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EMK Institute Honors Fallen Firefighters Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Michael R. Kennedy

In response to the tragic loss of firefighters Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, the EMK Institute released the following statement:

Women of the Senate: Breaking Glass Ceilings and Partisan Gridlock

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, we commemorate the accomplishments of the 20, current women Senators that have transformed the landscape of today’s Senate.

“Washington Can Be Fixed” Op-Ed by Victoria Reggie Kennedy and Olympia Snowe

On March 26, 2014, the Boston Globe published “Washington can be fixed - Returning to functional government requires a multi-pronged strategy”. Written by Co-Founder of the EMK Institute Victoria Reggie Kennedy and former Senator Olympia Snowe, the article discusses the current political situation in Washington and encourages a return to bipartisan practices.

A Conversation on American Unity this Wednesday, March 26th at 1PM ET WATCH LIVE

The Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Commission on Political Reform and USA TODAY, together with the JFK Presidential Library and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, will host A Conversation on American Unity this Wednesday, March 26th at 1PM ET in Boston, MA. Watch the live webcast here.

Remembering Senator Kennedy’s Birthday

I have lived a blessed time. Now with you I look forward to a new time of aspiration and high achievement for our nation and the world.” -- Senator Edward M. Kennedy Harvard University, December 2008


"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ...Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mourning the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Senator Edward M. Kennedy greets Nelson Mandela at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a luncheon in Mandela’s honor following his 1990 release from prison.

Mourning the Passing of Judge Edmund M. Reggie

The Institute community is deeply saddened by the passing of Judge Edmund M. Reggie. In addition to a life of public service and devotion to his family, Judge Reggie played an important part in bringing the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to life.

The Affordable Care Act Opens the Doors to the Health Insurance Marketplace

Millions of Americans will be able to get healthcare coverage thanks to the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that go into effect on schedule October 1. Senator Kennedy called universal access to healthcare "the cause of my life." In this 2009 Newsweek magazine piece, he explained why it was so important to him, and so important for the country.

All Eyes are Watching

As the world awaits implementation of a plan to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, the Syrian refugee crisis continues to unfold before our eyes. In this interview, we seek bi-partisan perspectives on the humanitarian crisis in Syria and explore the role of Congress in helping refugees.

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