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  • Post – Clinton’s Welfare “Reform” It’s getting worser and worser. | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    s Welfare Reform It s getting worser and worser by admin on Apr 12 2012 3 21 pm No Comments Last week this article on the lack of support for the poor during this recession My take on it was the states would push people off and not let them back on and that s just what they did said Peter B Edelman a law professor at Georgetown University who resigned from the Clinton administration to protest the law It s been even worse than I thought it would be Yesterday it got worser Here is a analysis from the Mass Legal Services the on line resource of poverty law advocates The House Ways and Means budget proposal would allow the Administration to dramatically restrict access to emergency shelter for homeless families cut the TAFDC clothing allowance in half remove the TAFDC 40 rent allowance make no provision for TAFDC transportation assistance and bar cash assistance recipients from using their benefits to pay rent and taxes or to buy many basis necessities Check this site for updates on amendments over the weekend or next Tuesday at the latest my spell check doesn t like worser either so I put it

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  • The Budget is Coming | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    Upcoming Events Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos Featured The Budget is Coming by admin on Apr 10 2012 1 58 pm No Comments And the website where it will be posted around noon tomorrow is below The Academy will be posting a quick update on some priority issues first thing Thursday morning and then do a supplement post on Tuesday next that will

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  • Massachusetts Leadership Academy | Strengthening the Next Generation of Activists for Social Change
    fun message training ever by admin on Jun 27 2012 No Comments 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 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 Trainings Talking the Talk with Barney Frank June 12 by admin on Apr 2 2012 No Comments Don t miss what is certain to be a lively presentation about values based messaging around delicate issues Congressman Barney Frank will lead the discussion with his experience then and now talking about GLBT issues From chicken little to the little train that could Understanding how to develop a sympathetic public persona for your issue using community values Featured Uncategorized Sen Pat Jehlen on the need for t a x e s to fix the MBTA by admin on Mar 14 2012 No Comments So Senator Pat Jehlen actually used the word in a State House News Video In an election year In the face of solemn promises from Legislative Leaders that there will be no new taxes not to forstall threatened service cuts and fare increases that seem to be inevitable So says the Transportation Secretary and the MBTA Acting General Featured Trainings Lew Finfer in a 3 minute Video on Leadership for new and experienced organizers by admin on Mar 10 2012 No Comments Here is Lew Finfer in a very brief and very powerful 3 minute presentation on what it means to be a leader I have shown this to community activists to kick off a discussion about how they might strengthen their own leadership skills Check it out here Featured Uncategorized Which Leaves on this Tree will Fall This Spring by admin on Mar 8 2012 No Comments De Leo s budget chief Rep Brian Dempsey D Haverhill told the News Service that a budget released in April by the House Ways and Means Committee will be balanced primarily with program cuts The other day our legislative leaders

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  • Featured | Page 7 | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    leader I have shown this to community activists to kick off a discussion about how they might strengthen their own leadership skills Check it out here Featured Uncategorized Which Leaves on this Tree will Fall This Spring by admin on Mar 8 2012 No Comments De Leo s budget chief Rep Brian Dempsey D Haverhill told the News Service that a budget released in April by the House Ways and Means Committee will be balanced primarily with program cuts The other day our legislative leaders in the House namely Speaker De Leo and Chair of Ways and Means Brian Dempsey both acknowledged Featured Uncategorized Not just the Disabled are Worried about the MBTA s Ride Reading about Interest Rate Swaps by admin on Mar 6 2012 No Comments It s gray it s white it s balding and it s coming says Christopher Hart of the Boston s Institute for Human Centered Design about future users of the MBTA s Ride Today Eric Moskowitz wrote in the Globe this morning about a current Ride user profiling Penny Shaw BRAINTREE Penny Shaw a former teacher with a doctorate in French Featured Uncategorized Meet the Your MBTA Heroes by admin on Mar 2 2012 No Comments Oh to be young and bold again Susan Blair from the Globe did a terrific job with this series of photos The super group was created not by a nuclear accident or super serum but by an organization from Roxbury called the Alternatives for Community Environment According group it aims to empower low income Featured Trainings The Videos History and Legacy of Welfare Rights with Frances Fox Piven by admin on Feb 16 2012 No Comments Here is Frances Fox Piven telling us all the Occupy movement has set the stage for a resurgence of organizing

