Arise members recently participated in the Legislative Action Day 2017, a meeting of the Massachusetts Coalition For The Homeless. The Legislative Action Day touched upon funding for RAFT, HomeBASE, EA, along with projected costs and budgets. Acts supporting elder and people with disabilities, adults and children experiencing homelessness, reestablishing the Rental Arrearage Program, and many more relevant, pressing bills for the homeless were also discussed amongst legislative officials and organization representatives.
Legislative Action Day 2017 in depth: http://mahomeless.org/advocacy/item/legislative-action-day-2016
March 5 – Toxics Action Center Local Environmental Action Conference
Representatives from Arise will partake in the annual Local Environmental Action conference on the 5th of March in Boston. The Local Environmental Action conference is a gathering of various community leaders, environmental advocates, and activists throughout New England with the aim of sharpening skills through training, networking, and overall inspiration in the continuous efforts to advocate for our environment. Arise will present on our work around getting gas leaks repaired and our advocacy related to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
March 6 – Springfield Climate Justice Coalition Steering Committee
Arise will be having a fundraiser at the First Church of Amherst on the 1st of April, featuring artists such as Lea Gilmore, Professor Louie of The Crowmatix, Peter Blood, and Annie Patterson.
A blues, gospel, and jazz singing civic activist, Lea Gilmore has advocated for many things from immigration laws to civil rights of women of color. Appointed by the U.S Commissions on Civil Rights and the Director of Network Coordination for the Moving Maryland Forward Network, Lea Gilmore is truly an astounding agent for socially just change.
More can be found on Lea Gilmore here: http://www.leagilmore.com/Bio.html
Annie & Peter have played a central role in creating a quiet revolution of group singing in the U.S. in recent years. They have spent decades honing their skills as performers and songleaders in schools, churches, conferences, folk song clubs and festival across the U.S. and abroad. They used this songleading experience to create a unique song collection entitled Rise Up Singing: The Group Singing Songbook in 1988 and another songbook entitled Rise Again in 2015.
More can be found on Peter Blood and Annie Patterson here: https://www.riseupandsing.org/anniepeter
Address: 63 Main Street
Tickets may be purchased in advance through https://www.riseupandsing.org/events.
A donation of $20 for adults and $5 for minors is suggested although no one will be turned away for a lack of funds, everyone is welcome!
Mark your calendars for Valley Gives, a 24-hour giving day that helps nonprofits throughout the Pioneer Valley raise needed funds to support their missions, will be open for donations on May 2nd to further support Arise’s along with many other non profit organizations in their efforts for change. Your donations would be greatly appreciated!
Valley Gives link: http://communityfoundation.org/valleygives/