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Do me a favor: jot down your conversations
What issues did you end up talking about over Thanksgiving? Jot them down for me.
-Alex

Reminder – Lincoln on December 1!

We are seeing Lincoln at the AMC Boston Common theater on Saturday, December 1! The movie starts at 2:15PM and after the show we’ll get drinks. We’ll have more details up on our facebook page by Sunday.

Roosevelt | Pipeline is…
Roosevelt PIpeline is a group of civic-minded young people committed to progressive policy change on a local and national stage.” (Just in case anyone asks.)

As always, email, Facebook, or Tweet at us any time. See you soon around the neighborhood!

For Thanksgiving, I give you Thanksgiving.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

(paraphrased. [source])

Come see Lincoln with Pipeline!

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From the Archives: Elizabeth Warren
Congratulations to Senator Warren, the newest junior senator from Massachusetts! The Roosevelt Institute network has long been a fan of her work, and we thought it would be fun to share this Next New Deal interview from 2009 about the particular effects on women of bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is an ongoing issue and we are excited to watch her fight for families both in Massachusetts and across the country.
Join us at the movies!
Now that the nation is finished reelecting the president, join us to celebrate one of the great presidents of history. We are seeing Lincoln on Saturday, December 1! The movie will be in wide release this weekend, so time remains TBD – but plan on 2pm. After the show we hope you’ll stick around for drinks and vibrant discussion of the movie and, as always, pressing policy issues!


Roosevelt Rising: Pipeline Leadership Conference
Your fearless leaders Alex Lessin and Jeanne Tilley headed to Franklin Roosevelt’s family home in Hyde Park, NY, to attend a conference with other Pipeline leaders. The Greater Boston Pipeline crew led a training session about building and strengthening partnerships and gained a ton of great ideas from the eight other Pipeline cities that attended from around the country. We are excited to share new programming with you in the coming months! Keep your eyes here for all the latest, and check our Facebook page for a few photos of the conference!


Send us your mailing address!
Yes, the place where we can send you actual, physical mail. Trust us on this- you will love the result!


Happy Thanksgiving!
For those of you who are traveling next week for Thanksgiving, best wishes for everything to go safely and smoothly. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

As always, email, Facebook, or Tweet at us any time. See you soon around the neighborhood!

The point of history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity- or it will move apart.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Community Engagement Action Items!

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Prepare to VOTE
There are incredibly important votes happening on November 6 (You better be registered! Do you know where your polling place is?). Of course we have Obama v. Romney and Warren v. Brown…but have you read the language for the 3 state-wide ballot questions yet? Do it now and make an informed decision! Don’t forget to find out what’s up for vote in your district, like Somerville’s vote on the Community Preservation Act or Cambridge’s non-binding initiatives!
Ongoing- Homelessness Crisis
Thanks to new eligibility requirements from the Department of Housing and Community Development, families in need of emergency assistance (EA) are increasingly not getting the help they need. There is a real human cost to these new rules- from families inundating emergency rooms for shelter to predatory men offering a place to sleep with a high cost. Read this summary for more information, and make your voice heard!

JOIN PIPELINE AT THE PUBLIC HEARING
What: Public Hearing on Regulation Changes
When: Thursday, October 25, 10:00 am
Where: Gardner Auditorium at the State House
Why: “The changes in eligibility are a direct result of the Commonwealth lacking capacity for homeless families. As of Sept 5, 2012 there are 1776 families living in motels, while there are supposed to be only 1600 rooms available. This does not count the families living in traditional shelters or at scattered sites. The consequences of these restrictions are dire.” – Letter from Pipeline member Jamie Minton, outlining the crisis. Please read the full text!

Resources:

Please contact Jamie Minton for more information the hearing and how you can help make a difference!


Election Protection Volunteer with MassVOTE
Can you help out on Election Day as an Election Protection Volunteer? You’ll be part of an elite group of concerned citizens present at the polls to protect the right to vote. With our partners at Common Cause, the the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, MassVOTE, the ACLU, and the League of Women Voters, they’ll make sure you get the training you need to ensure every voter can vote in an atmosphere of respect, and that every vote is counted accurately.

