Action Alert! Help Protect Mass in Motion

On April 10, 2017, the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee released their proposal for the FY18 state budget without funding to maintain Mass in Motion in line item 4513-1111.  Representative Cariddi will file an amendment to the budget which would continue level-funding for the Mass in Motion program.

We are in a critical window to build support for the MiM budget amendment in the House, and YOU can help get it adopted.

How to Support Mass in Motion:

Please take a few minutes this week to do three things:

  1. Contact Your Representative. Email or call your Representative (or all the Reps who represent the region that you serve) and ask them to co-sponsor Rep. Cariddi’s Mass in Motion Amendment by contacting Matthew.Flug@mahouse.gov and Kevin.Towle@mahouse.gov at x8918
  2. Spread the Word! Share this link to your networks and on social media, using the Facebook and Twitter sample posts below.
  3. Let us Know You Took Action. Please send an email to Andrea Freeman to let them know what actions you took.

 

 

Questions?
Contact Andrea Freeman: afreeman@mapublichealth.org,  978-895-0960.
View the Mass in Motion House Budget Fact Sheet for more information.

 

 

How to Identify your Representative(s)

  • If you’re not sure who your state Representative is, click here.
  • If you need to find your Representative’s contact info, click here.
  • If you serve a region and need help identifying all the Representatives in your area, please contact me and I can assist you. afreeman@mapublichealth.org,  978-895-0960.

 


Sample Phone Script

Ask to speak to a legislative aide for your Representative.

  • “Hello, my name is [Your Name]. I am a constituent from [Your Town]. –OR— I work for [Your Organization] and we serve many residents in the Representative’s district.
  • I am calling to ask the Rep. to please co-sponsor Rep. Cariddi’s Mass in Motion Amendment to continue the work of the Mass in Motion program.
  • Optional: [check the list of co-sponsors for last year’s MiM  budget amendment – if your Rep is on the list, also say: “I want to thank you for co-sponsoring last year’s Mass in Motion amendment. This year’s level funding is the same as last year’s for line item 4513-1111.”]
  • It’s important that we get this amendment into the budget because state funding for Mass in Motion leverages private and federal dollars to reduce the percentage of overweight and obese people in Massachusetts.
  • Mass in Motion is important to me and my community because [say in a few sentences why you care about MiM and how MiM benefits to your community.]
  • Can we count on the Representative’s support? To become a co-sponsor please contact Flug@mahouse.gov and Kevin.Towle@mahouse.gov at x8918
  • Thank you very much for your time.”

 


Sample Email Script

Dear [Your Representative’s Name]:

My name is [Your Name]. I am a constituent from [Your Town]. –OR— I work for [Your Organization] and we serve many residents in the Representative’s district. I am writing to ask you to please co-sponsor Rep. Cariddi’s Mass in Motion Amendment to continue the work of the Mass in Motion program. To be a co-sponsor please contact Matthew.Flug@mahouse.gov and Kevin.Towle@mahouse.gov at x8918”

[Optional – check the attached list of co-sponsors for last year’s MiM amendment– if your Rep is on the list add: I want to thank you for co-sponsoring last year’s Mass in Motion amendment to continue its funding. This year’s is the same as last year’s with level funding for line item 4513-1111.

It’s important that we get this amendment into the budget because state funding for Mass in Motion leverages private and federal dollars to reduce the percentage of overweight and obese people in Massachusetts.

Mass in Motion is important to me and my community because [say in a few sentences why you care about PWTF and how PWTF benefits to your community.] I hope I can count on your support. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you very much for your time.

[Your Name]
[Your Organization] – optional
[Your contact Info, including postal address if you are a constituent]

 


Sample Facebook Post

Please join me [or name of your organization] in taking action this week to support funding for Mass in Motion! Contact your Representative today and ask him or her to co-sponsor the Mass in Motion Amendment. [Insert one sentence about why Mass in Motion matters to you or how Mass in Motion benefits your community.] Please share this post! 

http://wp.me/p2zbTv-3rU

 


Sample Twitter Posts

To your followers: Take action now to protect funding for Mass in Motion! Contact your Rep & ask them to co-sponsor the #MassinMotion amendment! http://wp.me/p2zbTv-3rU
To your Rep: “.@[Your Reps’ Twitter Handle] Please co-sponsor the #MassinMotion amendment to reduce obesity here in [Your Town]! http://wp.me/p2zbTv-3rU “

 

 

Andrea Freeman 
afreeman@mapublichealth.org
978-895-0960

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