May 12, 2017/Dispatch

DDemDispatch E.Warren in Ware, Events, Fundraisers and More

Dear Democrats, 

First, see below for details on Senator Warren’s Town Hall meeting tonight in Ware. 

Living under this presidency certainly gives me a lot of material for my remarks. 

Today, I’m sharing some thoughts from our AG Maura Healey: 

“As Attorney General, I deal with criminal investigations every day. I’ve never seen anything like this. Today, I joined with 19 state attorneys general and called on the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the Trump-Russia investigation. You’ve already seen the extent to which state AGs are working together as a first line of defense against this President’s illegal and reckless agenda – on health care, on immigration, on protecting our planet. I’ve been critical of Director Comey in the past, but the President’s decision to fire the FBI Director in the middle of this ongoing investigation is an affront to our democratic values and the rule of law. It’s a threat we can’t ignore.” 

Contact your Senators and encourage them to support the appointment. Even if you know that your Senator is already a supporter, more contact gives them the ability to demonstrate support. Encourage friends in states represented by Republicans to call their Senators. 

One of the most important things that people can do with social media is link news articles. Many people get their news from traditional news sources, but they start with social media and read what friends recommend. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: As we get closer to the Convention, and schedules are firming up, consider volunteering. Delegates are welcome to volunteer. Please note that volunteers are asked to arrive at the Worcester DCU Center at 7am and will receive food and t-shirts. Sign up here: 

Democratically yours, 

Kate Donaghue 

PS Events and schedules change rapidly. Matt and I work hard to get the most up to date information, but sometimes we don’t receive notices of changes. Weather can cause cancellations and postponements as well. If in doubt, watch MassDems calendar and check with the organizers. 

Roosevelt Awards Dinner – Kate’s Table – Honoring Jim McGovern and Michelle Wu

The Roosevelt Awards Dinner is an annual event hosted by the Massachusetts Democratic Party to honor members of the community who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to furthering the ideals of the Democratic Party through public service. This year’s honorees are Congressman Jim McGovern and Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu. 
Further details in the calendar section below. 

Please join me on May 31 at 6 pm at the Omni Parker House. For the first time in a number of years it will be a seated dinner. If you would like to be part of my table, please use this link to purchase a ticket. RSVP: 

I am also raising money for the MDP in honor of the Dem Dispatch. People tell me that they appreciate what Matt and I do. If you are so inclined, please donate here. 

Ideas for Committees – Partner with Other Commitees
Consider partnering with other committees. In “ideas for committees” I have suggested inviting a candidate for office or a speaker from an issues group such as health care or the environment. Partnering with other groups is advantageous to both your committee and the speaker: 
– the speaker’s time is used more effectively when he or she is reaching more folks, 
– people from different towns get to know each other and get more comfortable working together. 
Every situation is different. There are challenges in getting people from other towns together. Your goal is to create a win-win situation. I recall a time when a neighboring committee met on Sunday mornings as their regular meeting. Well one year their May meeting fell on Mother’s Day. I called the chair and instead of asking them to co-sponsor, I suggested that they meet with us jointly; our May meeting would also be there meeting. Now I was a solution, not a problem. 
You can always have a regional event with towns from a wide area. These can take time to put together but the benefits are high! 

Help the MDP Prepare for the Convention – Office Volunteers Needed
Caucuses have been held and platform hearing are coming to a close. We need volunteers to help prepare for the Convention. Volunteers are always needed at the Mass Dems office on Beacon Street. The party is offering weekend, weekdays and weeknight shifts as we go into these critical days. Wednesday is especially designated as a volunteer day at the office. We always have fun! 
5/17 10:30am-4:00pm 
5/24 10:30am-4:00pm 
5/31 10:30am-4:00pm 
Contact or to RSVP. 
Other times available by arrangement. 

