• Susan Collins, if you're REALLY pro-choice, support the Women’s Health Protection Act
    Earlier this week, a leaked draft opinion suggested that the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade. My senator, Susan Collins (R), claims to support abortion rights, even stating she “supports the right to an abortion and believes that the protections in the Roe and Casey decisions should be passed into law” (nbcnews.com, Dec. 2021) but at every single turn, has voted for people that could ultimately contribute to the downfall of Roe v. Wade. During his 2017 confirmation under then President Donald Trump, Justice Gorsuch referred to Roe as precedent, “worthy of treatment as precedent, like any other.” In 2018, Collins supported Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh’s controversial nomination because she believed that he would uphold Roe v. Wade as the law of the land and legal precedent. When we reached out to her about our concerns she not only ignored our voices but accused us of being paid lobbyists from out of state. She refused to listen to her own constituents. Now, despite hearing about this leaked draft and what it could mean for millions of people, Susan Collins is refusing to support the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). Can my Senator continue to call herself pro-choice if all of her actions indicate otherwise?
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  • #DefendRoe
    If the Roe v. Wade decision is overturned it will cost the abortion right a woman has in which abortion will be made illegal in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Utah, Idaho, South dakota, North Dakota, and Missouri and under potencial ban in Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. Any Trans men, Women, Non-Binary folks with a uterus, and Lower Class Women will be affected by this decision, along with anyone who identifies as a women. Not to mention, globally, in 2015-2019 121 million unintended pregnancies occur each year in which 61% ended in an abortion or 73 million a year. However, in the past 30 years the number of pregnancies being terminated through abortion has risen by 14%. (https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-worldwide) I urge you to not remain a bystander and participate in the movements against this decision.
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  • Protect Roe. Don't Deny Families Abortion Access!
    The Supreme Court has drafted an opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal across the United States. If this ruling is issued it will take private health care decisions out of the hands of families' and their medical providers and instead give politicians power over our bodies. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 59% of people seeking abortions already had one birth, and 75% of patients had income below the federal poverty level or are considered low-income. Attacks on reproductive healthcare have already made abortion practically inaccessible to millions of families. If the draft opinion becomes official, millions more, particularly low-income people and people of color, will lose access to important reproductive health care, have the ability to decide their own future taken away, and be left to the mercy of local politicians. Safe, legal abortion is health care that millions of families need. Restricting or eliminating access to abortion not only negatively impacts the personal and financial life of an individual parent, but that of their family as well. This is NOT a done deal. Congress can still act to protect everyone’s right to safe, legal abortion. The Women’s Health Protection Act would protect a person’s ability to determine whether to continue or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide reproductive healthcare. Let Congress know that you support reproductive freedom for all by demanding that they pass the Women's Health Protection Act into law.
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  • Expand and protect abortion access at all costs!
    Health care is a human right. Abortion is healthcare and abortion is still LEGAL. While Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land, we recognize now is the time for urgency and education on what resources are available for people if they need to safely self-manage an abortion at home. For more than 20 years medical advances have come forward to revolutionize how people experience abortion. We’re aggressive proponents of people being able to have an abortion on their own terms—without interference from the government, whether they seek that care from a provider at a clinic or self-manage at home. Right now, anti-abortion politicians are impeding progress by trying to prevent any one from being able to have a safe, effective and affordable abortion. But we cannot let people in power continue to ban abortions and criminalize people who exercise their right to choose.

Abortion-by-mail can significantly reduce the harm done by right-wing, anti-choice legislation, but people need to know there are other avenues. Acquiring and using pills may carry legal risk, especially for marginalized people, you can check if it's legal in your state here: https://abortiononourownterms.org/self-managed-abortion/ If the right-wing justices in the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, we need to be ready to educate people on how to self-manage abortion safely. Any one who chooses this option to end their pregnancy should be able to do so safely, effectively, privately – on their own terms. It’s crucial that we create a world where every person is free from stigma and shame, and protect access to safe abortion for all.
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  • Protect and Expand Abortion Rights
    Justice Samuel Alito has drafted a ruling for the majority of the right-wing packed Supreme Court which states that the precedent and protections of Roe must be overturned. And while this draft is not final, it's a strong indication of what the right-wing justices are preparing to do: Attack reproductive health care, overturn Roe, and let bans nearly eliminate access to this essential abortion care in state after state. This would strip people of the freedom to choose when and whether to be pregnant and have a family. In dozens of states, Republican legislatures have already passed bans and other measures criminalizing abortion for both patients and providers. Studies have shown it will most heavily hit lower income communities and communities of color who do not have the privilege needed to leave the state or take the time to navigate our complex health care system. And it's not the end—Republicans have made clear they'll go after LGBTQ+ rights next, and continue assaults on our civil rights and democracy. For nearly 50 years, Roe has been the law of the land. Overturning it is cruel. It won't lead to fewer abortions—but will increase unsafe and potentially deadly ones.  Roe never extended protections for abortion access far enough to our most vulnerable populations—but instead of us moving forward and building on the bedrock of Roe's legacy, we're moving backwards. We should be expanding Roe, not destroying it. The impacts of a nation without Roe v. Wade are wide and far-reaching, we'll all be impacted.   The Senate must act, as the House has done to pass the Women's Health Protection Act to codify these protections into law. It's beyond time to abolish the filibuster to prevent Republicans from blocking this crucial legislation. They packed the court to create this moment, we can't rely on them to be part of the solution now. State legislatures can pass laws to provide reproductive care and repeal bans. And Congress must expand the Supreme Court to rebalance it from the right-wing power grabs that have left it out of step with today's world and the vast majority of Americans. We are not going to be held hostage by a Supreme Court decision draft. We have power—and every elected official can act to save and expand abortion rights, while preventing further criminalization for people utilizing life-saving, essential healthcare.
