Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Real Threat to Services In Massachusetts

The Arc and ADDP are glad to announce that Mass. Families Organizing for Change and Mass Advocates Standing Strong are also on board for the Vigil for the Vote...Save the Safety Net
Senator Brown's office is located in the JFK Federal Building, Suite 2400
New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA 02203 (across from Boston City Hall)
Detailed directions are here:
Vigil for the Vote and to Save the Safety Net  
Advocates, Consumers and Family Members  to Hold Vigil  in Scott Brown's Boston Office
Vigil Photo
Unless Scott Brown and his fellow Senators agree to end the GOP filibuster on the Jobs Extender's Bill (H.R. 4213), Massachusetts will lose nearly $700 million in extended FMAP dollars.

This loss will force the Massachusetts budget to be drastically cut, endangering health and human service programs that make up the state's safety net.

Today, more than 50 U.S. senators are set to approve the release of the FMAP funds, but the minority can delay passage by extending debate.  Rules in the Senate require 60 votes to stop debate (cloture).

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is one of several key lawmakers who is refusing to vote to end debate and subsequently preventing a vote on FMAP from succeeding in the senate.

We need your help to move the vote, and get the money to Massachusetts.

At this point, there are no other options. So ADDP and the Arc of Massachusetts are joining with four other states to convince Senator Scott Brown and others to "Allow the Vote."
Join the Vigil in Scott Brown's Senate Office

We will hold a daily vigil in his office starting this Thursday, June 24, until the Senate takes action on FMAP.
Activists crowd State house
  • Thursday, June 24
  • Friday, June 25
  • Monday, June 28
  • Tuesday, June 29
We will hold the vigil from
10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day.

To join the vigil,  please email, and let her know of your plans to attend.

Leo V. Sarkissian, Executive Director
The Arc of Massachusetts  
217 South St.                   (781) 891-6270, xt. 106
Waltham, Ma 02453          (781) 891-6271 (fax) 
The Arc of Massachusetts’ mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We accomplish this through advocacy of supports and services based in the community.

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