Magical Truthsaying Bastard Shadesong (shadesong) wrote,
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Oi! Massachusetts folks!

We need your help now

***ACTION ALERT***


Please make a call, and pass this along …

What has happened: As you may know, the House of Representatives released their budget yesterday. In that budget, rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, specific services to GLBT and immigrant victims of violence, and batterers intervention services were drastically reduced. Representative Driscoll is sponsoring an amendment to restore these funds to the current levels. As you will see below some Representatives have already signed on but we need more!

What you can do today and tomorrow: Call or email your House Representative and ask them to sign on to the amendment sponsored by Representative Driscoll. Ask your representative to email Andrew Hoglund at Representative Driscoll’s office, Andrew.Hoglund@state.ma.us.

If you don’t know who your representative is, go to: http://www.barcc.org/active/speak-out/legislative to find out.

This is the Amendment that you will be asking your Representative to add their name to:

· Mr. Driscoll of Braintree, Mr. Dwyer of Woburn, Ms. Grant of Beverly, Ms. Gregoire of Marlboro, Mr. Lantigua of Lawrence, Mr. Patrick of Falmouth, Ms. Provost of Somerville, Mr. Swan of Springfield and Mr. Walsh of Dorchester move to amend the bill in section 2, in item 4800-1400 by striking out the figure $20,832,710 and inserting in place thereof the figure $23,500,000.

· Mr. Driscoll of Braintree, Mr. Dwyer of Woburn, Ms. Grant of Beverly, Ms. Gregoire of Marlboro, Mr. Lantigua of Lawrence, Mr. Patrick of Falmouth, Ms. Provost of Somerville, Mr. Swan of Springfield and Mr. Walsh of Dorchester move to amend the bill in section 2, in item 4513-1130 by striking out the figure $4,058,264 and inserting in place thereof the figure $6,400,000.

Tell them why these essential services should NOT be reduced when 1:4 women and 1:33 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetimes, let them know why you care. Ask your representative to sign on today by emailing Andrew Hoglund at Representative Driscoll’s office, Andrew.Hoglund@state.ma.us. If your Representative has already signed on, thank them!

Thank you so much for your help!
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