Massachusetts Students Meet Rep. Kennedy

Massachusetts Students Meet Rep. Kennedy

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James Liska
October 23, 2013

On Thursday, October 23rd, TWC students from Massachusetts met their hometown Member of Congress, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, in his Longworth House Office Building suite to discuss public policy. Rep. Kennedy represents the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts, which is in southern part of the state and incorporates cities like Attleboro, Newton, Brookline, and part of Fall River and the South Coast. Rep. Kennedy is the grandson of former U.S. Senator and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and the grand-nephew of former President John F. Kennedy and of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. The students, who attend Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Worcester State Univeristy and The University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, spoke with Rep. Kennedy at length about the issues that matter to them, including:

 

  • The Peace Corps
  • CISPA
  • Foreign Policy and Human Rights
  • Education

For the students, this visit was another way to understand the role of citizen advocacy and to demonstrate how one-on-one conversation with their elected representatives can affect public policy changes at the highest level. The discussion about foreign policy was especially interesting, as the Congressman had taken numerous trips to the Middle East on congressional delegations (also known colloqually as CODELS.)

 

Students who participated in this visit included:

 

Public Policy Dialogues on Capitol Hill (PPDCH), sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, provide students with the unique opportunity to meet and interact with members of the Senate or House of Representatives representing their state or congressional district. This is one component of The Washington Center's internship program.


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