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“I Am in Awe of What You Have All Accomplished”

As August neared an end, the ever-expanding movement was still fighting but exhausted. For six long weeks, picketers had endured nineteen days of summer heat. They had gathered by the thousands at multiple rallies in Tewksbury and at smaller impromptu gatherings around Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Close to two million customers were still scrambling for food; many simply went to competitor supermarkets, but others pieced together their menus from various farmstands and local merchants. Vendors watched and waited, some facing major disruptions to their cash flow.

A breakthrough seemed close at hand. Governors Hassan and Patrick released a statement saying they were optimistic and ...

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