Friedman testifies in support of a Restoration Center pilot program to better serve individuals experiencing a mental health crisis Press Release

“We need to move individuals out of our jails cells and emergency rooms and into appropriate treatment,” said Senator Friedman, “And one of the most effective ways to do this is to help our police and those with mental illness avoid arrest in the first place.”

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Friedman announces new website, office hours in the 4th Middlesex Press Release

BOSTON- Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) announced the creation of her official Senate website (www.cindyfriedman.org) and began holding monthly office hours this week in the 4th Middlesex district.

“I’m very excited that our website is up and running,” Friedman said. “To promote transparency and to keep you up-to-date on important news from the State House and our community, I or my team will frequently post updates on the front page of our website and send out a quarterly newsletter to those who have subscribed to our email list. Additionally, I will post regularly to Facebook and Twitter.”

In expressing her excitement about the start of office hours, Friedman said: “One of the most effective ways to ensure your voice is heard is to meet face-to-face with your senator or representative. I look forward to holding office hours in the 4th Middlesex each month. This is a great way for me to get a sense of what is most important to my constituents in the district.”

Friedman continued, “If you are unable to attend office hours, I encourage you to contact my office by phone at (617) 722-1432 or by email at Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov and I or my staff will get back to you in a timely manner. We are here to help you and your voice truly makes a difference. I look forward to hearing from you!”

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Senator Friedman Lauds $320,000 Grant for New Affordable Housing Units in Arlington Press Release

“I am thrilled that our community has been awarded this grant to help increase the availability of affordable housing in Arlington,” said Senator Cindy Friedman. “As we know, there is a real need right now in our state for greater housing options for middle- and low-income families. This grant, combined with federal funding and generous local support through Community Preservation Act funds, will help us to do that in Arlington and will greatly benefit families in our community.”

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Senate Passes Charlottesville Resolution, Friedman Attends Boston Peace Rally Press Release

Image may contain: 5 people, people standing, shoes and outdoorIn offering her comments on the resolution, State Senator Cindy Friedman said: “I’m proud to have co-sponsored the Charlottesville Resolution which was unanimously passed as a joint resolution by the Senate and House last week. This is an important statement that we made to the individuals who chose hate and violence instead of peace and acceptance in Virginia.”

Friedman went on, “These are difficult times that call for all of us to assert the core value that this country was founded on – that we are all created equal and should be treated as such. We need to stand up to anyone who would deny that to someone because they are not of a certain color, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.”

Friedman also joined constituents and residents from across the Commonwealth at the Boston peace rally on Saturday where nearly 40,000 people marched from the Reggie Lewis Center to the Boston Common to condemn white supremacy and unite in solidarity with Charlottesville.

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Important information regarding rallies scheduled for Saturday, August 18th in Boston

I have heard from many of you about safety concerns regarding the potential “free speech” rally that may occur this weekend on the Boston Common. The Governor and Mayor Walsh are well aware of what’s going on and the City of Boston is being proactive in its preparation to ensure the public’s safety.

For those looking to join or organize a counter-protest, community and faith-based leaders have encouraged the participation in one, united peaceful gathering away from the Boston Common. Alternatively, I encourage all to attend the many gatherings and vigils that are happening across our state this wee, as I did in Arlington on Wednesday.

For the most up to date safety information this weekend, please visit bpdnews.com or follow @marty_walsh and @bostonpolice on Twitter. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (617) 722-1432 or by email at Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov.

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Hundreds attend Arlington solidarity gathering wake of Charlottesville Arlington Advocate

Naomi Greenfield, the Arlington Human Rights Committee member who organized the event, stood next to State Senator Cindy Friedman, D-Arlington, microphone in hand, and addressed the crowd of over 200 in front of her. She introduced the night’s action items: writing postcards to elected officials, writing letters to residents of Charlottesville, Virginia in the wake of a deadly white supremacist rally last weekend, signing a “Commitment to Change” poster that will hang in the Robbins Library and creating posters for a counter-protest planned in response to an Aug. 19 “free speech rally” that some people fear is actually a white nationalist rally similar to the one in Virginia.

Friedman spoke at the beginning of the gathering, before everyone dispersed to action stations. She described her own sadness about the events that occurred in Charlottesville and called for action after the gathering ended.

“We move forward only to find ourselves coming back to the same issues,” Friedman said. “We are responsible for being voices of tolerance and understanding. We all need to expand tonight’s actions and we’ll need to put ourselves out there.”

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Friedman speaks out against Charlottesville rally, condemns bigotry

Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) issued the following statement in response to the Charlottesville free speech rally that occurred this past weekend:

“I was saddened and disappointed to learn of the hatred, violence, and loss of an innocent life in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

This does not represent who we are as a nation. I always have and always will stand tall with those who condemn hate and bigotry and will fight to defeat divisiveness in our communities.

I look forward to joining the Arlington community tomorrow night to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville and encourage all to attend the many gatherings and vigils that are happening across our state this week.

When we band together and unite for a common purpose, we can resist and overcome those who choose to persecute others in our society. There’s more of us than them.”

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