Jane Doe Inc. Statement Regarding the American Health Care Act: A matter of justice

We have watched with horror and concern as the President of the United States and the U.S. House of Representatives have taken steps to strip millions of people of their access to both preventative health care and medical treatment.  They have disregarded the physical and mental health of those who would otherwise go uninsured, impinged on the rights of women, people with HIV, and LGBQ\T communities, and threatened to put access to even basic health services out of reach for many survivors of sexual and domestic violence.  Make no mistake:  this is not just a health care issue, this is a civil rights and social justice issue.  The American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that if codified into law, would strike a massive blow to the U.S. health care system and cause irreparable harm to countless survivors of gender-based violence across the country and here in the Commonwealth. Survivors of sexual and domestic violence are at high risk for long-term health consequences such as anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, reproductive issues, and high blood pressure, to name a few. Survivors already face tremendous barriers to receiving services for myriad reasons, including stigma and lack of resources. The AHCA would make seeking medical help even more unrealistic for many survivors, as they could be denied coverage for seeking services in the aftermath of violence, lose coverage for essential health services, or lose their health care if Medicaid is drastically changed. As the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, JDI strongly condemns the passage of the AHCA and calls on all Massachusetts elected officials and community members to oppose this dangerous bill.  Specifically, by attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that prevents insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums for individuals with “pre-existing conditions,” survivors sexual or domestic violence could be denied coverage or charged more for necessary health care that they seek for issues resulting from past violence. The AHCA would also allow states to opt out of ACA provisions that require insurers to cover a minimum set of essential health benefits, including coverage for necessary services like mental health support and maternity care.   Survivors deserve access to the full range of high quality physical and mental health care, not higher premiums or refusal of coverage.  Of equal concern, the AHCA will deepen existing inequities in the U.S. health care system, leaving low-income, immigrant, LGBQ\T, disabled, and other underserved survivors without necessary health coverage. Ending Medicaid as an open-ended entitlement system would effectively strip $880 billion from the program over the next 10 years, making health care inaccessible for low-income and disabled survivors. It would freeze funds to entities issuing safe and much needed abortion services, including Planned Parenthood, with 80% of their clients at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.  Currently, people of color account for more than half of those who are unable to access any affordable health coverage. LGBQ\T sensitive health care and research are still largely unavailable and underfunded, and the legacy of the HIV/AIDS crisis and stigma surrounding the gay community keeps HIV prep costs high, and screening/treatment difficult to access. And even with Medicaid expansions that have brought uninsured rates to historic lows in the U.S., 28.5 million individuals remained uninsured in 2015, with 46% of uninsured adults reporting that they tried to get coverage, but didn’t because the options were too expensive. The AHCA will deepen these inequities, disproportionately harming underserved communities, and dramatically worsening the health care crisis in the U.S.  What we need and what we demand for survivors of all backgrounds is a health care system that centers people not profit, prevention not last minute intervention. We cannot accept a policy that will strip millions of individuals of their coverage, disproportionately harming survivors and historically underserved communities. We need a system that provides culturally specific, accommodating, and affordable services to all individuals-because health care is a human right.  We applaud all of the U.S. Democrat and 20 Republican Representatives who voted no on the AHCA, including the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation. As the issue is considered in the Senate, we will work alongside Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren to improve rather than to dismantle our nation’s health care system.  To advocates, organizers, teachers, students, workers, and community members everywhere: let us unite in rejecting the AHCA and demand a system that protects survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and people of all backgrounds in the U.S.  Together we must fight not only against the AHCA, but continue to fight for a health care system that works for and meets the needs of all people fairly and equitably.  Thank you to our Northeastern University Cooperative Students, Rebecca Green and Ash Liu, for their help in researching and drafting this statement.  Your partnership ensures that Jane Doe Inc. can provide effective, strategic and valuable leadership statewide.  You’re invited to: JOIN US at upcoming events. ADD YOUR VOICE to our advocacy efforts.


