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  • Monthly Samplings | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Three Rules of Lobbying and a step by step guide to 1 Defining a Hero Opportunity Message that articulates a sympathetic problem and an achievable solution 2 Building and maintaining an Operational Power Sharing Campaign Coalition and 3 Building and maintaining a district based grassroots network of affected constituents Real Clout II Campaign Development Even the most carefully thought out strategic campaigns will be blessed with moments sometimes days and weeks of frenzied activity that threaten to throw the campaign off stride Learn to keep all the bases covered by breaking down the key operations of a campaign into six elements Practice using this campaign tested tool for strategic planning as a SWOT style needs assessment to manage budget priorities set agendas coordinate and evaluate subcommittees and workgroups and as a tool to focus every day strategic doing Referenda Campaigns Leveraging Ballot Questions to Build Power for Your Organization Step off the sideline and discover the comfort zone for nonprofit 501 c 3 organizations that wish to engage in ballot question campaigns that directly or indirectly affect their membership and their organizational mission Learn how to participate in a referendum campaign and define and limit your organizations relationship and role in the campaign how to motivate and mobilize your membership how to re allocate resources to the campaign effort how to identify and recruit local allies and how to organize and implement a local get out the vote effort Making the Case Story Telling and Presentation Skill Building Before you can organize people you have to connect with them This training will help you understand how to develop a sympathetic public persona for your issue by framing the debate properly using community values Learn to find good stories and develop story tellers learn to leverage social media tools to promote

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?page_id=364 (2016-02-09)
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  • Leadership Programs | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    now during the current fiscal crisis Walk step by step through campaign planning and practice with experienced experts Become a leader for your issue and a leader for positive change in your community While a Leadership Program can be customized for your issue the Academy specializes in teaching leadership during a fiscal crisis and advocacy for change within an organization or institution Organizing in Hard Economic Times Advocating for public programs is hard enough in good times This training program teaches core organizing tactics for leaders board members and staff of community based organizations who are advocating for particular policy changes to repair and reform a specific public program during a fiscal crisis caused by diminishing or inadequate revenues What you ll learn and practice Basic literacy in budget and tax policy Message development about government role in building and maintaining public infrastructure Organizing how to s and customizable train the trainer materials How to talk about tax policy to policymakers friends neighbors and the media How to organize a district based public meeting with policymakers How to build and maintain a power sharing campaign coalition Organizing for Change Community organizations often organize others this training program helps leaders board members and staff of community based groups develop the capacity to organize themselves Strengthen internal capacity to advocate for social economic and racial justice by working together with others to plan and implement a campaign to promote a positive policy change within a public or private institution What you ll learn and practice Review standards and principles of campaign strategies to implement internally Problem dissection setting research objectives Building managing a campaign coalition Developing a shared decision making process Community organizing Message development Media relations Grassroots leadership development Advocacy skill building Train The Trainer One of our most fun trainings

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?page_id=374 (2016-02-09)
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  • Case Studies, Etc. | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    request of a collection of community groups based on their interest to educate a broad audience on topics relevant to them and their advocacy efforts For example we could include training on basic aspects of climate change and how community based activists might participate in amelioration efforts or on health care payment reform and how community activists might participate in efforts to protect affordability and quality health care in their

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?page_id=377 (2016-02-09)
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  • Campaigns & Partners | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    community organizations in New England These are made up of congregations and sometimes other organizations and unions acting together for their values and interests To find out more please visit MCAN OLTC ONE Massachusetts Network ONE Massachusetts is a network of people and organizations sharing a common vision to rebuild public confidence in our capacity to work together through our government to expand economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in Massachusetts For more information please visit ONE Massachusetts Mass Senior Action Council Massachusetts Senior Action Council MSAC is a thriving membership organization which joins together low and moderate income seniors and people with disabilities from throughout Massachusetts along with people of all ages who support their mission to empower seniors and others to act collectively to promote the rights and well being of all people particularly vulnerable seniors Mass Senior Action has a proud history of effective community organizing and legislative advocacy on health care housing transportation and other issues For more information please visit MSAC Mel King Institute The Mel King Institute for Community Building fosters vibrant and thriving Massachusetts communities by advancing the skills knowledge and leadership ability of professional practitioners and volunteer leaders in the community development field We leverage collaborative educational partnerships that increase access encourage innovation and promote and institutionalize systemic success For more information please visit the Mel King Institute United Teen Equality Center The United Teen Equality Center UTEC was founded in Lowell as a result of an organizing movement driven by young people to develop their own teen center in response to gang violence Today nationally recognized as a model youth development agency the UTEC mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of Lowell s most disconnected youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?page_id=29 (2016-02-09)
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  • Publications | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    to change things and anxious because this business of changing a law involves lobbying a new and unfamiliar game Even the word lobbying conjures up an image of a slick high priced lawyer lobbyist whispering in the ear of a key politician to whom he has contributed thousands of dollars If you are a board member professional staff or grassroots volunteer in a non profit organization that aspires to change a particular public policy and have experienced any of these things then The Real Clout Workbook is for you The Real Clout Textbook Real Clout was written to serve as a how to manual for community activists who for one reason or another need to figure out how their state or county government really works There are so many questions What do you have to do to convince state or county public officials to interpret existing law and regulations differently What do you have to do to convince a state or county public official to work with you to design create and fund a new program What is the official timetable and process of changing a law or regulation What is the budget process Can non profit organizations really do

