Roosevelt Network: thank you! Plus, service opportunity.

Service Opportunity: Canvass for Health Care Enrollment with Health Care for All

Get past the pundits and help save a person’s life.

What: Knock on doors in Lynn to help residents sign up for health insurance
When: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Where: Lynn, MA. Transportation will be provided.
Why: Even with our success, many in Massachusetts still lack health insurance. It’s estimated that 80% of those people are unaware that they qualify for subsidies. Pipeline is partnering with Health Care for All to engage the community in Lynn around health care enrollment options and procedures.


Meet Core Network Members

Erik Pekkala
Since graduating from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s degree in TV Production and Political Science in 2008, I have been deeply interested in understanding and thinking up solutions for economic, political and societal issues. I want to use my personal experience as a campaign volunteer and local political committee member, as well as my professional experience as a business analyst, to find and try out solutions to important problems facing our towns, cities, states and nation as a whole.

Brian Ramsey
As a 2nd year Master of Public Policy student at the Heller School at Brandeis I’m interested in youth development, workforce investment, local economies and criminal justice reform. I just recently finished an internship at the Boston Foundation, and in 2012 I completed Peace Corps service in Malawi where I worked with local schools, an HIV support group and helped organize a girls empowerment camp for Malawian high school students.

Want to get involved? Email us to talk about membership options!

Thank you for an incredible 2013! Building an organization in our spare time is not easy — but it is possible with a dedicated network like ours. We are proud to highlight all our work over the past year.

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  • In August you attended the “State of the New Deal event.” It was clear in our discussion that we view the federal government differently than our grandparents. Yet it is the “only organization that can scale ideas throughout the country.” We even had a cameo from FDR’s grandson, Jim Roosevelt! Read the substantive summary on the Next New Deal blog.
  • We partnered with Public Citizen, the ACLU, SEIU, New Leaders Council, the NAACP, and New Organizing Institute for RootsCampMA, a 2-day progressive “unconference” in April. See pictures and lessons learned by clicking here.
  • We hosted our “Save the Leftovers” event in February and learned about food waste management via a new composting social enterprise called Bootstrap Compost. Plus, we ate at the Haley House, a restaurant and workforce development initiative for formerly incarcerated individuals all in one.

    Here is core Member Gavin O’Brien learning about the benefits of soil:

  • Core team member Gavin O'Brien inspects dirt derived from household compost
    Core team member Gavin O’Brien inspects dirt derived from household compost
  • Our Network also compiled fact sheets and tool kits about Massachusetts food waste policy, Article 89 (urban agriculture zoning in Boston), and facilitated Q&A exchanges with candidates for several Somerville ward aldermen.

For 2014, we are already looking forward to great things: our canvassing event on January 18th (SEE LEFT, RSVP today!); a national strategic leadership conference in January and a membership retreat in March; and expanding partnerships with MassVOTE, Health Care for All, and more.

Thanks as always for being part of the Network. See you soon around the neighborhood!

Jeanne Tilley and Alex Lessin
Co-Facilitators

Gathering Signatures on Election Day

Our friends at Raise Up Massachusetts and MassVote are collecting signatures to put Earned Sick Time and Minimum Wage increases on the ballot in 2014.

Can you spare less than two hours on Tuesday, Election Day, to help in your neighborhood?

Election day is prime time for signature gathering, the first step to big change.
Fill out this form and someone from MassVote will get back to you.

Happy Red Sox parade day,

Alex & Jeanne

P.S. If your municipality isn’t holding an election or you aren’t free Tuesday, you can still sign up to help this worthy cause.

Pipeline Network Rocktober Updates

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Applications Due November 12th

Pipeline’s partners at New Leaders Council are accepting applications for their 2014 Institute until November 12, 2013. If you are an emerging leader with strong progressive values, an entrepreneurial streak, and commitment to your community, you should check out the NLC Institute application.

Happy October! It’s been a productive month in and around the Network — here’s what we’ve been doing, and what’s coming up next:

cj-sam-josh-westwingWeigh in on our next project — Your Pipeline Members have narrowed down project options for the coming months, and we would love your input. What issue would you see yourself working on: higher-Ed funding reform or health insurance enrollment? Express yourself here.


2013 - Logo - The Four Freedoms - Speech, Worship, Want, FearCelebrating the Four Freedoms Awards with the Roosevelt Institute — On October 16, the Roosevelt Institute presented the 2013 Four Freedoms Awards to:

You can watch the video of the inspiring ceremony here and check out summaries in the press.

Congratulations to all the honorees!


2013 - Logo - VOTE buttonLocal elections next week — Good luck to all the candidates in next week’s municipal elections. Not sure if your town is having a vote? Check this list. For the Boston races, the City of Boston has published all the voting info you need. Pipeline Members are standing by to answer any and all questions about candidates or issues. (And for those of you interested in voter registration trends, this is a fascinating chart!)

Thanks as always for being part of the Network. See you soon around the neighborhood!


