The following informaiton is from Jobs Not Jails
It's time to take the momentum from Saturday's rally and turn it into immediate, concrete results.
- Seventy volunteers are needed to hold up "safety orange" banners with 30,000 signed Jobs NOT Jails petitions attached around the State House.
- People are needed to help deliver copies of 'The New Jim Crow' to every law-maker in the building.
Call Delia at: 508-713-8420 to sign up. Bus transportation from Worcester area available.
If you can't be there, call your legislators!
Below is a script, with information about six items that are immediately possible, which will help end mass incarceration and fund job creation. Please call:
1. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo (617) 722-2500
2. Senate President Therese Murray (617) 722-1500
3. Your own Representative and Senator. Find their names and numbers at www.WhereDoIVoteMA.com
Tell them you support Jobs Not Jails and ask them to vote for the following items:
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS
- H.1646, An Act to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. Mandatory sentencing is one of the major causes of over-incarceration, and leads to disproportionately long sentences for low-level drug offenders - and even innocent people who have no information to trade to a district attorney.
- S.1643/H.3099, An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension. This bill would repeal the law that automatically suspends a person’s driver’s license upon the conviction of any drug offense (not related to driving), followed by a minimum $500 reinstatement fee. The current law makes it extremely difficult for people who are trying to secure employment and rebuild their lives.
- House Budget Section 4512-0202, Provides funding to divert people charged with non-violent drug offenses into addiction-treatment programs instead of prison.
- H. 1638, "An Act to Establish the Massachusetts Innocence Commission. This bill would create a state commission to review how innocent people become convicted and make policy recommendations.
- S.52, "An Act Promoting Restorative Justice Practices". This bill would allow both adult courts or agencies working with youth to refer cases to a restorative justice process that involves the responsible party, victim and community members to repair the injuries caused to all concerned.
- Spend $26.5 million on Youth Jobs, to engage young people in positive, self-sustaining work!
- $9.5 million for SSYI (jobs for teens who have been struggling)
- $12 million for Youth Works (jobs in the community)
- $5 million for School to Career (private sector jobs)
- Raise the Minimum Wage to $10.50, and index it to inflation. Low-wage workers should not have to see their incomes weakened even further by inflation every year, even while corporate profits soar.
- Oppose H.1311, which would charge applicants $50 per case for a request to seal their CORI. This bill filed by Rep. Fernandes of Milford severely undermines CORI reform. People have to struggle for 5-10 years before sealing a CORI, often unemployed or underemployed, and this fee (which could mount to hundreds of dollars as people are hit with multiple charges for one offense) could close the door on this hope.
You don’t have to list them all! Elect your own priorities.
Find out more at JobsNotJails.org.
Endorsed by the Innocence Commission Task Team and Restorative Justice Task Team of the MACUCC.