With the support of leaders, organizers, and volunteers across the state – in congregations and supermarkets – MCAN collected over 22,000 signatures (the most of any 501c3 org)! What a victory.
As a coalition, Raise Up MA collected over 155,000 signatures, and volunteers just finished driving the petition forms to 351 city & town halls across the state.
Next: Join us for a turn-in rally at 11:30AM Dec. 1, 2015 at the State House, to turn in our 155,000 signatures to the Attorney General.
We are also proud of each of our affiliates. Great work to each local group: ECCO collected over 4500 signatures, BIC collected over 3100, Worcester Interfaith collected 1500, UIA collected 1600, PVP collected over 2700, and YJC collected over 100. These numbers also don’t include the many labor members of each affiliate who worked with our groups but reported their work directly through their unions. Thank you to each of you who supported this effort – we did this together!
But these 22,000 signatures aren’t just numbers. We also wanted to share with you why this campaign matters to some of our leaders in our affiliate organizations across the state.
“Time and money spent on children are never wasted. All of our children are a gift from God to us, and it is our responsibility to love and nurture all children. We want to show our children that we love them and this is the way to demonstrate our love for them.”
– Minister Dr. Margaret Howard, Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC)
“In Lynn, we feel the consequences of insufficient funding for public education and lack of investment in transportation infrastructure. This amendment would help working families and strengthen the Massachusetts economy as it directs essential funds to education and transportation by asking our wealthiest citizens to pay their fair share of taxes, based on their ability to pay.”
– Rev. Jane Gould, Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) and MCAN
“Our communities are suffering because of lack of funds to pay for education and transportation to help working families get ahead and build a stronger future for all of us. The very rich can afford to pay a little more so we can invest in quality public schools, and affordable higher education.”
– Stanley Jean-Noel-Massasoit, Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC)
We will keep you updated about next steps to get this amendment on the ballot in 2018!