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8,786 Petition Signatures so far — thanks to NAACP Youth for a big contribution of 646 Jobs NOT Jail
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Talking Points to Get RMV Bill Passed!
The RMV collateral sanctions bill is now in Conference Committee to hash out the details between the House and Senate versions. We support the Senate version. Let's make sure our representatives know that!
RMV Collateral Sanctions Campaign URGENT ACTION ALERT
PLEASE CALL, WRITE LETTERS TO AND ARRANGE MEETINGS WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS: Ask them to support the Senate Version of the Bill to Repeal the Driver’s License Suspension Law (Senate 2021)!
House Votes to Repeal Driver’s License Suspension
Yesterday (1/6/16), the House voted unanimously to pass our bill to End Collateral Sanctions at the RMV, but there is still work to be done.
CALL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES & ASK THEM TO PASS H3039!
On September 24, 2015, the Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to pass our bill, An Act Relative to Motor Vehicle Suspension, now known as S2021. Now, the Massachusetts House must act to pass it's sister, H3039. The vote will be tomorrow, January 6th at 1 p.m.
Make Your Voice Heard - Sentencing Commission 11/18/15
State House Day of Action Sentencing Commission Hearing Wednesday November 18, 2015 10:30 a.m. Room # tba
Rising to the Challenge: Sustainable Security for All on November 21
November 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall
JOIN US! CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXPO
Monday, November 2, 2015 2PM – 4PM Great Hall, State House
A World Turned Upside Down: Strategies for Lasting Criminal Justice Reform 11/1/2015
A World Turned Upside Down: Strategies for Lasting Criminal Justice Reform 11/1/2015
Vigil at South Bay Correctional Facility 9/25/15
Friday, September 25, 2015 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Suffolk County House of Correction 20 Bradston Street, Boston
EPOCA Member & Attorney General on WGBH
Listen at min 38:00 to hear Maura Healy respond to Edwin & talk about our Collateral Sanctions bill
Public Forum 10/6/2015
Jobs NOT Jails Worcester Public Forum
June 27th "Jobs Not Jails" Direct Action Training!
Learn more about the actions being taken for the Summer of Solidarity.
Does your legislator support the Justice Reinvestment Act?
The Justice Reinvestment Act (S.64/H.1429) will be heard by the Massachusetts Legislature on October 14th and we want your legislators to know how important it is to you to end mass incarceration and change our criminal justice system by re-investing in our communities through job and educational opportunity. The Justice Reinvestment Act will only get passed with your help!
Save the Date! Wednesday October 14th
Jobs NOT Jails Justice Reinvestment Act - Joint Judiciary Committee Hearing
Story Telling Workshop at Sunday Members’ Meeting
Guest Speaker: Norah Dooley, Storyteller & Author Norah will lead a Storytelling Training to enhance our one-to-one intentional conversations.
Training! Saturday June 27th
The Jobs Not Jails Movement Needs YOU! Join us for a training on Saturday, June 27th at 1:00-4:00 p.m. Freedom House, Dorchester
Training: Worcester Jobs NOT Jails Action
Join us for a training on 6/4 for a Worcester-based action on 6/5
Membership Meeting/Undoing Racism Training 5/17/15
Join us for this special members' meeting and training this Sunday
Save the Date: June 9th
Justice Reinvestment Act Public Hearing
May Day: EPOCA in the News
Read Michael Kane's Article on Mass Live
New England Regional Conversation
New England Regional Conversation to Discuss National Collaboration on Criminal Justice Issues Sponsored by the Center for Community Change
EPOCA Flyer
Please distribute!
Photos from the Fight for $15
Follow the link for photos from the Fight for $15 Rally and March in Worcester & Boston...
EPOCA’s Campaign to End Collateral Sanctions at the RMV in the News
Read State House News Service's Collen Quinn's Interview with EPOCA Member Edwin Melendez
April 14th Activities: Advocacy Day & Fight for $15
April 14th will be a busy day - we hope to see you at one or all of these events!
March Criminal Justice Reform Events in MA
This month we have an exciting series of events occurring across the state.
A ROAD MAP TOWARDS JUSTICE: How to End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts March 14th
Come learn about the bills related to mass incarceration and prison reform that we hope will become law in the next two years and how you can help make our criminal justice system more fair and effective.
Commonwealth Conversations: Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform
Massachusetts State Senators are holding listening sessions across the state to hear from constituents and bring "Beacon Hill to you".
