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Dear Black Veterans:

History has not all ways been kind or truthful in the remembrance and acknowledgment of the services of Black GI’s in the defense of the nation. We saw the history of the great General George Patton told without mention of the Black 761st Tank Battalion whose blood and guts carried him to fame in World War II. They spearheaded his drive through Europe and were the first Allied Force to reach the Rhine River bordering Germany. They suffered a casualty rate of fifty percent. It was not until 1978 when then the first Black Secretary of the Army, Clifford Alexander recognized them sacrifices and contributions. He presented the Battalion with the Presidential Unit Citation. We had to remind Steven Spielberg in the making of the movie “Saving Private Ryan” that Black GI’s were on the beach in Normandy on June 6th, 1944 as part of the D-Day Invasion. These are but two examples of how history has been distorted by our omission.
                
Historically, we have showed up and made a difference through our selfless
service in every times of national crises from the Revolutionary War forward. Many have worked tirelessly for decades to correct the omissions and misrepresentations of our history.

We find ourselves again today in a period of national crises with the current
political situation. There are overt efforts to suppress the Black Vote, and racial
divisions are being promoted from behind the seal of the President of the United
States. We are witnessing the undermining of democratic principles from the highest office in the land. The coming D-Day is November 3, 2020. We call on all Black Veterans to remember your commitment is to the Principles of Democracy and not an individual. Let us do as we have done in the past, rise to the occasion. Quoting Frederick Douglass the father of the Civil Rights Movement, “Strike a blow for Freedom.” Register and Vote.

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The American Legion-Charles Young Post #398
New York, NY
The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust 
Washington, DC
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Los Banos, CA
The USCG National Association of Former Stewards and Steward Mates 
Laurelton, NY
The Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Committee- Inland Empire Heritage Association 
Riverside, CA
The Association of the 2221 Negro Infantry Volunteers World War II 
Ft. Washington, MD
The 9th Memorial United States Cavalry Association 
Marana, AZ
The National Association of Black Veterans, Inc.
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The African American Patriots Consortium, Inc. 
Baltimore, MD
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Pontiac, MI
The 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Association
Los Angeles, CA
The 555th Black Paratroopers Association 
Tampa, FL
The 369th Veterans Association 
Staten Island, NY
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Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. 
Limerick, PA
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Chicago, IL
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Rockford, IL
The ACES Museum 
Philadelphia, PA
Colonel Charles Young American Legion Post #682 
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Dear Friends,

We are living in extraordinary times. Our communities and future generations call us to action. If you have not Voted yet, you still have opportunities to Vote. We have just 4 days before Election Day. Your Vote is Your Voice.

YOU HAVE THREE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU TO VOTE!

1.Today is the last day of Early Voting in person. For a list of early voting locations visit  early voting search tool.

2. If you are voting by mail and have received your mail ballot, you can drop it off at One of the Following Vote by Mail Drop Boxes:

* Worcester City Hall - City Hall Garage Entrance and 1st Floor Entrance facing the Worcester Common.

* Drop boxes will be available at each Early Voting location during the scheduled voting hours.

* Drop boxes will be available at every Worcester Fire Station.

3.    VOTE IN PERSON ON NOVEMBER 3RD’S ELECTION DAY
Additionally, if you would like to Support our Get Out The Vote Efforts, Please Sign up for our Phone and Text Banks this weekend.

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b. Spanish-speaking volunteers only! Phone bank to Spanish-speaking voters on Saturday from 1:00-4:00.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office’s announcement1 of wage theft citations totaling $636,796 in penalties and restitution for 23 workers against three construction companies that had contracts to build the Sutton Police Station is a welcome conclusion to a long and painful experience for some of those that worked building it.
The members of Carpenter’s Local 336 would like to praise the hard work of the AG’s staff for closing this chapter and encourage municipalities to pass local wage theft ordinances to help prevent future wage theft occurences such as this.
We need to monitor more closely how our taxpayer dollars are being spent and make certain local municipalites have the ability to protect themselves. The fact that Federal OSHA health and safety inspectors and the Mass. Attorney General’s Office had to step in, first to protect workers’ lives and safety2 and then to protect some of the same workers from exploitation and wage theft on this project should be unacceptable to all of us and move us to action.
What happened in Sutton, happens far too frequently to other municipalities throughout Central Mass. and across the Commonwealth. We must all remain vigilante in addressing worker safety violations and wage theft and municipal leaders need to put in place stronger protections at the local level by implementing strong and firm local wage theft ordinances that help to keep companies that have been caught exploiting workers from just picking up and moving on to the next city or town.
More and more cities are putting local wage theft ordinances in place as preventative measures which will protect workers when a town or city builds a new school, library or firehouse as well as when a private developer comes to town and public tax dollars are used to finance the project through TIFs or tax credits.

