Your Legislator Thinks You’re a Conservative

Liberals have never been able to (or, often, evensought to) match conservatives’ state-by-state organizing and statehouse lobbying  –

even though comparatively small investments can reap major rewards in such environments.

–The Atlantic

A fascinating new study shows that Legislators routinely mis-perceive their constituents as being more conservative than they actually are, which translates into a much higher threshold of support needed for “liberal” policies to pass. This skewed perception, The Atlantic suggests [excerpted below], might be because Conservatives have been so much more organized and effective with issues advocacy over the last decades.

We at Progressive Mass firmly believe that if progressives organize and mobilize, we can close the gap between perception and reality, and begin to finally pass progressive policy that ensures middle-class growth and security, and justice and equality for all, not just some.

This is why we ask you to join with our efforts: plug in, get connected with other progressives across the state, get organized, take action! (New to us? Quick steps to get started: join our mailing list so we can keep in touch)

This gap between legislators’ perceptions of us, the conservative-progressive organizing gap and voters’ actual positions is playing out right now on a critical MA policy issue.  After ill-advised tax cuts in the 1990s, our education, services and infrastructure desperately need new, progressively raised revenue. But we again are being out-organized! (At a recent community forum, even progressive legislators from progressive districts were almost begging their constituents to contact them with support! Read about it here.)

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Central Mass Progressives: Keep The Incinerator Moratorium in Massachusetts

Steve Greenberg, founder of Central Massachusetts Progressives, is leading an effort to keep the incinerator moratorium in Massachusetts. Steve, an engineer, makes clear that “the core impacts of all types of incinerators remain the same: they are toxic to public health, harmful to the economy, environment and climate, and undermine recycling and waste reduction programs.”

Greenpeace International put the issue quite succinctly:

Society continues to generate more waste and to change this alarming trend; strong political and industrial measures are urgently needed.  Despite what industry and governments would like people to believe,incineration is not a solution to the world’s waste problems, but part of the problem.

Incinerators may reduce the volume of solid waste, but they do not dispose of the toxic substances contained in the waste. They create the largest source of dioxins, which is one of the most toxic chemicals known to science.

Incinerators emit a wide range of pollutants in their stack gases,ashes and other residues. The filters used to clean incinerator stack gases produce solid and liquid toxic wastes, which also need to be  disposed.

The only way to improve the situation is to avoid toxic waste production by improving our products and processes.

Public opposition to incineration is growing worldwide. People are recognising that there is no place for the incineration of waste in a sustainable society.

You can find more information about incineration by reading the report by the Tellus Institute, commissioned by the Commonwealth and hosted on it’s website.

You can join Steve’s effort by signing his petition

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New Revenue for Our Communities

Presentation by Jeff Bernstein, Policy Analyst,

Mass Budget and Policy Center

at the 2013 Progressive Mass Policy Conference

organizers and activists are invited to share, with attribution.

*While you can view this presentation online as a slideshow, some images and graphs have been lost in translation to the internet. The slideshow, with full images, is approximated in the YouTube video below. Mass Budget’s excellent charts and graphs start at about the 2 minute mark. (There is also a PDF version). 

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Find other presentations and information at the 2013 Conference resource page.

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Energy and Climate Protection in Mass.

Presentation by Sonia Hamel,Hamel Environment Consulting

at the 2013 Progressive Mass Policy Conference

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Leading Change in Massachusetts – Education

Presentation by Paul Toner, President,
Massachusetts Teachers Association

at the 2013 Progressive Mass Policy Conference

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Criminal Justice Policy Reform

Presentation by John Larivee, Executive Director,Community Resources for Justice

at the 2013 Progressive Mass Policy Conference organizers and activists are invited to share, with attribution. Please view our presentation here.

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We Must Invest in Our Communities – Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 12

Can you imagine?

We are being out-organized at the State House!

Calls are coming in from anti-tax groups and may be convincing legislators — who actually do know our communities need investment — that their constituents are opposed to new revenue.

 

 

But we know that’s not the case.  You want investment in schoolsroadsbridgessocial services – and you know that Massachusetts has been slashing revenue for years:

Budget Cuts 2001-2012 

 

Over a decade of drastic budget cuts have hurt our communities. We need to start

investing again in the education,infrastructure and innovation that make

our Commonwealth great. Learn more here: http://progma.us/OurCommunities

On Tuesday, March 12th, we are pushing back.

That’s our Lobby Day.

The event begins in the Gardner Auditorium in the State House. We are asking people to arrive at 10:30 a.m. There will be a 30-45 minute program/rally between 11 am – noon.

At noon folks will get materials they can use to talk that day to their Representatives and Senators about supporting new revenue, then we will ask folks to complete a brief report-back form on their visits.

There will be a 2nd Wave of lobbying from 3-4:30 for those who cannot come in the morning. There will be no program associated with this 2nd Wave, but we will have materials available for lobbing and report-back. This 2nd Wave might be particularly useful for teachers and others who need to work most of the day, but could come into the State House in the late afternoon.

 

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns – ‘Demand Action’

Presentation by Jake Sullivan, Liaison

City of Boston and Mayors Against Illegal Guns

at the 2013 Progressive Mass Policy Conference

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Retiring Dirty Coal and Planning for Redevelopment and Transition

Presentation by Sylvia Broude, Executive Director,

Toxics Action Center

at the 2013 Progressive Mass Policy Conference

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Invest in Quality Public Education for Every Child

Presentation by Lisa Guisbond, VP

Citizens for Public Schools

at the 2013 Progressive Mass Policy Conference

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