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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
6:00 p.m.
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St., Boston MA 02116

CJPC conference flyer


Gordon Haas releases report on the Massachusetts Parole Board.

The coalition meeting of July 21st. was extremely successful. Eight organizations were represented along with State Senator Sonia-Chang Diaz who gave the group a legislative update and discussed priorities and the current three strikes compromise legislation, which now sits on the Governor’s desk.

The nine agencies in attendance has grown as four agencies unable to attend the Saturday meeting have indicated that they are interested in our coalition building efforts and will attend the next meeting.

The agencies in attendance were;

ACLU of Mass.
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Ella J. Baker House
Mass. Community Action network
Boston Workers Alliance
NASW (corrections committee)
Street Safe (Boston Foundation)

The agencies unable to attend but committed to building a more effective coalition are;

Houston Institute for Race and Justice
Prisoners Legal Services
Union of Minority Neighborhoods
Center for Church and Prison
Coalition for Effective Public Safety

We have agreed to schedule our next meeting after Labor Day and the CJPC has agreed to continue as convener of the group. A very promising start at building a representative coalition that can be both responsive and proactive. .


June 6, 2012 - With your help, we made gains for all our school children when the bill to reform Massachusetts school discipline lawswas reported out favorably by the Joint Education Committee.

H.4131, An act relative to student access to educational services and exclusion from school, is currently making its way through the House Ways & Means Committee.

The legislative session ends in July so we need your help now to get the bill to the House floor, through the Senate, and passed this session!

H.4131 would keep kids in school at the same time maintaining communities safe for learning. Keeping kids engaged in school has been proven to lower the dropout rate. Let’s make sure teachers, parents, and students are engaged in maximizing the educational opportunities of our children. Click here for the fact sheet.

Take action now! Call, write, or send an email today to your Representative and urge him/her to speak to House Ways & Means Chairman Brian Dempsey and ask him to report the bill favorably out of the Committee. You can also directly call the office of Chairman Brian Dempsey, 617-722-2990, Vice Chair Stephen Kulik, 617-722-2380, andAssistant Vice Chair Martha Walz, 617-722-2380.

To identify your Representative, get their phone number and/or email address, visitwww.wheredoIvotema.com or contact the State House at 617-722-2000.

Please share this with others in your network and post on your website and facebook page, and “like” our facebook page, www.facebook.com/ReduceDropouts.

For More Information: Please visit http://www.massadvocates.org/resources-cls.php or Contact: Tom Mela at Massachusetts Advocates for Children, 617-357-8431 x223, tmela@massadvocates.org Sondra Peskoe, PPI/Massachusetts Policy and Organizing Leadership Academy, 617-232-2521, sondrap@comcast.net

Thank you for taking action.

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