CSfC In-State Tuition Campaign gets busy!

Last night 7/29, the CSfC In-State Tuition team heard moving testimony from local immigrant students whose lives are impacted by the passage (or lack thereof) of the Education Parity bill. This bill would provide equal opportunity to in-state tuition rates for hard-working immigrant high schoolers seeking to go to Massachusetts colleges, regardless of their documentation status.

Massachusetts would join 11 other US states that have already passed similar legislation with wide bi-partisan support (including, most recently, Wisconsin, as well as Texas, Utah, NY, CA, OK, and Nebraska). Compassionate, educated, progressive Massachusetts is lagging behind!

Rep. David Torrisi, Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education, must feel there is enough support within the State House to bring this bill to a vote this fall. The next three months are our critical window of oppty.

Those opposed to in-state tuition are very vocal. We need to raise the voice of pro-immigrant Cambridge and Somerville. Our current goal is to influence Cambridge Ward 9 Rep. John Hecht to support this legislation, as it removes unnecessary barriers for our immigrant neighbors who work hard and want to give back to our communities and to our State. Rep. Hecht largely supports the idea.

We seek 5-6 people from Ward 9 to join us and immigrant students from Ward 9 in a meeting with Rep. Hecht in August.

DO YOU LIVE IN CAMBRIDGE WARD 9 and CAN YOU JOIN CSfC in meeting with Rep. Hecht? If so, please email info@cambridgesomervilleforchange.com asap!


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Cambridge-Somerville for Change is an all-volunteer community group dedicated to harnessing the grassroots energy and spirit of change inspired by the Obama campaign. Our organizing work includes electoral and issue-based campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Our members have chosen to work on promoting economic fairness, comprehensive health care reform, creating policies that conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide for fair and adequate access to public transportation, and promoting in-state tuition for immigrant youth.

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