Day in and day out, the Boston Herald denounces the poor - trumpeting "massive abuse and fraud". We've already called their claims - and the State Auditor's into question but the coverage is relentless. And legislators are paying attention to this poor-blaming din. In conversation after conversation in the State House, our elected officials claim "they are hearing from their constituents."
Well, now they are hearing from progressives, as well.
More than 15,00 people signed our petition - responding to our call to "Stop the Assault on the Poor." You told Beacon Hill:
Please support real reform which includes education, training and help with transportation. Please also support initiatives that lift people out of poverty.
Don’t create more stigma or put more road blocks in the way of people who need assistance.
And your petitions are being delivered to every legislator this week - along with hundreds of post cards and letters from providers, clients and concerned citizens. We believe in the sentiment voiced by Hubert Humphrey in his last public speech – “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
But this fight is far from over:
- We don't know when a bill might be reported out of House Ways and Means.
- We don't know what the bill will include.
Get ready to take action when we have a bill: