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VOTE 17 and the Lowell Sun

VOTE 17 and the Lowell Sun

You can’t beat this kind of Editorial from the Lowell Sun (in part):  An Open Letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo:  Dear Mr. Speaker, we know you are busy putting the finishing touches on the state’s fiscal 2013 budget. We know you are working hard with your House and Senate colleagues every day to get things...
It Happened Last Night --- Value Based Messaging for the GLBT Community - Organizing for Change

It Happened Last Night — Value Based Messaging for the GLBT Community – Organizing for Change

It happened last night. But Barney had a severe case of laryngitis, and could barely speak — imagine– and so he stayed home and drank hot lemon tea. BUT the panelist moved ahead and led a series of smart and savvy discussions about the development of strategic messages and recruitment of strategic messengers to advance full...
Knowing How to Say Thank You

Knowing How to Say Thank You

And the Mass Home Care Association knows how to do it through their AT HOME Newsletter emailed to almost everyone in the Commonwealth it seems. We all get an E Mail asking us to download AT HOME   announcing: The following 20 people, in order of appearance, are in this June, 2012 AT HOME:   Therese Murray, Bruce...
Senior Citizens Disrupt Massachusetts Legislative Session

Senior Citizens Disrupt Massachusetts Legislative Session

Best Chant to be seen in a video embedded in this article  by State House News Service  was “Today we March Tomorrow We Vote!”  While most of the media led their stories with the protest around rising fares and reduced services at the MBTA,  the State House News gave a few more details including the...
Nearly 200 teenagers will lobby state lawmakers today

Nearly 200 teenagers will lobby state lawmakers today

And they did!!  Well, Erik Ariel Torres, from ABCD University High School  said there were at least 60 of them. “There’s a real crisis with the levels of funding,” said Lew Finfer, an organizer for the Youth Jobs Coalition. “About 1,200 jobs are at stake.” in the Boston Herald on Wednsday the 25. ” Boston’s Thomas M. Menino and 20...
The EBT Debate - the Video

The EBT Debate – the Video

This 35 minute debate was preceded by hours and hours of negotiations between Legislators who filed amendments to severely restrict the use of EBT Cards by welfare recipients to prevent fraud and Legislators who were concerned that the proposed solutions were unenforceable and threatened small businesses and certain professional services — carefully itemized on a 16...
Budget Debate Process -- Nobody said it was going to be easy.

Budget Debate Process — Nobody said it was going to be easy.

It was a lousy process for fans of transparency who long for the time we had 10 full days (and nights) of televised debate one line item at a time. Never mind there were huddles of legislators in the corners of the Chamber or (gasp) behind closed doors developing arguments and and counting votes in relative...
Tired of WonkTalk about RomneyCare? Woops! ObamaCare?

Tired of WonkTalk about RomneyCare? Woops! ObamaCare?

Health reform advocates have a really hard time talking plain English.  So, from HCFA’s resident wiseguy, I mean really smart guy, Ari Fertig…
A Compelling Alert -- Another Front on the War on Women? .

A Compelling Alert — Another Front on the War on Women? .

from Mass Law Reform and the Coalition for the Homeless The House Waysand Means Budget Would Erode the Shelter Safety Net for Homeless Children with Nowhere Else to Go! Support Rep. Wolf and Rushing’s Amendment #603 to Ensure Homeless Children Are Not Left on the Streets! For more information, contact the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute 617-357-0700 (Ruth...
Your Amendment is Filed  -- What's Next #1

Your Amendment is Filed — What’s Next #1

Congratulations!! You got through the first step –finding sponsors to file your amendments.  Here is where you can find them all neatly numbered with a list of cosponsors Now remember there is still time to get more cosponsors.  Reps can go down to the Clerks office and sign on to co-sponsor your  amendment until just...
What Would Frances Fox Piven Do?

What Would Frances Fox Piven Do?

When she found out that a special Legislative “Commission” had, after much public debate and little or no real data had proposed some punitive, unrealistic, unenforceable new laws to limit the use of EBT cards by welfare recipients? She’d say Please Urge Your Representative NOT to Sign Onto the O’Connell-Holmes Impractical, Costly and Unconstitutional EBT Bill.  And...

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