Framingham is one community that wants to be pro-active. John Stefanini, a Framingham Councilor, believes now’s the time;
“We should care about how every tax dollar is spent, and we should be angered when our tax dollars end-up going to a fly-by-night contractor that engages in wage theft, robbing hard working men and women, and cheating local companies for the chance to compete. It’s for these reasons that I fully support the taxpayer and worker protections being considered by the Framingham Council.”
The fight against wage theft needs to be a shared effort between municipalities and our elected State Representatives and Senators. The members of Carpenters Local 336 recently endorsed Christine Creane in her Senate campaign because they believe Christine recognizes wage theft’s devastating effects on employees’ lives. Because of her many years as a member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 509, Christine stands strong against wage theft;
“Wage theft impacts many different industries, in addition to construction it is prevalent in low-wage food service and retail jobs. I fully support the work of the Carpenters Union and the AFL-CIO to educate municipalities on how they can better protect against wage theft happening in their communities. Local wage theft ordinances are a proposal I’m interested in seeing in every community.”
Organizers for Carpenters Local 336 will continue to visit work sites in Central Mass, as well as Western Mass. and Metro West to document unsafe work conditions, take complaints from workers victimized by wage theft and educate local elected offiicials on the importance of implementing wage theft ordinances to protect workers.
Carpenters Local 336 represents 2,000 members living in towns and cities across our state. Our members participate in a union because they believe it is the best way to protect their economic rights and dreams. So far in 2020, Organizers and staff for Local 336 have made over 1,080 job site visits as our part of protecting workers and holding developers and contractors accountable. Many of these job site visits took place this spring when construction workers were classified as “essential workers” and both union and non-union workers were told they needed to report to work.
References
1 Oct. 14, 2020 - Attorney General - $640,000 in wage theft and penalties in Sutton
https://www.mass.gov/news/ag-healey-announces-nearly-640000-in-citations-against-three-massachusetts-construction
2 Machados Construction Services Llc https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=1335492.015
2 E.D.M. Construction, Inc https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.inspection_detail?id=1335384.015
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By Whitney Johnson, Director of Visual and Immersive Experiences


“America needs to wake up,” Michael McAllister (pictured above) tells us while standing in line at a Brooklyn College polling site on the first day of early voting in New York. Photographer Stephanie Mei-Ling found this pent-up energy when she created his portrait and that of other voters this week in the Empire State.

If there’s one thing that distinguishes this U.S. election, it is how early and insistent citizens have been to practice democracy. In parts of the world, that energy to take part in political power has had to be submerged, reined in by oppression and force. Supporters of both U.S. presidential candidates speak urgently that their nation is under threat, too, beyond that of COVID-19—and that urgency has propelled electoral participation to a level that may be America’s highest in more than a century.

Below, we show a few of the people Stephanie photographed on assignment. Upstate in Rochester, Stephanie caught George McAllister (in red hat and mask, below) on his way to vote: “Black folks didn’t always have the right to vote,” he says. “People have died and marched. Why not use what they suffered for us to have?”

Randi Bragg, pictured below sitting with her mom and sister while waiting to vote in Brooklyn, agrees. “My vote matters because if I don't make that choice, someone is going to make it for me. I’d rather use my vote and make it count.”

Take a look at Stephanie’s images below and her full story with reporter Tucker C. Toole. Just four more days until Election Day!


 
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(Clockwise from top left, George McAllister of Rochester; Alexander Navarro, standing in line at the Madison Square Garden polling station and saying he’s hopeful for change; Ben Hoffman, waiting to vote in upstate Scipio; and Estela Bragg, at center, with her daughters Randi and Leah, in Brooklyn.)

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Beginning November 9th:
Reliant’s COVID-19 testing in Auburn and Leominster will move from the parking lots outside of our offices to nearby, former Sears Automotive locations. These moves will allow us to still safely perform open-air, drive-thru testing, but will provide the ability to better control the climate and shield our staff and patients from winter weather.

Testing will continue at our current locations until November 6th. All patients will continue to need an appointment for a test. We do not offer walk-in COVID-19 testing.

