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Somerville Rallies to Help Rush Street Fire Victims

Our communities have responded with great urgency and support after 32 people where displaced last week by a fire on Rush Street in Somerville. The Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) has set up an online fundraiser, which, as of now, has raised almost $19,000 for the victims. For those interested in donating, please visit this link to help the SHC reach its $25,000 goal.

Additionally, the City of Somerville has set up a donation drive to help the victims get much needed clothing items to ease their burden during this difficult time of transition. If you wish to contribute, items can be delivered to the Cummings School on 42 Prescott Street in Somerville, through the purple door off of the Prescott Playground area, Monday through Friday between 8:30am – 3:00pm. Below is list of items needed by the victims – please make sure that the clothing (particularly undergarments) are new or in excellent condition and pre-laundered:

Men: (need multiples of sweatshirts, T-shirts, underwear, sweatpants, socks)

Pants/Jeans: 33X 32 34X32
Shoes: 9, 9.5, 10
Sneakers: 9, 9.5, 10 (2)
T-Shirts: L
Underwear: M
Shirts: L
Sweatshirts /Sweaters: L
Belt: 34

Women: (need multiples of sweatshirts, T-shirts, underwear, sweatpants,socks)
Sandals: 6.5
Slippers: 6.5
Sneakers: 7, 8.5
Sweat shirt with zipper: M
Jeans: 28/ M
Sweat Pants: M
T shirts: M
Bras: 36 B
Pajamas: M
Underwear: M

Children’s:

Boys
Pants/jeans: size 16, 8 (2)
Sweatshirts and sweatpants: Sm, Med, Large
Shirt: sm, med, large, XL
Underwear: sm, m, l, xl

Girls
Girls size 12, 10, 8
Sweatshirt/pants: Sm, Med, Large
Underwear: sm, m, l

Infant:
Girls 6-8 months

GLX Legislators Push Back Against Public Meeting Cancellation

I was very concerned to learn last night that MassDOT plans to cancel its final public meeting on the Green Line Extension design review, which was originally planned for the evening of May 5th. Given the importance of this project to the Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford communities, I oppose this decision, which will eliminate a key opportunity for the public to be involved in the GLX design review process. Below is a letter that members of the GLX delegation sent to Secretary Pollack this afternoon.

20160428_GLX_Public_Meeting_Letter

Revenue Committee Votes in Favor of “Fair Share Tax”

The Joint Committee on Revenue voted 12-4 in favor of the “Fair Share Tax” amendment during an Executive Session yesterday. This was the next in a series of steps necessary before the initiative can appear on the 2018 ballot – the initiative now must receive 50 affirmative votes at a Constitutional Convention during the current legislative session, and 50 affirmative votes at a Constitutional Convention during the next legislative session. As I wrote in this op-ed, this proposal would create a more even effective tax rate across all income levels – the poorest Massachusetts residents are currently paying an effective tax rate that is on average 38% higher than that of top earners – as well as address the Commonwealth’s unsustainable income inequality gap by investing in transportation, roads and bridges, and public education.