Blog http://senatorchangdiaz.com/blog?tid=All en Statement on news of Bryon Hefner's alleged sexual harassment and assault http://senatorchangdiaz.com/statement-news-bryon-hefners-alleged-sexual-harassment-and-assault <div class='pic pic-alternate-left' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/crop_75x75//mnt/tmp/changdiazy7zhupqbgt/Massachusetts_State_House_2009b.JPG" alt="picture" title="" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> schangdiaz </div> </div> </div> <p>Sexual assault and sexual harassment must not be tolerated under any circumstances. I am distressed and deeply saddened by these allegations, and my heart breaks for the people who have faced these violations. And to feel, when contemplating whether to report an assault, trapped between protecting yourself and protecting the community for whom you&rsquo;re advocating or the political change you&rsquo;re seeking, is another violation.</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/statement-news-bryon-hefners-alleged-sexual-harassment-and-assault" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:29:09 +0000 Josh 2666 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com Wishing for something good in politics to show your daughters? http://senatorchangdiaz.com/wishing-something-good-politics-show-your-daughters <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 12/28/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> schangdiaz </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Next Wednesday, Jan 4th, 12 strong women will get sworn in to the Massachusetts Senate. I&rsquo;ll give my 2 floor tickets to a daughter-parent/mentor pair from my district.</strong> Email your name, address, and best contact number to <a href="mailto:Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov">Sonia.Chang-Diaz@masenate.gov</a> by 9am Tuesday 1/3/17 to be included in the drawing. We&rsquo;ll notify you by noon that day if your name is chosen.</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>Wednesday, Jan. 4, 10:30am-1:30pm Where: Massachusetts State House, Senate Chamber</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/wishing-something-good-politics-show-your-daughters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> empowerment girls innauguration lean in swearing-in women Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:14:33 +0000 schangdiaz 2583 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com Statement on CSG Justice Reinvestment Working Group Meeting http://senatorchangdiaz.com/statement-csg-justice-reinvestment-working-group-meeting <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 12/22/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic--' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__350x350/CSG Working Group protest 12.21.16.jpg" alt="picture" title="" width="350" height="197" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> schangdiaz </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday I watched a room full of Black and Latino demonstrators, who have been patient for the past 2 years, plead with an all-white panel of CSG working group members to say something or ask some questions about the devastating effects the criminal justice system has on their communities. The 3-hour meeting continued with polite, technical question-asking, none of which had to do with the cries for help from communities most impacted by crime.</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/statement-csg-justice-reinvestment-working-group-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> criminal justice reform Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:39:28 +0000 nathanael.shea 2582 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com City of Boston Launches Early Voting Website And Announces Schedule http://senatorchangdiaz.com/city-boston-launches-early-voting-website-and-announces-schedule <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 09/23/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic--' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__350x350/Early Voting Header.PNG" alt="picture" title="" width="350" height="187" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christina </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>BOSTON</strong> - Monday, September 19, 2016 - Boston election officials today launched the &quot;Vote Early Boston&quot; website (<a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Zn-WKt1khnYhxNUfIrntr5v9C7R7-Aat83Yw26yMShhXaIPQTb8s2u_vlbuR3-Ga3EH0r-UG1MScQMpd3arv0RLNDh1HauOa1G_uy_yBRvhvheSxIoHYhC9Uj49gdP2vAhsuaVgl0l0epamZxY5u3_OXDlj_nUIVXpBXiKeJtsL-zTFI6me6pH5LomJ0H4KtlVtMrEN-l2k4VshgIdjCBMqAdVY022VBbSN9HzIiFa8=&amp;c=jVWoqONWG99y24LKY6WlWRnEiyRfBNezFVJTB9TkILy4gPDWd9b5jQ==&amp;ch=ILvQgEz1WmJ8ToHYx-QsGS9TssuIEpxXBd_o6fngwrDzytei4eFfww==" target="_blank">boston.gov/early-voting</a>) which pr</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/city-boston-launches-early-voting-website-and-announces-schedule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> boston election Election Laws voter registration voting Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:24:12 +0000 Christina 2572 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com SATURDAY 7/30: Speak Out for Racial Justice http://senatorchangdiaz.com/saturday-730-speak-out-racial-justice <div class='video video-center'> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="647" height="364" data="http://www.vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=176452784&amp;server=www.vimeo.com&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;autoplay=1"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=176452784&amp;server=www.vimeo.com&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_portrait=0&amp;color=&amp;autoplay=1" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> </object> </div><div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 