The new testing locations are:

Auburn
The former Sears Automotive building, which is located at the Auburn Mall, but on the opposite side of where Reliant’s main entrance is.
Street address: 387 Southbridge Street, Auburn 

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Street Address: 100 Commercial Road, Leominster

Please note that our Southboro COVID-19 testing will continue at our Southboro office for now. Any changes will be communicated to patients as necessary.
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ADCARE HOSPITAL RECOGNIZES MARY W. KINGORI, RN, VANESSA FARINHA FOR EXCELLENCE IN PATIENT CARE AND CUSTOMER SERVICE 

(Worcester, MA, October 26, 2020) – Worcester resident, Mary W. Kingori, RN, nursing supervisor, is the recipient of AdCare Hospital’s Excellence in Patient Care Award. Ms. Kingori joined AdCare’s nursing team as a CNA in 2001 and went on to become a LPN, RN, nurse manager, and nursing supervisor.

  “Mary shows exceptional compassion for our patients that struggle with substance use disorder, said Kara Levinson, RN, BSN, director of nursing. “She is a true champion of patient care, always considering the patient’s needs first and strongly advocating for the patient.”  
 
 
 
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AdCare Hospital has honored Barrington, RI resident, Vanessa Farinha, office manager at AdCare Outpatient in North Dartmouth, MA, with the Excellence in Customer Service Award.  Ms. Farinha, who joined the AdCare North Dartmouth in 2012,

has been instrumental in setting the standard for customer service and always quick to learn new procedures such as telehealth.” said Mary Cochrane, LICSW, director of AdCare North Dartmouth. “Vanessa is outstanding in her professional demeanor and treats every patient with compassion while providing comprehensive service from the first phone call in the morning to the intake at the end of her day.” 

Experience matters.  For 45 years, AdCare has provided life-changing substance use treatment. In addition to a level-4 hospital in Worcester, MA, AdCare has a residential program in North Kingstown, RI, and provides comprehensive telehealth treatment through its outpatient programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. AdCare … Your Recovery Begins Here.  
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Seeking justice: The struggle to get justice for Breonna Taylor, fatally shot in her apartment by Louisville police, has brought together people nationwide. Several have been profiled by photographer Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, including Jamila (above), who did not want to give her last name. Speaking at a memorial to Taylor after weeks of protest, Jamila said: “Mentally, I’m a little drained, but I am looking to be the change I want to see. Even the small things that I do can affect change.”

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Join Amplify Latinx in celebrating the culmination of Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 -October 15) with a festive gathering honoring our 2020 Amplifiers. As part of the event registration, we will also give attendees the chance to select five Latinx-led non-profit Community Partners to receive a grant in recognition of their response to the most […]. RSVP:  Event Link
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AG HEALEY ANNOUNCES STATEWIDE VOTER PROTECTION INITIATIVE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       MEDIA CONTACT:


October 7, 2020                                                                                 PressOffice                                                                                                 
(617) 727-2543


Pledges Prosecution of Voter Intimidation; Establishes

Task Force to Ensure Election Protection; Launches Voter Education Campaign Across Massachusetts


            BOSTON – With

a clear message that her office will protect the right to vote in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey today announced major initiatives to ensure election integrity in the weeks leading up to November 3.


“As Election Day approaches, I want each and every voter to know that my office is working hard to ensure your vote is counted, your voice is heard, and our elections have integrity,”

AG Healey said. “We are here to strengthen trust in our democratic process and protect your right to vote.”

Election Protection Task Force

AG Healey has made voter protection and election integrity a priority of her office and

is taking action to ensure a free and fair election. She convened an internal task force to coordinate election protection related priorities

across the office and with state attorneys general across the country.

The task force includes attorneys in the AG’s Office with expertise in civil rights, civil litigation, and criminal prosecution. Its work is focused on ensuring that every ballot

cast is counted and preparing to respond to and prosecute voter intimidation, which includes staffing the office’s civil rights hotline to address concerns of interference at the polls.


Voter Education Campaign

The AG’s Office has launched a new website with resources available for voters, including important dates, information about

voting options, and how the AG’s Office is protecting your right to vote. For more information, visit mass.gov/protectthevote.



This week, the AG’s Office will also distribute thousands of voter protection flyers in multiple languages to the state’s community-based

organizations, faith-based groups, neighborhood associations, disability rights advocates, senior centers, colleges and universities, government officials, and municipalities. The

flyers have been translated to Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and are also available online at mass.gov/votingflyers.

