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  • Make Your Voice Heard – Sentencing Commission 11/18/15

    Be there 11/18/15 at the State House!

    State House Day of Action
    Sentencing Commission Hearing
    Wednesday November 18, 2015
    10:30 a.m. Room # tba

    Help us move the RMV Collateral Sanctions Bill S.64/H.1429 and Justice Reinvestment Act S.64/H.1429.

    Join us for a short rally and training and demonstrate our presence at the Sentencing Commission. If you or someone you know could testify and strengthen our case for repealing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders, please email: LewFinfer(AT) and erin(AT)

    Background and Next Steps

    A. After the June 9 and October 10 Judiciary Committee meetings, it’s now up to them move the Justice Reinvestment Act as an omnibus bill or in pieces. It seems the Senate is ready to act. We need to reach out to House members and ask them to support the Justice Reinvestment Act S.64/H.1429 and request House Speaker DeLeo to take up our legislation.

    B. The Senate passed a repeal of the Registry of Motor Vehicles fine (RMV Collateral Sanctions Bill) and the waiting period for people with non-driving related drug offenses to regain their driver’s licenses. This bill is a part of the Justice Reinvestment Act and also a single file bill. We must ask House members to request Speaker DeLeo to schedule a vote on this.

    C. The State Sentencing Commission is holding an all day hearing on November 18 starting at 9:30 in Gardiner Auditorium. This is the place to make the case for two sections of the Justice Reinvestment Act: repeal of Mandatory Minimums and reducing some felonies to misdemeanors. Join us at 11:00 am for a short rally and meeting with our legislators prior to the hearing.

    The Justice Reinvestment Act will improve justice and safety, reduce incarceration and invest millions of dollars to create jobs for struggling families. Your involvement is key to the success of ending mass incarceration in Massachusetts.

    Jobs NOT Jails is forming a network of people who are fighting to end mass incarceration and ensure living wage jobs for all people. Please join us! We are working to create powerful actions in small teams.

    Tue. Nov. 10: March with us for Racial and Economic Justice!

    Join the #WageAction Coalition on November 10, as underpaid workers stand together throughout the country for fair and equitable wages.

    When 42% of working people in the United States are paid less than $15 per hour, it means the economy is way out of balance. Wages have remained stagnant for years — hurting families, communities, and the economy. In particular, women and people of color are disproportionately impacted by corporations that refuse to pay fair and equitable wages. On Tuesday, November 10th, one year from Election Day, we’re standing up as workers, voters, and advocates to say we’re with the ‘42%.’ We’ll call on corporate CEOs to raise pay and respect our right to form unions without retaliation. Workers are demanding that elected leaders recognize the need for fair pay, a pathway to citizenship, affordable housing, and that #BlackLivesMatter.

    3:30 PM – Rally at Historic Faneuil Hall – 1 Faneuil Hall Sq. Boston, MA
    4:30 PM – March to the Massachusetts State House

    Rally to Protest Spectra’s West Roxbury Lateral pipeline

    pipeline2Saturday, November 7
    5500 Washington St. West Roxbury, MA 01232

    Spectra corporation is ripping up the streets of West Roxbury to put in a fracked “natural” gas pipeline through a residential neighborhood and by a live blasting quarry, putting residents and the climate at risk, all just to make a profit. Next Saturday we’re taking our streets back and saying “NO” to this dangerous project and “NO” to new fossil fuel infrastructure! Join us at the construction site. Come for the rally, the song, the speakers, the joy, the solidarity, the movement, the march and more. Yes, there is even more. You can’t stop mass resistance.

    More info:


    On October 19, 16 workers at the JP Whole Foods petitioned management for $1/hr raise in the face of crushing workloads, and for improvements to working conditions that were making some of them sick. Four days later Whole Foods illegally suspended Ryan, a cook at the JP store, without pay. Ryan was the first worker to sign the petition.

    Please join Ryan’s supporters at a picket ( of the JP Whole Foods, 413 Centre Street (Jackson Square or Stonybrook T on the Orange Line). Help us tell Whole Foods our community won’t tolerate retaliation against workers who take group action to improve their conditions of employment.

    An Injury to One is an Injury to All!

    Sponsored by the Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM)



    12109023_423980087799982_3885804221222473457_nOn Monday, October 26th a major fracked-gas pipeline conference is coming to Boston. At this conference executives from both Spectra Energy and Kinder Morgan will be speaking to investors, utilities companies and elected officials about their plans to build more fracked-gas pipelines in the Northeast.
    We need to make sure that the voices of those impacted by the fracked-gas industry are heard. Join us as peacefully descend on the conference and raise up the voices of impacted communities and the call for 100% community owned energy.

    We’ll also be using the day as an opportunity to take action at other institutions that wrongfully support both Spectra Energy and Kinder Morgan.

    These pipeline companies are facing fierce resistance from communities across the Northeast and across the continent. Join us as we continue the fight and strive to unite our efforts.

    Together our fights are stronger.

    #StopSpectra #StopKinderMorgan #UniteTheFight

    We’ll be meeting near the baseball fields at the Boston Common before heading out to the conference.

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