Carly Burton to Speak on Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill

Massachusetts law protects transgender people in the areas of employment and education, but not in public accommodations. The Senate has voted 33-4 to pass a public accommodations bill, but the House has not yet taken a vote.  The issue which has held up passage is that of public bathrooms and locker rooms, with opponents unable to move pass that issue to the larger one of full non-discrimination protection for transgender people in Massachusetts.

Carly Burton, Campaign Manager of Freedom Massachusetts

Wednesday, June 1, 7 pm-9 pm

Lir, 903 Boylston Street

Ayanna Pressley at Brothers Restaurant on March 2

Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor at Large, Speaking on Issues of Racial Injustice & Inequality,  .

20160302_194002Councilor Pressley is an impressive political and community figure.     Ayanna Pressley’s career has been marked by history-making campaigns and a relentless determination to advance a policy agenda focused on girls and women, breaking cycles of poverty and all forms of violence, and reducing trauma in our communities. Pressley was first elected to the Boston City Council on November 3, 2009, becoming the first woman of color ever to do so. In 2011, she became the first woman in 30 years and the first person of color ever to top the ticket. On the trail and in office, Pressley doesn’t shy away from sharing her story as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault as a college student. Pressley founded and Chairs the City Council’s Committee on Healthy, Women, Families, and Communities and has built broad and diverse coalitions to advance lasting, meaningful reforms to complex social issues like teen pregnancy and trauma. Pressley is an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership (2012) and a Truman National Security Project Partner (2012).

 This event is part of our Salon in the Suburbs series to bring together Jews and social activists of all ages with important policy makers, attorneys, and academics for casual conversations to explore the cutting edge issues facing our society and state today.



JALSA Successfully Reaches and Passes Goal for 4500 signatures

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As we reach the end of the signature campaign on the Fair Tax amendment, JALSA signature gatherers surpass our announced goal of 4000 signatures.  Over 155,000 total signatures will be on their way this week to local election clerks for verification of signatures on the proposed constitutional amendment to add a 4% tax to those earning more than $1 million annual income on the amount over $1,000,000.00.

Save the Date for our 14th Annual Meeting – January 24, 2016


 Successful Hearings at the State House on Family and Medical Leave


JALSA Coordinator for Family and Medical Leave, Barbara Gutman, and Stephanie Shapiro Berkson, a witness at the great hearing this week for S2008 and H1718 – An Act establishing a family and medical leave and temporary disability leave insurance program.
Serious personal or family medical emergencies arise for all of us at some point.  Individuals receive an unexpected diagnosis. An elderly parent’s health rapidly declines. And parents need time off to nurture and bond with their newborn or newly adopted children. But despite the universality of these circumstances, most MA families face losing their jobs to care for themselves, their families or children during these times.
Nearly 40% of Massachusetts workers have to choose between caring for a family member during a medical emergency or losing a job. That is 1.2 million workers who cannot take time off to stay home with a new child. Paid family and medical leave would allow these workers to take the time off they deserve to care for themselves and their loved ones without risking job loss or financial ruin. ​ Call our office and let us know if you have a story you might want to share.

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Supporter – $1,000 (includes 5 tickets)

Ally – $500 (includes 2 tickets)

Friend – $250 (includes 2 tickets)

Individual Ticket – $60

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Thanks for participating in
the Fight for $15.

IMG_3334 - one column widthIt was wonderful to see so many JALSA members at the rally for $15 an hour.  We saw people from JALSA, Jewish Labor Committee, JOIN for Justice, Moshe Kavod, MCAN, Temple Beth Elohim, Temple Beth Zion, Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, Temple Shir Tikvah, and Cong. Dorshei Tzedek at our end of the field.  Let us know who we’ve missed here.  It was wonderful to join with our friends and colleagues in the worker justice movement.

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SJC Upholds Police Discretion on License to Carry

Important SJC decision March 9th upholding the discretion of police in determining who should be allowed to have a license to carry.  JALSA participated in a brief supporting this important provision of both the old law and our most recently enacted law supporting police discretion.  The new law, in which JALSA played a significant role in encouraging passage, provides police discretion for both the license to carry and the FID card which is needed to buy any arms, although there are different conditions for each.

Earned Sick Time – Congratulations
to JALSA and all MA Workers

Take a well-deserved round of applause JALSA

Congrats on passing Earned Sick time!!
We did it!..YES – 1,252,197 (59%); …………………….NO – 856,280 (41%)

8 years of perseverance and hard work has provided a million workers in Massachusetts the right to earned sick time!!  We made a difference for hundreds of thousands of low and middle income workers and their families!   We’ve hung in there through thick and thin. Hearings, Forums, Phonebanking, Lobbying, Signature Gathering, Canvassing. What haven’t we done to get this passed.

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