            The AG’s Voter Protection Flyer has information about how to vote, including making sure

voters register or confirm their voter registration at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com by

the deadline of October 24, 2020. Voters can vote four ways:

Vote Early by Mail: Apply

now at www.MailMyBallotMA.com.

We recommend you submit your application by October 20. Return your ballot by mail or deliver it in person to your local election office, an official ballot return drop box, or any early voting location in your city or town during early voting hours. Your

ballot must be postmarked or dropped off by November 3 and, if mailed, must be received by your local election office by November 6. Track your ballot at www.TrackMyBallotMA.com or

look up drop-off locations at www.mass.gov/vote.
Vote Early in Person: Vote

at an early voting location in your city or town between October 17 and October 30. Early voting locations and hours will be posted by October 9 on www.MassEarlyVote.com.
Vote Absentee: You

can vote absentee if you will be out of town or have a physical disability or a religious belief that prevents you from voting at your polling location. Request an absentee ballot by October 28 and postmark or drop off your ballot by November 3. If mailed,

your ballot must be received by your local election office by November 6. Request an absentee ballot application by calling 1-800-462-VOTE or visiting www.mass.gov/vote.


Vote in Person on Election Day: On

November 3, vote at your polling location between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you have the right to vote. Confirm your polling location at www.WhereDoIVoteMA.com.

The AG’s flyer also discusses voters’ rights to equal access, to vote without intimidation and to have their vote counted.

Right to Equal Access: All

polling locations are required to be accessible, have an accessible voting booth, and have a system that allows voters with disabilities to mark their ballot privately and independently. People with disabilities may also have someone assist them at an early

voting or polling location, use the accessible vote-by-mail system, or vote absentee. Call 1-800-462-VOTE / TTY: 1-800-720-3480 for more info or visit www.mass.gov/vote.
Right to Vote without Intimidation: State

law prohibits election interference and voter intimidation. If someone verbally or physically confronts you while you are trying to vote, requests documentation where none is required, follows you, or interferes in some other way with your right to vote, call

the Attorney General’s Office at 617-963-2917.
Right to Have Your Vote Counted: If

you vote by mail, track your ballot at www.TrackMyBallotMA.com to

make sure it is received and accepted. If your ballot is rejected, your local election official should contact you and send another—you can submit the ballot or vote in person. If you receive a mail ballot but do not return it or if you are concerned your

election office will not receive it in time, you may vote in person.

Protecting Against Voter Intimidation

Voters have the right to cast their ballot free from intimidation, harassment, or interference. State and federal laws protect this right and AG Healey has said that those who

engage in this type of illegal activity will be prosecuted. The law prohibits voter intimidation by public officials and private citizens alike.

In September, after President Trump threatened to send law enforcement officials to polling

locations to monitor elections, AG Healey’s Office issued an advisory to

make clear that intimidating or interfering with voters is illegal. The advisory reminds voters that their right to vote safely and free from intimidation, harassment, and coercion is protected under federal and state law.

AG Healey is reminding voters that if someone verbally or physically threatens or harasses you while you are trying to vote, or interferes in some other way with your right to

vote, you can call the AG’s Civil Rights Division for help at 617-963-2917. If you need immediate assistance, dial 911 or contact your local police department.

Multistate Action

AG Healey joined

a coalition of attorneys general in filing

for a preliminary injunction, which was granted, in a lawsuit seeking an immediate halt to illegal changes to the United States Postal

Service (USPS) that interfere with postal workers’ ability to effectively deliver the mail. In

their lawsuit, the attorneys general assert that in some parts of the country, USPS’s actions from July 2020 have led to significant

delays, harmed veterans, seniors, and rural communities, and could disrupt the November election without court intervention.

Information regarding voter registration and voting procedures in Massachusetts can be found on the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections Division
website at: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.
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The Worcester Bravehearts have created an After-School Recess program

The Worcester Bravehearts have created an After-School Recess program that will run through mid-December to help promote physical activity, especially with children who are currently doing remote learning from home. Bravehearts After-School Recess takes place 3:00 - 6:00 PM daily at Recess Take 2, located at 216 West Boylston St. in West Boylston and is open to children between the ages of 6 and 12*. Each day of programming is supervised by Worcester Bravehearts staff members with help from employees of Recess Take 2. The program allows children the opportunity to play games and socialize with others in a safe and structured atmosphere. All physical distancing and sanitizing protocols are strictly enforced with guidance from the Board of Health. Enrollment is limited to adhere with the current restrictions regarding the congregation of groups indoors.

