Sunday, December 20, 2009
Happy Holidays and some important dates to know - Click HERE for January 19 Senate election information
Well, this was the Storm That Wasn't of 2009! Most of you are probably rejoicing... I'm very happy for you. For those of us who were hoping for a whopper, soon, very soon...
In the meantime, here are some dates for you to jot down:
Our next DTC meeting:
Tuesday, January 12th, 7:00pm at the South Hadley police station
MA U.S. Senate Election:
Town of South Hadley Election: - Two Selectboard members
Monday, January 19, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m
South Hadley Caucus:
Saturday, February 13th at the South Hadley Public Library, 27 Bardwell Street
Registration will begin at 11:30am
The caucus will begin at 12:00pm
MA Democratic State Convention:
Friday and Saturday, June 4th and 5th in Worcester
(The Convention itself is on Saturday the 5th - there are usually parties and such on Friday, but you do not need to attend those if you don't want to.)
Looking forward to seeing all of you at these events!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM
Subject: Senate (fwd)
To: Bob Judge
I would be pleased to have you post my opinion below on the SH Democrats blog. I might add that a further reason for my preferring Capuano over Coakley is the flipflop that she did on the crucial issue of the death penalty.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:47:05 -0500 (EST)
From: Robert Robertson
To: Sarah Etelman, Bob Judge
Good morning, friends:
After our email exchange last week (and a conversation with Bob Judge...), I spoke with Ellen Story on the phone. I've never met her, but have been impressed by what I've read of her over the years -- a progressive, thoughtful state rep., I believe... She is for Mike Capuano in the primary.
She likes what she's seen of Mike and also had a former asst. go to DC to work in his office, yielding a rave review of him. They say he's plain-spoken but able to build coalitions. Obviously he's a liberal. I know that Bob (Judge) has some things on which he's uncertain or at odds with Mike. I don't have those reservations, so will support him.
... I want to believe that the Coakley lead is weak and overstated. The misleading polls on Bloomberg for NYC mayor suggest that an early lead can be misleading if the leader hits a ceiling. Who knows in our case? So a vote of public preference for Khazei might be a mistake. Again, who knows?
Thanks for sharing your earlier ideas with me. On to Tuesday, however.
My name is Elisa Loeser and I am the Parliamentarian for the Mount Holyoke College Democrats. The MHC Dems will soon be launching a political blog called "The Sententia" to encourage political debate in the Mount Holyoke and South Hadley community. We are asking for submissions or 'blurbs' to post on the blog that are 250 words or less. Feel free to write about a national or local issue about which you are passionate. Writing about a political issue concerning the Mount Holyoke or South Hadley community is encouraged!
Questions? Or to submit a blurb please email Elisa: email@example.com
Check out the site! ...to be launched w/ articles soon... (http://pub.mtholyoke.edu/journal/thesent)
- Elisa Loeser
Parliamentarian, MHC Democrats
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Please see below for more information and please click on the link in the "Title" to access the KYT member application.
- Bob Judge
Yes, this is a wonderful idea! I have attached the KYT brochure. There is a membership form on it that they can fill out and mail back with their dues.
Thank you for encouraging people to join KYT!
And thank you for all you do for the town.
From: Bob Judge
To: Martha Terry
Cc: 'Robert Judge'
Sent: Thu, Dec 3, 2009 9:54 am
Subject: RE: Final reminder of Know Your Town Progressive Dinner
Is it too late for someone to join KYT and attend the dinner? If so, I understand.
If not, I would happy to forward this email to a few people as a way to encourage them to join KYT.
- Bob Judge
From: Martha Terry
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 9:43 AM
To: Bobbie Salthouse
Subject: Final reminder of Know Your Town Progressive Dinner
Dear KYT Members,
I'm emailing you one last time concerning the KYT Progressive Dinner, to be held on Sat. December 12.
If you have not already done so, please RSVP NOW to attend this festive event!
Below is the latest list of members who Barb Fisher has heard from and are coming. If you do not see your name below and if you had emailed her that you are coming, it means she has not received your reply.
Please send her an email at this address: (deleted) Or, if you wish to reach her by phone, her number is (deleted).
