AG candidate Liss-Riordan to speak Sunday at virtual event hosted by Worthington Democrats

  • 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. Contributed Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 4/1/2022 4:53:16 PM
Modified: 4/1/2022 4:52:22 PM

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’m very excited about 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 take place over Zoom. Attendees don’t have to be Worthington residents and those interested in attending can email Worthingtondem@gmail.com with their name and town.

“I have been spending a lot of time in western Massachusetts already,” said Liss-Riordan, noting that she’s been hearing 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 she was campaigning in the Democratic primary for its 2020 U.S. Senate nomination. She also spent one of her maternity leaves in the Berkshires.

ss-Riordan is an experienced lawyer, who has won judgments against companies that include Starbucks and Fedex on behalf of their employees.

“Laws don’t enforce themselves,” she said. “I’m the only candidate in the race who’s an actual, practicing lawyer.”

Liss-Riordan said that as attorney general she plans on setting up a fund to pay workers who have not been paid by their employers — and then go after those employers for the money.

“They have to pay their rent,” said Liss-Riordan. “They have to put food on the table tonight.”

She’s also interested in setting up a green bank for money won in environmental cases that can be used for clean energy and other environmental initiatives.

Liss-Riordan’s first job out of college was with famed feminist congresswoman Bella Abzug, and she noted her history as a women’s rights organizer and activist. “We have to make sure that all women have access to reproductive care,” Liss-Riordan said.

Noting the possibility that Roe vs. Wade could be overturned, she vows to fight other state laws that would seek to prevent women from getting abortion care in Massachusetts.

Liss-Riordan has received the endorsements of more than 30 different labor union formations.

Sundays with the Candidates is organized by the Worthington Town Democratic Committee and it previously hosted attorney general candidate Quentin Palfrey.

Andrea Campbell, another attorney general candidate, will appear at Sundays with the Candidates on April 10 at 2 p.m.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.
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