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!

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!


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