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 Alert #4: FY2017         
1/30/17


ALERT SUMMARY:

1.  PURVIEW:  State (not federal)

2.  LEVEL OF MOBILIZATION:  Staff, students, volunteers, friends, family, anyone who supports an increase in state funding for ABE!   
 
  "In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak upbecause I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics,and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left tospeak up." ~ Pastor Martin Niemoller, 1945

Please read the MIRA email blast below and please either make the calls to your legislators to urge their support for the Safe Communities legislation or go to the rally at the State House on February 1 at 12 noon or both.

We cannot stand by and do nothing.
 

 

 


SUPPORT SAFE COMMUNITIES!
 

SD.1596 and HD.3052


 

The Constitution protects all people in our Commonwealth.

Including immigrants.
 
Support the Massachusetts Safe Communities Act
 


The Safe Communities Act would protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrant families or to create a Muslim registry. This bold new version of the Trust Act is sponsored by Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Juana Matías.
 

 

SUMMARY

  • No state support for Muslim registry. Prohibits access to information in state databases for use in any federal registry program based on national origin, religion or other protected characteristics.
  • Ensures Basic Due Process Rights for people detained in state and local facilities for civil immigration violations. Requires informing detainees that they have the right to decline an interview with ICE agents, and to have their own attorney present (at their own expense) if they so choose.
  • Use police resources to fight crime, not separate families. Ensures that state, local and campus police don't participate in immigration enforcement activities, including inquiries, investigations, raids, arrests or detentions that are based solely on immigration status.
  • Prohibits agreements with DHS that deputize local officers as immigration agents
    , including county officers in Bristol and Plymouth sheriff's departments.

TWO things you can do this week:

  1. CALL YOUR STATE LEGISLATOR TODAY AND ASK THEM TO COSPONSOR THIS BILL! Please ask your state senator AND your state representative to cosponsor this bill before the Feb 3rd deadline! You can find your legislators here. Sample script here.
  2. JOIN US FOR A KICKOFF RALLY AT THE STATE HOUSE STEPS WED, FEB 1, AT NOON!

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ACTION TO TAKE NOW:  CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS TO MAKE SURE ABE IS ON THEIR BUDGET WISH LISTS FOR FY18 

  - State representatives and state senators are preparing their FY18 state budget " wish lists" now and will soon be meeting with the House and Senate leadership to advocate to get their budget priorities included in the House and Senate budgets.

-   They are hearing from other advocates, and they need to hear from all of us before they finalize their wish lists.

-   Please take 5 minutes to call your state representative and state senator now.  Some talking points are provided below for background. 

-   It's just as effective to talk to an aide if the legislator is unavailable.

-   For more information about the the importance of ABE to many of the state's public policy priorities, the return of investment on money spent on ABE, click here; for information on the declining purchasing power of ABE since FY01, click here .

-  Please remember to tell us which legislators you called and whether or not they will include ABE on their FY18 budget wish lists.
TALKING POINTS -- USE THE ONES THAT BEST FIT YOUR EXPERIENCE AND PROGRAM

-  ABE has lost more than 40% of its purchasing power since FY01.

More than 16,000 adults are on the waiting lists for ABE programs.

- ABE funding was only 0.40% of the state's FY16 budget for education.

- A high school credential increases earning potential, self-sufficiency, consumer spending and tax revenue.

- Gainful employment reduces the cost of unemployment benefits paid by the state.

- Education reduces recidivism and incarceration costs, crime and the number of people receiving public assistance.

- The best indicator of a child's success in school is the education level of the parents.


-  Low literacy is linked to increased mortality, hospitalization, poorer control of chronic illness, more frequent hospitalization and under use of preventative services.

-  Adults with a high school credential are more likely to vote.

-  Personalize your comments with anecdotes about students who have benefited from being enrolled in your ABE program! 

TO FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR: 

 

-   Go to www.wheredoivotema.com or call the State House switchboard at 617.722.2000.

 

QUESTIONS:

 

- For questions on this alert, contact  Roberta Soolman
  Thank you for your help during this budget season and always! 

 

NEXT MCAE PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING 
  
FEBRUARY 17

 

 10 a.m. to 12 noon 

 

World Education
44 Farnsworth St - 7th floor
Boston

via videoconference:
Picknelly Education Center, Holyoke, MA

 

contact  geokohout@gmail.com for exact room location