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Massachusetts IGNITE the Capitol

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Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon Street

Boston, MA 02133

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Political power includes amplifying voice and perspective to advocate for the issues you care most about. Join us for a day of advocacy!

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Join us in Boston, MA for IGNITE the Capitol, where you will receive training and hands-on advocacy experience. Participants learn:

  • the basics of why it is critical their voice is heard,
  • how to be an effective advocate, and
  • the ins and outs of their local and states’ lawmaking process.

We will be championing S.408/H.639 & S.1878/H.2711.

  • Having a young family is a barrier to running for office in Massachusetts. For many working parents, most notably women and women of color, running a campaign without childcare support is not feasible. By ensuring that campaign funds may be used to pay for relevant and reasonable childcare expenses, we are removing an important obstacle for all parents who seek to serve in public office. Fourteen states in the US allow campaign funds to be used for childcare that are directly related to the campaign and that would not exist irrespective of the candidate’s campaign. S.408/H.639 would amend the current campaign finance law to cover childcare expenses. Candidates who incur expenses relating to the provision of childcare services would be allowed reimburses these expenses with campaign funds that they have raised.
  • Women and people of color account for 51.5% and 28% respectively of the states’ population, but remain underrepresented in positions of leadership among our public, taxpayer-funded boards and commissions. Massachusetts leads the nation in human talent, and our pipelines are replete with women and people of color who are ready to serve. Yet the data shows we have a long way to go in order to reach gender parity and increased representation of people of color on our state boards and commissions. S.1878/H.2711 will ensure that beginning on and after January 1, 2022, the composition of each appointed public board and commission in Massachusetts shall broadly reflect the general public of the Commonwealth, including persons of different backgrounds, abilities, interests, and opinions, including ethnic minorities, and shall have not less than 50% women board members or commissioners.

If you have questions about the event, please email our Boston Fellow, Anna Del Castillo, at anna@ignitenational.org.

**If you are unable to pay for the $10 registration fee and would like to receive a scholarship, please email Jocelyn at jocelyn@ignitenational.org.

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Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon Street

Boston, MA 02133

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