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Members Meeting and Network Updates

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Help a Network Partner
Pipeline member Jamie Minton’s, Homes for Families, is seeking nominations of individuals, businesses or organizations that prevent and address the root causes of homelessness. They are hosting an event on October 28 that will honor those nominated leaders and start a dialog with businesses and individuals who support the end of homelessness.

Jamie could use your ideas for nominations — use this form to nominate someone and send to Jamie by October 7th!

Hope everyone is enjoying a splendid start to fall!

It was a busy political September in the Greater Boston area. Here’s what we have been involved in, and what’s coming in the weeks ahead:

We asked, the candidates answered — Somerville members in Ward 3 and Ward 5 entered a dialog with candidates for Alderman via a written questionnaire. Dynamic policy ideas — such as raising the minimum wage and instituting a collaborative arson response team — are evident in the answers from Suzanne Bremer, Courtney O’Keefe, Stephen Delani and Matt Desmond.


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Did you vote on September 24th? Not everyone in the Pipeline network lives in a neighborhood that held an election. That being said, Boston had only 30.5% turnout, according to unofficial numbers. In Alex’s ward in Somerville, only 22 votes separated the third place finisher from second place and a chance at the general election. Talk about close but no cigar. In the long term, Pipeline hopes to increase voter turnout, especially among the generation sometimes labeled as ‘millennials.’


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Speaking of the Mayor… Congrats to Friend of Pipeline Eric Chast, Finance Director for John Connolly! Best of luck in the general election.


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Members Meeting — Pipeline members are gathering this month to select projects for the next quarter. Interested in getting in on these conversations and becoming a member? You should click here!

But by all means, try something!

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Take our 17 second survey about Boston Pipeline!

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Fill out our form!
It will take just a minute.
See it here.

Thank you!

  • for making last week’s State of the New Deal event so thought-provoking.
  • for treating our special guests so kindly they can’t wait to come back.for being all-around awesome.
  • to those of you who have filled out our survey from last week!
  • For all those who haven’t yet had a chance, it would be a huge help! Just one click will keep us headed down the path of exploring FAFSA reform, health care enrollment strategies, and much more. Add your voice today!

    And as a bonus, here’s the coolest thing I’ve seen today. Thank you for taking the survey, and being part of the Pipeline network!

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

But by all means, try something!

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Following up from the State of the New Deal

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Fill out our form!
It will take just a minute.
See it here.
Thanks for coming to the State of the New Deal!
On behalf of the entire Pipeline network, I would like to thank you for attending our discussion last night! It was a pleasure seeing familiar faces and meeting folks for the first time.

For those who could not make it, a number of great ideas were generated from our members, the panelists, and even from Mr. Jim Roosevelt himself. Two examples: designing a new, less intimidating FAFSA form and ensuring everyone can enroll to receive health care coverage.

Are you interested in moving any of these ideas forward? I want to know. Can you take just ONE minute and click on this google form.

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

But by all means, try something!

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Join us at RootsCamp (April 6-7)

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Quick Action — City Resources
A Boston Pipeline member got a pretty sweet newsletter from the Quincy Department of Public Works outlining ways the City is planning to save energy and money in the next decade, as well as providing a list of DPW resources. Does your town send out something similarly helpful? Email us a link to whatever your town makes available-we are compiling them into a handy guide to Greater Boston’s compost/food recovery resources!
Join us at RootsCamp (April 6-7)
This year, Pipeline partnered with progressive organizations around Boston, including the ACLU, Common Cause, MassVotes, and the NAACP, to spread the word about RootsCamp MA! RootsCamp is a “2-day cross-issue progressive-movement-building ‘unconference’ for organizers, by organizers.” In short, it’s two days of planning alongside progressive activists.

Event Details:

  • RootsCamp MA takes places on April 6-7, at 1199 SEIU in Dorchester (right off JFK Station on the red line).
  • This will be a great opportunity to connect with social change organizers from across the state.
  • Check out the event schedule here and learn more about how sessions work at this ‘unconference.’
  • Register for the event here, then get directions.
  • We want to see you, so click on the link and send us an e-mail to let us know that you’re coming!

City & Congressional Races Heating Up
We know Pipeline members are super savvy and full of local knowledge. But in case you’re also busy, here’s a primer about the two races going on now:

  • Boston’s mayor for the past 20 years just stepped down. Catch up via Commonwealth Magazine’s “Menino’s Mark”.
  • The special election to replace Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is underway. Democrats Ed Markey and Steven Lynch, both current members of the House, faced off on Wednesday in a televised debate. Stephen Lynch’s vote against the Affordable Care Act and Markey’s support of the bank bailout were major points of contention. See it all, here.
  • On Thursday, former Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez, State Rep. Dan Winslow, and former United States AG Michael Sullivan faced off in the Republican debate. This debate was a bit livelier; the only sign of consensus was the three candidates’ support for repealing DOMA. Read the whole roundup at MassLive or watch the entire debate, here.

Got opinions on these races or other hot topics? Of course you do! Send us an email if you’d like to see your thoughts featured on the Next New Deal blog by the Roosevelt Institute!

