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These are unprecedented times.
Cuts to community resources and political disappointments can challenge the heart, mind, and energy of those working for social, economic, and racial justice.
There’s no better way to start the New Year than helping to launch a new organizing and training Academy to support community-based leaders fighting to make their communities and our Commonwealth better for everyone.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
5 pm – 7 pm
Scollay Square, 21 Beacon St., Boston
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Event Co-Chairs Congressman Michael E. Capuano, Congressman Barney Frank, and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino invite you to help Judy Meredith and Lew Finfer celebrate the introduction of the Massachusetts Policy and Organizing Leadership Academy.
The mission of the Academy is to develop a cadre of community-based leaders who can build local networks of experienced advocates and volunteers to promote positive changes in their communities and in our Commonwealth. Find out more.
“Nature may abhor vacuums, but opponents of economic fairness thrive on them. When the voice of average citizens is silent, big campaign contributors dominate policy. That is why I am so pleased that two of our best advocates – Lew Finfer and Judy Meredith – are acting to fill that vacuum by helping people become effective activists on behalf of economic and social justice.”
—Congressman Barney Frank, event co-chair
Don’t miss Congressman Barney Frank’s remarks on the establishment of the “Barney Frank Chair of Organizing for Justice in Public Policy” the first endowed chair of the Massachusetts Policy and Organizing Leadership Academy.
JOIN THE PARTY!
Purchase individual tickets for $50. A limited number of discounted tickets are available for activists and students upon request. Contact Judy Meredith at 617-275-2923 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
SPECIAL THANKS TO THE HOST COMMITTEE:
Senator Stephen Brewer, Chair, Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Gregg Croteau, United Teen Equality Center
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo
Representative Brian S. Dempsey, Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means
Maude Hurd and Noemi Ramos-Winthrop, New England United for Justice
Yawu Miller, Training Consultant
Senate President Therese Murray
Sondra Peskoe, Training Consultant
Diluvina Vazquez Allard, Brockton Interfaith Community and MCAN/OLTC Board
Carolyn Villers, Mass Senior Action Council
Massachusetts Communities Action Network
The Public Policy Institute Board of Directors
Massachusetts Policy and Organizing Leadership Academy Advisory Board
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“Getting results that improve residents’ lives takes collaboration, organization, and dedication. These are just some of the skills that leaders will learn at The Massachusetts Policy and Organizing Leadership Academy. I want to thank Judy Meredith and Lew Finfer for pooling their knowledge and experience to help prepare the leaders of tomorrow.”
—Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, event co-chair
THANK YOU to OUR SPONSORS!
Thanks to our party sponsors so far who are helping launch the Academy:
Community Leaders: Baystate Health, Carney Hospital, Partners HealthCare, Travaglini Eisenberg Kiley & Scorzoni LLC
Campaign Strategists: Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Congressman Michael Capuano, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Allan Rodgers, Stephen Rosenfeld, Kristin & David Shapiro
Field Organizers: Robert L. Beal, Boston Center for Independent Living, Inc., Communities for People, Inc., Jim & Helena Creamer, Rep. Brian Dempsey, Sen. Ken Donnelly, Catherine M. Dunham, Ethos, Howard Leibowitz and Connie Doty, Marty Linsky-Cambridge Leadership Associates, Paul M. Pezzella, John Sasso, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Lynn, Joseph Timilty, Al Wallis
Special Recognition for: The Boston Foundation and Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits and for technical assistance consultants from Third Sector: Nancy Jackson, Gammy Bird Consulting and John Moukad, In-Context Consulting. And a BIG THANK YOU to Hyams Foundation and Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits for the Academy’s implementation grants.
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“Special thanks to Judy Meredith and Lew Finfer, who have been long-time advocates for a better Massachusetts. Judy and Lew’s leadership is even more important during these difficult times because they are fighting to secure a better future by giving our next generation the tools they need to advocate and organize effectively.”
—Congressman Mike Capuano, event co-chair