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Boston Globe Editorial today: Trump’s cruel budget guts effective antipoverty tool (SNAP)

The Boston Globe highlights the harm of the President's proposed FFY18 budget on programs that provide basic supports to working families, children, seniors, persons with disabilities.

The Globe included a link to the powerful May 10th analysis done by Stacy Dean of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, which highlights how SNAP supports low wage working families.To see a more detailed analysis of what's proposed in the President's Budget impacting SNAP, click HERE.

What You Can Do TODAY:

  1. Please circulate the editorial broadly, use it for tweets with Hastag and post it on your FaceBook pages. Here's MLRI's tweet this AM:  National groups recommend the hashtag, #HandsOff
  2. Please consider adding to the "Comments" section of the editorial page, to help counter the vicious attacks on low income families and misinformation about SNAP.
  3. Add your organization's name to letter to Members of Congress being circulated by the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) is asking organizations and individuals to sign on to letters to Members of Congress calling upon them to pass an FY 2018 budget that promotes opportunity for all, safeguards and advances our basic living standards, and protects our environment. The deadline for sign on is June 12. Follow these links to details on the letter and updates on the federal budget battles.

WE NEED MORE Massachusetts SNAP client stories:

Please let us know if you have families or individuals (elderly, persons with disabilities, "ABAWDs") willing to share their stories - with or without their identifying information. Stories make a HUGE difference in getting solid media and getting the attention of elected officials. Attached are descriptions of some of MLRI's clients who have been willing to share their stories. Lisa Dashnaw, featured in the Globe's editorial, is one of the five clients in the attached, represented by Vicky Negus of MLRI.

We also need SNAP recipients willing to share their story directly with Governor Baker and urge him to weigh in with the National Governors' Association and Republican Governors' Association to push back against cuts to federal nutrition, health care and other programs that meet basic human needs. Recipients can mail their letters to: Governor Baker, State House, Boston, MA 02133 or use the online contact HERE. The Governor has already stepped out in opposition to the proposed health care cuts from Congress and the President, and we need him to also defend federal nutrition programs.


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