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

Rules are not necessarily sacred; principles are.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Leftovers: Saved, conference opportunity, and more

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Conference Opportunity
As the six-month mark of Superstorm Sandy approaches, join the Northeast Region of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network at Yale on April 6, 2013, for a conference focused on the storm’s ongoing impact, lessons learned, and ideas for how to reduce community vulnerability in the future. The coordinators are looking for people to work with students on policy proposals, editors to refine pieces, and those interested in participating in the conference. Email us if you’re interested in getting involved!

Event Update: Save the Leftovers
Thank you to all who slogged through some truly gross weather to join us at our Save the Leftovers! launch brunch at Haley House Bakery & Cafe. We were delighted to see many of you, and to welcome Johan from Bootstrap Compost to talk about their innovative business (and distribute samples of sweet composted soil!).

A few take-aways if you couldn’t join us:

  • According to Bootstrap, composting reduces wastefulness, saves landfill space and nurtures the health of soil.
  • Check out a few highlight photos of the event! Take a close look for our special guest visitor as well…
  • Sad you weren’t there? No worries! Check out our event page to grab the Food Waste Tracker we distributed and see how you measure up to Pipeline. We’ll be tackling food waste issues all year long, so stay tuned for more opportunities!

Big changes in Boston?
In case you’ve been out of the news cycle, check out these quick links, from varying sources and perspectives, to get up to speed on a few issues of the day:

Got opinions on these or other hot topics? Of course you do! Send us an email if you’d like to see your thoughts featured on the Next New Deal blog by the Roosevelt Institute!


Send us your address!
We are still collecting mailing addresses- send us yours today! Take 27.8 seconds to fill out this form and we promise it’ll all be worth it.

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

Rules are not necessarily sacred; principles are.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Save the Leftovers” Launch Feb 17- Join Us!

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#GBAF
Our friends at the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network have launched an initiative designed to amplify the priorities and ideas of our generation in policy making. “Government By And For” Millennial America will be creating a Twitter conversation around the #SOTU on Tuesday using #GBAF… and are also looking for reactions to the speech! Email us if you’re interested in submitting!
Save the Leftovers Launch Brunch
6 spots left
We hope everyone is recovered from Nemo — power, back; cars and porches, shoveled out; access to the internet, restored. Please accept our apologies for the late event announcement (speaking about that power outage…) but we hope you can join us THIS SUNDAY, February 17, for our Save the Leftovers” Launch Brunch! There are only 6 spots left so RSVP now!

EVENT DETAILS
Come to the Haley House at 12:30PM on Sunday, February 17th, to:

  • Eat delicious brunch made by the Haley House Café
  • Learn why food waste is such a big deal (hint – it releases a green house gas 22 times worse than carbon dioxide)
  • Meet interesting people from around Boston!
  • The Haley House Café is on 12 Dade St, Roxbury – right next to the Silver Line and a short walk from the Orange Line.

Check your inboxes, our Facebook page, and our soon-to-be-launched official website for more facts and action items about our food waste initiative!


State of the Union
Friendly reminder that the State of the Union address is Tuesday, February 12 at 9pm EST. We are not hosting a Pipeline event this time but heartily encourage you to watch or listen along wherever you may be! Take special note of mentions of the Millennial generation or cultivating civic engagement. There may be a quiz.


Send us your address!
We are still collecting mailing addresses- send us yours today! Take 27.8 seconds to fill out this form and we promise it’ll all be worth it.

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

Rules are not necessarily sacred; principles are.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happy New Year from Roosevelt | Pipeline!

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Policy Around Town
Other items on Beacon Hill’s agenda for the next 6 months: gun violence, the sex-offender registry, and updates to our aging water infrastructure. What would you put on the agenda?
Happy New Year!
We hope everyone is on the far side of the holiday haze and kicking off 2013 in style. We’re busy putting together a solid calendar of programming for your engagement and entertainment, so stay tuned. Meanwhile…

Send us your address!
We have some fun in store for you! Take 27.8 seconds to fill out this form and we promise it’ll all be worth it.


We wonder: would you pay higher income taxes?
This year, Boston Pipeline will be focusing on educating our members about the local policy-making process, especially at the Massachusetts Statehouse, aka “Beacon Hill. “ Two major items on Beacon Hill’s agenda: a long-term transportation financing plan and an income tax proposal from the Governor.

According to the most recent financial statement, the MBTA holds $6,327,822,000 worth of long term debt, which has to be paid while maintaining current costs, train maintenance, and station updates. (Imagine you have to make monthly interest payments on your student loans, plus cover your regular living expenses, without earning enough money at your job to cover these expenses. In a nutshell, that’s what the Department of Transportation is facing.) Thus, the need to come up with a financing plan.

It’s likely that Governor Patrick will propose an income tax increase to pay for long-term transportation reform, along with investments in higher education and other public services.

The current income tax rate is 5%, with a generous deduction for low-income earners. We wonder: would you pay higher income taxes? Tell us and we’ll feature your responses.

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

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt