Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SAVE THE DATE! CCICSW Hearing in November

Cape Cod & Island Commission on the Status of Women will hold a hearing Cape Cod Community College November 15, 5:30pm More details to come, watch this space.

Friday, October 6, 2017

MEETING POSTING


(our meeting dates and locations can also be found on our calendar page)

Next meeting:

Wed. October 11th, 5-7pm

 Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main St., Sandwich, Room 1







upcoming meetings (subject to change)

  • November 8th - Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd., West Yarmouth 
  • December 13th - Barnstable County Complex, Harbor View Room, 3195 Main St., Barnstable
  • January 10th - Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd., West Yarmouth 
  • February 14th - Barnstable County Complex, Harborview Room, 3195 Main St., Barnstable 
  • March 14th - TBD
  • April 11th - Barnstable County Complex, Harborview Room, 3195 Main St., Barnstable

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Needs Survey of Cape Cod and Islands Women

The Cape Cod and Islands Commission on the Status of Women (CCICSW) is conducting a survey of challenges and needs of women on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. 

The survey has been designed to assess the challenges women are facing in our region. The results will help us determine how we can serve as advocates for you and the women in your network.

This is an anonymous and completely confidential survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCICSW-NeedsAssessment-Survey-2017
The survey will be available until September 10.

Please take a minute to visit the survey link and answer the questions, then share the link with your friends, families and networks, we want to reach a wide range of women in our service area.


Thank you for your participation and help with this effort. 

Cape Cod and Islands Commission on the Status of Women. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Now Accepting Applications for CCICSW Vacant Seat

Applications are now being accepted to fill vacancies on the Cape Cod and Islands Commission on the Status of Women (CCICSW). 

(Application packet can be downloaded here.)

The Commission, which is comprised of 13 members from throughout the Cape and Islands, exists to provide a positive and effective voice for women and girls within the region.

Commissioners are drawn from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic backgrounds from throughout all towns of Barnstable and Nantucket counties including Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Buzzards Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is now accepting applications for

Friday, June 9, 2017

We need YOUR voice! Help move the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act forward for a vote

 

For too many women, a family member’s medical crisis means choosing between a paycheck or being a caregiver.  Sometimes there are no options, no other caregivers are available and the choice is made for them.  And, when a woman gives birth or experiences a medical crisis of her own, the risk of losing a job increases.

CCICSW supports An Act establishing a paid family and medical leave insurance program (S.1048 and H. 2172) as part of our our priority legislation. Last year this legislation was voted in by the senate, then never got a vote in the house and essentially died in the house of represenatives. We can’t let that happen this session.
Tuesday, June 13, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will hear testimony and vote on whether to move the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act forward for a vote.

We need you to send letters of support to the committee by Monday at noon. 

What to say:
“I am submitting this letter as written testimony for your hearing on An Act establishing a paid family and medical leave insurance program (S.1048 and H. 2172.) June 13, 2017.  Please add this letter to that testimony.”
Look at these fact sheets for more about the bill:
Tell your own story – talk about a hardship you experienced that this bill may have prevented.  Talk about what this bill would mean to your security or a family member or people you know.  Or, simply state your support.  Keep it to one page. If you belong to a group, committee, consider asking if you can submit a letter on their behalf, or if you have family or friends who support this act, add their names.

Send it by email – and there is more contact information below if you want to make your letter formal.
The Joint Committee leadership is shared by both house and senate, send to all or to just one of the chairs.

Senate:
Senator Jason M. Lewis, Chair:  Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov
Senator Patricia D. Jehlen, Vice Chair:  Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov

Joint Committee on Labor
and Workforce Development
24 Beacon St. Room 511-B
Boston, MA 02133

House:
Paul Brodeur, Chair:  Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov
Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Vice Chair:  Tricia.Farley-Bouvier@mahouse.gov

Joint Committee on Labor
and Workforce Development
24 Beacon St. Room 472
Boston, MA 02133

And if you want to help move this bill forward – cc your email to the Speaker of the House Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov, and Senate President Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov.

Share this post with anyone who might be interested in getting this bill passed this session, let’s not allow it to die on the house floor this time!




June Meeting Posting

June 14th at the Barnstable County Complex, 3195 Main Street, Barnstable, MA.  5-7 pm



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Help us Bring a Housing Court to Cape Cod and The Islands!

We need your help, we need your voice.

Help us bring a Housing Court to Cape Cod and the Islands!  We need letters of support to go to MA Legislative Budget Conference Committee. You can help us protect women who rent.
(This bill is on CCICSW's priority legislation list for the 2017-2018 legislative session


This is an update on the progress of the Housing Court bill, Cape Cod does NOT have a Housing Court, this is important to women:
  The Housing Court is a layer of protection for women who rent. MA has adopted the key provisions of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and parts are related to issues with landlords. Housing Courts are where women can enforce these protections. The Housing Court has judges and staff with expertise in housing law and who are trained to provide tenants and landlords with a fair court process. Both landlords and tenants can access the resources that only Housing Courts have, including the Tenancy Preservation Program, Lawyer for the Day Programs and Housing Specialists. Homeless can be prevented and municipalities can address serious housing and health code violations efficiently and effectively.

ACTION YOU CAN TAKE:

Housing Court Bill Goes to Budget Conference Committee
On May 25, Senate Ways and Chairwoman Senator Spilka made the case on the Senate floor for statewide housing court expansion and an amendment to strike the housing court from the Senate’s budget because of costs was withdrawn. Housing Court expansion advances to the FY2018 Budget Conference Committee thanks to Senator Spilka’s leadership. Thank you to those who reached out to key leaders, if you haven’t given your input it’s not too late. (Note: Bills are also still pending in the Judiciary Committee.)
Budget Negotiations Start Today, Monday, June 5.

The 6-member Budget Conference Committee is led by Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka: Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov  and House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey: Brian.Dempsey@mahouse.gov. Today, they start negotiations to reconcile the Senate and the House budgets. The other four members are Senators Sal DiDomenico: Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov and Vinny deMacedo: Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov  and Reps Stephen Kulik: Stephen.Kulik@mahouse.gov and Todd Smola: Todd.Smola@mahouse.gov .
Action Needed This Week – Please Help.
  1. Send a letter to the Conference Committee. Use this sample letter or tell your own story.
  2. It is critical that leadership gets a copy of your letter. Please “cc” House Speaker DeLeo Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov and Senate President Rosenberg  Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov
  3. If you email your letter to Annette R. Duke, Esq. Housing Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute: ADuke@MLRI.org by Thursday, June 8 at 11 am, she will deliver it to all 8 elected officials that afternoon.
  4. Ask your Rep and Senator to contact leadership and convey how much people in their districts want a Housing Court. It is unfair that some have access to a housing court and others do not.


Welcome New Supporters
Housing Court 4 All Coalition has grown to close to 150 organizations and welcomes:
  • Massachusetts Municipal Association
  • Watertown Health Department
  • Chelsea Fire Fighter Local 937
  • Falmouth Human Services
  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
  • Feldman Law, Boston
Please  invite organizations to Join the Growing List of Supporters for Statewide Housing Court.

Contact Annette R. Duke, Esq. Housing Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute: ADuke@MLRI.org   with any questions.