We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Progressive Dinner. It will be a most enjoyable evening--
KYT, Progressive Dinner Chair
*#** **Name** **Appetizers** **Entree** **Dessert*
2 Linda/Doug Young dip/crackers/veggies/wine pecan tarts/whipped cream
2 Patricia Kraske & son Seafood dish
2 Lucia/Bill Foley veggies
2 Bobbie/Robert Salthouse x
1 Ellie Kepacki Squash/apple casserole
1 Marion Pascone Chile/corn chips
2 Carol/Richard Constant smoked salmon/crackers
2 Bob Judge/Brenda Mathieu Lasagne
3 John/Pat/Sarah Scibak wine
(2) Martha/Tom Terry (App course only) hot dish
1 Julianne Roberts HOST
2 Barb/Mike Fisher HOST (ham/rolls/salad/etc)
2 Julie Miller/H.Boroff HOST
*24* (including 2 for appetizer course only)
Please bring the following if your name starts with:
A-I Appetizers: Hot or cold, chips and dips, veggie platter, beverages, etc.
H-P Dinner Buffet: Hot meat/vegetarian main dishes, pastas, cold cut platter; hot vegetables/side dishes, salads, rolls/butter, beverages, etc.
Q-Z Desserts: sparkling cider, coffee/tea with cream and sugar, etc. (NOTE: Julia Miller's daughter will be baking up a storm and will provide all the desserts, so Q-Z people can either provide drinks for dessert or if you prefer, wine for the appetizer or dinner locations...)
I talked to Kate Crowther, a MHC Francis Perkins student, who is Capuano's Western Mass Coordinator.
She is bringing signs tomorrow, and I think I'll go out early Friday and Monday.
She is really looking for folks to phone. You have been superb at phoning - and you appear to enjoy it - so I thought I should tell you that they need more folks to do phone banking. I'll try to do some too. Jim Reardon is the other person in South Hadley who has been very helpful to Kate. You probably know him. He has been phoning from his home.
All best wishes and many thanks,
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
South Hadley, Easthampton, and Holyoke Democrats named Barney Frank as their "Democrat of the Year" on November 13, 2009 at the Log Cabin - Click here for story
From the Sunday Republican
Political power seen in parties
Sunday, November 15, 2009
By SANDRA E. CONSTANTINE
HOLYOKE - U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Newton, expressed strong support for the idea of political parties Friday night at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House.
He was there to accept the Democrat of the Year Award from the Democratic committees of Holyoke, South Hadley and Easthampton.
About 600 people attended the event, giving Frank a standing ovation with a few cheers thrown in before he even took the podium.
"I'm here with my partner, Jim. I'm continuing to be a member of a group that continues to be criticized and ridiculed - a partisan Democrat," said, Frank, who is the only openly gay congressman.
Being a member of a political party is the best way to get things done, he told his audience, decrying the fact that elections are often decided by citizens who are not enrolled in one.
"The election is often in the hands of people who don't know what they are talking about. ... They criticize candidates for positions they don't hold," Frank said, putting down the types of unenrolled people who are polled in focus groups.
Political parties are needed when large groups of people are going to govern themselves, he said.
Frank lamented what he believes is a paucity of moderate Republicans.
"There are still some of them around. They call themselves Democrats," Frank said. "The moderates have been driven out of the Republican Party."
The congressman went on to declare that capitalism works best in partnership with the public sector.
"In 41 years I have never seen a tax cut put out a fire," Frank said. "If you are an honest businessman you need laws to protect you from dishonest competitors."
Frank's appearance also attracted a group of protesters near the Log Cabin, about a dozen chanting and holding signs with slogans calling for equality for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people.
One of the protesters, James D. Fiorentino of Northampton, said Frank is not doing enough in that area.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Would you kindly forward this flier to any email lists you have, for example, the Progressive Democrats of South Hadley, the Historical Society, etc? Thank you for doing this.
Monday, October 26, 2009
On Sunday, November 8th, the League of Women Voters and WFCR will be co-sponsoring a Senatorial candidate forum for the upcoming special election in January. This event will take place at UMass Amherst at 7:30pm in the Bowker Auditorium of Stockbridge Hall, and will be free and open to the public.
This forum will run roughly two hours and will be devoted to questions related to both domestic and international issues. The League has enthusiastically requested that those interested in attending the forum submit questions to the panel through an online form on the League’s website, which can be found by clicking http://www.lwvma.org/questions.htm. Both Democratic and Republican candidates whose names appear on the primary’s ballot have been invited to participate.