Recess Take 2 is a 20,000 square-foot indoor warehouse converted into an activity center with a baseball / kickball field, human foosball, giant Jenga, oversized chess, cornhole, Battleship, and many other games. Children can participate in all of these activities weekly along with new games introduced throughout the course of the program. If you'd like to register your child for a day or week of this after-school program, you can sign up below.
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our vote is incredibly powerful, there wouldn’t be so many people committed to continued voter suppression if that wasn’t the truth. With one month until Election Day, we want to remind you that November 3rd is your LAST day to vote, but it is not the first day.

But it is the last day to register to vote in these states: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Before you check Facebook or Twitter, double check your voter registration, be sure that your voter information is accurate, and make a plan to safely cast your vote! If you’ve recently moved, changed your name, or turned 18, this is crucial – it only takes two minutes and your vote can change the course of history.

Our NAACP Civic Engagement Team is working around the clock to register voters in crucial states like these and we need your help to make sure every eligible voter has access to the ballot box over the next 29 days.

We have a massive $250,000 goal for our Election Day Fund. This money will fund digital ads, registration drives, poll protection monitoring, and so much more. But without the necessary resources, we’ll risk having downsizing our programs! Can you chip in $25 today to help keep us on track?


This election continues to be contentious and things are changing every day. In many states early voting has already started and more than 3 MILLION votes have been cast! That’s incredible news, but we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas now.

Everything from healthcare, racial justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights are all on the ballot. We can only make progress on these things with high voter turnout. It’s going to take each and every one of us working together to save our democracy.

This year's election will be a defining moment in our nation's history, and it is crucial that we ensure every eligible Black voter can cast their ballot safely this November.

The NAACP is leading the fight to make sure that happens. But in order for us to be successful in our efforts, it’s crucial that supporters like you have our back.

That’s why we’re counting on you to make a generous donation to our $250,000 Election Day Fund today. Your kind gift will immediately be put to use helping our teams across the country get out the vote. We can’t do this without you!

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Let me begin by saying that a COVID-19 diagnosis is an awful thing that far too many Americans have had to confront—including over 200,000 who have tragically died. I wish the first family and everyone at the White House who has been infected a full and swift recovery. Please, please, please — listen to the advice of medical experts, wear a mask, and follow CDC guidelines.

Last Thursday, House Democrats passed an updated version of the Heroes Act. Almost five months ago, we passed the original Heroes Act, which has been collecting dust on Mitch McConnell's desk ever since. He said it was "too big." That's laughable given the scope and severity of this pandemic. And over the last five months of his inaction, millions of Americans have been laid off, millions more have fallen ill, and tens of thousands have tragically died. Again and again House Democrats have tried to negotiate with McConnell, including our latest offer to cut $1.2 trillion out of our original package.

Our negotiations with the Administration continue, and I am hopeful that we can get this done. However, we still have significant disagreement in some key areas, and I wanted to share an update from House leadership on the state of our negotiations around five policy priorities:
Unemployment Insurance – The GOP number does not measure up to the need that we both recognize, particularly as long-term unemployment rises and families are exhausting their benefits. This is separate from our disagreement over the dollar amount for the enhanced unemployment benefit.
Schools, and State and Local Funding – The September jobs report shows that 280,000 teachers and support staff have lost their jobs in the last month alone, with more than 800,000 fewer teachers and support staff employed compared to this time last year, overwhelmingly because of the coronavirus.  We have no right to salute our heroic frontline health care workers, police, fire, sanitation, transit and teachers if we do not give them the state and local funding needed to prevent them from losing their jobs.
Children – Essential to the well-being of America’s working families is the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. In the original Heroes Act, we allocated to $149 billion, which we have cut to $57 billion in the updated bill.  The Republican proposal had zero.  We are hopeful that the Administration will join us at our level for the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit and are awaiting a response.  In terms of child care, we have $57 billion to their $25 billion, and are pushing them to come up to the higher level.
Testing & Tracing – Finally the Administration is coming closer to our number on the funds needed for the testing and tracing that science tells us is necessary to crush the virus. However we have not yet reached agreement on the language, which is critical to ensuring that the Administration uses these funds correctly to stop the spread of the virus.
Appropriations – Many of the priorities in the bill are addressed in the appropriation section, which we have reduced to $144 billion.  The White House is suggesting cutting $44 billion more. We await the changes that they are suggesting.
Let me make one final observation -- I've heard from pundits on the news that Democrats are passing "partisan bills" and that we should just "give in" and let the Republicans have whatever they want to get this done. Let's be clear here.

