With summer a fading memory, the political and policy process has moved into high gear. Your voice is needed now to prevent federal policies from harming the most vulnerable among us and to make sure Massachusetts continues to move forward.
Stop the Trump Administration's Latest Attack on Immigrant Families
In recent days, the Trump Administration has proposed changes in federal regulations - often referred to as the "public charge" rule - that would put millions of people across the country at risk, deterring immigrants from accessing essential health, nutrition, and housing benefits and dramatically skewing our immigration system against working families. To learn more about the proposed changes and the threat they pose, please visit the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) website by clicking here.
Given the way the federal regulatory system works, the public has until December 10 to submit comments about the proposed changes and the damage they would do to their families, their neighbors, and their communities.
The MIRA Coalition, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), and other local organizations will hold a webinar on Monday, October 29, from 12:00 to 12:45 pm to help interested advocates navigate the process of submitting comments; you can register by clicking here. If you'd like to submit comments before that date, just click here to access an incredibly helpful online form that MIRA, MLRI, and their partners have developed.
The comment process is our chief means of pushing back against the proposed changes, so make your voice heard!
Register to Vote and Educate Your Local Candidates
No method of bringing about positive social change is more effective than exercising our fundamental right to vote. So, if you aren't registered to vote - or if you know someone who isn't - don't delay! The deadline to register to vote in the November 6 election here in Massachusetts is this coming Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
You can register online by clicking here.
If you aren't sure whether you are registered already, just click
Of course, as you educate yourself about candidates' views on critical issues, it is also a great time to educate your local candidates - especially for State Representative and State Senator - about the importance of adult education.
To find all of the candidates who will appear on your local ballot on November 6, click here.
Then, reach out to them to help them understand more about the services your program provides, the people your program serves, and the difference those services make in your local community. You can also share this MCAE fact sheet with them, which provides important basic information about adult education in Massachusetts. Remember, be sure to reach out to all the candidates for a particular office, not just those from one party.
Help Set MCAE's Policy Agenda
Finally, while the start of the 2019-2020 session of the Massachusetts Legislature is still a few months away, MCAE is already hard at work preparing its policy agenda for the next two years. To help guide its thinking
MCAE's Public Policy Committee will be holding a special policy briefing and discussion next Friday, October 19.
At that meeting, we will hear presentations from:
- Greater Boston Legal Services
- Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition
- On Solid Ground (OSG) Coalition
- Raise Up Massachusetts
Representatives from these organizations will discuss a wide variety of economic and social justice issues, such as
child care, housing and homelessness, income security programs, and protections for immigrant families
, as well legislative initiatives their organizations may support over the next two years. There will be plenty of time to learn, to ask questions, and to suggest other policy changes for MCAE to pursue.
Your input in the development of our policy agenda is invaluable, so please join us! The briefing will be held from 10 am to 12 pm on the 7th floor of 44 Farnsworth Street in Boston's Seaport. To attend, please sign up via this
. We hope to see you there!