Celene Lyon

Old Sloop Coffeehouse endorsed 2017-11-14 19:16:06 -0500

Letter to the MA Congressional Delegation on the Tax Reform and Jobs Act

Dear Massachusetts Congressional Delegation,

We are writing to you as leaders of the Massachusetts arts and cultural sector. 

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes proposals that will harm the Commonwealth's arts and cultural sector and the people we serve. We strongly believe that federal tax policy should continue to support the work of the nonprofit sector, and it should encourage all Americans to give back to their communities. Unfortunately, the current drafts of both the House and Senate bills do neither.

As you evaluate this legislation, we respectfully request that you:

  • Fight for the inclusion of a universal charitable deduction, which would encourage all Americans, regardless of income, to give back to their communities. Merely keeping the charitable deduction in the tax code, but limiting its availability to a small percentage of wealthy households, will not alone protect charitable giving.
  • Support efforts to protect the Johnson Amendment, which for over 60 years has established the charitable sector as nonpartisan problem solvers. Modifications to the Johnson Amendment could result in the nonprofit sector becoming the latest instrument of electoral politics.

Your leadership on these issues will help ensure that the tax reform legislation helps strengthen the Commonwealth's arts and cultural sector and the people that depend on its services. Thank you in advance for your support of the sector.

Sincerely,


endorsed 2015-12-17 16:18:12 -0500

Add your voice: MBTA and public art

Dear General Manager DePaola and Secretary Pollack,

We are writing to thank you for reinstating funding to the Integral Art projects on the Green Line Extension. We applaud this development, and encourage you to also reinstate funding for the entire Integral Art Program, including the Chelsea Silver Line, Blue Hill Avenue, and Wollaston Stations.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has a rich 48-year history of public art, and a legacy as the nation's first public art program of its kind. Public transportation is one of the great equalizers here in the Commonwealth, and the artwork created for our MBTA stations not only beautifies the stations, but also creates a sense of place and community ownership for people in every walk of life, no matter their neighborhood or income.

We understand the fiscal challenges the MBTA currently faces, yet we encourage you to acknowledge the extraordinary value that this small portion of the overall budget can put towards genuinely vibrant T Stations through the MBTA’s Integral Art Program. 


Celene Lyon

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