First, House Democrats have compromised -- again and again. We met Senator McConnell in the middle, and then he moved the goalposts. The American people put their faith in us and gave us a majority in the House to fight for their values, not to rubber stamp McConnell's proposal which, quite frankly, is crumbs compared to the needs of our country right now.

Second, we passed a bill five months ago. Mitch McConnell sat on his hands before finally calculating that the situation had become so critical that he needed to open up discussion. His inaction resulted in untold damage to our country.

Nevertheless, we will continue to negotiate in good faith and I will keep you updated on the status of those negotiations.

Stay healthy and stay hopeful.

Sincerely,
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Let me begin by saying that a COVID-19 diagnosis is an awful thing that far too many Americans have had to confront—including over 200,000 who have tragically died. I wish the first family and everyone at the White House who has been infected a full and swift recovery. Please, please, please — listen to the advice of medical experts, wear a mask, and follow CDC guidelines.

Last Thursday, House Democrats passed an updated version of the Heroes Act. Almost five months ago, we passed the original Heroes Act, which has been collecting dust on Mitch McConnell's desk ever since. He said it was "too big." That's laughable given the scope and severity of this pandemic. And over the last five months of his inaction, millions of Americans have been laid off, millions more have fallen ill, and tens of thousands have tragically died. Again and again House Democrats have tried to negotiate with McConnell, including our latest offer to cut $1.2 trillion out of our original package.

Our negotiations with the Administration continue, and I am hopeful that we can get this done. However, we still have significant disagreement in some key areas, and I wanted to share an update from House leadership on the state of our negotiations around five policy priorities:
Unemployment Insurance – The GOP number does not measure up to the need that we both recognize, particularly as long-term unemployment rises and families are exhausting their benefits. This is separate from our disagreement over the dollar amount for the enhanced unemployment benefit.
Schools, and State and Local Funding – The September jobs report shows that 280,000 teachers and support staff have lost their jobs in the last month alone, with more than 800,000 fewer teachers and support staff employed compared to this time last year, overwhelmingly because of the coronavirus.  We have no right to salute our heroic frontline health care workers, police, fire, sanitation, transit and teachers if we do not give them the state and local funding needed to prevent them from losing their jobs.
Children – Essential to the well-being of America’s working families is the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit. In the original Heroes Act, we allocated to $149 billion, which we have cut to $57 billion in the updated bill.  The Republican proposal had zero.  We are hopeful that the Administration will join us at our level for the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit and are awaiting a response.  In terms of child care, we have $57 billion to their $25 billion, and are pushing them to come up to the higher level.
Testing & Tracing – Finally the Administration is coming closer to our number on the funds needed for the testing and tracing that science tells us is necessary to crush the virus. However we have not yet reached agreement on the language, which is critical to ensuring that the Administration uses these funds correctly to stop the spread of the virus.
Appropriations – Many of the priorities in the bill are addressed in the appropriation section, which we have reduced to $144 billion.  The White House is suggesting cutting $44 billion more. We await the changes that they are suggesting.
Let me make one final observation -- I've heard from pundits on the news that Democrats are passing "partisan bills" and that we should just "give in" and let the Republicans have whatever they want to get this done. Let's be clear here.

First, House Democrats have compromised -- again and again. We met Senator McConnell in the middle, and then he moved the goalposts. The American people put their faith in us and gave us a majority in the House to fight for their values, not to rubber stamp McConnell's proposal which, quite frankly, is crumbs compared to the needs of our country right now.

Second, we passed a bill five months ago. Mitch McConnell sat on his hands before finally calculating that the situation had become so critical that he needed to open up discussion. His inaction resulted in untold damage to our country.

Nevertheless, we will continue to negotiate in good faith and I will keep you updated on the status of those negotiations.

Stay healthy and stay hopeful.

Sincerely,
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Dear Friends,
We are approaching a dangerous housing and public health crisis.

Governor Baker has decided to END the Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium on October 17.

This will enable the 10,000 eviction cases frozen by the April Moratorium to go forward in Court and many thousands of other cases owners will file against tenants who have fallen behind on rent due to unemployment during the pandemic. Unfortunately, many tenants decide to move when they get an Eviction Notice or the Summons to Court because they don't understand their rights, can't afford a lawyer, or are afraid of the courts.

