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 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

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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.”


Unity and Empowerment at Inaugural Women in the Workforce Breakfast Restaurant Opportunities Center United

This week, ROC United and ROC-Boston held the Inaugural Women in the Workplace Breakfast. The event offered a unique opportunity to learn how to get involved in the growing movement for dignity and fairness for women in the workforce, particularly in Massachusetts’ restaurant industry.

Attendees heard powerful and insightful remarks and reflections from an all-women panel of speakers including ROC & National League for Nursing members-leaders Rachael Collins and Marie Billiel, Executive Chef & Co-Owner of Bon Me, Ali Fong, Executive Director & CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, Fatima Goss Graves, Massachusetts Senator Cindy F. Friedman, and Director of the Harvard Labor & Worklife Program, Sharon Block.

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Informal sessions on Beacon Hill scheduled for August 22 News

Formal sessions, where the full legislature meets typically to debate or vote on legislation, are not scheduled this month. However, lawmakers can still meet in informal sessions, which helps keep bills moving along in the process.The legislature can schedule informal sessions where they usually take up non-controversial legislation and help ensure bills are moving along in the process.

“If we didn’t meet, they would just come to a halt,” State Sen. Cindy Friedman explained. “So the informal sessions allow us to continue with housekeeping.”

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State’s tax revenue for July larger than initially estimated 22 News

BOSTON (WWLP) – The state is starting off the new fiscal year slightly above benchmark in revenue collections, after experiencing a revenue shortfall last fiscal year.Revenue collections for the month of July totaled about $1.8 billion, according to the state’s Department of Revenue. This puts the state $6 million above July’s expectations.

Arlington State Senator Cindy Friedman told 22News she hopes that the legislature restores spending in areas including criminal justice, mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.

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