Raise Up and Safe Patient Limits exceed signature goals

Raise Up coalition members delivering signatures to Secretary Galvin’s office on December 5th, 2017. Photograph by Howard Rotman

The furious signature gathering efforts of the Raise Up and Safe Patient Limits campaigns passed significant hurdles this week. On Tuesday, December 5th, the Raise Up Campaign, comprised of the Fight for $15, SEIU, Massachusetts Teacher’s Association, Jobs With Justice, faith leaders and other community activists joined in a rally at One Ashburton Place and then marched to Secretary of the Commonwealth’s William Galvin’s office to deliver 274,000 signatures on the two ballot questions-Paid Family and Medical Leave and $15 Minimum Wage–double the number of signatures required. Latest information about the campaign: https://raiseupma.org/

Safe Patient Limits press conference with Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin on December 6th, 2017

On Wednesday, December 6th, the Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care held a press conference in front of the State House. They delivered over 100,000 signatures to Secretary  Galvin. People shared compelling testimonies about the critical importance of limiting patient numbers for the safety and security of patients. Find out more about the campaign:   https://safepatientlimits.org/

What’s next? The thousands of signatures must be certified by the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office. The legislature now has a choice to act on these bills through the legislative process. If no action has been taken by the end of June 2018, an additional 10,000 + signatures (which means 30,000-40,000 for each question) must be collected for each question to be included on the November 2018 ballot. So…stay tuned! Our Revolution members will need to roll up their sleeves once more and get to work to collect signatures if ballot questions go to a second round.