Flip the House – Mass Dems Helping Take Back Congress
Help “Flip the House” either from your home or by joining folks in person. 
Gerogria: VPB 10am-9pmET daily – 
VPB:Virtual Phone Bank: Dial voters directly from numbers displayed for you. 
My DSC colleague John Bowes has a page where he has information on all three upcoming special elections. 
5/25 Montana 
6/20 South Carolina 5th 
6/20 Georgia 6th 
Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change Clean Energy Future Hearings

Senate Chairman Marc Pacheco has described these hearings as part of a state-wide listening tour to receive input from Massachusetts residents about the future of clean energy in the Commonwealth All hearings start at 6:00 PM 
5/15 Melrose: host Sen. Jason Lewis at Melrose Memorial Hall, 590 Main St. 
5/16 Taunton: host Sen. Marc Pacheco at Middle School, 500 Norton Ave. 
5/22 Weymouth: host Sen. Patrick O’Connor at Weymouth High School 
6/12 Springfield: Location TBD. 
6/19 Pittsfield: host Sen. Adam Hinds at Berkshire Comm. College. 
6/20 North Shore: Location TBD. 
6/26 Boston: Location TBD. 
For more information contact the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, 617-722-1551 or visit 

Jimmy Tingle: Humor “The Hole in Trump’s Wall” Video & Fundraisers for Dem Town Committees
Jimmy Tingle is a comedian and commentator and available for private parties and democratic fundraisers. Clean, Funny and On Message. 617-441-0522

VIDEO: The Hole in Trump’s Wall

COMMENTARY: The Hole In Trump’s Wall

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson once famously said that if the United States were to build a 12-foot wall across the southern U.S. border, it would lead to runaway demand for 13-foot ladders. I’m not an expert on immigration, drug trafficking or border. 
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You Have to Laugh Occasionally – Edited by Matt Shear

LOLGOP – [Paul] Ryan will only turn on Trump if Trump does something reckless like insuring poor kids or pays his fair share of taxes. 
Chelsea Handler – Mr. Trump, […] I would also like to point out that your golf obsession is good for our planet. The only time you’ve acknowledged climate change is when it caused erosion on one of your seaside golf resorts. So now we just need to get one of your golf courses pregnant so you’ll change your stance on Planned Parenthood. 

Event details:

*05/12/2017 Regional Town Hall in Ware with Senator Elizabeth Warren*
Friday, May 12, 6 – 9 PM
Ware High School 237 West St,
6:00 pm Doors open 
7:00 pm Program begins 
Senator Elizabeth Warren will be hosting a town hall in Ware. She will be making remarks and answering questions about what’s happening in the Senate and how she’s fighting for Massachusetts families. This is also a chance to talk with our staff about any questions or concerns you might have, or assistance you may need. 
More information: 

05/12/2017 Campaign Kick Off Sean Garballey for State Senate
Friday, May 12, 6:30 PM
Arlington Sons of Italy, 19 Prentiss Rd., Arlington, MA 02476

05/13/2017 3rd Middlesex Area Democrats Annual Spring Breakfast
Saturday, May 13, 9 AM – Noon 
Hilton Garden Inn, 450 Totten Pond Road, Waltham
Energize the commitment to Democratic party values at the 3rd Middlesex annual spring breakfast. Special guest is U. S. Congressman Seth Mouton. State senators and representatives from the district, and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidates Setti Warren, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie will speak. Tickets $40 per person or $350 for table of ten. Send checks made out to 3rd Middlesex Area Democrats to Habib Rahman, 30 Westland Road, Weston, 02493. For information contact

05/13/2017 Merrimack Valley Activist Forum Hosted by Barbara L’Italien
Saturday, May 13, 9 AM – 12:30 PM
Reliefs In, 1 Market St., Lawrence, MA 01843
State Senator Barbara L’Italien is hosting a forum to bring together local and statewide advocacy groups with citizens looking to get better involved in local progressive and Democratic activism in the Merrimack Valley. The program will include a welcome by Senator L’Italien and Massachusetts Democratic Party chair Gus Bickford, followed by three half-hour breakout sessions. During each breakout session, participants will have the choice of attending one of three different presentations from statewide organizations, covering nine topics total: Immigration, Combating the Opioid Epidemic, Labor/Economic Justice, Education, Environment, LGBTQ Rights, Running for Office, Women’s Empowerment, and Criminal Justice Reform. Presenting organizations will emphasize ways that attendees can take concrete actions to organize their own communities and volunteer in the Merrimack Valley to help further these causes. Breakfast provided. For more info, including RSVP, see or email

05/13/2017 Young Dems of MA Annual Convention
Saturday, May 13, 10 AM
MIT Campus at 77 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge
Tickets: $35/$45 
Contact: Zachary Agush at 

