The “Grand Bargain”

It's an irritating phrase, mostly because it implies a collaboration in reaching a desired outcome. But I'm critical of the process that got us to the GB. It was not the kind of process I would have wanted. Actually, there was no process. Legislators saw the compromise bill Wednesday morning and voted it Wednesday afternoon. … Continue reading The “Grand Bargain”

A Reason to Hope

There has never been a more critical time to join the fight to end Alzheimer's disease. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and over 15 million Americans are providing unpaid care and support. Both of these numbers are expected to triple by 2050. While the numbers are astounding, the Alzheimer's Association and advocates, … Continue reading A Reason to Hope

My Statement on the SJC’s Fair Share Amendment Decision

As one of the original signers of the Fair Share Amendment, I am deeply disappointed in today’s SJC decision that prevents the proposed amendment from going on the ballot and being put before the people of our Commonwealth. This decision makes it clear that a strong, progressive coalition in the legislature is more important than … Continue reading My Statement on the SJC’s Fair Share Amendment Decision

YES for Human Rights

This November, basic protections for our transgender neighbors will be on the ballot in Massachusetts. We must vote YES for fairness, respect, and dignity by upholding the law to protect the rights of transgender people in public spaces. Right now it’s illegal to discriminate against a person simply because they are transgender. A small group … Continue reading YES for Human Rights

The Women Who Run

On Patriots' Day, before marathoners take their marks and pancake breakfasts are served, re-enactors will stir in the morning haze as John Hancock's nimble-footed secretary protects a trunkload of Patriot-activist papers from British Regulars descending on Lexington's Battle Green. When the Stamp Act crisis developed in 1765, signaling the revolutionary era, Patriot-activists were quick to … Continue reading The Women Who Run

Teachable Moments

My Letter to the Editor of the Lexington Minuteman was published in the March 15th edition. From labor protests at the turn of the 20th century to civil rights demonstrations and war protests of the 1960s and 1970s, walkout demonstrations are a familiar part of American history. Often stirring, sometimes effective, and always disruptive, it’s … Continue reading Teachable Moments

Workers’ Rights

I might’ve entitled this post, “Thank God For Unions”, because I’d been drawn to the teachers’ strike playing out in West Virginia and hearing of a pending teachers’ strike in Oklahoma. For days, thousands of WV public school educators refused to teach because they were getting lousy benefits. Their salaries ranked 48th in the nation (an average of … Continue reading Workers’ Rights

Melt ICE

I joined a group of activists in Burlington last weekend for a protest and rally outside the field office of the Boston Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE, their field area is all six New England states). We were there to protest the Trump administration's immigration detention and deportation agenda. Fabiano de'Oliveira had been released … Continue reading Melt ICE

Fair Share Amendment

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) heard arguments yesterday on the Fair Share Amendment. Opponents of the measure want the justices to determine whether or not the proposal falls within the scope of ballot initiatives, as specified in Article 48 of our state's constitution. Our schools lack the foundation funding necessary to provide all students with … Continue reading Fair Share Amendment