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Monthly Meetings

Our focused, tightly run meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month.

September 19, 2019

Jordan Thornlow, Eastern Massachusetts organizer from Planned Parenthood, shared an overview of the ROE Act, a historic bill currently under consideration by the Massachusetts legislature. The bill aims to protect and expand access to safe and legal abortion here in the Bay State. Participants learned how to upport the ROE Act and advocate for safe, legal, and equitable access to abortion.

August 20, 2019

In a lively Q & A format, Angus McQuilken, co-founder of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, discussed the scope of the gun violence problem in America, effective models for reducing gun violence, and what I-RISE members can do to get involved and make a difference.

July 16, 2019

Amber Hewett, offshore wind energy campaign manager for the National Wildlife Federation, discussed clean energy and climate policy in Massachusetts and opportunities to support important legislation this season.

June 18, 2019

Immigration attorney Elizabeth Goss presented "Demystifying Immigration and Restructuring the Immigration Debate."

May 21, 2019

Olivia Santoro, volunteer coordinator of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts presented an overview of the process by which the Massachusetts State Legislature introduces and passes bills to help attendees better understand how voters can influence lawmaking at the state level.

The I-RISE Legislative Watch Team will update attendees on their work to follow the Massachusetts Legislative Process and elected officials from the 1st and 2nd Essex districts.

April 16, 2019

A volunteer from Voter Choice Massachusetts explained Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), which allows voters to rank candidates on their ballot in order of choice. Two RCV measures have been proposed in this session. One would make it easier for cities and towns to use RCV in local elections. The other would adopt RCV for federal elections except for President.

Meeting attendees held a brainstorming session on ideas for I-RISE in 2019.

March 19, 2019

State Senator Diana DiZoglio discussed her legislative priorities for 2019.

February 19, 2019

Representative Moulton's plans and progress were reviewed; the Legislative Watch Team was introduced.

January 15, 2019

The core group laid out I-RISE's 2019 mission and approach followed by a presentation by Olivia Santoro of ACLU Massachusetts, who shared the ACLU’s 2019 agenda and told us how we can get involved locally.