April 29 Climate support Rally in Boston

Boston People’s Climate Mobilization

Start: April 29, 201712:00 PM
End: April 29, 2017 3:30 PM
Boston Common 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
Host Contact Info: lisa@betterfutureproject.org

On April 29, the People’s Climate March will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand jobs, justice and real climate solutions. Here in Boston, we’ll have a full day of workshops and activities to build and grow our movement, starting with an energizing rally at 12:00 pm on Boston Common. Join us! (Facebook page)


  • Rally for jobs, justice and bold action on climate on Boston Common


  • Action tables, activities, and art-making on Boston Common
  • Teach-ins on the connections between the climate fight and other struggles for justice–including racial justice, immigrant justice, worker justice, and more–at SEIU 32BJ (26 West St, Boston, next to the Common)

Other Marches to Support
On May 1, just two days later, immigrants, workers and supporters across the country, including in Boston, will be marching and striking for dignity and respect. Instead of hosting a separate march on April 29, we’ll be asking the Boston climate movement to show up in force and take to the streets on May 1. Join us as we mobilize alongside our brothers and sisters in the immigrants’ rights and labor movements. More details soon!

And for more on the connection between this event and the March for Science on April 22, see here.


Who is organizing this?
A local coalition of labor unions, environmental justice groups, faith organizations, youth groups, and climate activism groups has been meeting over the last several months to both a) send hundreds of people from the Boston area to the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC (buy your ticket here and/or donate to help others go!) and b) plan a local PCM action here in Boston. We’re joining forces because we think this could be a transformative moment for the Massachusetts climate movement. We share a powerful vision: together, we want to build a forceful, justice-centered movement that lifts up the voices and leadership of those most affected by climate change. Our work together is grounded in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.

Boston PCM Organizing Table

Alternatives for Community & Environment
Chelsea GreenRoots
Alliance for Climate Education
Youth on Board / Boston Student Advisory Council
1199 SEIU
509 SEIU
Boston Teachers Union
Jobs with Justice
MA Nurses Association
Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action
MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action
Moral Revival Boston
350 Mass for a Better Future
Boston Climate Action Network
Boston EcoWomen
Corporate Accountability International
MA Climate Action Network
Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Mothers Out Front
Sierra Club Massachusetts
Toxics Action Center


Jane Doe Inc.’s Prevention Summit 2017

Transforming Communities

1 day of 2-way inspiration and education.

Counting down 23 DAYS


Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about innovative community-based prevention programming specific to sexual and domestic violence that are underway at the local, state and national levels as well as engage and network with prevention colleagues from across the state.
WHEN: Thursday, April 27 9:00AM – 4:00PM
WHERE: DCU, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608


*Special appearance* 


Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito
Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.


KEYNOTE: Nubia Peña

In this talk, Nubia Peña of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Violence outlines how prevention practitioners can become involved beyond the classroom by advocating and advancing policy reforms in schools.

In Our Own Voices says “NO MORE Excuses”

NO MORE: A Community Response to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People of Color Violence.

 Performance by Flatline 

Flatline Poetry is a collective of artists who perform, teach, and host open mics throughout the United States. Combining their skills in spoken word, community organizing, visual art, and music, the members of Flatline create an interactive experience that confronts topics of sexual and gender identity, love and loss, race and heritage, and the intersections between them.



Registration for JDI members and RPE funded programs.

General Registration will open after March 13th. 

  • $40 per person for staff at JDI member programs
  • $55 per person for staff at allied organizations

·         $10 per student

  • Each person must register individually. There is no group registration or group discounts.

A few important notes about registration:

  1. Space is limited. Registration is REQUIRED. If necessary, JDI may create a waiting list.
  2. No refunds will be issued.
  3. If you are unable to attend, please notify JDI at dmancera@janedoe.org at least 48 hours in advance of the program date.


Food will be served.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Jane Doe Inc. at ph: 617-557-1806, fax: 617-248-0902, email: dmancera@janedoe.org, by April 6, 2017.  In your message, please provide your contact information and accommodation request.

This workshop has been developed for JDI member programs, DPH funded rape crisis centers and JDI invited guests.