For anyone who is interested, the League of Women Voters will also be organizing voter registration to take place in Stockbridge Hall beginning at 6:30 pm that evening. Additional details regarding the night’s forum or information on the League of Women Voters can be found online at http://www.lwvma.org/.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
From: Joel Spiro
Date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 12:20 PM
Subject: Meeting with State Director of Organizing for America
In 2008, millions of Americans joined the political process – many for the first time – to fight for a new kind of politics.
Through one grassroots movement, built from the bottom up, millions of voices called for change and elected President Barack Obama. They proved that ordinary people, together, can achieve extraordinary things.
Those voices enabled a new beginning. But now it's time to make that promise of change a reality.
Through Organizing for America, Americans across the country will continue to organize in their communities and stand with President Obama to bring about a new era of security and prosperity.
The challenges we face can't be solved by one person alone. We need you to get involved.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Date: Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM
----- Original Message -----Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 6:14 AMSubject: Take and Eat in South Hadley is getting organized!Hello All,You are receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in being part of the ecumenical Take and Eat program in South Hadley and Granby. Several churches, including the Center Congregational Church, the United Methodist Church, the South Hadley Falls Congregational Church, Our Savoir Lutheran Church and the Granby Congregational Church, will be coming together to prepare and deliver meals to homebound members of our community on one weekend day a month.There have been several meetings recently, which some of you may have participated in, that have brought us several steps forward in getting this effort up and running. I wanted to let you know what we have accomplished, and what is still needed.Please read the below information, actively solicit coordinators and volunteers from your church, and join us for ourNext Meeting: Wednesday, September 2nd, 7:00pm Center Congregational Church on the common in South HadleyTake and Eat LogisticsDATE AND TIMEWe will be preparing the meals on the third Saturday of each month, in the morning, starting (hopefully) on October 17th. This will be an on-going monthly commitment that we are making to the residents who receive these meals.PLACEThe kitchen of the Center Congregational Church will be the primary preparation site. On occasions when this kitchen is unavailable, the Granby Congregational Church kitchen will be used. Any specialized equipment can be transferred from the primary to secondary site.FINANCESEach church will contribute $50.00 per month to cover the cost of food and supplies. This amount will be adjusted going forward based on our actual experience. Center Church is applying for membership to Western Mass Food Bank, and will cover the $125.00 fee. The application process takes 6 to 12 months, but once received will provide low- to no-cost food to us.VOLUNTEER LISTI have attached a listing of the volunteers identified to date. Please take a look at your information, and send me any updates. Also, please circulate information about the program to others you feel may be interested.We would love to add more names to this list! Please contact me with name, contact information and task.COORDINATORSWe are still looking for additional people to be coordinators for this program. We cannot start without these key people in place.Coordinator positions are:
Coordinator Role Responsibilities Volunteer Overall Coordinator Program OversightContact for Take and EatCoordinate the CoordinatorsTraining of volunteersCommunication ***Charlotte Buijnarowski*** Kitchen CertificationHead Cook Board of Health regulationsPlan the menusWork with Shopping Coordinator, Kitchen Staff CoordinatorDirect the food preparation Cathy IrishCenter Congregational Church***BACKUP COOKS NEEDED*** Treasurer Food Bank applicationCollect and mange money Allan PatriquinCenter Congregational Church Shopping Coordinator Work with Head CookMaintain shopping list monthlyCoordinate shoppers monthly ***OPEN*** Kitchen Staff Coordinator Confirm kitchen staff monthlyWork with Head CookCoordinate food prep and cleanup ***OPEN*** Baking Coordinator Confirm bakers monthlyProvide info on what to bakeProvide packaging materialsCoordinate pick-up / delivery Bev PeadUnited Methodist Church Packaging Coordinator Manage inventory of materialsCoordinate packers monthly Bobbie AyersCenter Congregational Church Driving Coordinator Manage CORI applicationsTrain drivers on proceduresMaintain route listConfirm drivers monthly Bob JudgeCenter Congregational Church Cards Coordinator Develop Card TemplateUpdate monthly with menuCoordinate greetings monthly (from children, etc.) Sarah SmithCenter Congregational Church
Monday, August 17, 2009
From: Allan Patriquin (Center Church)
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 10:20:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Take and Eat, Inc...
