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Speaking out for SOCAS: Tonight's CPA Committee Meeting in Cambridge

As per the information at, there is a meeting this evening of the Cambridge Community Preservation Act Committee:

"The Community Preservation Act Committee hereby gives notice of a public meeting it has scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at 344 Broadway, in the 2nd floor Conference Room.

The meeting agenda will include providing the public an opportunity to suggest and recommend projects for CPA funding for Housing, Open Space and Historic Preservation for FY14.

For more information, contact Nancy Schlacter at (617) 349-4302."

This is a matter of interest to those of us committed to the separation of church and state. The CPA is able to allocating funds via grants (up to $100,00 each) to non-profits with deteriorating historic buildings. Since the organizations eligible to receive such funding includes religious nonprofits, it is important that there be people at the meeting who are willing to emphasize the importance of using public funds only for projects which benefit the public, rather than sectarian causes or communities.

Fact: Between FY05-11, $1,442,650 was allocated to religious non-profits for the preservation of their historical buildings, in funding approved by the City of Cambridge Community Preservation Act Committee.

If you are a Cambridge resident and would like to attend the meeting with me (I know a few members of the Ethical Society of Boston will try to be there) please RSVP.

The City Hall Annex is located at the corner of Broadway and Inman Street.

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