Questions? Please contact JDI at 617-557-1821 or dmancera@janedoe.org

Funding for this event was made possible in part by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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All rights reserved.
Contact email: info@janedoe.org


Across the Commonwealth, educators seek to establish positive learning environments where all young people can be successful. Encouraging positive behavior is critical to creating the classrooms that our kids need to reach their full potential. Excluding students from the classroom through suspensions and expulsions interrupts their learning time and often creates negative cycles that can harm students and the learning climate.
MassBudget’s new report, “Learning Uninterrupted: Supporting Positive Culture and Behavior in Schools,” examines new approaches to school discipline that have been effective in fostering a positive school climate and reducing student suspensions while contributing to academic achievement. One approach emphasizes preventative measures promoting positive school culture, reinforcing expectations with incentives and logical consequences, and providing additional support for the kids most in need. Another approach, “Restorative Justice” brings together young people who have broken rules with other affected parties to discuss the impact of the bad behavior, determine corrective action, and empower those harmed.
As Massachusetts schools move beyond strict “zero tolerance” discipline policies, the report examines how school districts could implement these types of effective reforms and what the costs might be.
The stakes are high for reducing school suspensions and expulsions. Recent research has found a 12 percentage point decline in the probability of graduating high school for suspended students after controlling for other background factors. Students excluded from class time often become more disengaged and alienated. Research links dropping out of school to lower lifetime earnings and increased social costs.
In Massachusetts, the passage of Chapter 222 aims to reduce the prevalence of exclusionary discipline by directing schools to limit suspensions to severe issues, increase due process, and to work with the families and provide services for kids facing discipline. These reforms have helped to reduce exclusionary discipline by 17.7 percent over two years. MassBudget’s new study identifies ways that our schools could build on this progress by adopting innovative policies that have a strong record of success in other states: proactive strategies to create a positive school climate so that the behaviors that lead to exclusionary discipline are less likely to occur and Restorative Justice programs that rebuild positive relationships when incidents occur.
Studies show schools are more likely to suspend black and Latino students, as well as students with disabilities, even for similar kinds of behavior. Massachusetts’ Chapter 222 requires schools to monitor and report data on these disparities.
To see data on student suspensions for each school district for minor and major offenses going back to 2012, click here.
To read the full report, “Learning Uninterrupted: Supporting Positive Culture and Behavior in Schools,” click here.
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state’s economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.
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Get your tickets for the Haley House 9th SOUPER BOWL on Sunday, February 12th, from 2-6 PM!
The Souper Bowl will take place at Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury’s Dudley Square, where more than a dozen chefs will serve soups made from locally sourced ingredients as a fundraiser for Haley House’s Soup Kitchen in the South End.

MA Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Barnstable Needle Access Case February 9

GLAD and AIDS Action to Argue that MA Law Permits and Promotes Needle Access

On Thursday, February 9, the Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments in the case AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod v. Town of Barnstable, in which AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC) will argue that its program providing sterile needles to people who inject drugs is indisputably legal under Massachusetts law.
“This case will determine the scope of our ability to stem the tide of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission among people who inject drugs and prevent deaths from fatal overdoses” said GLAD’s AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein, who will present argument at the SJC. “The Legislature repealed all restrictions on the possession and distribution of needles in 2006 in order to address this public health crisis. It is important for the SJC to declare that providing clients with sterile needles is entirely lawful.”


Join Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) this
Sunday, February 5, 2017  from 12:00pm to 6:00pm to learn about Social Emergency Response Centers (SERCs).
SERCs are pop-up spaces co-led by activities and artists. There will be creative action, healing, collective making, performances and more.

Location: Dorchester Arts Collaborative, at the Erick Jean Center for the Arts, 157 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA 02121

Analyzing the Governor’s Budget for FY 2018

Good reliable information about the state’s budget from Mass Budget and Policy Center.


January 21-Women’s March Boston

March with Community Works on January 21 ! 11:am – 3 at Boston Common. Post what Social Justice Means to YOU !

Boston Social Justice

11 am to 3 pm Boston Common
ALL ARE WELCOME. This is a march for all of us. Our goal is that on the day after the Inauguration, people from Massachusetts and hundreds of thousands of Americans from other cities, towns and schools across the nation will march together.

Please sign up on Facebook and share with all your friends and family.

*If you know people interested in marching in other communities across the country, please refer them to our national page: https://www.facebook.com/wmfa2017/

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January 21-Women’s March Boston

11 am to 3 pm Boston Common
ALL ARE WELCOME. This is a march for all of us. Our goal is that on the day after the Inauguration, people from Massachusetts and hundreds of thousands of Americans from other cities, towns and schools across the nation will march together.

Please sign up on Facebook and share with all your friends and family.

*If you know people interested in marching in other communities across the country, please refer them to our national page: https://www.facebook.com/wmfa2017/