Community Engagement Action Items!

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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

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