The “Power” I’m referring to is the Asset Development Commission, made up of movers and shakers in government, finance, and the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts.
The “Speak Truth” part refers to you. The Commission is holding a public hearing on Monday, July 14, from 2:00 – 6:00pm, in Room B-2 of the Massachusetts State House in Boston. This is an opportunity
for individual citizens to provide testimony (up 3 minutes each) about how they think policy makers could better support the asset-building aspirations of low- to moderate-income people. What works? What doesn’t? Which policies are changing lives, and which ones are a joke as far as ordinary people are concerned?
Not so easy for us country folk out in the Berkshires to attend such a hearing, so we’re invited to submit written testimony by July 28, 2008, which will also be considered by the Commission:
…to submit written testimony, contact the office of co-chair Representative Eldridge at 617-722-2060 or at Rep.JamesEldridge@hou.state.ma.us, or the office of co-chair Tina Brooks, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development at 617-573-1441 or at email@example.com.
So testify away, in person or in writing, and please mention that individual development accounts (IDAs) are a terrific way to build opportunity for low-income people, and that our state should lead the country in its commitment to continued strong growth in funding for IDA accounts.
It’s the truth, people; speak it.