Learn how to annoy legislators for freedom

The Massachusetts Legislature has thousands of bills to consider. Yet, most bills never even have a committee vote, never mind get to a floor vote. The power of the leadership of the legislature is extreme and it isn’t democratic. The legislature doesn’t work the way you were taught in your high school civics textbooks.

This Friday, March 24, Alex Marthews, National Director of Restore the 4th, will talk about how the Massachusetts legislature really works and how we can hack it to get our bills further.

It will be from 3-5pm at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston. Encuentro 5 is within easy walking distance of the Park St. MBTA stop. Hope you can make it.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Pirate Party (masspirates.org). Many thanks to Encuentro 5 (www.encuentro5.org) for hosting it.

Ask Mass STATE LEGISLATORS to CO-SPONSOR and support HD2350, to reduce Out-Of-State money in our elections

Please ASK STATE LEGISLATORS to CO-SPONSOR and support HD2350 to reduce Out-Of-State money in our elections!

HD 2350: An Act limiting campaign contributions from outside the Commonwealth, sponsored by Representative Mike Connolly, has been released from House Counsel. It deals with limiting contributions from non-residents of MA on State, County and Municipal elections, along with ballot initiatives.

Please write/share with your friends!

Find Legislators contact info here:
https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

Letters sent to the House Clerk by March 27th, requesting to be included as a petitioner, will be filed with the original legislation.

Occupy Boston 2017-03-23 20:35:02

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We are in a crisis. A crisis of abundance. We’ve grown to 2,100 members, and over 600 of them want to volunteer. We have way more people to activate than we can possibly handle — so we need to scale up! Can you help?

We’re hosting two great events this Saturday at our downtown headquarters. For those who are new to Ranked Choice Voting [video] and our statewide movement, there is a new member orientation at 11AM. Afterward we will conduct a high-energy volunteer activation push to welcome in the remainder of our 600 volunteer-ready members and continue to feed the impressive growth spiral of RCV advocacy in Massachusetts. Yes, it’s tough being the second most active statewide RCV movement in the nation. (First place goes to Maine and their historic statewide victory last year).

Join us this Saturday

Volunteer Orientation. Saturday March 25, 11am-1pm, Voter Choice MA HQ, 14 Beacon Street, #604, Boston, MA. Dial #78 at the door. Contact abi@voterchoicema.org Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/760073890812767/

Activate our Members! calling, texting, emailing, FB’ing. Saturday March 25, 1-5pm, 14 Beacon Street, #604, Boston, MA. Dial #78 at the door. RSVP to lead: Patrick Sadlon patrick@voterchoicema.org or click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1859872207618058/
Lots of help needed + bring your computer if you have one. Can also be done remotely, in your free time.

Focus, Discipline, Work Ethic

We started this movement in November with 250 supporters. Our leaders and members — all volunteer, mind you — focused on three critical areas: people, money, and strategy. We are now seeing the fruits of this focus, discipline, and work ethic. Our membership has grown to nearly ten times in less than four months, thanks to YOUR outreach at events. We’ve reached our $20,000 fund-raising goal on our own, thanks to YOUR individual donations combined with FairVote‘s 1-to-1 match. We have an RCV local option bill in the state house with 31 co-sponsors, a very strong start. We are in active talks with potential coalition partners to ensure we cultivate a broad base of grassroots support. All thanks to our leaders and members.

We need your help to feed the RCV growth spiral

Yes, we’ve accomplished so much in so little time. But we don’t succeed by kicking back and being proud of ourselves. If we want to have a shot at instituting Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts, we need to continue to grow our capacity — and that means bringing on more people and money.

If you, like thousands of us, see the transformative power of RCV, then there are a few key things you can do right now:

  • Attend our events this Saturday (see above or click here).
  • Attend our next monthly strategy/work meeting on Wednesday, April 12 at 7PM – at 50 Milk St, Boston, MA – 1st Floor “Anchor” room.
  • Make a generous contribution of funds to enable the polling and staffing we need now.
  • Join an action team — especially Event Outreach and Fundraising.
  • Step up to leadership: we have urgent needs in our Social Media team and Allies team. (To apply, just reply to this email.)
  • Read our New Members Guide for more ways to help.

You are what makes this movement possible. Let’s keep growing!

Adam Friedman
Executive Director
Voter Choice Massachusetts

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Mar 17 – Rally to Defend Climate

Donald Trump just announced his latest assault on climate: his plan to rollback the federal rules that limit auto emissions.

The Trump administration is on a path to drive up pollution, asthma, and temperatures so that fossil fuel and automobile executives can get rich at our expense.

Through it all, our Governor remains silent.

On Friday, we’ll come together to call on Governor Charlie Baker to denounce Trump’s destructive energy policies and put Massachusetts back on track to meet our own legal requirements to cut carbon pollution.

Speakers will be announced shortly. AND–our very own giant Governor Baker puppet will answer questions about Trump’s latest moves on climate!

Co-sponsored by 350 Massachusetts, Mass Power Forward, Green Justice Coalition, Neighbor to Neighbor, West Roxbury Saves Energy, Massachusetts Chapter of the Sierra Club, Mothers Out Front, Climate Action Network, & more!

Boston Common by the Massachusetts State House
Friday Mar 17th 5 to 6 PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/1445646762134454/

Sat vigil against war on Syria and Yemen

Next Saturday, March 11, the Park Street vigil on the Boston Common, from 1 to 2pm, will be a speak-out to stop the wars on Syria & Yemen. This is in response to International Hands Off Syria Coalition’s call for international days of action against war and Islamophobia during the week of March 11-19.

The Pentagon is considering sending more U.S. ground forces to Syria. To justify this military escalation, the demonization of the Syrian Government has been intensified though a new wave of misleading propaganda. The most recent salvo is a sensational yet unfounded report from Amnesty International, which has been broadcast by media outlets around the world.

In Yemen, the US has long been supporting the Saudi war, which is not only a war against the Houthi movement, but an atrocious war of hunger and mayhem against the population and economy of Yemen

All of this aggression must end. Join the Committee for Peace and Human Rights and the Hands off Syria Coalition to raise our voices against this violence.