February Call to Action!
Come to the Youth Jobs Coalition and Jobs Not Jails for the Youth Jobs Rally on Thursday, February 19 at 11:00am!
Justice Reinvestment
An Act to Increase Neighborhood Safety and Opportunity
Speaker Series at FUSN
Tuesday, January 13, 7-9pm at First Unitarian Society in Newton 1326 Washington Street, Newton MA 02465
Jobs NOT Jails Statewide Coalition Meeting 1/31/15
Freedom House 5 Crawford Street Dorchester, MA 02121 2-4 p.m.
EPOCA Office Closed for the Holidays
We'll be closed from Monday, December 22nd until we re-open on Monday, January 5th.
Next Jobs NOT Jails Statewide Meeting: Saturday, December 6th 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Freedom House 5 Crawford Street Dorchester, MA 02121
EPOCA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration: New Start Time
Celebrate 10 years of working to end Mass Incarceration while building leaders in our communities!
Join us for our 10th Anniversary Celebration on 10/25/14
Celebrate 10 years of working to end Mass Incarceration while building leaders in our communities!
Good News! CORI Alert
CORI Alert for People Trying To Seal Criminal Records & Advocates
Before You Vote Tomorrow
Read FAMM's Voter Guide
EPOCA Joins Clark U in a Ferguson Speak Out
This day would have been Michael Brown's first day at college....
URGENT - Calling All Members, Friends and Family!
Call Us with Your Parole Board Experiences!
You're Invited: One to One Gala & Open House 8/27/14
Come and Learn a Great Tool for Community Organizing!
#WAGEACTION June 12 4-6 pm
In Solidarity: Low Wage Worker Day of Action #wageaction Thursday June 12 4-6 p.m.
Rally with Us - Not One More Deportation! 6/11/2014
Not One More Deportation! Rally When: Wednesday, June 11th from 2:00PM Where: Worcester City Hall, 455 Main St, Worcester, MA Join us in solidarity
Our RMV Bill is on the Move!
Ending the Drug War at the RMV
Local Jobs NOT Jails Coalition Meetings:
Find a Coalition Meeting Near You!
Local Jobs NOT Jails Coalition Meetings:
Find a Coalition Meeting Near You!
Endorse Jobs NOT Jails!
There are many ways you can help build the movement!
March Mini-calendar of Events Related to Mass Incarceration
Lots to do this coming March!
Upcoming Public Forum on Criminal Justice with Gubernatorial Candidates 3/13/2014
Find out where the new candidates for Governor of Massachusetts stand on criminal justice policy issues - and show them how important this is to us!
Meet Marinella, Our New Community Organizer Apprentice!
Interview with Marinella Blake 1/13/14: Why is Jobs NOT Jails Important to me?
Meet Lillie our Emma Tenayuca Community Organizer Apprentice
Interview with Lillie Williams , 2 months in to her EPOCA Emma Tenayuca Community Organizer Apprenticeship funded by Boston Women’s Fund.
How One Box Locks Thousands Of Americans Out Of Employment And Into A Life Of Crime
Read this great piece by Annie-Rose Strasser featuring EPOCA's Community Organizer, Cassandra Bensahih
Upcoming Local Jobs NOT Jails Coalition Meetings
Come and join the conversation and join the movement to end Mass Incarceration!!
Reform, Re-entry and Results: Change and Progress in the Massachusetts Criminal Justice System
Governor Patrick is going to be addressing issues related to mass incarceration and public opinion: Next Thursday, February 20, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at UMass Boston’s Campus Center. This will be a tightly controlled event, with little or no opportunity for public comment - but we need to demonstrate that when our political leaders address issues of Mass Incarceration, PEOPLE SHOW UP! Please see below for further information.
New Member Spotlight - Meet Josh Diaz
At 22, Josh is one of our youngest and newest EPOCA members...
Meet Cassandra- Our New Community Organizer
We are so happy to be able to expand our organization to include Cassandra on our staff!
Join the Winds of Change! EPOCA Fall E-News
EPOCA Fall E-News 2013
Message from our Board President, Benito Vega
Why we should sign the petition for Jobs NOT Jails
The Jobs NOT Jails Campaign Website is Here!
We are pleased to announce a new on-line tool for everyone interested in the Jobs NOT Jails Campaign: www.jobsnotjails.org