[act-ma] 11/12: "Restore Our Heat & Lights Campaign!" Planning Meeting

Women's Fightback Network iacboston at iacboston.org
Mon Nov 10 15:22:48 PST 2008

*Restore Our Heat & Lights Campaign!*
*Planning Meeting*
*Wednesday, November 12 - 4:00 pm*
Piemonte Room, 5th Flr., Boston City Hall

Speaking (left to right): Nan Genger, Women's Fightback Network; Jenny 
Cintron, ABCD*; Jean-Claude Sanon, Candidate, City Councilor at Large, 
Boston; Josue Renaud, New England Human Rights; Miya Campbell 
(chairing), Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST); Andre Francois, 
Chief Steward, USW Local 8751, Boston School Bus Union (which has 
endorsed the campaign); City Councilor Charles Yancey; Lenore Pereira, 
Survivors, Inc.*; City Councilor Chuck Turner; (Not shown: Councilor Sam 
Yoon; Jason Leyden, Minister, Community Church of Boston*; Bishop Filipe 
Teixeira, Diocese of St Francis of Assissi, CCA*; Robert Traynham, USW 
8751, Boston School Bus Union; Stevan Kirschbaum, USW 8751, Boston 
School Bus Union; Tony Hernandez, Organizer, District Council 35, 
Painters and Allied Trades*
* id only

On Monday, October 27, City Councilors Chuck Turner, Charles Yancey and 
Sam Yoon were joined by community and labor activists at a press 
conference/rally at City Hall to tell National Grid and NStar: restore 
heat and light immediately to the thousands of Massachusetts residents 
who have been shut off! The councilors and speakers made clear that if 
the utilities won't do the right thing, then the Governor and the Mayor 
must declare an Economic State of Emergency and direct them to restore 
power so that no one is without heat and lights this winter. Last May 
over 100,000 Massachusetts residents received shutoff notices from the 
utilities companies. It is estimated that upwards of 10,000 may be 
without power as the winter heating season begins. This campaign is part 
of a rising national movement to Bail Out the People, Not the Bankers, 
that held coordinated actions in over a dozen cities from October 24-27 
calling for:

    * Emergency moratorium on home foreclosures and evictions
    * No budget cuts in education, healthcare and all social services
    * No layoffs, extend unemployment benefits
    * No utility shut-offs - restore all services
    * Debt relief for students, poor and working people
    * Protect public and private pensions
    * Jobs at a living wage

*Heat and Lights Campaign*

*Chuck Turner:* 617-635-3510    *Charles Yancey:* 617-635-3131
*USW L. 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers:* 617-524-3507
*The Most Rev. Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC:* 617-816-7795
*Women's Fightback Network:* 617-522-6626

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