Several Boxford and Topsfield progressives were among the more than 4,000 citizens who rallied on Boston Common in support of health care reform on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 7. Cherie Hoyt, former chair of Boxford’s Democratic Town Committee, and Marianne Rutter, current chair, joined Boxford Board of Health member Louise Kress and Heidi Fox, a member of Topsfield’s Democratic committee, at the gazebo on Boston Common to hear remarks by state Attorney General Martha Coakley and several members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation (including our own Congressman, John Tierney). Lively musical entertainment from two different ensembles got the proceedings going, then testimony was offered by leaders from labor and health care services groups. John Spears, newly appointed Director of Organizing For America’s Massachusetts chapter, concluded the hour-long program by presenting the Congressmen with thousands of support petitions from their constituents in their districts, urging them to support the President’s plan to reform health care in America.
The rally then marched to Copley Square, most participants holding and waving handmade signs to show their support for the health reform initiatives now being debated in Congress.
View Cherie Hoyt’s wonderful pictures of the event in her photo album on Facebook.