07/27/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic-alternate-left' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__350x350/CoPJ6FCWAAA2Pwm.jpg" alt="picture" title="" width="350" height="262" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christina </div> </div> </div> <p>Colleagues, constituents, community activists,</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/saturday-730-speak-out-racial-justice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:39:39 +0000 Christina 2559 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com Four Ways to Help Racial Injustice in Law Enforcement http://senatorchangdiaz.com/four-ways-help-racial-injustice-law-enforcement <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 07/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic-alternate-left' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__250x250/16270800166_c4c66dfd8f_b.jpg" alt="picture" title="" width="250" height="167" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> schangdiaz </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>1. Join the email list of and donate to any of the local or national advocacy groups that are already doing important advocacy work </strong>on racial justice issues, like <a href="http://bostonnaacp.org/">Boston NAACP</a>, <a href="http://jobsnotjails.org/">Jobs Not Jails</a>, the <a href="https://aclu.org/">ACLU</a>, the <a href="http://blackstonian.com/info/">Blackstonian</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/bpcatorg">BPCAT</a>, or <a href="http://blacklivesmatter.com/">Black Lives Matter</a>. Follow up on the action items they will alert you to.</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/four-ways-help-racial-injustice-law-enforcement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> civic engagement civil rights police public safety race racial justice Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:43:57 +0000 schangdiaz 2547 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com 2015-2016 Budget Cycle Summary http://senatorchangdiaz.com/2015-2016-budget-cycle-summary <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 05/28/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christina </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-6adf2f63-32c2-06a8-41c7-2e62cbbd4cb0" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:18px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:700;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">FY17 Key Wins:</span></p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/2015-2016-budget-cycle-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:06:16 +0000 Christina 2544 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com Boston Pride 2016: Celebrate With Sonia! http://senatorchangdiaz.com/boston-pride-2016-celebrate-sonia <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 06/07/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic-alternate-left' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__250x250/boston-pride-2016-promo.jpg" alt="picture" title="" width="250" height="151" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christina </div> </div> </div> <p>Break out your finest rainbow attire, it&#39;s time for Boston Pride!</p> <p>This year has been a momentous one for LGBT civil rights. With legislation pending related to transgender anti-discrimination and public accommodations protections, Senator Chang-Díaz is proud to partake in Boston Pride festivities in two special ways on Saturday, June 11th.</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/boston-pride-2016-celebrate-sonia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 20:55:38 +0000 Christina 2543 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com Sonia Chang-Díaz Introduces Trans Bill on Senate Floor (FULL SPEECH) http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sonia-chang-d-az-introduces-trans-bill-senate-floor-full-speech <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 05/15/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christina </div> </div> </div> <p>Senator Chang-Díaz had the opportunity to introduce S. 735, An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination, before debate began on the Senate floor. Full text of those remarks is pasted below:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you Mr. President. It is a profound honor to be here this afternoon to present this bill, and to ask my colleagues for their support in its passage.</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sonia-chang-d-az-introduces-trans-bill-senate-floor-full-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Transgender Bill Thu, 12 May 2016 18:40:38 +0000 Christina 2521 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com Your 2nd Suffolk Spring Summary http://senatorchangdiaz.com/your-2nd-suffolk-spring-summary <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 05/10/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic-left-left' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__350x350/IMG_3160.JPG" alt="picture" title="" width="350" height="197" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christina </div> </div> </div> <p>Greetings! It&rsquo;s spring, and the State House is abuzz with legislative briefings, bill signings, and budget amendments (more on that in my next newsletter).</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/your-2nd-suffolk-spring-summary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 10 May 2016 21:25:28 +0000 Christina 2520 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com (2016-03-08) International Women's Day at Newton North HS http://senatorchangdiaz.com/2016-03-08-international-womens-day-newton-north-hs <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 03/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic-alternate-left' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/crop__250x250/IMG_8721.JPG" alt="picture" title="" width="250" height="250" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> schangdiaz </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://goo.gl/photos/HGdgDGdGxpg6cwpM9">Click here</a> to see photo and video from the Senator&#39;s visit to her alma mater high school, Newton North High School, where she celebrated International Women&#39;s Day and discussed the importance of women in leadership with current students.