Saturday, March 22nd at 2 pm Robert Reich’s Inequality for All

DID YOU KNOW . . .

MASSACHUSETTS is 8th now 4th in the US in Income Inequality? How did this happen? How can WE change it?

MARCH 22, 2PM, WELLESLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

WITH METROWEST FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, 

Watch ROBERT REICH’S acclaimed movie

“INEQUALITY FOR ALL”

After the film, join labor rights activist, community organizer and former candidate for US Congress, Mac D’Alessandro, for a conversation about where we are in Massachusetts — and how to get back on track.

And get the latest from Progressive Massachusetts on the campaign to increase the Massachusetts minimum wage — who’s trying to stop it, who’s dragging their feet — and simple steps that you can take at the local level to make a big impact for over half a million low-wage workers in Massachusetts.

WHEN: March 22, 2014 at 2-5pm

WHERE: Wellesley Public Library, Wakelin Rm. (530 Washington St.)

RSVP: progressivemass.com/ifa

This is a FREE screening!
Donations to help defray the cost
of the event gratefully accepted.

Event Co-Sponsored by Progressive Newton, Progressive Needham, Wellesley Democratic Town Committee, Needham Democratic Town Committee


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Act Now: Don’t Let the State House Cut Unemployment Benefits

We did it. We just heard from the Secretary of State that the minimum wage and earned sick time petitions have the signatures to move forward towards the ballot in 2014.

And right now we need you to do something else. We need you to make a call to ensure that cuts to unemployment benefits don’t go forward with our minimum wage bill.

At the end of November, the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage. The House is likely to act on the issue any day now, but corporate lobbyists want to make it so that a minimum wage bill only moves forward if it includes big cuts to unemployment insurance benefits.

While Tea Party Republicans are cutting unemployment benefits in DC, we need to stand up for those who are out of work here in Massachusetts. That’s why we’re asking you to contact your legislators and urge them to oppose any cuts to unemployment insurance benefits.

Click here to learn more and get the tools you need to call your legislators today.

We need you to let your legislator know that you want them to increase the minimum wage, but strongly oppose any benefit cuts that will hurt the unemployed, such as the reduction of the number of weeks of payments, or an increase in the number of work weeks needed to qualify for benefits.

It’s time to raise up all the workers of Massachusetts. We want our representatives to know that if the only legislative path to achieving an increase in the minimum wage is tied to cutting unemployment benefits, we want them to oppose it and let the voters decide in November.

Click here to take action and call your legislator today.

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Why we do it

1473034_508808735884614_1312283293_nWe mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela. We are reminded of his words, “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid it is man-made and it can be removed by the actions of human beings.”

As President Obama correctly commented, economic inequality is “the defining challenge of our time.” Today there is growing concern over the vast disparities of wealth in the country. More and more men, women, and children are living in poverty or close to the poverty line. They worry about basic needs such as a place to live and food to eat. At the same time, a small percentage of people are living with extraordinary wealth. That inequality did not arise by chance. It was constructed over the years by private greed, yes, but also by public policy.  And change in policy can reverse the trend. There is much that can be done, even at the state level, to make things better.

Progressive Newton mobilized this fall to help the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition put raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing earned sick time on the ballot. We are absolutely committed to continuing our work on economic justice, going forward.

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Celebrate Our First Milestone!!

Celebrate our First Milestone!!

Raise Up Massachusetts Petition Campaign

September – November 2013

 Progressive Newton, Progressive Needham, Middlesex County RaiseUpMA,

& Progressive Massachusetts

Are Happy to Invite You to an Open House and Potluck

Sunday, November 24, 2013 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Children Welcome

RSVP for more information:  progressivenewton@gmail.com or call 617-340-9527

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Just 2 More Weeks, Let’s Reach as Many People as We Can!!!

On Tuesday, Election Day, we had Progressive Newton had its strongest day collecting signatures for RaiseUp MA.

Now we have to keep up the momentum during the last 2 weeks.  There are still many voters in Newton who haven’t had the opportunity to sign the petitions.

Please join us on Saturday morning at the Newton Free Library, from 10 am – 12 pm. or in the afternoon by the Star Market in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center from 2 pm – 4 pm.

On Sunday we will be in Newtonville outside of the Shaw’s supermarket on Austin St.  Meet us there at 2pm.

RSVP by email to progressivenewton@gmail.com or call us at 617-340-9527.

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Entering the Home Stretch, Let’s Get to the Polls on Election Day

Progressive Newton has collected over 3,000 signatures for RaiseUp MA.  Can you help us get another 1,000 on election day, Tuesday, November 5th?

Can you cover one of the 3 busiest shifts by the polling places, early morning, lunch-time, or at the end of the workday as folks are heading out to vote?

Please email us as soon as possible at progressivenewton@gmail.com or call us at 617-360-9527.

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Newton Highlands and Auburndale this Weekend

This week the RaiseUp MA campaign announced that we have collected over 150,000 signatures on our petitions!!!!  That is awesome, but we have to hang in there and keep going.

This Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, we will be in Newton Highlands.  This should be a lot of fun.  We really haven’t hit the Highlands yet and we’re hoping lots of folks will be out on Lincoln St.  Meet us by Bread and Chocolate on the corner of Lincoln St and Hartford.

On Sunday, October 27 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, we will go back to Auburndale.  We will meet by the Shaw’s Supermarket at 2040 Commonwealth Ave.

To RSVP or if you would like to take petitions to your own weekend events, email us at progressivenewton@gmail.com or call us at 617-340-9527.  You can also find us at our Progressive Newton page on Facebook, and follow us @ProgressiveNewt on twitter.

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After a Spectacular Weekend, We’re Ready for the Last Month

We had a wonderful weekend of signature gathering in gorgeous fall weather.  We went to Auburndale for the first time Saturday morning and on Sunday to the Newton Harvest Fair, where we got signatures from over 39 towns and cities in MA!!  By the end of the weekend 680 voters had signed to RaiseUp MA!!!

The RaiseUp campaign has until November 20th to collect signatures to put the minimum wage and earned sick-time leave initiatives on the ballot.  And we need your help!!!

This week we are at the Farmer’s Market at Cold Spring Park today, and then we will hit the busy early morning rush on Thursday from 7:00 – 8:30 am at the Watertown Bus Terminal at for the #59 and #71 buses.  You can meet us there.

This coming weekend, we will go back to Auburndale, Newtonville and Newton Highlands.  If you are available to go out for a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday, email us at progressivenewton@gmail.com or call us at 617-340-9527.

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It’s Newton’s Harvest Fair on Sunday

We have only one more month to get petition signatures for the RaiseUpMA campaign.  And we could use your help.  We will be at the fair in Newton Centre all day on Sunday (from 10am – 5pm) and would love to have people join us, find out more about the fight to increase the minimum wage and to give workers and their families paid sick leave time, and help us to collect signatures.

If you are interested in meeting us there, send an email to progressivenewton@gmail.com or call us at 617-340-9527.

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This Tuesday, Join Us at the Polls in Watertown!

On Tuesday, October 15, the 5th Congressional District is holding a special primary to nominate a replacement for the seat held by now Senator Ed Markey.

This will be a perfect day to talk with voters and to collect petition signatures for the RaiseUp MA campaign.

Progressive Newton will be by the polls at the Hellenic Cultural Center at  25 Bigelow Ave, Watertown, MA 02472

Please join us for the early morning voters, the lunchtime crowd nearby at the Town Diner and other restaurants on Mt. Auburn St, and for voters headed to the poll after  work. RSVP by emailing us at progressivenewton@gmail.com or by calling us at 617-340-9527

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