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Mass Live: Sen. Ed Markey rallies Northampton crowd and pledges to fight President Trump’s agenda

Speaking to a largely supportive crowd at Smith College Thursday night, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey pledged to work with fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill to fight the administration of President Donald J. Trump.

“This is an incredible moment in history,” Markey said. “I’m fighting twenty-four-seven. I’m fighting harder now than I ever have in my whole career.”

The 625-seat Sweeney Concert Hall was completely full, and hundreds more who were turned away watched a live stream of the event at the First Churches on Main Street. Members of the crowd carried signs emblazoned with slogans such as “Save the EPA,” “Protect Medicare,” and “Investigate Russian Ties.”

Markey delivered rousing praise for Massachusetts — “the home of the American Revolution” — as well as for Mayor David Narkewicz, who introduced Markey while proclaiming that Northampton stands as “a proud sanctuary city.”

Markey spoke up for clean energy, restraints on nuclear proliferation, protections for immigrants, equal rights for all, universal broadband, affordable healthcare, and sustained attention to the nation’s opioid addiction crisis.