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Elizabeth Warren Rally with Rep. John Lewis and Gov. Deval Patrick
It was a bit of a sentimental return to the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury today.
Almost a year ago, Elizabeth Warren held one of her kickoff campaign events here, and many of the same people returned to cheer her on with just a few days until Election Day.
“Are you fired up? “ asked Governor Deval Patrick at today’s rally. “You understand what is at stake. This is about everybody, those who vote with us and those who vote against us. This is about our common cause. The vote is bigger than this moment. We don’t need someone who calls himself an independent when it’s time to campaign. The action is not in here. It’s out there. Talk to people, talk to your friends, family, even those who have given up on voting and tell them what’s at stake.”
Governor Patrick turned the stage over to the legendary civil rights figure, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. “Thank you for being you,” he told the crowd referring to Patrick. “You are blessed to have this gentleman as your governor.”
Lewis reminisced about meeting with John F. Kennedy and being in the Oval Office with Kennedy and Martin Luther King in 1963. He talked about his friendship with Ted Kennedy. He noted the presence of Kennedy’s son Congressman Patrick Kennedy in the audience along with his young child. Then the man who focused his attention on voting rights across the south in the 1960’s told the crowd, “We are one people, one family. Vote like you have never voted before.”
Lewis also praised Elizabeth: “She will vote so that you can marry the one that you love and she will make certain that it is a woman’s choice what she can and cannot do with her own body.”
Elizabeth was very touched. “I love being here with John Lewis. The memories you carry in your heart I will carry in mine. He’s a man who changed history.” She then talked once again about Scott Brown’s votes against the interests of middle class families. Recalling the campaign’s first event at the Reggie Lewis Center, she thanked the crowd for being behind her. She sent them out to finish off what was started, to get voters to the polls, and to keep at it until the end of Election Day.
As the crowd headed out, Bruce Springsteen, who recently endorsed Elizabeth, blared through the sound system, “No Retreat, Baby, No Surrender”.
Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of California, was in Massachusetts today to campaign for Elizabeth Warren.
Harris began her day in Lynn at a round table discussion on corporate accountability in the subprime mortgage crisis with Southern Essex County Register of Deeds John O’Brien, who emphasized that local advocates and elected officials need a Senator who will be responsive and knowledgeable about the issues, like Elizabeth Warren.
The next stop was a lunch reception with approximately 30 leaders from the Asian Pacific American and South Asian communities.
After heading to Northeastern School of Law, where she talked about issues of voter protection with students and encouraged them to participate in voter protection efforts on Election Day, Harris made her last stop of the day in Cambridge, where she made clear that what happens here in Massachusetts will have an impact on California.
She talked about how pivotal this election is and about her work with Elizabeth Warren on the foreclosure crisis. She said, “Elizabeth could articulate what was needed to be done for homeowners but also what needed to be done in terms of systems change.”
Harris continued, “Lots of people are really good at press conferences, but Elizabeth understood what the fix looked like. The first federal agency that looks out for the consumer. She understood the protections we needed to put in place.”
“What you are doing is fighting for the ideals of this country. You are patriots. From California, I send you thanks for what you are doing and will do in the next 13 days.”
Elizabeth Speaks at NAACP Forum
Last night, Elizabeth took the stage at Roxbury Community College to attend a forum hosted by the New England Area Conference of the NAACP. Also hosting the event was the Black Ministerial Alliance, Community Change, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, Madison Park Development Corp., Mass. Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Mass Vote, and Oiste.
Answering questions from Professor James Jennings of Tufts University and members of the audience, Elizabeth addressed issues from guns to education, and from poverty to foreign policy.
Elizabeth talked about the number of times she has been to Roxbury and other neighborhoods nearby. “And here’s the thing, I will be coming here the day after Election Day and I will continue to want to hear from you. I want to go to Washington to say, I’m speaking for the all the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."
In closing, NAACP New England Chapter President Juan Cofield thanked Elizabeth on behalf of all the sponsors and the audience “for considering this community worth her time.”
Scott Brown declined an invitation to speak at the forum.