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

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has until Tuesday, May 23rd to make a decision about extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to more than 50,000 Haitian nationals living in the United States, including 4,000 in Boston. Make your voice heard!

TPS is a form of humanitarian relief, granted to nationals of certain countries due to violent conflict or natural disaster. Learn more here.

Many elected officials across Massachusetts have asked DHS to extend TPS designation for Haiti. The Boston City council passed a resolution this week to formally urge the extension of TPS for Haiti.

You can voice your support as well by making three calls:

1. Call your congress person and ask them to call Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly to extend TPS for Haitian nationals. Find your congress person here:

2. Leave a message on the DHS comment line: 202.282.8495

3. Leave a message on the White House comment line: 202.456.1111

What to say:

Hi, my name is ____________ and I live in ______________. Please urge DHS Secretary Kelly to extend TPS designation for Haiti.

  • Conditions in Haiti have not improved enough to allow TPS holders to return safely.
  • Haitian TPS holders make important contributions to our families, communities, and economy.

If you have any questions, contact Public Policy at 617.318.0201!

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:  Ask your legislators to vote for the Fair Share Amendment at the next Constitutional Convention
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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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