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?page_id=26 (2016-02-09)
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  • New Videos from Freedom House + past Highlights | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    his extraordinary teachings PLUS more with powerful and moving clips of Lew Finfer on leadership and community advocate Ashley Rose with a Spoken Word poem about change in Boston Recognizin g the I in politics Mel King talks about his philosophy of organizing and making change in your community Every person has to recognize why change matters to them No change comes to any person or group until they say they are somebody they are deserving and they have a right Tent City the Highway and the Orange Line Mel King tells the story of the community campaign to stop highway I 95 from going through neighborhoods in Cambridge Somerville and Boston using a maximum feasible participation coalition model Race for Mayor of Boston In 1983 Mel King was the first African American to be a finalist in a Boston Mayor s election which resulted in an unprecedented coalition of people coming together in the racially polarized city giving a groundbreaking voice to people of all background and races who had previously felt disenfranchised Mel King recites a lesson in poem about keeping doors open to those in need Community advocate Ashley Rose challenges the audience with her moving Spoken Word poem about change in Boston Lew Finfew delivers a powerful introduction of what it means to be a leader And watch other Mel King highlights from the Academy s Organizing for Change event in January Francis Fox Piven History and Legacy of Welfare Rights Organizing March 2012 Here is Claradine Cowell a Leader from the Mass Welfare Rights Organization And here are two videos of Frances Fox Piven first the keynote then some comments on Occupy Frances is is introduced by MWRO Organizer Lee Staples Bill Pastreich MWRO s Chief Organizer talks about how it all got started Here

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=592 (2016-02-09)
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  • A Found Poem to Read to Your Children After Thanksgiving | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    you spent in the car Were your children with you Do you own the car Do you have the keys to the car Do you have the registration or insurance paperwork for the car Can you identify the car by make model or license plate Can you describe the interior color or exterior color Are your belongings in the car now Where was the car parked when you slept in it Where is it parked now How did you get to our office Can you substantiate that you slept in the car with at parking ticket citation police report or letter from the owner II The Unofficial questions How cold did it get How many people tried to break into the car How many people did break into the car Where did you relieve your bladder Why is your hair so neat if you slept in a car Why are you giving your child carbon monoxide poisoning Why should you not lose custody of your child for resorting to these irresponsible measures And can you tell me the color of the seats And how many cars passed you in the night What time did the birds start singing What time did the children stop crying In August and September of 2012 new regulations came into effect which drastically reduced the right to shelter for homeless families Mothers and children who should have been eligible for shelter slept in cars police stations subway stations and still they were turned away The administration claimed that 57 indigent mothers and children were sleeping in cars and emergency rooms deliberately to make themselves eligible for shelter or were lying about having done so Part I of the poem is from an official DHCD training PowerPoint for the workers who screen shelter applicants Parts II

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=1649 (2016-02-09)
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  • advocacy | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    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 have taken the lead in drafting and promoting two bills to implement the highest priority recommendations of the advocacy Featured gun control On the Agenda at Last Linsky Files Gun Violence Legislation by admin on Jan 23 2013 No Comments From the Brookline Patch in part The bill looks to close loopholes in existing state laws require mental health background checks strengthen gun storage requirements and require liability insurance for gun owners The following is a press release sent by the office of state Rep David Linsky D Natick State Rep David P Linsky announced today advocacy domestic workers Featured Uncategorized Refocusing Our Lens Domestic Workers Rights Are a Neglected Feminist Issue by admin on Jan 20 2013 No Comments Fom RH Reality Check Domestic Workers Rights The attention gap for this issue is particularly unfortunate in light of how hard domestic workers are

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?cat=31 (2016-02-09)
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