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  • Defund APD in FY23
    After George Floyd’s murder in 2020, there was a national cry to end racist policing. Though the national outrage has fizzled, police brutality remains far too common. In 2022, Orlando Taylor was killed by Springfield Police and Miguel Estrella was killed by Pittsfield Police, both during calls for a person in mental distress. Policing is not the solution to public safety. Advocates in Amherst have continued to call for defunding the Amherst Police Department. A promising, BIPOC-led envisioning of an alternative safety department has been implemented. However, the funding proposed is inadequate. The FY23 budget proposes only $621,520 in funding for CRESS, or $2,117,780 less than CSWG’s recommendation. There FY23 budget allocates $0 to a BIPOC cultural center, $407,690 less than CSWG’s recommendation. The FY23 budget allocates $500,000 to the youth empowerment center, above what was recommended— but it provides no clear plan as to what this money will support. The FY23 budget proposes $175,257 to the DEI office, $52,390 less than CSWG’s recommendation. These proposed programs will help create community safety in a responsive, anti-racist manner. They should be fully funded with money redirected from the police budget. The demand is still DEFUND THE POLICE.
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  • We The People!!
    I implore all Americans to stand up, be heard & do something to help better your life & the lives of all those around you! If we don’t speak up NOW, there will never be change… We have the power to change the world, right the wrongs, unlock the chains of injustice & demand a better quality of life! Change starts with you! Your voice matters! You CAN make a difference! Stand with me in pleading… no, DEMANDING more from our government! We demand more assistance to climb our way out of poverty! We demand our government to respect & hear the people! We demand a better quality of life for our children! And lastly, we demand action from our government! If change doesn’t happen NOW, I fear those people who feel frustrated & unheard will begin to revolt. We do NOT need a revolution, we need a resolution… When parents go hungry so their children do not, you know there is something inherently wrong with the system. When the people are scared to seek medical help because of the outrageously high costs, there is something inherently wrong with the system. When a parent has to choose between working just to pay daycare or staying home to raise their children and not being able to pay rent, there is something inherently wrong with the system. We are not asking for a handout, we are asking for a leg up! I implore you to take these words seriously. For if you don’t, the people may rise up to seek justice themselves. We will no longer stand by and go unheard and unseen. We will shout from the rooftops until change happens! I will stand up for what is right, even if I have to stand alone…
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  • Prioritize Parents in the California Budget!
    As the world continues to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents around the state are sending out an S.O.S. to Save Our Selves, Save Our System, and Save Our State. Time is of the essence as child care family fee waivers expire June 30, 2022 if the Governor and Legislature fail to act. Child care providers continue to close due to low reimbursement rates and hundreds of thousands of families are still stuck on the waiting list for child care. To realize the Governor’s January budget proposal to expand subsidized child care by an additional 36,000 slots, parents called for increased wages for providers and waiving family fees through September 2024. Mientras nuestro mundo sigue tratando con el impacto de la pandemia de COVID-19, padres alrededor del estado están mandando un “S.O.S.” para Salvar a Nosotros Mismo, Salvar Nuestro Sistema, y Salvar Nuestro Estado. No podemos demorar así que la exención de pagos por cuidado de niño se vence el 30 de junio de 2022 si el Gobernador y la Legislatura no toman acción. Proveedores de cuidado de niño siguen cerrando por causa de una taza de reembolso demasiado baja. Cientos de miles de familias están varados en la lista de espera de cuidado de nino. Para realizar la propuesta del Gobernador para añadir 36,000 espacios nuevos de cuidado de niño, padres están pidiendo un aumento de sueldo para proveedores, y una extensión de la exención de pagos familiares hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2024.
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  • Preserve a JP Landmark & Create a More Affordable Jamaica Plain!
