May 6, 7PM First Parish, Jonathan Kozol; 7:30 Temple Beth Zion, Hunger/Food Insecuritity

Wednesday, May 6; 7 PM at First Parish in Cambridge Jonathan Kozol: Race, Poverty & and Corporate Invasion of Our Public Schools We look forward to hearing Jonathan’s analysis of the challenges faced by our public schools and the impact of corporate “reforms” on our children and communities. Get ready to be moved and inspired to action by the power of his words and his example as a fighter for educational justice and equality. Learn more

Wednesday, May 6; 7:30 PM at Temple Beth Zion, 1566 Beacon St, Brookline Tzedek Reflection Follow-up Meeting on Hunger/Food Insecurity This will be our chance to take what we discussed at our March 15th meeting regarding the SNAP crisis in Mass and formulate some clear actions to pursue and advocate for both the needs and dignity of the food insecure. Yes, despite the temporary suspension of data matching (to end in about a month), there still remain serious issues for the food insecure.  Please RSVP to Beverly at


Thanks for participating in
the Fight for $15.

IMG_3334 - one column widthIt was wonderful to see so many JALSA members at the rally for $15 an hour.  We saw people from JALSA, Jewish Labor Committee, JOIN for Justice, Moshe Kavod, MCAN, Temple Beth Elohim, Temple Beth Zion, Temple Hillel B’nai Torah, Temple Shir Tikvah, and Cong. Dorshei Tzedek at our end of the field.  Let us know who we’ve missed here.  It was wonderful to join with our friends and colleagues in the worker justice movement.

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SJC Upholds Police Discretion on License to Carry

Important SJC decision March 9th upholding the discretion of police in determining who should be allowed to have a license to carry.  JALSA participated in a brief supporting this important provision of both the old law and our most recently enacted law supporting police discretion.  The new law, in which JALSA played a significant role in encouraging passage, provides police discretion for both the license to carry and the FID card which is needed to buy any arms, although there are different conditions for each.

Earned Sick Time – Congratulations
to JALSA and all MA Workers

Take a well-deserved round of applause JALSA

Congrats on passing Earned Sick time!!
We did it!..YES – 1,252,197 (59%); …………………….NO – 856,280 (41%)

8 years of perseverance and hard work has provided a million workers in Massachusetts the right to earned sick time!!  We made a difference for hundreds of thousands of low and middle income workers and their families!   We’ve hung in there through thick and thin. Hearings, Forums, Phonebanking, Lobbying, Signature Gathering, Canvassing. What haven’t we done to get this passed.

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JALSA at fight for $15 rally

A large contingent from JALSA joined an enormous and energetic demonstration Tuesday for a $15 minimum wage, drawing thousands of people who marched for more than an hour and a half through Boston. This is part of a national protest taking place in more than 200 cities.


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