05/13/2017 Setti Warren House Party
Saturday, May 13, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
62 Bowman Street, Westborough
You are invited to a meet and greet with Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton, hosted by Steve and Kirsten Scott. The Mayor is strongly considering a run for MA Governor in 2018, and is eager to hear your thoughts on your community’s needs and our state’s future. 
R.S.V.P. at 
Questions? Contact Steve at or 978-807-4342 

05/13/2017 MA Dems Convention Delegate Training Workshop
Saturday, May 13, 3 – 5 PM
Framingham Public Library, J Room, 43 Lexington Street, Framinghamm
This workshop will be most helpful for first time delegates and alternates, though all delegates are welcome. RSVP to (Space is limited, RSVP is appreciated.) 

*05/15/2017 Social Security Forum with Congressmen Jim McGovern & John Larson (D-CT)*
Monday, May 15, 10 AM – Noon 
Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street
Find the event on Facebook at and RSVP at . If you have any questions please contact Congressman McGovern’s Worcester office at 508-831-7356

*05/15/2017 Newton Phone Bank: Maine 2 – Make It Blue*
Monday, May 155 – 8 PM
the home of Jason Paul, 1548 Beacon Street, Newton, MA 02468
Help flip the only Republican-held Congressional seat in New England – and take it away from a guy who voted for Trumpcare. This phone bank is focused on volunteer recruitment for the Maine Democratic Party to support their efforts to 1) elect a Democrat to the Main 2nd Congressional District and 2) return control of state government to the Democrats. Please bring a laptop/tablet and phone to make calls. RSVP at 

05/15/2017 Deb Goldberg Birthday Celebration
Monday, May 15, 5:30 – 7 PM
Carrie Nation, 11 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108
Suggested contribution: $1,000, $500, $250, $125. Donate online at or make checks payable to: The Goldberg Committee and send to PO Box 960907, Boston, MA 02196. Please contact Ellis Brewster with questions or to RSVP at: or by phone at: (508)728-1510

*05/15/2017 Jeff Cohen for Salem Councillor At Large Campaign Kickoff*
Monday, May 156 – 8 PM
Adriatic Restaurant & Bar, 155 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970

*05/15/2017 “Requiem for the American Dream” Film and Discussion Led by Sen. Mike Barrett*
Monday, May 157 – 9 PM
First Parish In Concord, 20 Lexington Rd., Concord, MA 01742
How did we become a nation that is so far removed from our core beliefs? In this extraordinary 2016 documentary, “Requiem for the American Dream”, Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality. 
Join Reclaim Our Democracy to view this 75 minute film followed by a discussion led by State Senator Mike Barrett. Home-made refreshments included. Free and open to the public. For more info see or 

*05/16/2017 Bob Massie Campaign Kickoff for Governor of Massachusetts*
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30 – 8 PM
The Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Ave
We invite you to come to share your ideas and creativity, your support and energy, to create the Commonwealth that we know is possible! This will be both a rally and a party and we hope to see you there! This is a free and fun event, so please come and join Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone in launching Democrat Bob Massie into the Governor’s race. 

05/16/2017 Alex Bezanson for State Representative Meet & Greet
Tuesday, May 166 – 8 PM
10th District Brewing Company, 491 Washington St., Abington, MA 02351
Come hear Alex speak about his vision for Abington, East Bridgewater and Whitman while tasting some of 10th District’s amazing, local beer. Suggested donation is $20 and checks can be made payable to CTE Alex Bezanson. Tickets can also be purchased online with a $20 donation at 

05/16/2017 North Shore Delegates Dinner
Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Brothers Taverna, 283 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Delegates for the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention will join for an informative Pre-Convention dinner. Topics will include how to prepare for the convention and what to expect at the convention. Meet fellow delegates from across the North Shore before the convention. Local and statewide officeholders will be invited to speak at this event. Your $20.00 donation will include a great meal. This is not a fundraiser. See 

05/16/2017 Delegate Gathering in Westborough
Tuesday, May 16, 7 PM
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman Street, Westborough
Area delegates are invited for a discussion with the Westborough Democratic Town Committee. We’ll begin the evening with a brief overview of the Convention with a special focus on information for new delegates. Then we will exchange ideas for committees on action oriented activities. Representatives from Hudson, Ashland and Newton will share information about recent activities they have hosted. If people are interested we will gather for refreshments and socializing at a local restaurant following the meeting. 

