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BY: David Rutz
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) is expected to officially announce her bid for the presidency on Saturday in a city rife with significant symbols for her candidacy, while carrying political weight that is all too real.
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The progressive darling, smarting from a week of difficult questions and another apology for calling her race "American Indian," will speak on the steps of Everett Mills, the site of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Warren's choice of site is a clear nod to her campaign message of a system rigged by powerful elites and corporations against the middle and working classes.
"Lawrence has a history of working people coming together to make change, where the fight was hard, the battle was uphill, and where a group of women led the charge for all of us," Warren said in a video promoting her announcement.
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Protesting a reduction in wages after the enforcement of a state law mandating women work a maximum of 54 hours a week, textile workers staged walkouts that spread around Lawrence in 1912. Considered a landmark moment for unions, the strike received national attention and eventually prompted federal investigations into brutal working conditions and pay raises for workers around New England.
It is not only Lawrence's connection to labor history that makes the city appealing for Warren to officially launch her campaign. Nearly 80 percent of the population in Lawrence is Hispanic, and nearly 40 percent is foreign-born, according to the Boston Globe. Democratic Mayor Dan Rivera praised Warren's selection of his city, which he said is dealing with many of the key issues Washington is trying to tackle, such as the opioid crisis and expanding affordable health care.
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After her speech in Lawrence, Warren will head that same afternoon to an organizing event in Dover, New Hampshire. She...
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