</p> photo/video photo/video Thu, 05 May 2016 15:12:11 +0000 Christina 2517 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz and Senate President to Host Trans Visibility Panel http://senatorchangdiaz.com/senator-sonia-chang-d-az-and-senate-president-host-trans-visibility-panel <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 04/21/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic-alternate-left' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__250x250/12928321_458823690974820_2609015080442860774_n.png" alt="picture" title="" width="250" height="250" /></div><div class='pic pic-alternate-right' id='pic-1'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__250x250/TransBillMA Flyer PG 1.jpg" alt="picture" title="" width="193" height="250" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christina </div> </div> </div> <p>On Tuesday, April 26th Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz and Senate President Stan Rosenberg will be co-hosting a Trans Visibility Panel in hopes of raising awareness on the importance of transgender rights and <strong>S. 735</strong>, <a href="https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/Senate/S735"><em>An Act Relative to Transgender Nondiscrimination</em></a>.</p> <p>Together, we can share our stories and pass #TransBillMA into law, ensuring public accommodations protections for every resident of Massachusetts, regardless of their gender identity.</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/senator-sonia-chang-d-az-and-senate-president-host-trans-visibility-panel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Transgender Bill Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:54:42 +0000 Christina 2508 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com Boston ABCD Offers Summer Youth Programs http://senatorchangdiaz.com/boston-abcd-offers-summer-youth-programs <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/15/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic-left-left' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__350x350/YEA Flyer.JPG" alt="picture" title="" width="270" height="350" /></div><div class='pic pic-left-left' id='pic-1'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__350x350/SummerWorksFlyer.JPG" alt="picture" title="" width="270" height="350" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> schangdiaz </div> </div> </div> <p>For 50 years <a href="http://bostonabcd.org/">ABCD</a> has provided basic services and innovative programs that help empower individuals, families, and communities in Boston to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential.</p> <p>Please find the attached flyers on ABCD&#39;s upcoming youth programs &ndash; YEA! and SummerWorks.</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/boston-abcd-offers-summer-youth-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> job access Job posting Jobs youth Job Posting Jobs Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:26:10 +0000 Christina 2506 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com RISE Act: Education Reform For All Our Students http://senatorchangdiaz.com/rise-act-education-reform-all-our-students <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 04/05/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class='pic pic--' id='pic-0'><img src="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/sites/senatorchangdiaz.com/files/imagecache/scale__350x350/Twitter Town Hall Promo.jpg" alt="picture" title="" width="350" height="208" /></div><div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> schangdiaz </div> </div> </div> <p>Early in 2016, Senate President Stan Rosenberg charged a Senate working group with the task of crafting an education reform bill that does right by all public school students in the Commonwealth. After countless hours of staff work and outside meetings with stakeholders and interested parties, the Senate working group (comprised of myself, Senator Karen Spilka, Senator Dan Wolf, and Senator Pat Jehlen) <a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/rise-act-highlights-what-you-need-know">released <strong>S.</strong></a></p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/rise-act-education-reform-all-our-students" target="_blank">read more</a></p> education charter Education Tue, 05 Apr 2016 20:14:19 +0000 Christina 2493 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com What You Need: License Reinstatement for Prior Drug Offense Suspension http://senatorchangdiaz.com/what-you-need-license-reinstatement-prior-drug-offense-suspension <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-blog-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 04/01/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-blog-by"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christina </div> </div> </div> <p>Courtesy of the <a href="http://www.massrmv.com/SuspensionsandHearings/Suspensions/Chapter94CDrugConvictions.aspx">Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles</a>:</p> <p>Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94, Section 22, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) historically was required to suspend/revoke your permit/license or right to operate upon receiving notification of a conviction for a drug violation from a court.</p> <p><a href="http://senatorchangdiaz.com/what-you-need-license-reinstatement-prior-drug-offense-suspension" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2016 19:18:11 +0000 Christina 2490 at http://senatorchangdiaz.com