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  • Massachusetts Leadership Academy | Page 7 | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    push people off and not let them back on and that s just what they did said Peter B Edelman a law professor at Georgetown University who resigned from the Clinton administration to Featured Resources A Model Memo to Grassroots Activists by admin on Apr 12 2012 No Comments It doesn t have to be fancy with a constant contact layout or on a letterhead but it does need to be clear and specific Please find here in its entirety a memo from from Lew Finfer to his grassroots activists working on youth development violence prevention and youth jobs There are 2 main asks to Featured First Look House Ways and Means Budget by admin on Apr 12 2012 No Comments This Morning we salute our friends and colleagues at the Mass Budget and Policy Center for the rapid response analysis on the House Ways and Means budget Find it here Trust me its really really good Faced with a significant budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2013 the House Ways and Means Committee HWM proposes to Featured The Budget is Coming by admin on Apr 10 2012 No Comments And the website where it will be posted around noon tomorrow is below The Academy will be posting a quick update on some priority issues first thing Thursday morning and then do a supplement post on Tuesday next that will list proposed amendments Keep in touch http www malegislature gov Budget Uncategorized What Would Frances Fox Piven Do by admin on Apr 4 2012 No Comments When she found out that a special Legislative Commission had after much public debate and little or no real data had proposed some punitive unrealistic unenforceable new laws to limit the use of EBT cards by welfare recipients She d say Please Urge Your Representative

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  • Massachusetts Leadership Academy | Strengthening the Next Generation of Activists for Social Change
    2012 No Comments Parents on the March Organizing for Quality Education in Boston Public Schools June 2012 Gail Snowden from Freedom House hosted the recent session on organizing for quality education in Boston and introduces two of Boston s greatest education advocates and organizers Rep Byron Rushing and Sarah Ann Shaw Featured Uncategorized The most fun message training ever by admin on Jun 27 2012 No Comments 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 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 Featured Trainings Leadership Series Fridays in March by admin on Feb 16 2012 No Comments WOULD YOU LIKE TO STEP FORWARD BECOME A LEADER IN THESE HARD ECONOMIC TIMES Sign up today for the Academy s March Leadership Program Build a successful campaign from the ground up for your issue even now during the current fiscal crisis Walk step by step through campaign planning and practice with Massachusetts advocacy and organizing Featured Thousand Flowers around the MBTA by admin on Feb 15 2012 No Comments STOP the MBTA Attacks on Seniors People with Disabilities It seems like a thousand new partnerships and coalitions are popping up all over the place protesting the proposed MBTA cuts and fare hikes not quite the thousand flowers Chairman Mao was encouraging but apparently that was a misquote anyway After weeks Featured Resources The Path To Change from Mel King and do something by admin on Feb 8 2012 No Comments Those of us who were in attendance at the January 25 session where Mel King shared with us the lessons he learned as an organizer in Boston are still digesting those words of wisdom and trying to integrate them into their work We are still editing the video we took that night into some 15 minute Featured Resources The Cycle of Organizing by admin on Feb 2 2012 No Comments At the Mass Leadership s January 25 session

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  • Thousand Flowers around the MBTA | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    proposed MBTA cuts and fare hikes not quite the thousand flowers Chairman Mao was encouraging but apparently that was a misquote anyway After weeks of organizing Inside and Outside of the State the essential question is Do we spend time collecting more stories or is it time for our policy makers to come up with some solutions This Dorchester Reporter SHNS article states the problem well and Rep Byron Rushing states the solution perfectly Inside the State House dozens of Lawmakers have me t and asked tough questions and tried to get some commitments The frustration at Thursday s meeting of the Legislature s MBTA caucus was palpable Rep Denise Provost D Somerville asked What do we say to these people Move Buy a car I don t have an answer she said Rep Carl Sciortino D Medford offered the only nod to the possibility of a solution to avoid fare hikes and service cuts asking Davis whether the MBTA would have the flexibility to undo any of its budget decisions if the Legislature offered a lifeline later in the year I would say we have flexibility Davis replied Meanwhile outside the State House there was a lot happening at the Boston Public Library demonstrating the developing public coalition between T Riders Seniors Young People and the disabled was covered best by DIG Boston with truly wonderful pics Mass Senior Action sent a big delegation to Lynn So many of our members use The Ride and the buses just to get around these are necessities said Peabody resident Barbara Mann president of the North Shore Chapter of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council She said she was particularly concerned the MBTA was proposing a panel to evaluate whether citizens would qualify for The Ride Your own doctor should be making the

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  • Featured | Page 8 | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    We are still editing the video we took that night into some 15 minute Featured Resources The Cycle of Organizing by admin on Feb 2 2012 No Comments At the Mass Leadership s January 25 session called Organizing for Change Lew Finfer did not have time to walk people through this particular handout called the Cycle of Organizing As an introduction Lew writes Listen Challenge Act Organizing is about listening challenging people to come forward on their deeply felt interest and acting together Featured Good grass roots organizing always beats money no matter how much Dukakis said in an interview by admin on Jan 19 2012 No Comments And he s absolutely right This Globe story describes the pressure that the volunteer town officials face as big money out of town casino developers move in to get the necessary permissions to build a destination casino in their town The state s legalization of casino gambling is putting unprecedented demands and pressures on part time local officials calling Featured Resisting the Advocates by admin on Jan 16 2012 No Comments The folk at at Spare Change News are the ones who got the State House News story out first about the

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