***The last thing we need during a pandemic public health crisis and colder months is thousands of people doubling up with others or going to shelters or the streets.

How you can help prevent this:

Community, housing, union groups are supporting and campaigning to get the Legislature to pass House 5018 (formerly H 4878) and Senate 2831, An Act to Guarantee Housing Stability During the COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery

It would extend eviction and foreclosure protections for tenants for a year, extend forbearance to homeowners and small landlords owning 15 or less units.....see the attachment for all the provisions of the bill and other back up material on the case for the bill.

**1. Please call your state representative and state senator and ask them to speak to Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka to bring this legislation to a vote now.

**2. Please call and email others in your organization about them making such a call.

**3. AND IF you know anyone or your group has members in these communities, see below, have them call to one of these "Big 5" legislative leaders:

 a. Revere and Winthrop residents for House Speaker Robert DeLeo

b. North End, West End, Chinatown, Northern South End residents for House Ways and Means Chair, Representative Aaron Michlewitz

    c.  Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton and Natick, precincts 1 to 5, inclusive, and 8, in the county of Middlesex; and the towns of Franklin, precincts 5, 6, and 8, and Medway residents for Senate President Karen Spilka

   d. Fall River and the towns of Freetown, Somerset, Swansea and Westport in the county of Bristol; and the towns of Lakeville and Rochester residents for Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues

    e. Quincy, Holbrook, Weymouth residents for House Majority Leader Rep. Ron Mariano

We are also asking the Governor to commit several hundred million to assistance for tenants and homeowners to help pay the rents and mortgages out of $818 Million in federal CARES Act funds they have not spent yet.

SAMPLE LETTER or EMail TO LEGISLATORS & PHONE CALLS TO LEGISLATORS

Dear Representative/Senator_____,

We need your help to pass House 5018 (formerly H 4878) and Senate 2831, An Act to Guarantee Housing Stability During the COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery.

Governor Baker is ending the Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium on October 17.

So we need the Legislature to pass this bill to extend protections for tenants, homeowners, and small landlords. It would extend eviction and foreclosure protections for tenants and homeowners for a year if they’ve lost income because of COVID-19,  extend forbearance to homeowners and small landlords owning 15 or less units.

If this bill is not passed, the 10,000 eviction cases put on hold by the Moratorium in April will proceed along with many thousands more against tenants who haven't been able to pay all the rent due during this time of high unemployment. During the public health emergency of COVID-19 pandemic and with approaching cold weather, we don't need people being evicted and then doubling up with others or going to shelters or the streets.

**We need you to as soon as possible speak to Speaker Robert DeLeo or Senate President Karen Spilka about scheduling this bill for a vote very soon.

Please call or email Devra at (215) 764-9895   Devra@worcester-interfaith.org

Other groups from the Homes for MA Coalition and allies are also working on this campaign along with supportive legislators.

 Thanks for considering this.
Sincerely,
Isabel Gonzalez-Webster
 
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 (October 1, 2020) –At a time when many families are experiencing adversity amidst colliding COVID-19 and opioid epidemics, AdCare is providing complimentary substance use education monthly and support weekly for families.

AdCare’s Family Education Program, October 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m. and the 4th Wednesday of Every Month, focuses on how substance use often affects the entire family to the breaking point, impacting the stability of the home and the overall family dynamics. “AdCare’s Family Education Program is designed to help educate folks about the disease of addiction,” says AdCare clinician and program presenter, Martha Deering, MA, LADC-I, CADC-II, LRC, CRC, QSAP. “As individuals progress from initial use to misuse to substance use disorder, changes occur in brain structure and function that drive the transition from occasional to controlled to chronic, compulsive use.”
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WHITINSVILLE - The Whitin Community Center (WCC) is so excited to be open and welcoming the community back through our doors! We know it has been a long time, and we’ve truly missed you! We wanted to let you know that we are here, for when you are ready to come back. We are dedicated to building a strong and healthy community together!

The WCC was pleased to reopen its Fitness Programming, Blackstone Valley Children’s Place and Camp Whitin on July 6th! Now with the beginning of our Fall Schedule (September 7th-November 29th) we have added more of our regular fitness programming, Spin classes, additional outdoor Aerobics & Fitness Classes, more Open Recreational & Adult Lap Swimming, Open Recreational Tennis, After School Gym Activities for children ages 7-13, Babies & Tots Swim Lessons, in person Silver Sneakers classes, and FREE Saturday Morning Fitness & Fun. Additionally, we have increased the number of families we can serve at the Blackstone Valley Children’s Place in Whitinsville & Douglas for Preschool, Kindergarten Prep & School Age with remote learning!