Sign up NOW to be an Election Protection Volunteer for all of part of the day on Tuesday, November 6!


Debate Season!
Hopefully everyone is settled in for the debate tonight…but if you want to watch with great company, check out what our friends at RoxVote Coalition are doing!

For reactions during & after the debates, make sure you’re plugged into our networks…and don’t forget that debate season doesn’t end tonight! Warren v. Brown meet again next Monday!

As always, email, Facebook, or Tweet at us any time. See you soon around the neighborhood!

The point of history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity- or it will move apart.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Find Pipeline all through Debate Season!

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Pipeline in the Community
One of our members stopped by a community forum with Elizabeth Warren last week at Roxbury Community College. Much of what Warren said dealt with issues of improving civic participation and activism among youth in public schools, urban community centers and community colleges. She believes this engagement is crucial to the kind of education our young people need to move our economy and our country forward.

What do you think, Pipeline? Does that message grab you? Tell us how you read it, and your thoughts on the rest of the #MASenDebates!

Debate Season
Hopefully everyone is coming off tonight’s MA Senate Debate fired up and ready for more! If you missed tonight’s live-tweeting, no worries: your next opportunity to engage with Pipeline over a debate is this Wednesday when our presidential candidates square off at 9pm EST.

We here at Pipeline understand the value of grabbing a drink while experiencing these debates, and so we are scouting out bars where we can watch together! The trick: finding somewhere with good sound. As of this evening, we have several options for a viewing party. Please take advantage of any (all?) of these opportunities! If we get more information about the excellent audio or lack thereof we will let you know asap!

Meanwhile: do you have opinions? Do you like articulating them? Shoot us an email if this seems like you. Pipeline is looking for someone to do a rapid-response analysis of the debates!

The upcoming Presidential debates are: October 11 (VP), 16 and 22. More details here. MA Senate debates are: Oct 10 and 30. Stay tuned for opportunities to watch and discuss with Pipeline!

Don’t forget that The Rumble is Saturday, October 6th at 8pm!

As always, email, Facebook, or Tweet at us any time. See you soon around the neighborhood!

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be of our
doubts of today.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Community Engagement Action Items!

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Invest in Somerville
Among all the important votes happening on November 6 (are you registered?) is Ballot Question 4 in Somerville about adopting the Community Preservation Act. If you are a Somerville voter and interested in helping this important initiative pass, make sure you check out their Facebook page for all the latest!

We’d love to highlight the major campaign issues in your community, too! Drop us a line to let us know what’s going on and how to get involved!

Engagement Opportunity: Homelessness Crisis
Thanks to new eligibility requirements from the Department of Housing and Community Development, families in need of emergency assistance (EA) are increasingly not getting the help they need. There is a real human cost to these new rules- from families inundating emergency rooms for shelter to predatory men offering a place to sleep with a high cost. Read this summary for more information, and make your voice heard!

Action Opportunity:
What: Attend a Public Hearing on Regulation Changes
When: Thursday, October 24, 10:00 am
Where: Gardner Auditorium at the State House
Why: “The changes in eligibility are a direct result of the Commonwealth lacking capacity for homeless families. As of Sept 5, 2012 there are 1776 families living in motels, while there are supposed to be only 1600 rooms available. This does not count the families living in traditional shelters or at scattered sites. The consequences of these restrictions are dire.” – Letter from Pipeline member Jamie Minton, outlining the crisis. Please read the full text!

Resources:

Please contact Jamie Minton for more information about the homelessness crisis. We will be posting updates to our Facebook page as well so stay tuned there!


Debate Season!
The first Brown v. Warren debate happened last week! We’re discussing the outcome on our Facebook page, and we’d love your thoughts!

We are also preparing now for the Obama/Romney debates. Mark your calendars for Wednesday October 3 at 9pm…and don’t forget that The Rumble is Saturday, October 6th at 8pm!

As always, email, Facebook, or Tweet at us any time. See you soon around the neighborhood!

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Join Pipeline for Dinner in Cambridge!

