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  • Massachusetts Leadership Academy | Strengthening the Next Generation of Activists for Social Change
    you tell So far the most fun on site coaching event is a very lively interactive message development session which helps volunteer activists and professional advocates learn how to turn a Chicken Little story that people ignore into a Little Train that Could story that makes people want to Featured Trainings What Does it Take to Promote Positive Change in Our Communities by admin on Jun 13 2012 No Comments Answer One person or organization willing to be a part of a greater network fueled by a common vision for the right solution Individuals organizations communities learning from each other drawing from a comprehensive library of public policy resources and organizing tools Leadership Academy Training Programs Be part of the Academy s Featured Resources Do you have Real Clout by admin on Mar 30 2012 No Comments There s no secret for how to win the policy change you re looking for just a series of planning and organizing activities that add up to a campaign Start by learning how the policy making process works the Real Clout textbook was written to serve as a how to manual for community activists who Latest entries advocacy Highlighting Organizers Lew Finfer by admin on Dec 5 2013 No Comments Lew Finfer from MCAN PICO Co Chaired the successful Raise up Massachusetts effort to get over a quarter of a million signatures to improve the lives of a million or so workers In this picture Lew is wearing a pin from Martin Luther King s last campaign Lew is an organizer without peer in Massachusetts Here is an advocacy Featured immigration reform On the Agenda at Last Immigration Reform No Excuses by admin on Jan 30 2013 No Comments from Ali Noorani s Huffington s Post in part Less than a week to go till the March FOR America and the immigration blame game is kicking into full gear Democrats are blaming Republicans Republicans are blaming Democrats Meanwhile the DC punditry aided and abetted by a front pageWashington Post story that doesn t have a source to cite is tripping advocacy Featured tax breaks TAX BREAKS for Ben Affleck Tax hikes for everyone else by admin on Jan 28 2013 No Comments Joan Vennochi does it again A sharp spin on a current hot debate in this case revenues Here in part TAX BREAKS for Ben Affleck Tax hikes for everyone else As he calls for 1 9 billion in new taxes that proposal didn t add up for Governor Deval Patrick So he s also proposing to cap the film tax advocacy Autism Resources Michael Forbes Wilcox One Man s Mission Bring much needed assistance to autistic adults and others who are not now served by admin on Jan 26 2013 No Comments Of course the campaign to bring much needed services to autistic adults and others is not just one man s mission In fact the effort is being led by The Asperger s Association of New England AANE and they

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  • Mission & History | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    mission of the Massachusetts Policy and Organizing Leadership Academy The Academy is to help leaders and organizations effectively and confidently participate in public life and influence the advancement of social economic and racial justice Judy Meredith and Lew Finfer photo credit Dorchester Reporter Our History The Academy is a new venture between the Public Policy Institute PPI and the Massachusetts Communities Action Network MCAN Judy Meredith and Lew Finfer are joining forces merging the best of their training programs and combining 60 years of best practice curricula and coaching into an accessible leadership program for grassroots organizations interested in promoting positive policy change in their communities The Academy s institutional knowledge and skill building model is grounded in Judy and Lew s combined 60 years of experience For years they ve each demonstrated a deep knowledge of and experience and practice in advocacy and organizing in Massachusetts and across the country Building Together Today Judy and Lew are fine tuning their tried and true curricula into a deeper and more comprehensive library of public policy resources and organizing tools They are committed to creating a sustainable training and coaching Academy for the next generation of community leaders This combined source

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  • Trainings | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Dec 21 2011 3 50 am Be part of the Academy s legacy of community leaders Lew Leading Discussion at Feb 7 2012 Organizing in Hard Times Boston The Academy offers a variety of training sessions on core advocacy and organizing practices Samplings are condensed training sessions offered monthly on timely topics and leadership examples Leadership Training Programs are a series of customized sessions to help your organization or network

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  • Resource Library | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    to be standing next to your Senator on the elevator You only have two minutes tops to explain why you re at the Capitol Use the Rap Sheet to develop a clear compelling message about the problem and solution you care about Cycle of Organizing Lew Finfer s theory of organizing starts with listening Next challenge others to find a solution to an issue they care about then act do something to get a reaction from decision makers Campaign Budget Worksheet Your network or organization will need some capacity to launch a policy change campaign This worksheet will help you think about how to allocate the resources you have to specific campaign needs and help you identify fundraising needs Real Clout Presentation A presentation and facilitator s guide for engaging community or network members in efforts to develop a policy change campaign Don t Do It Alone Build Your Team Guidance for Coalitions When one person or organization speaks up for change it s something But when many individuals and organizations speak up together working toward the same goal it s something else Identify others who have the most to gain or lose from your policy change campaign and work together Developing Effective Coalitions An Eight Step Guide Coalitions can take many forms and roles This guide from Prevention Institute breaks down the complex decisions into eight simple steps Coalition Operations Planning Tool What are your coalition partners agreeing to Is there common understanding about the campaign goal and operating assumptions Use this About Time Campaign Operations Planning Tool to get everyone on the same page Coalition Barriers and How to Overcome Them Working with others can be rewarding and challenging A coalition building tip sheet helps to navigate the pitfalls from Tom Wolff The Historygram Process Coalitions work best when each member feels valued for their experience Use this tool to facilitate learning from one another and collaboration from Quality Leadership by Design Plan Plan Plan Resources for Pre Campaign Strategic Thinking Now that you know what you re setting out to accomplish it s time to get to work Research decision makers organize supporters identify heroes and start campaigning Policy Faces Book Use this table to collect as much information as you can about your local public policymakers in a way that can be shared easily with your constituents Use the details you collect to identify potential heroes or challengers to your issue Potential Heroes Op ponents Use this table to identify the decision makers who have the authority to change the policy you care about Then do more research to figure out where each key policymaker stands on your issue this will help you be strategic in your legislative advocacy outreach Power Analysis Reality check Every issue is important to the person who cares about it But there s a lot of competition in the political arena Evaluate how much power you your allies and your issue have in the political world Checklist for a Community Meeting

