Songs of Liberation

Songs of Liberation is a monthly round-robin gathering during which we raise our voices together (or solo if you wish) chiming forth old and new songs for liberating mother earth, labor, women, and all people from racism and other oppressions. We meet at various locations in the metro-Boston area. For more information contact songs of liberation at 1-617-731-8725. Rise Again, the songbook sequel to Rise Up Singing by Peter Blood and Annie Patterson is being published this year. To pre-order go to www.riseupandsing.org.

Supporters of “Corporations are NOT People: Money is NOT Speech”

Supporters of “Corporations are NOT People: Money is NOT Speech”

House Bill no. H-933, one of the two Bills for a legislative Amendment to the MA Constitution, will be heard by the Joint Judiciary Committee THIS coming Wednesday, at 11 AM; Room B-2

Together, BOTH the MA HOUSE and the MA SENATE bills have 36 co-signers. If your legislator is a co-signer of either of these legislative amendments, please call or write to her/him, asking them to support these bills by attending the hearings.

Bill No H-933 is being heard by the Judiciary Committee this coming Wednesday, April 15th, at the State House Room B-2.

Hearing details: https://malegislature.gov/Events/EventDetail?eventId=1071&eventDataSource=Hearings

Listing of the Bill to be heard: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H933

Composition of the Committee: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J19

PassMassAmendment.org ASKS YOU & constituents of the Judiciary Committee Members to contact your legislators, and voice citizen support for the H-933.

SIGN-ON – Write – CALL

IF you can attend Wednesday’s Hearing, FABULOUS!
Please contact passmassamendmentpsa(AT)gmail.com subject: Wednesday Hearing

Senate Docket No SD 1311 is TBA (will be scheduled for a Public Hearing sometime in April) and will be heard by the Elections Committee. Constituents of the Elections Committee Members are encouraged to contact their legislators, and voice citizen support for the Senate Bill – yet to be given a Bill number.

Composition of the Committee: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J15

YOU and other constituents who can be present at this yet-to-be-scheduled Hearing, please contact passmassamendmentpsa(AT)gmail.com subject: TBA Hearing

If you are unable to attend the hearings but would like to help out, you can do the following:

  1. Sign on to our “Statement of Support of H933″ (see below). Just send your full name and town/city to passmassamendmentpsa(AT)gmail.com before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 4/14.
  2. Send an email and/or call your state representative and senator and ask them to do what they can to support H_933 in the next couple of days. Go to https://malegislature.gov to look up your legislators’ names, email addresses and/or phone numbers.
  3. Sample Email and/or Phone Call Script to State Representatives and/or Senators re. H933: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cTcmANJ61uS4jamwaOA27fKYhKv3exCWeKrI86ZvV1s/edit?usp=sharing.

Supporters planning to speak in favor of the bill or hand in a written statement of support, please contact: passmassamendmentpsa(AT)gmail.com to get on the list of speakers/writers.

Please plan to be at the State House by 10:15 AM if you want to give a brief public statement.

Thank you for taking action to get BIG $$$$$$ OUT of Our Electoral Politics,

PMA State House Co-ordinator
passmassamendmentpsa (at) gmail.com
http://passmassamendment.wikispaces.com
https://www.facebook.com/PassMassAmendment
@PassMassAmend


Statement of Support for H 933

We the undersigned are writing to communicate our strong support for H 933, “Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to declare that corporations are not people, money is not speech.” proposed by Representatives Dave Rogers & Paul Mark. Thank you for your consideration.

Only days left: Are you IN?

(from #WageAction)

Only days left before we make history.

On April 14, we will be standing up, speaking out and fighting for fair pay at the MASSIVE rally RIGHT HERE in Boston, Massachusetts and around the globe for the Fight for $15.

Stand with us.

If you believe that every parent who works hard for a living should make enough money to feed his or her kids – then stand with us.

If you believe that a person who works for a company for 5 years – every single day in a hot kitchen – and still makes $8.25 an hour, deserves a raise – then stand with us.

If you believe that it is TIME for companies that make record profits to give back to communities that support them by paying their employees enough to live – then stand with us.

We’ll be standing with the Fight for $15 on April 14. Will you?

Sign up now to join the Fight for $15 rally right here in Massachusetts on April 14. Stand with the fast food workers fighting for $15 an hour and union rights.