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Fireside Chat: Recap
Pipeline gathered on Tuesday, August 28, to dive into our inaugural Fireside Chat: Education and Opportunity. Our wide-ranging conversation explored 3 main areas: the purpose of education; the role of community in funding and guiding education; and the role of administrator and educator autonomy in education practice. We determined that we all have more to say and more research to do- we are actively seeking education experts around the city. Email us at Boston_Pipeline@RooseveltInstitute.org if you know someone we should talk to!

Thanks to Project Repat for the meeting space! Don’t know Project Repat yet? Check out their amazing work and mission now!

This week!
For the next stop in our Neighborhood Exploration series, we’d like to invite you to join us for dinner in Cambridge!

When: Thursday, September 13, 7:30pm
Where: Andala, Central Square
Why: Because their website says “At Andala you will find science, history, art and politics discussed in many languages at any time of the day” and Pipeline is all about joining the conversation!

Please reply to this email or RSVP directly to Boston_Pipeline@RooseveltInstitute.org so we know to save you a seat! You can also check out our Facebook page for upcoming event information.


Debate Season!
We are preparing now for the Obama – Romney debates. Mark your calendars for Wednesday October 3 at 9pm!

Pipeline will be hosting events for all debates in the run up to the elections this November. Join us to watch closely and debate the policies behind the soundbites! Location on the first debate is TBA: give us a shout if you have a great idea of where to watch!

As always, email, Facebook, or Tweet at us any time. See you soon around the neighborhood!

A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.

Theodore Roosevelt

Join Pipeline for our inaugural Fireside Chat!

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Neighborhood Exploration: Hot Pot in Quincy
Pipeline headed down to Shabu in North Quincy last Thursday to grab a delicious meal in a neighborhood new to many of our members, and also indulge in some great conversation! Among hotly debated topics: campaign finance regulations; which soup was spicier; public v. private education; and where to host our next Neighborhood Exploration meal. Join the conversation here!

Join us!
We are excited to announce the launch of our Fireside Chats! Join us for our kick off event, Tuesday, August 28!

When: Tuesday, August 28, 7pm
Where: TBD; will be easily accessible by MBTA.
Why: With these small group discussions, we aim to advance a progressive policy agenda in Greater Boston. We will delve into a specific policy area, analyze the current trends, and build momentum towards solutions!

First Topic: Education & Opportunity

Please reply to this email or RSVP to the Facebook event so we know to save you a seat!


Save the Date!
Pipeline will continue our popular Neighborhood Exploration series in September!

Join us for dinner on Thursday, September 13 for delicious food and even better conversation! More details to follow, but save the date now!

As always, email, Facebook, or Tweet at us any time. See you soon around the neighborhood!

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Upcoming Pipeline Events!

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Neighborhood Exploration: Discover Roxbury
Pipeline partnered with Discover Roxbury for an enlightening Saturday afternoon! Our tour guide, Stacy, was incredibly knowledgeable and insightful- everyone learned a ton! Make sure you check out our photo album for some highlights from the tour. If you joined us, add something you learned in the comments! If you couldn’t make it, make sure you mark your calendar now for our next event…
First up…
For the next stop in our Neighborhood Exploration series, we’d like to invite you to join us for dinner in Quincy!

When: Thursday, August 2, 7pm
Where: Shabu (off North Quincy stop on Red Line to Braintree)
Why:There are many valid reasons! Some suggestions: hot pot is delicious; North Quincy is a fascinating area many people have yet to experience; and any Pipeline event guarantees that you’ll hang out with great people!

Please reply to this email or RSVP directly to Boston_Pipeline@RooseveltInstitute.org so we know to save you a seat!


…and then
We are launching our Fireside Chat series at the end of August!
The Fireside Chats will be a series of small group discussions focused around a pre-determined policy issue. We will send around brief readings before hand so that all participants start on the same page, and aiming the discussion toward improving a specific aspect of policy. This series will feature a wide range of interest areas, from sustainable building practices to accessible elections and beyond.

First up: education!

Our inaugural Fireside Chat will be coming to a location near you during the last week in August, so mark your calendars now!

As always, email, Facebook, or Tweet at us any time. See you soon around the neighborhood!

It is not more vacation we need – it is more vocation.

Eleanor Roosevelt