[Updated Repost] Advocacy 101: 4 Ways Community Based Organizations Can Get Involved in Advocacy and Engage with Policymakers

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For many community based organizations, involvement in public policy advocacy can be a daunting endeavor, meant only for policy wonks and experts who know all the physical and political in’s and out’s of state and local legislatures – not true! Especially for social issue-focused organizations, which tend to be part of larger systems that may require more resources, support, and changes to those systems in order to work toward solving or improving a particular problem and/or serve a particular population. This calls for active civic engagement and advocacy to tell representatives why they should care about and support your cause(s)! But where to start? Here are 4 ways your organization can get involved in policy advocacy or improve your current advocacy strategy:

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MA Jobs & Workforce Summit Recap: This Year, We Mean Business!

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In case you missed it, the Workforce Solutions Group (WSG), with support and in partnership with SkillWorks, successfully hosted the 7th Annual Massachusetts Jobs and Workforce Summit on Wednesday, October 26 in Devens, MA. Every year, the Workforce Solutions group brings more than 300 key policy makers, business, labor, and education leaders, to present the latest information about statewide labor and credential needs, higher education initiatives and career pathways for young adults. This year’s theme? We Mean Business!

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Advocacy 101: 4 Ways Community Based Organizations Can Get Involved in Advocacy and Engage with Policymakers

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For many community based organizations, involvement in public policy advocacy can be a daunting endeavor, meant only for policy wonks and experts who know all the physical and political in’s and out’s of state and local legislatures – not true! Especially for social issue-focused organizations, which tend to be part of larger systems that may require more resources, support, and changes to those systems in order to work toward solving or improving a particular problem and/or serve a particular population. This calls for active civic engagement and advocacy to tell representatives why they should care about and support your cause(s)! But where to start? Here are 4 ways your organization can get involved in policy advocacy or improve your current advocacy strategy:

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Good news: Pre-apprenticeship Training Included in Transportation Bond Bill!

Good news! On April 14, the House-Senate conference committee reported out the Transportation Bond Bill, including an amendment in support of pre-apprenticeship training!  Specifically, the language says:

“…provided further, that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, in executing these projects, shall train not less than 300 participants per year from low income, minority, youth or young adult populations in pre-apprenticeship programs registered with the division of apprentice training;”

Thank you to all who contacted their state representatives and senators in support of this language–your calls, visits and emails made a difference and got it done. And thanks to the Workforce Solutions Group and MCAN for helping to lead the way.

And a big thank you to Senator Ken Donnelly and Representative Sean Garballey for leading efforts to get the amendment into the final bill,  as well as all of the cosigners and sponsors, listed below.  If your representative or senator signed on, please do send a thank you note to let them know you appreciate their support.

We expect that the bill will be passed by the legislature tomorrow and will keep you updated.

Thanks again for your support.  We could not be more excited to be creating opportunities for Massachusetts residents to access jobs being created by investments in our transportation infrastructure.

 

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Amendment Supporters/Letter co-signers:

  • Senator Gale Candaras
  • Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz
  • Senator Cynthia Creem
  • Senator Sal DiDomenico
  • Senator Ken Donnelly
  • Senator Jamie Eldridge
  • Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry
  • Senator Pat Jehlen
  • Senator John Keenan
  • Senator Stan Rosenberg
  • Senator Karen Spilka
  • Senator Dan Wolf
  • Representative Sean Garballey
  • Representative Denise Andrews
  • Representative Antonio Cabral
  • Representative Thomas Conroy
  • Representative Claire Cronin
  • Representative Daniel Cullinane
  • Representative Diana DiZoglio
  • Representative Daniel Donahue
  • Representative Kenneth Gordon
  • Representative Jonathan Hecht
  • Representative Kevin Honan
  • Representative Mary Keefe
  • Representative Jay Livingstone
  • Representative Elizabeth Malia
  • Representative James O’Day
  • Representative Denise Provost
  • Representative David Rogers
  • Representative Jeffrey Sanchez
  • Representative Carl Sciortino Jr.
  • Representative Frank Smizik
  • Representative Timothy Toomey Jr.
  • Representative Aaron Vega

 

Please contact conferees on Pre-apprenticeship training in Transportation Bond Bill

Last week, the MA Senate approved an amendment to the Transportation Bond Bill (H3882/S2023) in support of pre-apprenticeship training!  Specifically, the language requires that MassDOT provide funding for 300 people per year to get pre-apprenticeship training for construction jobs for each of the next five years.

Now, the conference committee has been assigned, and we need to reach out to them to ensure this language stays in the final bill.

The House appointed Reps.  William Straus (D-Mattapoisett), Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington), and Peter Durant (R-Spencer) last Wednesday. On Monday, the Senate appointed Sens. Tom McGee (D-Lynn), Stephen Brewer (D-Barre) and Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth) to the conference committee.

PLEASE contact your state representative and ask him or her to speak to House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey, House Transportation Chair William Straus and the other conferees about supporting this funding in the final Transportation Bond Bill passed by the House-Senate conference committee.

And if your Senator signed onto the amendment, please send them a thank you and urge them to continue standing up to keep the Senate amendment for this funding in the final bill.

We’ll be updating as the bill progresses; stay tuned!

Read the Fact Sheet: Pre-Apprenticeship Training