We know families and individuals depend on us, not only for health and wellness needs, but also for childcare services so we are committed to providing these services in the safest possible manner available. We are taking strict preventative measures to keep our locations clean and disinfected consistently to maintain a healthy, safe, clean and fun environment for you and your family. We meet or exceed all regulations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care, Department of Public Health, local boards of health, and CDC guidance. In addition to this, we have prepared and trained our staff to follow the most recent regulations set forth by our guiding local, state, and federal institutions.

One of our members, Nora S. said, “I came to the [Whitin] Community Center for Lap Swim last week and I am so impressed with how well you are running the facility in the face of a pandemic. It felt very clean and safe!”

Another member said, “I am thrilled to be back, and with everything going on in the world I feel safest at my house and here at the gym [WCC].”

When you are ready, we have a series of membership promotions throughout the Fall to jump start your fitness! Our Fall For Savings Membership Drive through the end of September is offering a FREE 14 Day Trial, and receive 25% discount off the 2020 rates & no Joining Fee! In October, we are offering every NEW Family membership purchased in October, either in full or by monthly automatic withdrawal will receive 25% discount off the 2020 rates & no Joining Fee! And for College Students, if you are looking for a fitness center to begin a solid exercise schedule WCC can help! No exercise simulations, no ZOOM classes…just you and the WCC in real time! Sign up for our Fall Semester Fitness Deal, running from September 15th -December 15th, 3 months for just $75! For more information about these membership promotions please contact our Member Services Desk, or visit our website at www.WhitinCommunityCenter.com.

Let’s get healthy together!

The Whitin Community Center is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. We offer social, recreational, educational, and outreach programs that bring community members of all ages and backgrounds together. The Whitin Community Center is the Blackstone Valley’s most complete family and recreation center with two swimming pools, a gym, fitness center, early learning programs, summer camps and a seven and a half acre park. Come see what sets WCC apart from the rest!

Whitin Community Center – located at 60 Main Street, Whitinsville MA 01588

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ADCARE PROVIDES VIRTUAL HEALTHY PARENTING IN RECOVERY GROUPS

(October 1, 2020) -- At a time when many families are experiencing adversity amidst colliding COVID-19 and opioid epidemics, AdCare is providing virtual Healthy Parenting Groups to help parents in recovery from substance use improve their parenting skills and relationships.

Substance use often impacts one’s ability to parent effectively.  This is due to factors such as impairment caused by alcohol and drugs, difficulties controlling anger, and the amount of time spent away from children while seeking and using substances.

AdCare’s parenting groups help parents recognize the negative effects of substance use on parenting, gain valuable parenting skills, and learn how to make healthy parenting choices.  The group setting also helps foster therapeutic connection among parents in recovery that share similar physiological, emotional, mental health and spiritual needs.

For an assessment and to enroll in a healthy parenting group, call the AdCare Outpatient Program nearest you.
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As the coronavirus pandemic and continued systemic racism plague the Black community, our very lives are on the ballot in this year’s election. It is not enough for any one of us to simply vote, however. In this time of crisis, each of us is obligated to make sure that all people in our communities vote. We’re asking you to commit right now to volunteer in the fall to encourage less-engaged Black voters to vote.

In the weeks before Election Day on November 3rd, the NAACP will mobilize leaders in communities across the country to make sure that Black voters do not sit out this election. We’re asking voters like you to call and text Black voters who vote less frequently and encourage them to exercise their power at the ballot box. Research shows that nothing mobilizes our vote more than Black voters encouraging and reminding other Black voters to vote, and we need your help to make sure our voices are heard.

Our mobilization program will provide you with resources and a list of the names and phone numbers of up to 20 infrequent Black voters for you to contact. The common history and current challenges of our community bring us together and infuse broad trust in the conversations among us, whether we are friends or strangers, and no matter the distance of our relationships or where we live in the country.

We’ve done the homework and worked with data scientists this year to analyze where our communities need your help and where Black votes will have the greatest impact on election outcomes. We have identified a dozen states where your commitment to volunteer can change the course of history and save the lives of friends and family and the people in our communities all across the country.

Can we count on you to help mobilize our vote in this year’s election? Will you join us by calling and texting voters in the states where our communities and our country need your commitment?

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