*05/16/2017 May Meeting of the Boston Ward 5 Democrats*
Tuesday, May 16, 7 PM
First Church of Boston, 66 Marlborough Street in the Back Bay
This month we will be hosting a forum on the topic of criminal justice reform in Massachusetts. Visit for more details as they become available. 

05/17/2017 Women’s Advocacy Day
Wednesday, May 17, 10 AM – 2:30 PM
Massachusetts State House Great Hall, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
10:00am-11:00am Breakfast & Registration 
11:00am-12:00pm Speaking Program 
12:00pm-02:30pm Legislative visits 
01:30pm-02:30pm Lunch & Conclusion 
Join the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for the sixth annual Women’s Advocacy Day at the State House. Advocacy Day gives passionate, empowered citizens the opportunity to gather and advocate for change. Make your voice heard and visit with legislators to speak about issues that affect you. Learn about our legislative priorities. Hear from State and Regional Commissioners as well as Elected Officials regarding the status of women’s access to equality and opportunities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Bring colleagues, friends, and family; daughters and sons welcome! 
Please submit this form to register: or for more info contact 


05/17/2017 Campaign Kick-off for Brian LaPierre, Lynn City Councilor At-Large
Wednesday, May 175 – 8 PM
Knights of Columbus, 177 Lynnfield St, Lynn, Massachusetts 01904
There will be food, music, drinks and more. Remarks at 6:30. Suggested donation: $25. Donate online at 

*05/17/2017 Meet Jay Gonzalez, Candidate for Governor in Braintree*
Wednesday, May 17, 6 – 8 PM
Upper Level Program Room, Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184
The Braintree Democratic Town Committee and Braintree Democratic Action will host an information session followed by a Q & A with Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidate for governor. 

*05/17/2017 Sean Rose for District 1 Worcester City Council Campaign Kick-Off*
Wednesday, May 17, 6 – 8 PM
Quinn’s Irish Pub, 715 West Boylston St., Worcester, MA 01606
Donate at or for more info see 

*05/17/2017 Sumbul Siddiqui for Cambridge City Council Campaign Kick-off*
Wednesday, May 17, 6 – 8 PM
Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02141
For more info or to donate visit 

*05/17/2017 Uxbridge Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Wednesday, May 17, 7 PM
Blissful Meadows Golf Club, 801 Chocolog Rd., Uxbridge, MA 01569

05/18/2017 Coalition for Social Justice 22nd Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 18, 6 – 8:30 PM
Venus de Milo, 75 Grand Army Highway (Rte. 6), Swansea, MA 02777
Save the Date. Tickets: $30 each. To order tickets make donation at or mail request and payment to CSJ, 105 William St. # 26, New Bedford, MA 02740. For more info or to request a banquet ad price list email or call 508-982-3108

05/18/2017 1st Annual Sen, Tom Kennedy/Brockton Democratic City Committee Legislative Reception
Thursday, May 18, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
The Perfect Place, 2039 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301
Hosted by Senator Michael Brady (2nd Plymouth/Bristol), Representative Gerry Cassidy (9th Plymouth), Representative Michelle M. DuBois (10th Plymouth), Representative Claire Cronin (11th Plymouth), and Brockton Democratic City Committee Chairman Steve Kelley. The Reception will feature Steve Tolman as keynote speaker, Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at 

*05/18/2017 Waltham Democratic City Committee Meeting with Michael Dukakis*
Thursday, May 18, 7 PM
the Auditorium at Waltham Government Center, 119 School Street (Corner of Lexington Street)
Special guest speaker will be former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic Presidential Nominee Michael Dukakis. Governor Dukakis will speak about organizing the Democratic party at the grassroots level on a fifty-state basis. For more info see 

*05/18/2017 Newton Dems State and Local Issues Briefing*
Thursday, May 18, 7 – 9 PM
Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street
The Newton Democratic City Committee invites you to participate in an educational forum and discussion on two topics: 
7 – 8pm: The 2017 Newton municipal elections, including what offices are up, who is running, and how to run for office. Presenter: School Committee Member Margie Ross Decter. 
8 – 9pm: The Raise Up MA legislative agenda of paid family medical leave, a $15 dollar minimum wage and a progressive income tax in Massachusetts. Presenters: RaiseUP MA Senate District Coordinator Susan Davidoff and NDCC Secretary Robert Fitzpatrick. For more info and updates see 

