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  • Massachusetts Leadership Academy | Strengthening the Next Generation of Activists for Social Change
    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 advocacy Featured Teens Uncategorized 16 Candles and a Ballot in Lowell by admin on Nov 30 2012 No Comments Vote 17 Lowell still working at setting an example for the rest of the country We were very happy to be featured in the The New York Times Upfront magazine for students all across the country to read about our efforts to lower the voting age in Lowell from the Free Library In 2009 city advocacy Uncategorized And Then We March by admin on Nov 28 2012 No Comments A Call to Action from our friends at Rosie s place Let s take it to the streets On Wednesday December 12 at 12 00 noon we will gather at the closed gate of the Massachusetts State House right across from the famous Robert Gould Shaw Monument and march around the block to the DHCD office 100 advocacy Featured Resources Uncategorized Taxes for Transportation Human Services Chopped Liver by admin on Nov 25 2012 No Comments News Nearly six years after a bipartisan commission sounded the alarm about a transportation system in a crisis so severe that it carried a shortfall of nearly 1 billion a year Governor Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to solve the problem with a plan that includes higher taxes Comment Are we serious about fulling funding advocacy Featured Uncategorized Dance the Aadvo cats 2 Step for the Homeless on Black Friday by admin on Nov 20 2012 No Comments You remember Tommy Finneran He was forever complaining about the aadvo cats two step that started off by lobbying to create new public programs that helped our poor elderly and disabled clients get health care affordable safe housing job training and placement nutritious food and

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  • Judy&Lew Dorchester Reporter | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    confidently participate in public life and influence the advancement of social economic and racial justice Mission History Trainings Resource Library About Mission History Staff Did you hear Trainings Upcoming Events Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos Judy Lew Dorchester Reporter by admin on Feb 8 2012 8 16 pm No Comments What do you think Name required Email required Website Click here to cancel

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  • Training Feb7 2012 | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    advancement of social economic and racial justice Mission History Trainings Resource Library About Mission History Staff Did you hear Trainings Upcoming Events Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos Training Feb7 2012 by admin on

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  • workbook and textbook slideshow image | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    of social economic and racial justice Mission History Trainings Resource Library About Mission History Staff Did you hear Trainings Upcoming Events Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos workbook and textbook slideshow image by admin

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  • Workbook | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    quoted with appropriate credit Foreword White Pages Grassroots Volunteer Leaders The white pages in each chapter are written for grassroots volunteer leaders You are the powerful affected constituents with personal stories and a direct self interest in promoting the desired policy change You are willing to educate your own local public officials and try to convince them to champion your cause The Real Clout Workbook will explain the basic rules and tools of making positive policy change and enough about the democratic policy making process to make you appreciate your enormous power You will find three sections in each chapter to help you understand the roots of your personal political power the ability to influence your own elected and appointed public officials and teach you specific techniques for exerting that power in the most efficient and effective way Chapter One White Pages Chapter Two White Pages Chapter Three White Pages Appendix I Lists and Charts for Grassroots Leaders Blue Pages Professional Advocates The blue pages are written for the professional advocates You work in and around the state capital county seat or city hall for an underfunded understaffed non profit advocacy organization or provider agency You may be an executive director a lead advocate or organizer a campaign consultant who regularly faces the three faced policy change monster a compelling public policy problem that must be solved RIGHT NOW a confusing array of policy openings and opportunities and of course not nearly enough time or resources to do everything you think must be done Like the stone covered beach The Real Clout Workbook includes the standard overwhelming list of tried and true strategic activities for each stage of the campaign Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed or discouraged by the list You got this book because your work and

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  • Textbook | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    environmental hazard an epidemic in substance abuse among young people a lack of primary health services for a growing number of uninsured working families Every charitable stone has been turned over Every local institution has been stretched to the limit The real solution to your community problem requires the state or county to change the way it is currently funding or managing a specific program or requires them to create and fund a new program Individual state county and local officials may have to be convinced to interpret existing laws and regulations differently New laws may have to be passed and new rules and regulations will have to be made Who are these people making life and death funding decisions that affect your members your community How can you influence their decisions As community activists you probably know more about your state county and local government than most ordinary citizens Those of you who have successfully mounted public awareness campaigns to get more resources from various private and public funding sources in your community are especially well informed Still the notion of driving even farther to go to another bigger public building and talking to a bunch of politicians and

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  • Lobbying on a Shoestring | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    been practicing politics by overthrowing each other ever since They re so good at it that when they get bored they either run around the country calling themselves political consultants or they rewrite their rules to make them a little harder for newcomers to understand The procedures in the Massachusetts House and Senate are very likely to be more complicated than those in other states Readers from more sensible states can take comfort in that Keep in mind that all fifty states embrace the same checks and balances that are embodied in the United States Constitution For instance all states except Nebraska have bicameral or two branch legislatures Although the particular names dates places and rules may differ from state to state all the state legislatures including Nebraska are elected are organized into hierarchical leadership schemes are organized further into specialized issue committees that hold some sort of hearing on bills have at least one committee more powerful than all the others with control over the appropriation process have rules that govern the legislative agenda the length of debate and the postponement of debate must either have gubernatorial approval to enact laws or must override the Governor s disapproval have

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  • stickynotes2 | Massachusetts Leadership Academy
    the advancement of social economic and racial justice Mission History Trainings Resource Library About Mission History Staff Did you hear Trainings Upcoming Events Monthly Samplings Leadership Programs Case Studies Campaigns Partners Resource Library Publications Videos stickynotes2 by admin on Apr

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