDY EVENING BROADCAST” ON RACIAL DISPARITIES WITH ANDRE PERRY

Andre Perry is an award-winning journalist, author, and researcher focusing on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion

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Watertown, MA — Tonight Congressman Joe Kennedy III will host award-winning journalist, author, and researcher Andre Perry for a “Kennedy Evening Broadcast” at 8 PM.

Perry is a fellow at Brookings and author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America's Black Cities. The two will highlight the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on black and latino communities, and discuss the structural inequalities that have historically led to communities of color bearing the brunt of the burden during a crisis.

In the wake of COVID-19 and the Commonwealth’s stay-at-home advisory, Kennedy is holding these special broadcasts every Monday and Thursday night at 8 PM from his home in Newton. Each episode streams live on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, and features a special co-host.


Staying connected, even as we're apart

Kennedy, 39, is all over social media.” –– Fredreka Schouten, CNN

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, Congressman Joe Kennedy III reoriented his campaign to focus on what matters most right now –– making sure people have the resources and information they need to stay safe.

Here are just a few ways Joe is stepping up:

Live Social Media Check-ins –– Kennedy is keeping in touch with people in his daily Facebook Live check-ins. These often include special appearances from Ellie and James keeping busy at home. Since March 13th, Kennedy has gone Live 38 times across social media platforms, including 9 multi-platform streams, and his live streams have reached over 6.5 million social feeds.

Real-time text updates –– Kennedy launched a real-time text service for people to stay updated on his efforts to keep people safe across the Commonwealth. Text JK3 to 44939 for your updates!

“Community Check-in Phone Banks” –– Kennedy for MA field organizers and volunteers are checking in with older residents. For those who need help with things like grocery runs and prescription refills, Team Kennedy puts them in touch with local food banks and resources offering services. Check out this awesome twitter thread from one of our organizers highlighting a success story!

Raising money for organizations fighting COVID-19 on the front lines –– Although he suspended active fundraising activity for his campaign, Kennedy continues to ask his supporters to donate to organizations helping people most in need –– like Project Bread, Pine Street Inn, and Meals on Wheels. To date, Kennedy has raised nearly $40K for a list of local and national charity groups. Most recently, Kennedy raised over $15K for personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontline workers across the country.

“Kennedy Evening Broadcasts” –– Kennedy recently announced he would host evening broadcasts from his home in Newton every Monday and Thursday night. Dubbed “Kennedy Evening Broadcasts,” these episodes include co-hosts from across the country, provide critical information on COVID-19, and discuss best practices for living life in quarantine. To date, Kennedy has co-hosted evening broadcasts with NBC Sports Reporter Trenni Kusnierek, children's author Peter Reynolds, and celebrity chef Tiffani Faison.

Weekly Wednesday Q&A –– In this time of deep uncertainty, Kennedy is hosting a Weekly Wednesday Q&A to take questions directly from supporters and the general public on Facebook Live. These Q&As take place every Wednesday evening at 8pm on the Kennedy for MA Facebook page.

Virtual Town Halls –– Prior to his evening broadcasts, Kennedy hosted a series of virtual town halls with special guests, including State Rep./ Dr. Jon Santiago, Jason Furman, José Andrés, and others.

Checking in with Spanish-speakers –– Kennedy is committed to bringing critical information to Spanish-speakers in regular Facebook Live videos and is providing Spanish language materials on his online response center.

Online Rapid Response Center / Virtual Campaign Office –– Immediately following the Governor’s state of emergency announcement, Kennedy created an online rapid response center as well as a virtual campaign office to keep people informed. These pages are updated daily with guidance from the Governor and the CDC, as well as updates on what is happening in Washington, D.C.

Posted on April 13, 2020 in Press Releases.