05/19/2017 Wayland Dems 3rd Friday Breakfast
Friday, May 19, 7 – 9 AM
Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe, 310 Commonwealth Rd., Wayland, MA 01778 (Rt. 30 at East Plain St.)
Join us for eggs and conversation over easy. Stop in when you can and stay as long as you like. Candidates who wish to speak please contact WDTC Chair Michael Gilbreath at Address questions to same or for more info visit 

05/19/2017 Tom McGee for Lynn Mayor Campaign Kickoff
Friday, May 19, 6 – 9 PM
Lynn Knights of Columbus, 177 Lynnfield Street, Lynn, MA 01904
Suggested Contribution: $25. Donate online at 

05/20/2017 Greater Lowell Area Democrats (GLAD) Monthly Breakfast Meeting
Saturday, May 20, 8 – 10 AM
Independence Bar & Grill/Radisson, 10 Independence Dr., Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01824
$7 requested donation to cover room and breakfast. GLAD member communities: Bedford, Billerica, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Groton, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford. For more info email

05/20/2017 Twelfth Annual Three Towns and Two Cities (3T & 2C) Breakfast
Saturday, May 20, 8:30 AM
Nicholson Hall, 9 Harris Street, Newburyport
The Democratic City and Town Committees of Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, and West Newbury, known as The Three Towns And Two Cities ( 3T&2C), are planning their annual spring breakfast. 
8:30 Coffee & Social 
9:00 Breakfast 
Tickets $30. For more information, contact Kathy Pasquina at or 978 270-0529 

*05/20/2017 Volunteer Opportunities – Niki Tsongas, Jamie Eldridge, Kate Hogan *
Saturday, May 20, 10 AM – Noon 
Unitarian Church, 80 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749
TAKING ACTION IN THE COMMUNITY: Get Informed. Get Involved The Hudson DTC hopes to bring concerned citizens together with elected officials and local organizations to learn what they can do to help those in need. Groups who need hands-on volunteers will have tables, and attendees will have the opportunity to talk with these groups and find out how they can get involved. Congresswoman Tsongas, State Senator Jamie Eldridge, and State Representative Kate Hogan will all be speaking. To register go to and for more information visit or contact

05/20/2017 David Perelman for Waltham City Council Campaign Kickoff
Saturday, May 20, Noon – 2 PM
Shoppers Cafe, 731 Moody St., Waltham, MA 02453
David Perelman is kicking off his campaign for Waltham City Council, Ward Eight. Join him just after papers come out to hear his shared vision for a better Waltham. Donations greatly appreciated. 

05/20/2017 Yarmouth Dems Meeting
Saturday, May 20, 1 PM
Selectmen’s Room, Town Hall, Yarmouth
Monthly meeting of the Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee. All Yarmouth Democrats are invited to attend. Entrance will be from the side door. Questions: contact Bob Isadore at
Meeting dates: 6/17, 8/19, 9/16, 10/21, 11/18. 

05/20/2017 American Promise and our Allies for a Citizen Uprising Workshop 
Saturday, May 20, 1 – 4 PM
First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester
Join American Promise and our allies for a Citizen Uprising workshop that will provide ALL OF US the training and tools we need to get Massachusetts ready for the 2018 ballot. The Worcester launch event will include: 
Worcester Congressman, Jim McGovern, will lead the speaker panel and outline the stakes of acting NOW; Kellen Arno, of Grandview Campaigns, will lead a training session on citizen engagement; Jeff Clements, President of American Promise and author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money & Global Corporations. 
The Massachusetts Uprising has been building for: 
1) a statewide ballot initiative to give voice to all Massachusetts citizens. 
2) a big push for the We the People Act in this legislative session. 

*05/20/2017 Moulton Town Hall Meeting*
Saturday, May 20, 1 PM
Rupert A. Nock Middle School Auditorium, 70 Low Street, Newburyport, MA
You are invited to join an exciting event with Congressman Moulton. 

