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Highlighting Organizers - Lew Finfer

Highlighting Organizers – Lew Finfer

Lew Finfer from MCAN-PICO  Co Chaired the successful Raise up Massachusetts effort to get over a quarter of a million signatures to improve the lives of a million or so workers. In this picture,  Lew is wearing a pin from Martin Luther King’s last campaign. Lew is an organizer without peer in Massachusetts. Here is an...
On the Agenda at Last! Immigration Reform -- No Excuses

On the Agenda at Last! Immigration Reform — No Excuses

from Ali Noorani’s Huffington’s Post in part…. Less than a week to go till the March FOR America and the immigration blame game is kicking into full gear. Democrats are blaming Republicans, Republicans are blaming Democrats. Meanwhile, the DC punditry – aided and abetted by a front pageWashington Post story that doesn’t have a source to cite – is tripping...
TAX BREAKS for Ben Affleck. Tax hikes for everyone else.

TAX BREAKS for Ben Affleck. Tax hikes for everyone else.

Joan Vennochi does it again. A sharp spin on a current hot debate — in this case revenues  Here in part  TAX BREAKS for Ben Affleck. Tax hikes for everyone else. As he calls for $1.9 billion in new taxes, that proposal didn’t add up for Governor Deval Patrick. So, he’s also proposing to cap the film tax...
Michael Forbes Wilcox - One Man's Mission: Bring much-needed assistance to autistic adults and others who are not now served.

Michael Forbes Wilcox – One Man’s Mission: Bring much-needed assistance to autistic adults and others who are not now served.

Of course the campaign to bring much needed services to autistic adults and others is not just one man’s mission. In fact the effort is being led by  The Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE) and they have taken the lead in drafting and promoting two bills to implement the highest priority recommendations of the...
On the Agenda at Last Linsky Files Gun Violence Legislation

On the Agenda at Last Linsky Files Gun Violence Legislation

From the Brookline Patch in part The bill looks to close loopholes in existing state laws, require mental health background checks, strengthen gun storage requirements and require liability insurance for gun owners. The following is a press release sent by the office of state Rep. David Linsky, D-Natick. State Rep. David P. Linsky announced today...
Refocusing Our Lens: Domestic Workers' Rights Are a Neglected Feminist Issue

Refocusing Our Lens: Domestic Workers’ Rights Are a Neglected Feminist Issue

Fom RH Reality Check     Domestic Workers Rights The attention gap for this issue is particularly unfortunate in light of how hard domestic workers are toiling not just in their jobs, but also to advocate for themselves. The successful campaign for a New York Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights which passed in 2010, and the campaign in California which...
A First Look at the Governor's Proposals on Education, Transportation, and Revenue January 18, 2013

A First Look at the Governor’s Proposals on Education, Transportation, and Revenue January 18, 2013

Just enough for you to know  from the venerable Mass Budget and Policy Center:  An (actually easy to read) analysis of the Governor’s proposals:  Watch here for a detailed report when the Governor files his budget on January 23.   In recent days, the Governor has introduced three major policy initiatives. 1) Increased funding for...
Commonwealth? 0f Mass. to end placing of homeless in motels - But you can't do something with nothing

Commonwealth? 0f Mass. to end placing of homeless in motels – But you can’t do something with nothing

According to the Globe  The state government plans to eliminate a controversial emergency shelter program that places about 1,700 homeless families in motels and hotels paid by taxpayers, but housing advocates are worried officials will not be able to come up with better alternatives. The money quote came from Chris Norris, executive director of the...

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