Mary Keefe | 15th Worcester Rep District

Progressive Massachusetts is pleased to endorse Mary Keefe for State Representative in the 15th Worcestor District. We are impressed with Mary’s vision for her community and for the Central Massachusetts Delegation as a whole, as well as her leadership and civic engagement skills in her role as a grassroots community organizer. She is committed to building a progressive movement and taking a leadership role on issues important us as well as her community. Contribute to Mary Keefe.

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Aaron Vega | 5th Hampden Rep District

Progressive Massachusetts is pleased to endorse Aaron Vega for State Representative in the 5th Hampden District. We are excited about the experience Aaron will bring to the State House. Aaron is particularly passionate around issues of poverty and its relationship to educational attainment. As a result, he will prioritize investment in municipal aid, targeting education funding in particular. Aaron will bring his positive, high-energy outlook to the State House, where we look to continue working with him on building a more progressive commonwealth. Contribute to Aaron Vega.

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Making a Difference on the Issues

takeaction.jpgThis past spring, we asked you to let us know which issues are important to you.

Progressives overwhelmingly supported working on corporate power, fair/progressive taxation, health care, voting rights, public transportation and education.

Our issues team will be taking your input and using it to help guide which actions and information to prioritize.  We want to be a USEFUL and relevant resource for progressive activists and concerned citizens. Your input helps us. From time to time, we’ll send out email alerts on time-sensitive actions you can take to advance the progressive agenda on your issues. We’ll also use social media to get the word out on other matters.

We’ll send out these time sensitive action alerts for priority issues from the ”action(at)progressivemass.com“.  Be sure to set your filters to flag these emails–to open those right away, to maximize our collective power as grassroots agents of change!

As we develop as an organization, we will continue to check in with you and get your input on priorities. For more time sensitive information, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook, too!

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Voting on CITIZENS UNITED

Money-and-Politics.jpgEND ‘CITIZENS UNITED’ — TIME SENSITIVE! — the vote is *TODAY* 

Call the State House TODAY (6/21/2012, Thursday), and ask your Senator to vote to support the resolution opposing ‘Citizens United’, as reflected in S.772!

Formal session begins at 1PM, so make your call now–and ask your networks to do the same.

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Background on ‘Citizens United’:

“In Citizens United v. FEC, the Court held that corporations and unions have a First Amendment right to spend unlimited funds on campaign advertisements, provided that these communications are not formally “coordinated” with any candidate.  In so holding, it found that the political speech rights of American voters and corporate entities are indistinguishable.Citizens United’s immediate impact was substantial. In one swift stroke, the Court overturned at least twenty years of its own precedent, rendered unconstitutional more than sixty years of federal law restricting corporate electioneering expenditures, and annihilated the statutes of twenty-two states that previously prohibited election spending from corporate general-treasury funds.  Citizens United also ignited widespread popular, academic and political discussion about money, politics and the Constitution—a nationwide dialogue that has not yet abated. Now that we are well into the 2012 election cycle, the decision’s lasting effects are clearer and clearer.” –Brennan Center for Justice

Massachusetts citizen activists have been organizing against the ruling–65 towns/cities have passed resolutions calling for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn ‘Citizens United.’ And there is a grassroots effort to put Citizens United on November’s ballot in Massachusetts. Add your voice–tell your state Senator to listen to the people: support the resolution calling for the end of the era of ‘Citizens United.’ CALL TODAY!

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“Rollover Minutes for Solar”


Rollover minutes for solar” — net metering is on the docket at the State House (S2214). Get ready to advocate: Watch this quick video for a quick overview of what net metering can do for the energy future.

Net Metering & Interconnection: Pillars of the New Energy Economy from Vote Solar on Vimeo.

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Time to Update MA Elections: Tell the Legislature, “Act NOW”

UPDATE: It passed the House; now the Senate needs to vote before the clock runs out on July 31.