05/20/2017 Rally for Public Education
Saturday, May 20, 2 – 5 PM
Boston Common at Beacon and Charles St.
Event sponsored by the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance. Stand up for students, public schools and colleges; Fight efforts by Trump, DeVos, Baker & Peyser to gut our education system; Demand full funding, debt-free higher education and the schools our communities deserve. More info and RSVP at 

*05/20/2017 Block Party with Setti Warren*
Saturday, May 20, 2 – 4 PM
Beaumont Ave, Newton
The mayor will be hosting a family block party outside his home on Beaumont Ave in Newton. He’ll be talking about the need for a new generation of leadership to tackle economic inequality and move the Commonwealth forward. This will be a fun and family friendly event with face-painting, balloons, and light refreshments. All are welcome. If you would like to attend, please RSVP at 

05/21/2017 Marty Walsh Charlestown W. End Back Bay Beacon Hill Chinatown Fundraiser
Sunday, May 21, 9 – 11 AM
pin 119 Park St, West Roxbury, MA 02132
Mayor Walsh will be holding a series of community fundraisers across the city and you’re invited. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the Mayor. Tickets: $20. Kids & Seniors Admitted for Free. RSVP at 

05/21/2017 Newton Reception with Maura Healey
Sunday, May 21, Noon – 1:30 PM
Home of Representative Kay Khan, 18 St. Mary’s Street, Newton, MA 02462
Please join Senator Cynthia Creem, Representative Ruth Balser, Representative Kay Khan and others for a brunch honoring Attorney General Maura Healey. Suggested Contributions: $1000/$500/$250/$125. Donate online at 

05/21/2017 Groton Town Committee Meeting
Sunday, May 21, 4 – 5 PM
Legion Hall, Hollis St., Groton
Regular Meeting of town committee. For more info contact Jennifer Meith at

*05/22/2017 Newton Phone Bank: Maine 2 – Make It Blue*
Monday, May 22, 5 – 8 PM
the home of Jason Paul, 1548 Beacon Street, Newton, MA 02468
Help flip the only Republican-held Congressional seat in New England – and take it away from a guy who voted for Trumpcare. This phone bank is focused on volunteer recruitment for the Maine Democratic Party to support their efforts to 1) elect a Democrat to the Main 2nd Congressional District and 2) return control of state government to the Democrats. Please bring a laptop/tablet and phone to make calls. RSVP at 

05/22/2017 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee 
Monday, May 22, 7 PM
Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey Street, Marblehead, MA

05/22/2017 Lynn Democratic City Committee Meeting
Monday, May 22, 7 PM
Hibernian Hall, 104 Federal St., Lynn 
Future meeting dates: 6/19, 9/18, 10/23. 
For further information, please contact Chair Agnes Ricko. alfredricko@comcast.net781-599-9347

*05/22/2017 AG Maura Healey Town Hall Meeting in Lowell*
Monday, May 22, 7 – 8:30 PM
Wang School, 365 W Meadow Rd., Lowell, MA 01854
Please join Attorney General Maura Healey and organizers for a post-election Town Hall meeting. So much is at stake and we need to act to build on and protect the progress we’ve made in our communities, throughout Massachusetts and across the nation. Come hear what the Attorney General intends to do and how you can get involved. Note: This event is free an open to the public. Guests are asked to register in advance because seating is limited. 
RSVP Here: 

05/22/2017 1EM (First Essex & Middlesex Coalition) Delegate Dinner 
Monday, May 22
15 Walnut Tavern, 15 Walnut Road, Hamilton, MA (Crosby’s Plaza)
Save the date. For more information, contact Kathy Pasquina or 978 270-0529

05/23/2017 Discussions of Difference – Brockton
Tuesday, May 23, 6 – 8 PM
St. Edith Stein, 71 E. Main St., Brockton
Join co-hosts State Rep. Michelle DuBois and Brockton City Councilors Shaynah Barnes, Moises Rodrigues & Robert Sullivan for Discussions of Difference: Building Empathy, Understanding, & IN elusion in the Greater Brockton Community. Panel discussions start at 6:30 and will focus on how race, gender, disability and economic class affect how we see each other. 

05/23/2017 Kickoff Event – Dante Comparetto for Worcester School Committee
Tuesday, May 23, 6 – 9 PM
El-Basha, 256 Park Ave., Worcester, MA 01609
Join hosts State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, State Reps. Jim O’Day, Mary Keefe, & Dan Donahue, City Councilor Sarai Rivera, Former Mayor Joe O’Brien, and others in celebrating our victories, music, food, friends and fun. Performances by DJ Joe Cora and the Dale LePage Trio. Suggested donation $25/$50/$100/$250. All donations benefit our new stipend-based youth development program designed to create the next generation of leaders. Donate online at or by check to: Committee to Elect Dante Comparetto, 16 Alden St., Worcester, MA. 01610. 

