Tomorrow – A Generational Economic Shift

It took me some time to get over the low voter turnout nationwide and in Boston. In that time, several reports came out criticizing young professionals and young families for the turnout. Seeing new, inspirational young leaders in Somerville, Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and across the region, this tired narrative doesn’t tell the full story.

That’s why it’s important to join GBPI and Roosevelt Institute tomorrow, November 10th from 6:45pm-8:45pm at Lir in Back Bay. As new businesses and new office holders reflect an ongoing generational shift in leadership, we have to stand ready to make sure Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy of economic equity is protected and improved.

Join us tomorrow. Adding your voice to a generation’s legacy starts with one thing – showing up.

Thank you for an incredible year,

Announcing Speakers and Hosts

Sign up here to join us Tuesday, November 10th from 6:45pm-8:45pm at Lir for our Fall Celebration where we’ll learn more about the Roosevelt Institute’s Rewriting the Rules report by Joseph Stiglitz.

We’re proud to announce we’ll be hearing from

Nell Abernathy
Roosevelt Institute’s Director of Programs & Co-Author of “Rewriting the Rules”

Prof. Kent Greenfield
Boston College Law professor & Author of “The Myth of Choice”

Nathan Rothstein
Local Entrepreneur & Founder of Project Repat

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Save the Date – Speakers, Surprises, Substance

Join Roosevelt Institute | Boston and Greater Boston Policy Initiative on November 10th from 6:45pm-8:45pm for our marquee event of the year. This event, as part of the City Awake social impact festival in early November, will be adding to the hundreds of events and thousands of individuals celebrating the work of organizations taking positive action in our communities.

We’re pulling out all the stops – over the next few weeks and at the event itself. We’ll be rolling out exciting speakers, surprises, and substantive policy as we celebrate the national Roosevelt Institute’s paper “Rewriting the Rules.”

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Support Civics Ed before our Sept. meeting!

We’re excited to see you at our next event on Sept. 16th! Click here for details and to RSVP. We’ll recap the work we’ve done together this year, talk about what it means to be part of the national Roosevelt Institute community and take steps to drive forward progressive policies.

Support Civics Education

Can’t wait for Sept. 16th to take action? Here’s a crucial and easy one!

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The Wonder of Roosevelt is Back

Following a restful summer, we hope the Roosevelt | Boston network is gearing up for a productive Autumn/Fall!

Thanks to Prof. Susan E. Gallagher

Strong showing at the money tree!

Thanks to all who are helping us grow! Through our RooRaises campaign, you raised over $1,600 after donors from the national Roosevelt network doubled your gifts. Your generosity will buy us a better website and member tracking software. Together we are planting seeds for the future!

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Why I Founded This

Years ago now Jeanne and I had dinner with other alumni of campus network chapters and were approached to found the “Greater Boston Pipeline.” There were months where it was only the two of us. There were times when our focus was on networking, field trips, or fireside chats. Having been here from the beginning, and having been able to pass off the reigns to a core team that’s stronger than ever is a dream come true.

While I’m no longer the lead facilitator, I’m still a core team member working whenever possible to continue the growth we’ve seen in the last year. Founding something like this means it’s a piece of you, and no matter how far away or how much time passes you’re always invested in its success.

Don’t take my word alone.

It’s hard to ask your friends to invest in something you’ve created, and I promise we won’t do it often. Our organization is at a major turning point. And just as Jeanne and I once took a leap together, we’re now asking you to take this next leap with us.

Please consider a contribution of any size in the last days of our campaign.

I’m forever grateful for what we’ve accomplished together.

Alex Lessin
Founder & Core Team Member
Roosevelt Institute | Boston

An Unbelievable Month

Last week, fellow core team member Eric Chast sent you an email asking you to help us continue building our capacity with your donations. Because of you, we raised $300 in the first week, and I can never thank you enough for your support.

But we still have a long way to go in the remaining 10 days to hit our goal. Will you join us in doubling your impact while we’re still receiving matching funds?

As our list of partner organizations continues to grow, so has our capacity to influence the people on-the-ground who are making real policy decisions. Collaborating with groups like City Awake – accelerating and celebrating the work of the social impact community in Greater Boston – and GBPI – seeking to increase public participation of the millennial generation in Greater Boston – has put us on new footing as an organization. We’re no longer spending resources looking for projects; we’re deciding which projects we can afford.

With your help, we can continue to stand with our partners and make positive change for our community.

Thanks again to all those that have been able to chip-in. We’re truly lucky to count you among our friends and supporters.

Erik Pekkala
Lead Facilitator
Roosevelt Institute | Boston

The Next 15 Days are Critical

Thanks to you, we shared in a lot of successes in 2014. We’ve grown our ranks, held successful policy series on housing and police militarization, and participated in a City Awake program that brought almost 100 progressive young professional organizations together to celebrate our collective work.

Our membership and our programs continue to grow. In 2015 we’ve held events around civics education with our friends at Generation Citizen, and net neutrality with Professor Lyons of Boston College. Now, with a new Mayor and a new Governor, the USOC pinning its US Olympic bid on Boston, and the continued fight to retain the young talent who flock to greater Boston, it’s as important as ever to bring together the voices of our generation to discuss the solutions to our region’s problems.

That is why the next 15 days are so important. To help us continue to grow, Roosevelt Institute’s national arm is offering matching funds to all donations we collect through our fundraising page.

Can you support us today and become a member with a donation of $25?

We’re where we are because of your work and your time. Thank you. We look forward to taking the next steps together to make Boston a better place for our generation.

Eric Chast
Core Team Member
Roosevelt Institute | Boston

May meetings!

Just a quick note about some great meetings in the next few weeks. Hope to see you there!

Next Civics Ed committee meeting on May 9th
Together, we will strategize our advocacy for quality civic education in Boston and the Commonwealth. How can our committee support existing efforts and effect meaningful change? Other civic partners and leaders in the field will be joining us for what should be a great convening.

When: Saturday, May 9th at 12 PM
Where: Generation Citizen 745 Atlantic Avenue, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02111
Please RSVP by Friday, May 8th to Brenna at

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