To: Kathleen Ryan
Thank you for your reply to the several questions I raised earlier. I have received an application form from Hector Figarella at the Food Bank, which has raised some new questions:
1) Should we apply as an "affiliate" of the Take and Eat program, or as an independent organization? One advantage of affiliating with you is the existence of an established program that can perhaps speed up the approval of our application.
(Kathleen): You will need to apply as an independent - Take and Eat no longer is a member of the Food Bank as our Program does not directly prepare any meals and therefore does not utilize those services. As mentioned in my earlier e-mail, the process is currently not very expedient but don't be frustrated by that as you will reap the benefits once a member.
2) In addition to the several churches that will be participating, the local Democratic Committee has expressed some interest in participating. Would this be a problem in combining religious and non-religious organizations? Is there a requirement that all volunteers must be members of the churches that sponsor the program?
(Kathleen): This is not a concern - we reach out to all who are interested in assisting in this program to feed and do a wellness check on the homebound senior population during the weekend. We don't proselytize to the clients as we extend this service to all, regardless of religious affiliation or not.
3) If the application process takes several months to complete, we would like to begin on Saturday, October 17th, and, if necessary, purchase food from other sources until Food Bank food becomes available. Would you have any recommendations about such other sources?
(Kathleen): The client count in S. Hadley is currently 60 - 65. Based on those numbers, the most cost effective and quality purchases would be through BJ's, Price Rite, Sam's Warehouse, and Costco. If any of the congregants have a connection to some of the local farms - that might be a good resource at this time for veggies/fruits. We certainly appreciate your help as we begin to take flight!
From: Allan Patriquin
Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009 10:17 AM
...an application form to the Food Bank...Center Church will pay the $125 membership fee, and I will set up a financial donation arrangement with the local churches to underwrite our ongoing expenses.
Friday, August 14, 2009
BOSTON - Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Thursday awarded $40.4 million in grants, including $16.5 million for Western Massachusetts, for improving public housing, providing social services and upgrading roads. The governor unveiled federal Community Development Block Grants for communities with populations of 50,000 or less.
Patrick said $31 million came from annual block grant financing and another $9 million from federal stimulus dollars. "By leveraging state and federal recovery funds, we can continue to move our economy forward, put more individuals back to work and fund more projects now and in the future," Patrick said.
The stimulus dollars will go to communities for projects that were turned down for funds last year... The state receives a pot of federal money and then apportions it to cities and towns, which compete for grants.
Amherst, Chester, Greenfield, South Hadley, Ware and West Springfield are among the Western Massachusetts communities that received grants. According to the state, 88 communities applied for grants and 75 received them...
South Hadley netted $800,000 to upgrade two housing units, design a senior center and improve Canal Street...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I serve on the board of Community Action (http://www.communityaction.us/). Below is a message from the Executive Director, Jane Sanders.
If you know an individual who is qualified for and interested in serving on the Board, I would happy to speak with him or her about this fine organization, which serves South Hadley and every community in Hampshire County.
- Bob Judge
From: Jane Sanders [mailto:JSanders@communityaction.us]
Sent: Thursday, August 06, 2009 1:20 PM
To: Linda Ackerman; Penny Davis; Tina Elzeneiny; Elizabeth Evans; Kate Finnegan; jerri higgins; mindy kelly; Dr. Sarah Kemble; evelyn mccoy; Sheila Mammen; Andrew Morehouse; Tony Motyl; Carla Oleska; Laura Reichsman; Maria Tarajano Rodman; Christopher Sikes; Andee Williams; Roseann Martoccia; Tracy Gaudet; Daisy Jimenez; Robert Judge; Susan Mareneck; Wynema Phillips-Horve
Subject: We need your help!
Eight of the 24 seats on Community Action’s Board of Directors will be up for election in late October. These Community Representative slots are reserved for people who have or have had lower incomes, and live in either Hampshire or Franklin County. We will have a separate election in each county and elect four of the candidates in each. Only residents who earn up to 175% of the Federal poverty rate and are 18 or older may vote in the election.
Please think about program participants or anyone in the community who you think would be a good addition to our Board. We’d like to have candidates from all geographic areas of the counties, so please think far and wide. Candidates should be people who can reliably attend one evening meeting every other month. We will reimburse them for child care and travel expenses. The Board meets on the first Wednesday of the month in December, February, April, June, August and October from 6 - 8 pm. We are interested in people who care about our programs, will attend regularly, and will conduct themselves appropriately at meetings. It’s a very informal and friendly group!
You can email me with names, addresses (email or street address) and phone numbers of anyone you’re recommending. We will contact them to invite them to enter to run in the election. It would be great if you can talk to them first to make sure they’re interested. Potential candidates will be asked to attend an information session in late September/early October so they can learn more about the organization and what the Board does.
Having people with lower incomes on our Board is one of the most important ways we ensure that the people we serve have a voice in our programs and policies. We are especially interested in having people of color and people with disabilities as Community Representatives on the Board. Please do your part to make this election a success - thanks!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Thanks so much. We look forward to working with members of the committee in the future. We are holding a fundraiser on June 6th, 2009 at the Knights of Columbus Castle in Chicopee. I have ½ dozen tickets which I'd like to donate to members of your committee. If anyone is interested, these can picked up at our facility during Mon-Fri. business hours (8-4pm) over the next 2 weeks.
From: Bob Judge [mailto:BobJudge@comcast.net]
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 10:52 PM
To: Members of the Community Involvement SubCommittee
Cc: Mary Rice; 'Robert Judge'
Subject: South Hadley Girls Treatment Program - Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps
I had a good meeting on Friday afternoon with Mary Rice, the Program Director of the South Hadley Girls Treatment Program, at the program location at 87 Canal St. in S. Hadley.
Mary told me that the program's capacity is sixteen girls, who usually are between 14 and 16 years old. She would welcome volunteers from the South Hadley Town Democratic Committee. She said the timing is good, because she is trying to reach out to the community more than has been done historically.
Mary said the girls have all been in court. Some of the girls are mothers. Many of the girls are from Springfield or Holyoke but they come from across the state. They usually stay there for 3 to 6 months before returning home, sometimes to a foster home. The program delivers psychological services, medical services as needed, and it operates an accredited school in coordination with the S. Hadley schools.
Some of the girls have recently started visiting seniors at Hubert Place, next door, to the benefit of the seniors and themselves.
The staff ratio is one staff per four girls. Mary said we could assist by accompanying the staff on field trips for the girls. Or, we could help by working with the girls with crocheting, which is apparently a popular activity there, as the girls got involved in a project to knit for newborns at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. We could help the girls who work in the kitchen.
Mary said the best times for volunteering, because of the weekday schooling, would be the weekend. She would prefer female volunteers, but there are male staff and men can volunteer, too. To become a volunteer, you must complete an application and pass a criminal background check.
I was impressed by the facility and the atmosphere there. I explained to Mary the process that we are using, wherein each of us is gathering information about a potential community involvement idea. I told Mary that we will then recommend one or more efforts to the full Town Committee, and that I would be back to her after we consider all of the possibilities. She said she would be happy to meet with our sub-committee if we wished.
Below is a story from the December Republican about the Program. Mary said that in response to the story, people and businesses from S. Hadley and the surrounding area contributed generously to the program.
Teen girls ask gifts for winter
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
By SANDRA E. CONSTANTINE
SOUTH HADLEY - Staff at the South Hadley Girls Treatment Program want to make sure the girls in the program are not forgotten this holiday season. Many of the girls do not have families and won't receive the presents that most teenagers receive on the holidays.
To make sure they receive some Christmas cheer, the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, which runs the program here and at three other sites in the region, has started its "Winter Wish" drive. It seeks new hats, mittens and coats for teenagers who may not have any winter clothes.
It also welcomes CDs, board games, makeup, personal care items and other gifts appropriate for teenagers. "One thing they really like is yarn. It goes fast. They all crochet," said Mary L. Rice, the program's director here.
The girls are playing Santa Claus, themselves, by crocheting baby hats and booties for the Welcome Baby Basket program of the Springfield Infant Toddler Services at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.
Some of their own requests for Christmas presents are very modest. Fourteen-year-old Brenda just wants a teddy bear. "I like stuffed animals," she said. "(A teddy bear) could be a friend to you."
Seventeen-year-old Rosie, who is nine months pregnant with her second child, a boy, just wants baby clothes. "This is my second baby. I put my kids pretty much before myself," Rosie said.