    There is a serious shortage of affordable housing across Boston, especially in the Pondside and Jamaica Hills sections of JP, where the monastery is located. In 2021, the City of Boston committed to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, and now requires that developers analyze and account for the history of racial exclusion and segregation in any new housing development. The monastery offers an opportunity to realize fair housing principles and create housing for folks that have been historically excluded: working class, people of color, and/or people with accessibility needs. If the city allows Holland Development to demolish the monastery, they plan to develop 26 market-rate condominiums. Under the city and neighborhood inclusionary policies, we might achieve a few affordable units. However, if we can preserve the building and win a robust planning process, then there is room for more creative re-use and more affordable housing. The City of Boston and the Landmarks Commission must put the needs of the community ahead of developers. Many community members would like to see the building preserved for its historical and architectural associations with Jamaica Plain’s development, Boston’s religious history, the significance of this Poor Clare Monastery in the history of the Order in the United States, and its organizing and charitable work domestically and abroad. The parcel at 920 Centre Street is large - nearly three acres. The wider community should have a voice in the future of this prominent, large and unique parcel. In the process of responding to the owners’ demolition request, the Boston Landmarks Commission staff has also determined that the monastery building (built in 1932) itself has historical significance. The current structure and any new construction on this parcel of land must include substantial affordable housing, in line with the inclusionary zoning requirements adopted by the JP Neighborhood Council, to preserve the diversity and meet the needs of Jamaica Plain and Boston.
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  • Abortion Is Health Care
    Health care is a human right. Republicans have been increasingly supporting radical positions on eliminating abortion to gain support across the nation, but this shouldn’t be an issue of red vs. blue—this is an issue of restricting access to health care for millions. Accessible and affordable health care is already limited in our country, and losing access to vital reproductive healthcare is just going to put more individuals and communities in danger. These bans impact marginalized communities the most, and we need public health officials to step in and take action to protect and expand access to abortion and broader reproductive health now. In 2021, the Department of Health and Human services took action and announced new resources to protect abortion patients and providers in Texas after the tragic passing of SB8. Unfortunately, at the same time, other states have been inspired by Texas’s limitations to abortion and by bans increasing across the country. Within weeks, we may see right-wing justices on the Supreme Court gut or overturn Roe v. Wade, which is why it’s crucial that President Biden and HHS take action to prepare for the worst—and protect access to safe abortion for all. Sources: 1. "What’s Happening With Abortion Legislation in States Across the Country," The New York Times, April 14, 2022 https://www.nytimes.com/article/abortion-laws-us.html 2. "Minority women most affected if abortion is banned, limited," ABC News, February 1, 2022 https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/minority-women-affected-abortion-banned-limited-82599673 3. "The negative health implications of restricting abortion access," Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, December 13, 2021 https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/abortion-restrictions-health-implications/ 4. "HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Announces Actions to Protect Patients and Providers in Response to Texas’ SB 8," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September 17, 2021 https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2021/09/17/hhs-secretary-xavier-becerra-announces-actions-protect-patients-and-providers-response-texas-sb.html 5. "Roe v. Wade's future is in doubt after historic arguments at Supreme Court," NPR, December 1, 2021 https://www.npr.org/2021/12/01/1060508566/roe-v-wade-arguments-abortion-supreme-court-case-mississippi-law
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  • Hire federal abortion providers to protect our reproductive freedom
    Our right to access safe and legal abortion has never been in greater peril since the Supreme Court codified the right in Roe v. Wade in 1973. Texas passed a new law in September that banned nearly all abortion in the state—and empowered citizen vigilantes to sue anyone who provides one. This law is being copied in state after state as right-wing Republicans race to criminalize and eliminate abortion access. It's time for President Biden to use all his power to ensure access to abortion, especially in states passing these outrageous bans. He should be hiring federal abortion providers and dispatching them across the country. As constitutional expert and author Elie Mystal argues in The Nation, the federal government can provide free, direct health care where it chooses—either basing this care off of federal property or making a mobile clinic into a federal installation.[1] This setup would avoid state restrictions, while qualified immunity would protect the providers from the personal lawsuits at the heart of Texas's law. Mystal goes on to address Hyde Amendment restrictions and states' objections to demonstrate how the administration could pursue this path. This idea may be bold, but it's not unprecedented for the federal government to ensure services when states are unable or unwilling to do so—and this is a time that calls for bold action. We should live in a country where abortion is safe and accessible for all who need it, and high-quality single-payer health care is guaranteed to all Americans. And we need to keep fighting to pass the Women's Health Protection Act in Congress to codify the protections of Roe, to end the filibuster to do so, and to expand the Supreme Court to rebalance and reform it after right-wing power grabs left us with a GOP-packed court. But the people who need abortions can't wait for these actions in Congress—not while states are actively passing bans and the Supreme Court is poised to undermine or overturn Roe. We know the people who will be affected immediately are those with less wealth and flexibility, who do not have the means to travel across state lines or take time off work. There is not a moment to lose, because abortion care is time sensitive. President Biden can and must provide access to abortion to folks in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and all the states currently stripping their residents of essential health care. Source: https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/texas-abortion-fight/
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  • Abolish the filibuster and protect abortion rights for all!
    We don’t have time to wait: abortion rights are under attack like never before, both federally and nationally. While Dems are in power, our elected officials in the Senate must swiftly abolish the filibuster—it’s an outdated parliamentary maneuver that Speaker Mitch McConnell and others have continued to abuse to halt any national progress in Congress.
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