Public Policy

At Rosie’s Place, we don’t just educate our guests in the democratic process. We strive to engage and empower them through it. 

The Public Policy program works to further Rosie’s Place’s mission within the larger socio-political context by representing the interests of Rosie’s Place guests at the State House through direct lobbying, coalition building and by empowering guests and Rosie’s Place supporters to be actively involved in advocacy.

Rosie's Place 2017 Policy Priorities

Rosie’s Place is collecting signatures for two ballot questions. Partnering with the Raise Up Coalition, Rosie’s Place is collecting signatures to:

1.  Increase the Minimum Wage to $15 an hour.   

2.  Provide Paid Family and Medical Leave for Massachusetts Employees.

Rosie’s Place guests and staff will be collecting signatures until November. See here for more information about the campaigns.


DHS Secretary Kelly announced on May 22nd that Haitian TPS will be extended for a limited 6 month period (rather than a full 18 month renewal). In the statement, the administration said that “this six-month extension should allow Haitian TPS recipients living in the United States time to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States.”

We now have until January 2018 to continue advocating for extension of TPS status. Please call your Congressperson and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Markey with the following message:

  • Hi, my name is ____________ and I live in ______________.
  • Please thank DHS Secretary Kelly for extending Haitian TPS for another 6 months.
  • Please also communicate to Secretary Kelly that conditions in Haiti have not improved enough to allow TPS holders to return safely within 6 months and ask that he issue further extensions before January 2018. 

Find your Congressperson and contact info here:

To learn more about the impact on the 4,000 Haitian TPS recipients in Massachusetts, check out this article and radio piece by WBUR.

State Policy Priorities 

SNAP Gap/Common Application legislation: An Act Improving Public Health through a Common Application for Core Food, Health and Safety-net Programs (Senate Bill 612 and House Bill 101
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Repeal the Family Cap: An Act Relative to the Well Being and Care of a Child (Senate Bill 34 and House Bill 85
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Safe Communities Act: An Act to Protect the Civil Rights and Safety of All Massachusetts Residents (Senate Bill 1305  and House Bill 3269)
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Fair Share Amendment: Proposal for an initiative amendment to the constitution to provide resources for education and transportation through an additional tax on incomes in excess of one million dollars.
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Income Inequality

At Rosie’s Place, we are committed to addressing income inequality in Massachusetts and to supporting and helping to build social movements for greater equality. Today, the top one percent of our society holds 24% of the total wealth in the country. This is the most intense concentration of wealth at the top of the ladder since 1929. Read more.

Voting – Rosie’s Place is dedicated to educating and engaging our guests in the voting and elections process. To put our work in context, take a look at this report about the role that nonprofits can play in reaching populations with historically low voter turnout—people often missed or skipped by partisan political campaigns. 

Fair Share Amendment – Rosie’s Place supports the Fair Share Amendment and gathered more than 600 signatures from staff, board, guests, volunteers and supporters. Learn more

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