Community Engagement Action Items!

2012 - Picture - Let's Invest in Somerville
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!

2012.08.28 - Fireside Chat - Education and Opportunity

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