Notes from the Field...

...occasionally feature, from the work of our grassroots member activists and our chapters.

Cambridge-Somerville for Change Kicks Off the Year

Cambridge-Somerville for Change kicked off the year by hosting their first Community Meeting since voting to become a chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. Nearly 30 activists turned out ready to get working on the Raise Up MA campaign, election reform, and electoral forums.

And we got right to work!

 

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ACT NOW: Don't Cut Unemployment Benefits

We did it. We just heard from the Secretary of State that the minimum wage and earned sick time petitions have the signatures to move forward towards the ballot in 2014.

And right now we need you to do something else. We need you to make a call to ensure that cuts to unemployment benefits don’t go forward with our minimum wage bill.

At the end of November, the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage. The House is likely to act on the issue any day now, but corporate lobbyists want to make it so that a minimum wage bill only moves forward if it includes big cuts to unemployment insurance benefits.

While Tea Party Republicans are cutting unemployment benefits in DC, we need to stand up for those who are out of work here in Massachusetts. That’s why we’re asking you to contact your legislators and urge them to oppose any cuts to unemployment insurance benefits.

Click here to learn more and get the tools you need to call your legislators today.

We need you to let your legislator know that you want them to increase the minimum wage, but strongly oppose any benefit cuts that will hurt the unemployed, such as the reduction of the number of weeks of payments, or an increase in the number of work weeks needed to qualify for benefits.

It’s time to raise up all the workers of Massachusetts. We want our representatives to know that if the only legislative path to achieving an increase in the minimum wage is tied to cutting unemployment benefits, we want them to oppose it and let the voters decide in November.

Click here to take action and call your legislator today.

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JPP in Statehouse News

Jamaica Plain Progressives (JPP) were in the Statehouse News in December about their Gubernatorial Candidates Forum.

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Thank You! Plus: JP Governor’s Forum

Thank You!

Thanks to the hard work of so many of you, JP again had some of the highest turnout in Boston. Many of you engaged us about our endorsements, and we appreciate how passionately so many felt for both mayoral candidates, as well as so many of our city councilors. We saw many of you out over the last week, helping candidates for mayor and city council. This is civic engagement at its finest. Thank you for ensuring that JP’s voice was heard this week. We have made a solid case why no candidate can ever afford to ignore our community.

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Seven Days Out

Hard to believe that in the last 12 months we’ve had elections for Senator Warren (Nov. 2012), Senator Markey (June 2013), and next week for Mayor of Boston. It feels like 12 months of a lot of high-stakes campaigns. Tuesday, November 5, just 7 days from today, is Election Day. Start today thinking about when you can vote.If you will be out of town or otherwise unable to vote on November 5, you can go to the Elections Department at City Hall from 9am-4pm any day this week and vote!Next week’s election is one of the most important elections we face. Our municipal electeds have direct daily impact on the lives and livelihoods of our residents, more even than a U.S. Senator. That is why we don’t take this election lightly, and why we encourage you to find even just 3 hours in the next week to help with a campaign. The Mayor’s race and many of the Council races will be decided by the undecided and by get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts of the campaigns. Volunteer-to-voter direct contact is the most impactful activity on any campaign, next to candidate-to-voter contact.

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Celebrating Our First Milestone!

Celebrate our First Milestone!!

Raise Up Massachusetts Petition Campaign

September – November 2013

 Progressive Newton, Progressive Needham, Middlesex County RaiseUpMA,

& Progressive Massachusetts

Are Happy to Invite You to an Open House and Potluck

Sunday, November 24, 2013 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Children Welcome

RSVP for more information:  progressivenewton@gmail.com or call 617-340-9

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Entering the Home Stretch

Progressive Newton has collected over 3,000 signatures for RaiseUp MA.  Can you help us get another 1,000 on election day, Tuesday, November 5th?

Can you cover one of the 3 busiest shifts by the polling places, early morning, lunch-time, or at the end of the workday as folks are heading out to vote?

Please email us as soon as possible at progressivenewton@gmail.com 

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