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  • organizing | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    an Eviction Blockage organized by City Life Vida Unida similar to actions all over the state and the country that aim to keep homeowners in their homes and force mediation Here s more pictures in a post on Blue Mass Group by Amberpaw and I can t wait to see her Featured How often have you heard lately Oh I tweeted about that Or I posted that on my Facebook

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?tag=organizing (2016-02-09)
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  • GBLT | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Trainings Upcoming Events Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos Posts tagged GBLT Featured Uncategorized It Happened Last Night Value Based Messaging for the GLBT Community Organizing for Change by admin on Jun 13 2012 No Comments It happened last night But Barney had a severe case of laryngitis and could barely speak imagine and so he stayed home and drank hot lemon tea BUT

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?tag=gblt (2016-02-09)
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  • The Senate Budget Process | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Democratic Senator sponsors and co sponsors to attend this important event and speak up SENATE BUDGET CAUCUS Before the public deliberations begin on Wednesday Senate Democrats plan a private caucus to go over the 694 fiscal 2013 budget amendments they filed before Friday s 3 p m deadline The caucus starts at noon in Senate President Murray s office The lady watching overhead is NOT the Senate President too heavy but a symbol of all of us advocates who are know the First Rule of Lobbying from Real Clout Elected and Appointed Officials make different decisions when watched by the affected constituency Senate Budget Debate begins on Wed Morning at 10 00 am Although the Senate traditionally starts debate the Budget in line item order but as Tina might say What has tradition got to do with it The process in the Senate is not like the House in that they do not have formal caucuses by subject area rather they spend the first couple of days and evenings debating and usually approving non controversial modest reasonable amendments that are widely supported rejecting controversial partisan proposals to further reduce government and hold big money amendments until leadership can reach consensus within the Democratic Caucus and the Republican Caucus Leadership will be very open at first and let the Republicans challenge every amendment large and small force roll calls raise points of order Meanwhile Senators go back and forth into the Senate Reading Room off the Chamber no press or lobbyists to meet with SW M Chair and staff to negotiate a compromise or get their amendment into a Yes or No pile Really It s 2 big piles guarded by staff and Senators can be seen looking through it to find their amendments Eventually on the last day the Senate

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=1255 (2016-02-09)
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  • Consumers! Mind Health Care for All Please | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Featured Consumers Mind Health Care for All Please by admin on May 14 2012 4 03 pm No Comments Cost Control is on the Senate Agenda tomorrow and Thursday The place will be crawling with Special Interest Groups like ours meaning Health Care for All They have done the research they have found amendment sponsors now they are asking us all to get to work and call our own Senators

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=1198 (2016-02-09)
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  • Senior Citizens Disrupt Massachusetts Legislative Session | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    admin on Apr 27 2012 9 14 pm No Comments Best Chant to be seen in a video embedded in this article by State House News Service was Today we March Tomorrow We Vote While most of the media led their stories with the protest around rising fares and reduced services at the MBTA the State House News gave a few more details including the Senior s call for additional revenues Protesters were equipped with a list of budget priorities assembled by the council The priorities include investing in public transportation and blocking planned service reductions ending the waiting list for home care services restoring a program intended to help seniors pay for prescription drugs and raising revenues and taxes Massachusetts is facing a nearly 1 5 billion budget deficit yet the services and programs that help keep our communities strong are needed now more than ever according to the council We must take a balanced approach to the fiscal crisis and raise additional revenue so that we can maintain the services we need and value We support tax reforms that will raise substantial new revenue while holding down increases for low and middle income families And guess what they

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=1173 (2016-02-09)
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  • Budget Debate Process — Nobody said it was going to be easy. | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    while the press and the advocates snoozed waiting for something to happen This year the huddles called Caucuses were better organized and held in a room off the chamber that was not open to the public or advocates Legislators championing increases to particular line items were busy gathering support from their colleagues and the leadership in preparation for their participation in the caucus that would discuss their particular area of the budget This year Education was called first which was unusual The unions and advocates scrambled quickly to round up their sponsors and make sure they got into Room 348 to fight for their line item Hours later a consolidated amendment was printed up and brought to the floor and with a minimum of debate approved To quote in part a summary from State House News HOUSE ADDS 14 MIL TO BUDGET IN EDUCATION LOCAL AID AMENDMENT Although they ve warned of austere times with little flexibility for new spending House leaders won unanimous support early Monday night for a budget amendment adding 14 million to support favored education and local aid programs And that summary was produced by House Ways and Means staff as they handed out this 6

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=1125 (2016-02-09)
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  • A Compelling Alert — Another Front on the War on Women? . | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Support Rep Wolf and Rushing s Amendment 603 to Ensure Homeless Children Are Not Left on the Streets For more information contact the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute 617 357 0700 Ruth Bourquin x 333 rbourquin mlri org or Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless 781 595 7570 Kelly Turley x 17 elly mahomeless org And this from the Berkshire Eagle by Dr Susan Birns is board president of the Elizabeth Freeman Center and professor of Sociology Anthropology Social Work at MCLA and Dr Brent Kramer an economist at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and the Fiscal Policy Institute The bumper sticker on our car reads Stop the War Against Women Maureen Dowd s April 11 column Many fronts in war on women identified several fronts in this war but not this one I m talking about the front where the government of Massachusetts takes aim yet again at poor women and their children The economic recovery has been sluggish and around the country state governments are slashing budgets And what a surprise Programs that primarily serve poor women and their children are at the top of the hit list One of the most dangerous proposals is that House Ways and

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=1002 (2016-02-09)
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  • Budget Amendments What’s Next #2 Leaving No Stone Unturned. | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    to get down to the Clerk s office sign up as cosponsors and send a little note to the Speaker and Chair of Ways and Means telling them they support your amendment On Monday and Tuesday and throughout the week savvy advocates will will be up and around the Lobby that s why they call us lobbyists out side the House Chamber calling out their co sponsors one by one and thanking them again and asking them to be sure and attend the Budget Caucus that will be reviewing their amendment and other related amendments The Speaker will be announcing a schedule of Budget Caucuses Caucii as soon as Monday The Budget Caucuses are convened roughly by subject area for instance Higher Education Public Transportation social Services Health Environmental Affairs etc in no particular order The Caucuses are held in the so called Legislative Reading Room next to the Chamber The Chair and Staff of Ways and Means and sometimes the appropriate Chair of a related Joint Committee will review all the pending amendments to that section and announce discuss the HW M recommendations There are always clarifying questions asked and sometimes heated discussions Sometimes language is added sometimes language is deleted These meetings are open to all Reps but alas not to lobbyists Lobbyists and advocates wait outside in the lobby waiting for a friendly sponsor to come out and tell them if their amendment was included or further amended in the so called consolidated amendment or not included at all Consolidated amendments are eventually posted on the website too Loooooong waits between Caucuses until a Leadership person is delegated to go into the Chamber distribute the consolidated amendment and brief the Members who are seeing it for the first time No debate a simple up or down vote

    Original URL path: http://www.realclout.org/?p=995 (2016-02-09)
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