The youths have been sent to the South Hadley program by the state Department of Youth Services.
"Our students are often the victims of abuse or neglect, were exposed to violence and were generally not supported at home, leading them to paths of self-destruction," Edward P. Kelley, president and chief executive officer of the corps, stated.
Although studies show that most children who hurt others have been hurt themselves, Kelley said the public rarely thinks about the reasons why teens break the law or became unlawful and instead see only the unlawful acts.
Rice said the drive will accept pretty much anything with the exception of used clothing. Donations of presents or money may be dropped off weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the center at 87 Canal St....
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
For more information, read the post which contains our letter to Rev. Lori Souder RE our support for food support effort in S. Hadley (below).
If you are interested, there will be an organizational meeting on Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 pm at The Center Church in South Hadley, where people will be organized into jobs which suit their abilities and interests.
Click here to read our letter to Rev. Lori Souder RE our support for food support effort in S. Hadley
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Don't forget to forward the attached flyer to other South Hadley residents who may be interested, and feel free to print it out and post it!!
See you in the garden!
GRO South Hadley Announces Opening of Community Garden!!
GRO South Hadley encourages local residents to become involved in this fun and healthy new project by growing their own fresh veggies and flowers in one of the limited number of gardening plots available. Individual plots are 10 feet x 20 feet, and are $20.00, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Location: Town Farm, Route 47, South Hadley
To reserve your gardening plot contact Jessica Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the
GRO South Hadley Community Garden Project
please visit our website at http://sites.google.com/site/grosohadley/Home,
or contact Larry Dubois or Linda Young at GRO.SouthHadley@gmail.com
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
-President Barack Obama
JOIN OFA-MA IN EDUCATION AND ACTION ON HEALTHCARE REFORM!
If you have been watching the healthcare reform debate and wondering when you should get involved, the time is now! Even here in Massachusetts, there are several key ways you can become active and have an impact in this debate. Organizing for America - Massachusetts (OFA-MA) is focused on EDUCATION and ACTION as we activate volunteers to support President Obama's priorities of meaningful healthcare reform that guarantees affordable healthcare coverage for ALL Americans, and choice that includes a STRONG public option.
The more knowledge we have about the complex issues involved in national healthcare reform, the more powerful we can be in impacting the debate. OFA-MA has joined with 1199 SEIU, Healthcare for America Now (HCAN) and Doctors for America to provide you with a healthcare reform education opportunity you will not want to miss:
HEALTHCARE REFORM 101 Forum:
Education and Action
Saturday, July 18
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
SEIU 1199, 150 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester 02125
(Next to the Bayside Expo, near the JFK/UMASS Red Line T Stop)
For more info: http://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gpfxmg
Equip yourself with the tools you need -- including an informed perspective -- to actively work for meaningful healthcare reform. Experts, including people who have been involved in the legislative process, will answer questions such as:
- What are the different bills being forumulated in Congress? How will they be reconciled? What is the legislative timeline?
- What are the options for healthcare reform?
- What is the "public option?" Are there different versions of a public option?
- Who are the stakeholders and what do they favor/oppose?
- How will national healthcare reform be financed?
- What can we do now to organize?
Space is limited! Please sign up here:
If you have questions, send an e-mail to OFAMA2009@gmail.com.
There is plenty of free parking and the space is handicapped-accessible.
During the campaign, you were part of one of the strongest grassroots movements in history. And now we have an opportunity to impact one of the most important debates in our lifetime. The Massachusetts Congressional delegation, especially those who serve on key committees, needs to hear from you. They must know that we strongly support a public option. The more they hear from us, the firmer they will be and the more likely to take leadership.
In the coming weeks, OFA-MA will collect thousands of signatures on petitions and postcards, and work to educate and mobilize around healthcare reform. You can collect signatures and hand out materials at your local supermarket, farmers market or other location, help us recruit volunteers to collect signatures, or join us when we bring signatures to members of the MA Congressional delegation on July 28. To help us make our voices heard through this signature drive, please write to OFAMA2009@gmail.com. We will get you materials and guidelines.
Come to the forum on July 18 to learn more about the issue and the evolving organizing strategy - including the National Healthcare Reform Week of Action, beginning July 20.
Thank you for staying involved,
Organizing for America - Massachusetts (OFA-MA)
For more information about OFA-MA, go to: www.massforchange.com