The monthly Steering Committee meeting will be held on September 11, 2013 at the 55 North St. office at 5:30 pm.
Frank Farkas, Chairman of the BB Labor Issues Committee, has arranged to have Jon Weissman from Jobs with Justice* speak at the meeting. His group is part of the coalition of Raise up Massachusetts**, (BB has become a member) a campaign to raise the minimum wage and to provide sick time for family workers. What better time to hear him than during the month that started with the celebration of the American worker. Do not hesitate to pass this invitation along. He has an important message and it would be helpful for many in the Berkshires to hear.
As part of Raise up Mass we are part of the campaign to get signatures for the petition to put the issues on the ballot in 2014. I am coordinating this drive in the Berkshires but of course cannot do something like this alone. I am asking for a representative from each town to pass out and collect the signature papers and return to me. They will be available September 16th and need to be into the Secretary of States office by November 20. This is the same process as getting signatures for candidates running for office to get their names on the ballot. The big difference is that this is a non-partisan issue so all registered voters can sign. There are approximately 85,000 registered voters in the Berkshires. We only need about 5,000 signatures.
*Jobs with Justice is a national network of local coalitions that bring together labor unions, faith groups, community organizations, and student activists to fight for working people. www.jwj.org
**Raise up Massachusetts is working to ensure that working families are able to earn fair wages and care for themselves and family members when they are sick is essential for Massachusetts workers. When workers and their families can’t afford the basics, they aren’t able to spend money in their communities to keep the economy growing. That’s why Raise Up Massachusetts is fighting to require employers to offer earned sick time and raise the minimum wage. www.raiseupma.org
You are Cordially Invited to:
The GRAND OPENING of Berkshire Brigades’ Massachusetts Democratic Party’s New Office
Berkshire County’s Democratic Unity Event
Master of Ceremonies: State Representative Paul Mark
Honored Guest: U.S. Congressman Richard Neal
Sunday, May19, 12:00 noon
Brunch will be served
55 North Street, Second Floor, Pittsfield
Please RSVP by May 16 to:
413.358.6626 or email Sheila@berkshirebrigades.org
Congressman Neal will be hosting a Support Rally for Ed Markey this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Springfield at 24 Island Pond Road. Bring your Mom along!
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
Find out more here. DONATE HERE.
… singing “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium. New Yorkers can really relate to what happened in Boston. Also, if you haven’t seen it, here’s Stephen Colbert’s tribute to Boston!
We owe it to everyone who was murdered, maimed, or injured yesterday. We owe it to all those who ran toward the blasts, like those police officers below. And we owe it to everyone, everywhere, who believes in — and is willing to stand up for — a free, civil society, and the rule of law. As citizens of Massachusetts and the United States of America, we can do no less. — Lee Harrison
By Joe Nocera, NYT
According to Slate’s gun-death tracker, an estimated 2,124 people in America have died as a result of gun violence since the Newtown massacre on December 14, 2012.