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Thank you to the Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) for inviting me to be the keynote speaker at their annual meeting. I was honored to be recognized for helping to successfully secure an increase in the AHVP housing vouchers for the disabled community by securing over $6 million dollars in this year’s budget for the AHVP program. This was made possible by the support of many in the Legislature including House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez and with strong advocacy from Chairman Kevin G. Honan and alongside House colleague Chairwoman State Representative Claire Cronin. In 1995, when the program first started, the state was able to provide 800 AHVP vouchers. However, due to funding cuts and increasing rents over the years, the current number of available vouchers became almost half. The good news is that the most recent budget will provide 125 additional vouchers (618 AHVP vouchers in total) for individuals seeking to secure a place to call home. Without access to safe and affordable housing, everything becomes secondary. Today, we need to look to the BCIL community whose members are experienced advocates who know what it means to push forward with success. Our country is in a perilous time but it's also a time of opportunity to take stock and assess what success looks like. It is a time of hope, not despair, when we can turn to each other for examples of inspiration. The disabled community is a beacon of hope – an example of perseverance in the face of adversity. I am so proud to be with you this evening and partner with you. I can think of a few other communities like you that have modeled what it means to stand in your truth and organize for the needs of yourself and/or loved ones. There are many champions who support this cause and the AHVP program, and we are truly privileged to meet you at the finish line. BCIL has insisted on a life that is about thriving, not just surviving, and collectively we all benefit from this model of engaged citizenship. ... See MoreSee Less

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“Marjorie was there for us during the Governor's attempts to privatize the MBTA's bus garages and never doubted that we needed to win this fight. She understood that this was about what a decent paying job means for families and knows that privatizing the MBTA would not only hurt workers, but the people that rely on public transportation the most.” #labordayweekend
Mike Vartabedian, Directing Business Rep on behalf of the Machinists Local 264
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Honoring Labor Day is about honoring the work of everyday people who make the world function. Every working person, especially hourly wage workers and those who are dependent on the so-called gig economy should be able to work a full time job--without needing overtime--to know that they can pay their bills, afford a safe and comfortable home, put food on their table, and, yes, even treat themselves and their families to experiences that many take for granted, like a ball game or a vacation. Organized labor fights to protect working people from poverty by placing value on the contributions they make--contributions that are essential to a functioning society. I'm thankful for the support and endorsement of UNITE HERE Local 26. I admire their determination and courage to ensure that workers receive a living wage. #LaborDayWeekend ... See MoreSee Less

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"Marjorie played a critical leadership role when the Legislature debated whether or not to vote and pass the transgender public accommodations legislation. This year, these civil rights protections are under siege by way of the Question 3 ballot initiative. Marjorie continues to join us in this fight. Her commitment to LGBTQ rights is steeped in long history of political activism and and leadership for over thirty years. She has earned our support, and we need her skilled leadership. We would not be where we are without her advocacy and determination to see the transgender accommodations bill passed into law. It has meant so much to me as a transgender man to work shoulder to shoulder with Marjorie and witness firsthand her unshakable commitment to this important civil rights issue. Now, with the potential repeal of transgender accommodations on the ballot, we need Marjorie more than ever as a champion in support of the LGBTQ community."
Carl Suffredini
Former Executive Director of MassEquality
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