05/23/2017 Salem Democratic City Committee May Meeting
Tuesday, May 23, 7 – 8:30 PM
135 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970
Special Guest Speaker Is Melvin Poindexter. Mel (for short) is a long-time member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee (DSC) and former Co-Chair of the DSC Affirmative Action Sub-Committee. He’s a new member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and supported Rep Ellis in his race for DNC Chair. Mel will be speaking about how we can work together to win in 2018 & 2020 and how to help city and town committees manage their growth. For more info see 

*05/24/2017 Samuel Gebru for Cambridge City Council Campaign Kickoff*
Wednesday, May 24, 6 – 7:30 PM
Cambridge Community, Center 5 Callender Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Join Team Gebru as we formally launch our campaign for City Council. Come and support Samuel as he shares his vision for an inclusive Cambridge. Free and open to the public. RSVP at o contact:

05/24/2017 Natick Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 24, 7 PM
Natick Town Hall, 13 E. Central Street, Natick MA 01760 3rd Floor Training Room
For more information visit 

*05/24/2017 Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee meeting*
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Greenwood Center dining room, 231 Maple Rd., Longmeadow
Town election candidates and more. 
For more info email

*05/25/2017 Newton Dems Delegate Social Featuring Candidates for Governor*
Thursday, May 25, 6 – 8 PM
The Social Restaurant and Bar, 320 Washington Street, Newton
A fun social event – open to anyone and everyone – featuring Newton’s elected delegates to the Democratic State Convention, the presentation of the 2017 Martina Jackson Delegate Award and a low-dollar ‘raiser for the NDCC. The event will feature some or all of the likely and announced Democratic Candidates for Governor. Mayor Setti Warren, Jay Gonzalez and Bob Massie are confirmed. Come whether or not you can donate but donations of $10, $25, $50, $100 would be welcomed. Donate online at 

05/25/2017 Maynard Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 25, 6:30 PM
Maynard Public Library – Trustees Room, 77 Nason Street
Objectives and action plan for 2017-18 to be discussed. For more info see 

*05/25/2017 Stoughton Democratic Town Committee May Meeting*
Thursday, May 25, 7 PM
Cheng Du Restaurant, 657 Washington Street (Rt. 138), Stoughton
Buffet Dinner $17 per person includes Tax and Tip. Doors Open at 6:30 Dinner will be served at 7:00. For more info email SDTC Chair John Kavin at

05/30/2017 Lisa Peterson for Salem City Council Ward 3 Kickoff Party
Tuesday, May 30, 6 – 8 PM
Far From The Tree Craft Hard Cider, 108 Jackson St., Salem, MA 01970
Come enjoy live music from The Bordellos, cider from the cash bar, and delicious snacks. Admission is Free. Campaign contributions are appreciated. Please consider a $39 donation in honor of Lisa’s upcoming birthday. Donate online at and for more info see 

05/30/2017 Boston Ward 17 Democratic Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 30, 7 – 9 PM
Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1187 Adams St., Dorchester
Committee chair/contact: Joyce Linehan,

05/31/2017 Roosevelt Awards Dinner, Honoring Jim McGovern and Michelle Wu
Wednesday, May 31
Omni Parker House, 60 School St., Boston, MA 02108
Save the Date! The Massachusetts Democratic Party has named Congressman Jim McGovern and Boston City Council President Michelle Wu as this year’s recipients of the Party’s Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Awards. Bestowed annually upon two distinguished Democrats, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Awards are the highest honors presented by the Massachusetts Democratic Party. 

06/01/2017 Newton Dems General Meeting
Thursday, June 1, 7 – 9 PM
War Memorial Auditorium at Newton City Hall 
All welcome to attend the second quarterly meeting of the Newton Democratic City Committee. 

