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POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW: Massachusetts Safe Communities Hearing at State House

When: Monday, December 2, 2019, 8:50 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • Beacon Street • Boston

Info on our media event at 9 a.m. (we need a crowd outside the State House!), how we’ll ensure a strong presence in the Gardner Auditorium all day, and how we’ll be mobilizing within the State House and remotely. There’s a role for everyone – whether or not you’re testifying, and even if you can’t be there!

23e1299f-9889-4ad0-af4a-dc172847e666.pngWhether or not you’re coming to the State House:

• Please call your legislators on Monday! We expect hundreds of opposition calls that day, and we’re determined to outnumber them. Find your legislators here, or use our Phone2Action tool to be connected automatically (Monday only, but you can use it to email today!).

• Post on social media: We have shareable art and sample posts for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for you. Post all day, hashtag #SafeCommunitiesAct.

• Submit written testimony in support of the bill. The Public Safety committee is already getting piles of opposition letters! Here’s some guidance (messaging tips apply to both oral and written testimony; submission info is at the end of the doc).

Coming on Monday?

You’re awesome! Please wear blue if you can; any shade will do, but royal or light blue are extra nice. If you can be there by 8:50 a.m., join us outside the State House, on Beacon Street, for a 9 a.m. media event. We need several dozen people to stand on the State House steps and support the speakers.

If you plan to testify (in person or on writing), we have testimony guidance and hearing logistics for you. Assigned panelists should expect another email by the end of the day.

We still need more volunteers, especially for the shift starting at 2 p.m. Please sign up for a volunteer shift if you can!

This will be a full day of activity, so don’t worry if you can’t be there at 9 or 10 – we need people until as late as 5 p.m. Volunteers wearing yellow vests will be on hand all day to help everyone find their way and to answer questions. We’ll also have buttons and stickers for you.

At some point during your stay, head to the Room 167, and volunteers will help you find your legislators and provide handouts for a quick visit. Here are some talking points (keep it positive!). There will be water and some snacks, but you might want to pack some extras. There is also a small cafeteria on the top floor.

As noted above, we want to generate lots of social media activity – hashtag #SafeCommunitiesAct. We have shareable art and some sample tweets/FB/Instagram posts ready for you… but have some fun with photos and videos! Remember to tag your legislators.

The Steering Committee would like to share our deep appreciation of all of you – coalition members and allies who spread the word of the hearing to your networks, and people who collected postcards in your communities all over the state.

Have a great weekend, and we'll see you on Monday!

On behalf of the SCA Steering Committee,

Amy Grunder
Director of State Policy and Legislative Affairs
MIRA Coalition

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