Criminal (in)Justice Reform: Action NOW. (Mon-Wed)

Your calls can mean the difference between a good bill on criminal justice reforms, and a fair one at best. 

AMENDMENT ACTIVISM is difficult. It's in the weeds and time-consuming... And it's where big stuff gets decided, in short time-frame and without much notice. 

Act now. We have all the info you need--but please do not wait. 

Adapt our email/phone script here: then pass it on. Really.

IMMIGRATION REFORM: YOU CALLED ALREADY. CALL AGAIN.

The Safe Communities Act needs your help. Our legislators showed some courage in January when more than ever before signed on as Co-Sponsors. 

But courage wanes.

Legislators need to hear from you again. 

CLICK HERE TO FIND THE INFO YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR CALL!

Scorecards and Co-Sponsorship Tracking--Our New Look!

We've been doing our multi-issue, progressive scorecards for a few sessions--and it got a dramatic overhaul. Read more about it, here, then

Check out the new scorecard -- with cosponsor tracking -- now!

 

 

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Issues

The House Can Strengthen Criminal Justice Reform

Mon, Tue, Wed of this week (Nov. 13-15), the Massachusetts House will start voting on a comprehensive criminal justice reform. The House bill, as expected, is not as comprehensive or as progressive as the Senate bill. We must work to make it better before the vote on its final form: we must contact our State Representatives, NOW, loudly, and in as large numbers as we can. The House will be voting on amendments Monday through Wednesday.  It's vitally important representatives hear that you wa... (Read More...)

Senate "Report Card" on the Criminal Justice Reform Bill

 Download our hypertext, navigable, annotated s2185 roll call PDF packet, here: progressivemass.com/cjr-sen-rollcallpacket. In the wee hours of Oct. 27, the State Senate passed a historic Criminal Justice Reform bill 27 to 10 (See our "first take" analysis here). Although four Democrats--Eileen Donoghue, Anne Gobi, Kathleen O’Conor Ives, and Mike Rush--joined the Senate’s six Republicans in voting NO, Senate Democrats still achieved the magic number of 27, the number necessary to override a ... (Read More...)

The Senate Criminal Justice Reform Bill: Amendments, Analysis, Action

SOME NOTES OF ANALYSIS: 1- This bill is a big win for progressives--and it happened only because of advocacy. Making your voices heard, organizing in your communities, reaching out consistently and continually, from bill cosponsorship to amendments, gives our progressive legislators the support push for the most progressive reforms that they can. Your advocacy pushes those who would not otherwise be with us to take a hard stance--or at least not go unnoticed when she/he fails to lead.  Let's... (Read More...)

Happening Locally

Criminal Justice Reform - It's time to make this happen!

Last week, the Senate unveiled the eagerly anticipated Criminal Justice Reform bill. While those of us interested in comprehensive reform did not get everything we wanted, the final Senate version represents a significant step forward in returning some real justice to our criminal justice system.  So what's in the bill, and what can you do to help?  (Read More...)

Resisting Trump’s Extreme Immigration Policies with the Safe Communities Act

“When Mexico sends its people, it's not sending its best…They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” That is a direct quote from our current President. In his dark view of the world, the United States is under assault by a horde of dangerous immigrants unleashing a wave of violence against hapless citizens. There's only one tiny problem with this view-it's completely false. (Read More...)

Why Criminal Justice Reform Matters: Watertown Hosts a Public Forum

In recent years, Massachusetts has made some progress on criminal justice reform, including the legalization of marijuana, the reduction of sentences for some drug related crimes, and raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18. However, the work is far from finished, so to inform us of what is at stake and about pending legislation, Progressive Watertown, Progressive Newton, Jobs Not Jails, and Watertown Citizens for Black Lives cosponsored the public forum "Why Criminal Justice Reform Ma... (Read More...)

Elections

When Candidates Are on a Listening Tour, Give Them Something to Listen To

TL;DR: Start thinking about what you want in a progressive governor, and start questioning and pressuring candidates and prospective candidates before committing.   One year from now, Democrats across the state will have elected delegates to go to the state party convention where gubernatorial candidates will vie with each other for the party’s endorsement. The primary field is not settled yet—there’s some time to go, and candidates may yet emerge. But, already, candidates and prospective c... (Read More...)

Election 2016: Move to Massachusetts

I would like Massachusetts to run an ad campaign across the country that says, "Are you scared of your neighbor? Come to Massachusetts, we voted against Nixon and Donald Trump, overwhelmingly. We will still have Obamacare, marriage equality and you can smoke pot to get by for the next 4 years. Massachusetts, an American alternative to moving to Canada. (Read More...)

Election 2016: Reflections from a Progressive Grassroots Organizer for HRC

I feel a tremendous grief for what has been and will likely be lost, as well as fear for what is likely to rain down on the most vulnerable in our society as a result of this election. I strongly supported Hillary Clinton, in the primary and the general, and spent countless hours organizing volunteers in Malden and Melrose, knocking doors here and in New Hampshire. I had the pleasure of working with a large group of volunteers -- some veterans from other campaigns, others new faces. (Read More...)

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