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Harris Gruman is the Executive Director of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council and the Massachusetts Political Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Previously, he was Director of Massachusetts Neighbor to Neighbor, which builds political organizations in low-income communities across the Commonwealth, where he helped lead organizing campaigns to increase child care funding in 1998, raise the minimum wage in 1999 and 2006, and win a $1.2 billion progressive tax package in 2002. He began his organizing career with 14 years experience in Baltimore, Maryland, working on affordable housing, health care, and auto insurance, and local electoral and ballot campaigns. In the early 90's, he was the Colorado health care organizer for the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers.

On the electoral front, he has run field operations for numerous campaigns challenging conservative incumbents, including John Tierney's election to Congress in 1996, Worcester State Rep. Jim Leary in 2000, and Medford/Somerville State Rep. Carl Sciortino in 2004. In 2008, he was statewide Campaign Director for the No on Question 1 Campaign, defeating 70 to 30% a ballot proposal to eliminate the state income tax. Most recently he helped plan and implement the first-ever statewide canvassing effort of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, which successfully prevented Republican gains for all higher offices in the Commonwealth this past November.

Postings by: Harris Gruman

Rally to Support Springfield Resolution!

Fenton.jpgOn March 19th at 5:30 p.m., the Springfield Coalition of the Campaign for Our Communities will hold a rally on the steps of Springfield City Hall (36 Court Street in Springfield). After the rally, folks will attend the Springfield City Council meeting, which begins at 6:30.

At the City Council meeting, Councilor Michael Fenton (pictured at right) will be introducing a resolution that calls on Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts legislature to pass tax reform legislation that raises substantial new revenue while simultaneously protecting low and middle income families from big increases. Substantial new revenue is needed to invest in the services that we all depend on. Over the past four years, Springfield has lost over $18 million (adjusted for inflation) in general local aid. These are dollars that are no longer available to invest in Springfield public schools, libraries, roads, police, fire, or other services.

Please attend the rally and city council meeting on the 19th to show the members of the Springfield City Council that you support new revenue to invest in Springfield! Contact Linda Stone at 413/543-2334 or at lstone@masssenioraction.org for more information.

Breakdown of the Red Line

"Caught in the third breakdown of the Red Line at morning rush hour in one summer. Train power out at Charles/MGH, shuttle buses handling the height of the rush at the heaviest traffic point, only one train every 15 minutes between 8:00 and 9:00, most too crowded to board. Not as bad as the complete shutdown we had on the hottest day of the year in late July, but this is becoming endemic. Word has it that without a significant investment, public transportation in Boston will become thoroughly undependable. A worldclass city doesn't stay one without a well-maintained rapid transit system. The cost of not investing far outweighs the cost of neglect. It's nothing short of an economic, social and environmental disaster. We prepared for Hurricane Irene. Why don't we prepare for what's coming with the T?"

Senator Brown blatantly rewriting history

In Saturday's Boston Globe, Senator Brown published an op-ed urging the Federal Government to look to Massachusetts as a model for growing the economy and shrinking the deficit. In the piece, he claims that "instead of raising taxes" in 2002 the state legislature addressed a projected $3 billion deficit for FY'03 with nothing but cuts. This is simply and clearly incorrect.

Intransigence and the Debt Ceiling

News from Washington is worrisome these days...

More Photos from the Revenue Committee Hearing

Great set of photos from the revenue committee hearing for "An Act to Invest in Our Communities"

Photos from the Revenue Committee Hearing

Great set of photos from the revenue committee hearing for "An Act to Invest in Our Communities"