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    PassMass Press Release

    20131109 100941 PassMass Press Release



    November 9, 2013



    The PassMassAmendment Ballot Initiative (, is a 3+ year process to ask Massachusetts voters to amend (clarify) the state Constitution to declare:

    “Corporations Are Not People, Money Is Not Speech”

    Late last year, we began the formal ballot initiative process with a meeting at the Attorney General’s office of the Commonwealth. On August 7, 2013, we filed our formal petition. Over the summer PassMassAmendment organized petition teams and allies to engage the public to gather 68,911 valid signatures this September 18th through November 20th.

    Hundreds of PassMassAmendment petitioners have been gathering signatures around the state since September 18th, on street corners, in parking lots, in churches, and in meeting halls. Today, PassMassAmendment launches its “print-sign-mail” petition campaign to draw in voters! People who want to sign the petition can print, sign and mail the petition form to town clerks around the state for their signatures to count!

    Once enough signatures are gathered, the Amendment will need 25% of two consecutive Legislative Sessions voting in favor, for it to be on the 2016 Ballot. The proposed amendment already has more than 20% of that support in the Legislature.

    The formal language, and the legal discussion can be found at:

    Over the last century and more, the people have been losing their influence over our democratic process. We believe that the root of this issue is the corrupting influence of corporations and money on our political process. We have asked our legislators to rectify this. The “Clean Elections Law” passed in 1998 by a 2 to 1 majority by ballot initiative. But our legislators refused to fund it and ended it by voice vote. We have passed resolutions around the state asking our legislators to act to amend the US Constitution to rectify this.

    They have not acted. As a result, we believe that it’s time for citizens to act. Absent of action by our legislators, we intend to amend (clarify) the Massachusetts Constitution ourselves.

    Endorsed by:
    U. S. Congressman Jim McGovern, State Reps: Cory Atkins, Ellen Story, Denise Provost, Timothy J. Toomey Jr, Sean Garballey, Jennifer Benson, Carl Sciortino, Jason Lewis, Harold Naughton, State Senators:Katherine Clark, Barry Finegold, Karen E. Spilka (Majority Whip) Other (in order of appearance): Noam Chomsky, Ironworkers Local 7, Occupy Winchester, Greater-Boston Chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party, The Somist Institute (led by Dr Carmine Gorga), Bill McKibben (Founder of, Cape Cod Move to Amend, Assabet River Valley Chapter of the Green Rainbow Party, Occupy Falmouth, Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Boston),
    North Shore Move to Amend.

    PRESS CONTACT: Terra Friedrichs 978 808 7173 terraf “at” compuserve

    4/21 GA and Strike Debt meeting re-scheduled

    Due to the situation at Copley Square, the 4pm GA and the 7pm Strike Debt meetings will both be tentatively rescheduled for the following Sunday. We will have to re-evaluate whether Community Church will be re-opened next week. Updated information will be posted to this website. Hope everyone is safe and having a nice weekend.

    Correction: GA and Strike Debt Meetings will NOT be held on Sun 4/28. The next GA will be Tues May 7. The next Strike Debt meeting will be announced soon.

    Occupy Love film screening, 4/18/13, 7pm, Democracy Center in Cambridge

    Occupy Love3 Occupy Love film screening, 4/18/13, 7pm, Democracy Center in Cambridge

    You’re invited! Occupy Love film screening, Thursday, 4/18/13, at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, 7 pm.

    Facebook event page:

    Present your Student Debt Story

    by Joe Cugini for OB Strike Debt

    Hello Occupiers and friends.

    The Occupy Boston Strike debt group is holding an “Anti-Student Debt Event” at the Middle East Club in Cambridge, on Sat., April 6. There’ll be music, information, agitation– and we’d like a key part to be “True Student Debt Confessions”.. Do you have a tale about how you ended up under or unemployed and over the debt barrel? We bet a lot of you do. Would you like to get up on stage, get it off your chest and purge your needless guilt? Bring a prop or 2 if you like, such as suitcases full of dunning letters, or your “Chief Chicken Fryer” hat from KFC.

    Victims of student indebtedness of all ages and classes are welcome. Send us a note and tell us your story briefly, and we’ll slot you into our program. Contact us and get all info about the event @ YOU ARE NOT A LOAN !

    Tax Day Demo Planning Meeting, 3/31

    by Aria

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    Occupy Boston is gearing up to join hundreds of other groups that will be
    protesting on April 15.

    There are lots of ideas in the works, all of which will be discussed on
    Sunday, 3/31, starting at 5:30 pm at Community Church of Boston, 565
    Boylston St. Copley Square. Please come!

    Contact us

    Occupy Boston Media <> • <> • @Occupy_Boston