Published: 04/01/2022 16:53:16
Modified: 04/01/2022 16:52:22
WORTHINGTON — Shannon Liss-Riordan, a labor, employment and civil rights lawyer running for attorney general, will speak on Sunday as part of the Sundays with the Candidates series.
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address voters here,” Liss-Riordan said. “I think people want an attorney general who will put money back in their pockets.”
The event will begin at 2 p.m. and will take place on Zoom. Entrants do not have to be Worthington residents and those wishing to attend can email [email protected] with their name and city.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in western Massachusetts before,” Liss-Riordan said, noting that she’s heard concerns from voters across the state about the high cost of living, gas and housing.
On her experience with the Hilltowns, Liss-Riordan said she visited a number of communities when campaigning in the Democratic primary for her 2020 U.S. Senate nomination. She also spent one of her holidays maternity hospital in the Berkshires.
ss-Riordan is an experienced attorney, who has won judgments against companies such as Starbucks and Fedex on behalf of their employees.
“Laws don’t apply by themselves,” she says. “I am the only candidate in the race to be a true practicing lawyer.”
Liss-Riordan said as attorney general she plans to create a fund to pay workers who have not been paid by their employers — and then sue those employers for the money.
“They have to pay their rent,” Liss-Riordan said. “They have to put food on the table tonight.”
She is also interested in creating a green bank for money earned in environmental cases that can be used for clean energy and other environmental initiatives.
Liss-Riordan’s first job out of college was with noted feminist congresswoman Bella Abzug, and she noted her history as an organizer and women’s rights activist. “We need to make sure all women have access to reproductive care,” Liss-Riordan said.
Noting the possibility that Roe v. Wade could be overturned, she pledges to fight other state laws that would seek to prevent women from seeking abortion care in Massachusetts.
Liss-Riordan has been endorsed by more than 30 different trade union formations.
Sundays with the Candidates is hosted by the Worthington Town Democratic Committee and previously hosted Attorney General nominee Quentin Palfrey.
Andrea Campbell, another candidate for attorney general, will appear Sundays with the candidates on April 10 at 2 p.m.
Bera Dunau can be reached at [email protected]