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After months of pushing, the official order for the day for TODAY (Wednesday, May 30) announces that the Massachusetts State House will take a vote on election reforms to finally get our state a little bit caught up with leaders for voting rights around the nation.

Our members have told us this is a critical issue – Ensuring that every adult citizen can vote and that every vote is counted.

We urge you to sign the petition being sponsored by MassVote RIGHT NOW, to send a message to the legislature to urge them to pass this bill today. UPDATE: Now that it’s passed the House, the Senate needs to be urged to action. Go to the MassVote action center to tell your Senator to pass the Election reform bill.

The reform bill up for a vote tomorrow does 4 things.

  1. It updates the training for election officials so they will be better able to help every eligible citizen vote.
  2. It lets teens pre-register.
  3. It sets up random audits of paper ballots to ensure accurate election results.
  4. It lets you download, print, sign, and mail in your voter registration form, as you already can in 47 other states.

It’s long overdue.

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UPDATE: Single-payer amendment fails–but 15 Senators stand strong

Today, on a 24-15 vote, the MA Senate failed to pass the “single-payer” amendment (#125) introduced by Sen. Eldridge to s.2060.

As progressives, we understand that the fight for single-payer is a long one. We can be heartened today, however, that 15 Senators stood strong and stood up for single-payer health care. 

We must support progressives when they take a step outside the expected. Please send an email or make a call of THANKS to these Senators for their principled stand on progressive health care reform!

Don’t see your Senator? How about a note expressing your wish that s/he stand up for progressive health care reform next time?

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Senator, you’ve got Voicemail!

Don’t worry if you couldn’t make your Single-Payer call before 5PM today. You can still call your Senator and leave your message on her/his voicemail!

Calls in the morning (Tue.) will work, too. But why not go ahead and call now?

Amplify our people-power–urge your networks to make their calls, too!

WATCH THIS SPACE for any updates to the vote. If it is delayed beyond tomorrow, that gives all the more time to put the grassroots pressure on!

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Time Sensitive! Take Action TODAY, for MA Single Payer

singlepayer.jpgHealth Care Reform is one of the top priorities of Progressive Mass member-activists.

TOMORROW/Tuesday–single-payer health care is on the table in the Massachusetts Legislature–as an Amendment, submitted by Sen. Eldridge, to s.2260 (An Act improving the quality of health care and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation).

Your Senator needs to hear from you TODAY! It takes less than 5 minutes!

Read our summary of Sen. Eldridge’s Amendment to s.2260, calling for single-payer reform.

Call (or email) your State Senatorprogma.us/maleg

  • Ask your Senator–
    • –HOW s/he is planning to vote on Sen. Eldridge’s Single-Payer Amendment to s.2260
    • –to VOTE YES tomorrow (Tue., 5/15) on Sen. Eldridge’s SINGLE-PAYER AMENDMENT to S.2260
  • If you can take an extra 45 seconds,
  • Amplify your voice:
    • share this action with others, and tell them why it’s important to act today!–person-to-person advocacy is how we win!

As always, thanks for everything that you do to make a progressive Massachusetts.

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INVEST IN WORCESTER!

Today, the City of Worcester is receiving more than $20 million LESS in general local aid funding (adjusted for inflation) than it was in 2008. This funding, which comes from the state, helps to pay for schools, police and fire protection, road and bridge repairs, parks, pools and libraries — the very things that make Worcester a great place to live, work and raise a family. Because of these cuts to local aid, Worcester’s popular community policing program was particularly hard hit and ultimately dismantled.

Unfortunately, Worcester is not alone. Communities throughout Central Massachusetts have also lost substantial local aid funding since 2008. Shrewsbury is getting more than $1.3 million less. LeicesterAuburnand Millbury are each receiving over $800,000 less than they were four years ago. Grafton is down over $750,000. These cuts have harmed the entire Central Massachusetts economy and reduced the quality of life for all residents.

We cannot continue to cut the funding that is so important to our communities! We must invest in Worcester and in Central Mass, but we can only do that if the state raises more revenue.

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