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 contributed over 1200 signatures to the effort to get two ballot questions on the November 2018 statewide ballot. Partnering with the Raise Up Coalition, Rosie’s Place collected signatures to:

1.  Increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.   

2.  Provide paid family and medical leave for Massachusetts employees.

The Coalition collected over 270,000 signatures from across the state. In a few months we will know if there are enough certified signatures for the questions to appear on the 2018 ballot. For more information on the campaign, go to:

Rosie’s Place is supporting two questions already on the 2018 ballot - the Fair Share Amendment and an effort to uphold the Transgender Equality Law. For more information about the law, go to:

Temporary Protected Status 2017

The Department of Homeland Security announced in November 2017 that it is terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians with effective date of July 22, 2019. TPS affects about 58,000 Haitians, including over 4,000 Massachusetts residents and their families. Guests are able to reapply for their Employment Authorization Documents during this period and Rosie’s Place’s legal program will be working closely with Irish International Immigration Center IIIC to coordinate.

We continue to advocate for a legislative fix to keep families together. Please call your Congressperson and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey with the following message:

  • Hi, my name is ____________ and I live in ______________.
  • I urge you to work on a way to help the 4,000 Haitian TPS families in Massachusetts.
  • 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:

Read more about the impact on the 4,000 Haitian TPS recipients in Massachusetts here: article

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 – The Fair Share Amendment will be on the ballot in November 2018, and it needs your vote. Learn more

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