We’re inspired by the victories: a $15 wage in Seattle and San Francisco, a $12.25 wage in Oakland – and cities from New York to Chicago to LA clamoring to push theirs even higher.

Right here in Mass., workers in Everett, Lynn, and South Boston have demanded $15/hour start rates from their employers – and WON. We’ve also increased the state minimum wage and won earned sick time, but workers and families will continue to suffer until corporations pay employees enough to support their families.

So, we’ll be standing up and speaking out on April 14. Will you be there with us?

Let’s win this thing.

Thanks,

The #WageAction Coalition

P.S. — Here are some of the key details for the historic April 14th action in Massachusetts:

On Tuesday, April 14th, we’ll rally and march beginning at Forsyth Park (intersection of Hemenway St. & Forsyth Way) in Boston, MA at 4:00 p.m. By public transportation, Forsyth Park is conveniently located near the Ruggles and Northeastern MBTA stops.

If you need transportation to and from the rally, you can click here to reserve your seat on one of the buses coming from Amherst, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Fall River, Lowell, Lynn, New Bedford, Somerville, Springfield, Waltham, or Worcester. Please see the link for specific departure times and locations.

The Health of Democracy: Voter Suppression and Disenfranchisement

(From Pat at Cambridge Forum)

ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015, AT 7:00 P.M. Cambridge Forum hosts political scientist ERIN O’BRIEN discussing the new movement toward voter suppression and its impact on our democracy. PHILLIP MARTIN, senior investigative reporter for WGBH News, responds, reflecting on the legacy of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in light of today’s changes. O’Brien examines the varied ways in which ballot access is currently being restricted and the causes for these new policies. Where does the impulse toward voter suppression come from? What roles have extra-governmental organizations played in developing current policies? What about the courts? What can citizens do when laws and public policies conflict with the ideals of democracy? The free program takes place a First Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square.

ERIN O’BRIEN is chair and associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research and teaching interests focus on the politics of poverty and social welfare policy, voting access policymaking in the United States, and gender in political participation and representation. She is the author of The Politics of Identity: Solidarity Building among America’s Working Poor and co-editor of Diversity in Contemporary American Politics and Government and has contributed chapters to numerous other books. Among her journal articles, “Jim Crow 2.0?” detailing her study of new voter restriction policies, excited interest in both academic and media circles. In addition to her academic publications, O’Brien has written policy briefs and contributes regularly to the popular press. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic; The Boston Globe; The Washington Post; The Daily Beast; Huffington Post; Salon; and on the Melissa Harris Perry Show (MSNBC); Politics Nation with Al Sharpton (MSNBC); The Takeaway with John Hockenberry (NPR); Under the Radar with Callie Crossley (WGBH, NPR); and Boston Public Radio (WGBH).

PHILLIP MARTIN is senior investigative reporter for WGBH News, where he has reported on human trafficking, the Boston Marathon bombing, Whitey Bulger, carbon offset schemes, police shootings, training and race, the Occupy movement and the fishing industry in New England, among other topics. In 2011 he joined a group of students who marked the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders by recreating their journey. Martin has received various journalistic honors, including a 2014 national Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism, the Margaret and Hans Rey WGBH producer of the year award, the 2010 Asian American Journalists Award for National Radio Reporting, the 2008 Ruben Salazar Award and the 2005 NABJ Radio Documentary Award.

This program is funded in part by MassHumanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The program is free and open to the public. The forum takes place at the First Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square. Cambridge Forum is recorded and edited for public radio broadcast. Edited podcasts are available, and select forums can also be viewed in their entirety on YouTube.

Cambridge Forum
3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-2727
www.cambridgeforum.org

Massachusetts Transportation Summit

(from t4ma)

Over the past few months, we’ve received the same message from residents across the state: we must fix our transportation system. It’s been broken for years now, but this winter served to highlight just how dire the straits are.

The problems are clear. Now it’s time for solutions.

On May 1st, joined by some of the smartest policy thinkers, community leaders, app developers, and urban planners, we will meet in Worcester for the first ever Statewide Transportation Summit: “Fixing What We Have and Building What We Need.” We want you to join us for this great event, which will give you the chance to both learn from thought leaders and share your ideas with hundreds of others. To register, go to www.t4ma.org/summit.

We hope to see you there!