Group gathers in Peabody to address social issues

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Local and state officials conveyed their support for issues regarding immigration, employee wages, and the criminal justice system at a meeting in Peabody Monday that attracted a diverse group of over 200 attendees from over 25 religious congregations on the North Shore.

The Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) — a congregation-based group that aims to help communities in areas such as job training, health care, youth development, housing, and safety — hosted the event.

At the “Action Assembly,” held at St. John the Baptist Parish, residents gave testimony on what its like to make ends meet earning minimum wage, adapting to society after being in prison, and the cost of applying to become legalized citizens, which can cost up to $4,000, they said.

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