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Worcester postal workers deliver mail AND collect food Sat., May 10!


Largest Annual One-Day, Food Drive Held on Saturday, May 10!

Worcester postal workers deliver mail and collect food

United Way of Central Massachusetts and The National Association Of Letter Carriers strive to collect 400,000 pounds of food!

Letter carriers will do much more than deliver mail on Saturday, May 10. They will help fill the food banks in the central Massachusetts area that have become bare in these tough economic times.

Next week, more than 800 volunteers including 600 Letter Carriers from 33 central Massachusetts’ communities will collect non-perishable foods items as part of the 21st annual “Stamp-Out Hunger” food drive. This is part of a national effort that will collect millions of pounds of food on Saturday.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, which is coordinated through a partnership among the National Association of Letter Carriers, the United States Postal Service, the AFL-CIO, the United Way of Central Massachusetts, and the Worcester County Food Bank, strives to stock the shelves of pantries around central Massachusetts with 400,000 pounds of food during this drive. Last year, local letter carriers collected more than 300,000 pounds of food for pantries in central Massachusetts.

“So often we think of contributing food during holiday time; but during the summers when children are not in school receiving free and reduced breakfasts and lunches – there is a critical need. And with our current economy, the need for food has increased dramatically, up 17% from last year alone. The Letter Carriers food drive fills that need,” said Paul Soucy, Director of Labor- AFL/CIO at the United Way of Central Massachusetts.

People are asked to leave any non-perishable canned goods or boxed items near their mailboxes. The Letter Carriers or volunteers will pick up the donated items while delivering mail along their route next Saturday.

Letter Carriers in the following Massachusetts communities are participating in the food drive: Auburn, Baldwinville, Blackstone, Clinton, Fitchburg, Holden, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Leicester, Leominster, Lunenburg, Marlboro, Millbury, Northboro, North Brookfield, North Grafton, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, South Grafton, Spencer, Uxbridge, Webster, Westboro, West Boylston, Whitinsville, Winchendon and Worcester.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee to host open debate with all 5 Democratic candidates for Ed Markey’s House Seat

Mark your calendar! Saturday, August 10 at 11am Eastern. You can watch the debate at OpenDebateQuestions.com!

Open Debate will be first-of-its-kind with all questions generated and voted on by the public. At OpenDebateQuestions.com, PCCC expects over 500 questions, 5,000 votes before Saturday’s debate. Questions will be picked from top 50 voted on by Massachusetts residents.

Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is announcing that it will host a debate in the race to fill the seat in the Massachusetts 5th congressional district. All 5 Democratic candidates have agreed to participant in this first-of-its-kind Open Debate that will be broadcast live online at 11am on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

All questions will be submitted and voted on by the public at the PCCC’s new OpenDebateQuestions.com platform for hosting open debates, which is being debuted for this Massachusetts primary debate.

“Too often, questions asked at debates are not truly what the public cares about,” said Matt Wall, PCCC spokesperson and Boston resident. “Open Debates, where the public submits and votes on the questions, will hopefully be a game changer in our political process. What starts here in Massachusetts will hopefully become the norm for local, state, congressional, and even presidential debates in the future.”

Already, over 300 questions have been submitted by the public and the PCCC expects to receive over 500 questions and thousands of votes from people across Massachusetts and the nation. The questions asked at the debate will be selected from the top 50 questions voted on by Massachusetts residents.

Questions already submitted to OpenDebateQuestions.com:

“Will you pledge to oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits (and sign on to expand these programs)?”

— Submitted by Gail Shulman from Cambridge, MA

“Have you sponsored legislation that protects a woman’s right to healthcare?”

— Submitted by Richard Marcus, Watertown, MA

“How would you get Republicans on board with significant infrastructure investment?”

— Submitted by Sam Brodie, Revere, MA

“Where do you stand on overturning Citizens United with a Constitutional Amendment such as the one proposed by MoveToAmend.org”

— Submitted by Bob Balhiser from Helena, MT

“Why are BANKERS not prosecuted for their wrongdoings?”

— Submitted by Juan Madrigal from Chicago, IL

“Do you support Senator Warren’s approach to US govt loans to college students, including, among other things, the principle that the US govt should not be making money off of the college student loan program?”

— Submitted by Astrid Dodds from Cambridge, MA

This is Elizabeth Warren’s home district and the race will be watched nationally. In 2012, Progressive Change Campaign Committee members made over 574,000 phone calls for Elizabeth Warren and raised her campaign over $1.17 million. The PCCC has over 33,000 Massachusetts members and nearly 1 million nationwide.

Copied below is the email to PCCC members announcing the debate.
You ask, they answer.

Next Saturday, we will host our first-ever congressional debate — where YOU ask the questions.

It will be in Elizabeth Warren’s home district in Massachusetts, where there is a special election to fill Ed Markey’s congressional seat.

All five Democrats running in this progressive district have agreed to attend our online debate and respond to questions submitted and voted on by you.

People are already getting started! See their questions and vote here — or submit your own!

Open Debates will be a game changer in our political process — ensuring that questions get asked that the public actually cares about.

If this debate is a hit, we’ll push to make bottom-up Open Debate the norm for local, state, congressional, and even presidential debates in the future.

If you believe it’s time for candidates to get asked real questions that the public cares about, help make this first Open Debate a success.

Mark your calendar! Saturday, August 10 at 11am Eastern. You can watch the debate at OpenDebateQuestions.com!