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Needham Holds In-District Meeting with Rep Garlick

Progressive Needham kicked off the new year by visiting Representative Garlick for the Raise Up MA campaign. We discussed raising the minimum wage without cutting unemployment insurance.

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Medford Meets with Progressive Champion Sciortino

Medford activists worked long and hard on the Carl Sciortino for US Congress campaign, a Progressive Massachusetts’ endorsed candidate. While he did not win, we now get to keep him in the Massachusetts state legislature!

And we have been keeping him accountable to his progressive platform!

Medford activists have been actively working for economic justice issues. We met with Representative Sciortino on January 13th to discuss raising the minimum wage without cutting unemployment benefits.

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Malden/Melrose Gearing Up

Activists in Malden and Melrose watched the State of the Commonwealth and State of the Union speeches together, building a progressive community and discussing how the priorities related to the economic and social justice issues championed by Progressive Malden/Melrose.

Malden activist Linda Thorsen wrote a column in the local paper urging her community to participate in politics. You can read it here.

 

 

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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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