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.


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.


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

  • 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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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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Have You Sent a Letter to Your Legislator on Act to Invest in Our Communities?

typewriter_1.jpgElaine Almquist of Medford has.  Check out her letter to Representative Donato.  Write Your Own Letter Now.

Dear Representative Donato,

As a person who has attended public schools and public colleges, and a person who takes public transportation to go to my great private-sector job, I would like to ask you to support Governor Patrick’s recommendations to invest in education and transportation in the Commonwealth. Tax increases are never very popular. But a well-educated public, who can get to and from work is essential to the success of our Commonwealth. I plan to spend my life here in Massachusetts, and I look forward to investing part of my earnings on ensuring we have citizens capable of participating in a complicated, competitive, and innovative economy; and a secure and working infrastructure. Without these long-term investments, we are surely instead investing in today’s successes instead of continued success tomorrow. 

As we make these investments, I ask you to think about supporting a progressive taxation plan that will ask for a larger investment from those that have benefited the most from our previous investments, while preventing low-income people from being overly burdened. I urge you to support An Act to Invest in Our Communities.

Yours sincerely,
Elaine Almquist

Find out more and start organizing in your town in support of Our Communities!

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Take Action – Send Your Letter to the Editor

Last night Governor Patrick called for new revenue.  The day before, Representative Jim O’Day and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz re-filed An Act to Invest in Our Communities.

Write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper.

As the Governor said:

The future belongs to those who prepare for it.

That is why we invest in education, in innovation and in infrastructure.

We invest in education because well-prepared young minds and mid-career talent is our global calling card and our economic edge.

We invest in innovation because, with a workforce like ours, enabling and encouraging new ideas is the best way to take advantage of the knowledge explosion happening in the world economy today.

We invest in infrastructure because rebuilding our roads, rails, bridges, expanding broadband to every community, building new classrooms and labs and more affordable housing gives private initiative and personal ambition the platform for growth.

Education, innovation, infrastructure. It’s a strategy proven through history. And it’s working for us today.


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