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Blog Archive for March 2013

Sequestration cuts are getting deep and personal. 

At Tuesday's Coalition meeting, we honored Roxanne after finding out about her sudden unemployment.(ABCD has laid off close to two dozen staff so far due to the federal cuts). This is Roxanne's last week of work at ABCD. She has been an incredible anti-poverty advocate and tremendous resource to the Coalition. We hope that one of you out there has the perfect job for her and can scoop her up. And we hope you will do all you can to fight for revenues to reverse the horrible Sequestration cuts. 

The next Food SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, March 26th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.  

I am writing to share two hot off the press DTA documents of interest to Coalition Members and which we will briefly discuss at Tuesday's meeting.

This is a reminder of our upcoming meeting on Tuesday, March 26th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House - 39 Boylston Street, Boston (barring any more snow storms). DTA's new Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan will be joining us for part of the meeting to meet Coalition members, hear your concerns and priorities moving forward, discuss the current round of Listening Sessions and goals for DTA. 

NOTE:  The Upcoming Food SNAP Coalition is Tuesday, March 26th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.  More details to follow.  

See announcement of additional DTA Listening Sessions below.  
Please also note, the next Food SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, March 25th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.  Interim Commissioner Monahan will be attending part of this meeting. More details on the Coalition meeting to follow. Meanwhile,  please do try to make some of these Listening Sessions and let me know if you need any data or policy information if you plan to testify.

As many of you know from earlier communications, DTA's Interim Commissioner Stacey Monahan is currently hosting a series of "listening sessions" around the Commonwealth to hear from recipients, community members, DTA staff and legislators about the benefits they administer and to address concerns about the programs.

We have good news to report from Massachusetts, but the battle continues. 

1.  McGovern Co-Sponsors House Resolution 90 - NO cuts to SNAP!

Our beloved anti-hunger champion, Congressman Jim McGovern, is co-sponsoring House Res. 90 which calls on Congress to oppose any and all cuts to SNAP.  I am pleased to report that we have 100% of our House Delegation signed on to House Res. 90 – yes, all NINE of them as of this AM.  Go Massachusetts!  

The following trainings at MLCE in Boston complete MLRI's 2012/2013 Basic Benefits Training cycle til next fall. All are welcome.

Thursday, March 21: Basics on CORI from 9:30 - 12:15 PM 

Attached is a flyer announcing the April 4th BBT training on MassHealth and related programs for persons under age 65.  Also here is the link to the on-line registration:

I cannot say enough about this training by Charlie Harak of the National Consumer Law Center - definitely worth your while truckin' to Boston to hear Charlie. Roxanne advises me that there is still space available, please her directly if you would like to attend. 

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From: Roxanne Reddington-Wilde 
Subject: Boston ABCD 3/18: Utility Rights training: What Front Line Staff Need to Know