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  • About | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    our Commonwealth We Are Starting Today There is deep civic disconnect now during these unprecedented times Cuts to community resources and political disappointments challenge the heart mind and energy of the average worker to make change happen and cause immigrants and the working poor to feel even more isolated The Academy is ready to address the needs of organizations and citizen coalitions to get beyond barriers The Academy is helping local networks get engaged to see their issues in the bigger picture to understand the positive role and importance of government to harness the energy and manage the anger into a strong action approach to change the debate from accepting deficiencies to demanding equity to create the space for education agitation and organization and to be connected to others in an advocacy process that works and to know what works to effect change We are Connecting Communities For years Judy and Lew have coached leaders from every sector guiding them through a process to identify common issues and building a shared commitment to strengthen their own organizations by working together as a network to solve community problems The passions and priorities of our society are led by voluntary civic organizations and citizen groups focused on social services the arts health care and prevention affordable housing the environment and business development to name just a few This leadership network model strengthens and builds bridges between these diverse institutions that form the heart of our civil society and our healthy communities We are Strengthening Leaders The Academy is guiding participants through the advocacy and organizing practices they need to be stronger leaders The Academy is developing community based leaders who can speak with confidence and bring forward significant numbers of people to act with them The Academy is providing organizational training and

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  • Staff | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Policy Institute where she guided clients through the process of developing their own internal capacity for advocacy by mentoring staff building leadership skills of volunteers and helping to broker constructive and positive working partnerships with policy makers Today with the Academy Judy is showcasing the best of her training and coaching programs and providing accessible skill building sessions for tomorrow s leaders for change Contact Judy judy realclout org 617 275 2923 Lew Finfer Co Founder and Lead Trainer Lew Finfer is the co founder and lead trainer for the Academy Lew has worked as a community organizer inMassachusettssince 1970 and is the Director of the Massachusetts Communities Action Network MCAN MCAN was founded in 1985 to support six affiliated local community improvement organizations and statewide coalitions working on issues of youth jobs youth violence prevention and constructions jobs access Previously Lew worked with neighborhood improvement groups in Dorchester andSomervilleduring the 1970 s including Dorchester Tenants Action Council Massachusetts Fair Share and Somerville United Neighborhoods He served as director of Massachusetts Tenants Organization and of Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance in the 1980 s Today with the Academy Lew is teaching tomorrow s leaders how to organize communities and be a force for positive change Contact Lew lewfinfer gmail com Sondra Peskoe Capacity Building for Education Reform Advocacy Sondra Peskoe is a professional educator and advocate who has devoted much of her adult life to the welfare of children women and families As an active community leader and activist working on issues of social economic and racial justice Sondra works with nonprofit organizations analyzing national and state legislation organizing outreach to legislators and advocating for progressive pragmatic public policy Sondra is a volunteer for several area public schools and was recently awarded the Mack I Davis II Award for extraordinary volunteer

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  • Did you hear… | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    being involved with politics Those that thought they should be involved didn t know the difference between the state house and city hall Under the auspice of the Mass Council for Human Services she molded the work force into a strong effective force that brought great benefits to the workers and the entire human service industry Joe Leavey President and Executive Director Communities For People Inc Back in 1971 72 I got the opportunity as head of the urban team at the Globe to watch this intense young Harvard dropout trying to organize some of the toughest neighborhoods in pre busing Boston What an impression he made He was fearless tireless and egoless and in his understated way outraged by the rent gouging the arbitrary evictions the flagrant code violations and the official indifference not to mention the Hud backed profiteering DTAC was the start not just of a brilliant career but a transformation of housing conditions in a fight that continues to this day Lew was the guy who got it rolling He s a personal hero because he remains the same tough gentle idealistic visionary Ken Hartnett Editor Emeritus of the New Bedford Standard Times Being artful is Judy s unique skill If you are getting tired of it you are getting tired period That s just my gratuitous interpretation from a distance from the longest serving still alive president of the Meredith fan club Marty Linsky Co Founder and Principal Cambridge Leadership Associates I saw your announcement of your new venture with Lew Finfer and was so pleased Two advocacy powerhouses The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is fortunate Very best of luck to you and Lew keep me on your email list Deborah Weinstein Executive Director Coalition on Human Needs Washington I m looking forward to the launch

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  • Upcoming Events | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Partners Resource Library Publications Videos Upcoming Events by admin on Apr 17 2012 7 48 pm What kind of story do you tell So far the most fun on site coaching event is a very lively interactive message development session which helps volunteer activists and professional advocates learn how to turn a Chicken Little story that people ignore into a Little Train that Could story that makes people want to

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