06/02/2017 Coffee with Congressman Joe Kennedy III
Friday, June 2, 8 – 9:30 AM
Coolidge Corner Theatre 290 Harvard St, Brookline, Massachusetts 02446
Coffee and Conversation with Congressman Joe Kennedy III including a Congressional Update and Q & A. Hosted by Brookline Chamber of Commerce. Co-hosted with Town of Brookline and LWVBrookline. $5 paid in advance, $10 paid at door. Tickets: 

06/03/2017 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention – NEW LOCATION
Saturday, June 3, 9 AM – 3 PM
DCU Center, 50 Forster St., Worcester
Relocated to Worcester due to time constraints in Lowell. This is the quadrennial platform convention. There will be opportunities to meet candidates considering statewide races in 2018. Lowell will host the Democratic Campaign Institute in January 2018. Meeting will start at noon. For more info visit 

*06/04/2017 Spring Celebration in support of State Rep. Christine Barber*
Sunday, June 4, 4 – 6 PM
Babur Restaurant, 212 Holland St., Somerville, MA 02144

06/06/2017 New Bedford Democratic City Committee
Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 PM
GSM Labor Council 560 Pleasant St., New Bedford
Standing meetings on the first Tuesday of the month as follows: 
Remaining meetings 8/1, 9/5, 10/3, 12/5. 
For more info call co-chair Lisa Lemieux at 774-328-0394

06/08/2017 Chicopee Democratic City Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 8, 6:30 PM
Chicopee Public Library 449 Front Street Chicopee, MA 

06/10/2017 Joe Kennedy Pride Party and March
Saturday, June 10, 9:30 AM
Lir Lounge, Boston
Kennedy Pride Party Check-in and Free Breakfast 9:30AM-11AM @ LIR Lounge- details available upon RSVP. 
March with Joe Kennedy for LGBTQ Equality and Justice at the 47th Annual Boston Pride Parade! 
RSVP link : 
9:30AM-11AM: Kennedy Pride Party Check-in and Free Breakfast LIR Lounge- details available upon RSVP. 
12pm: Parade begins. *MUST be checked in by 11AM to march with Joe and Team Kennedy. 

06/11/2017 Worcester City Committee JFK Awards 
Sunday, June 11, 6 PM
The Manor, 42 West Boylston Street, West Boylston
6 pm Cocktails; 7 pm Dinner. 
Thirtieth anniversary. The Worcester City Committee cordially invites you to attend the JFK Awards Dinner and join them as they honor: 
Jospeh McEvoy, Cherist Parker, John Trobaugh, Ellen Terese Smith, Antero Amparo, Zoe Magid. 
Tickets $50. Mail to Candy Mero Carlson, 42 Benedict Road, Worcester MA 01604. 

06/13/2017 Pride Celebration & Fundraiser for Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis
Tuesday, June 13, 5:30 – 8 PM
Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Please join statewide LGBTQ leaders and allies for a pride celebration and fundraiser for Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis. Suggested Donations: $50/$100/$250/$500/$1,000. Donate online at 

06/13/2017 Discussion of Voting Rights: From Voter Suppression to Gerrymandering to Automatic Voting
Tuesday, June 13, 7 PM
Women’s Workshop, 72 Columbus St., Newton Highlands, 02461
Featuring State Senator Cynthia Creem and Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause Massachusetts. For more info email

*06/21/2017 Beverly Fundraiser for Senator Joan Lovely*
Wednesday, June 21, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
E J Cabot’s, 282 Cabot St. Beverly, MA 01915
Suggested Donations: $20/$50/$100. Light Appetizers, Cash Bar. 

*06/22/2017 Cambridge Democrats Ward 11 Cookout*
Thursday, June 22, 6 – 8 PM
13 Hollis Street, North Cambridge
Presentation of the 2017 Tip O’Neill Award to North Cambridge Democrat of the Year. 

*06/24/2017 Malden Democratic City Committee Monthly Meeting*
Saturday, June 24, 10 AM
Irish American Club, 177 West Street, Malden (free parking, wheelchair accessible)
Featured speaker: Candidate for Governor Jay Gonzalez. All current or prospective Democrats are welcome to attend. For more information, contact MDCC Chair Greg Lucey,

07/08/2017 Yarmouth Dems Annual Barbecue
Saturday, July 8

07/09/2017 Lynn Democratic City Committee Cookout and Food Drive
Sunday, July 9, 2 – 5 PM
The Lynn Museum, 590 Washington Street, Lynn
Lynn Democratic City Committee will hold its 18th Annual Family Cookout and 9th Annual Food Drive. Please join us for an afternoon of relaxation, socializing and talking about the common beliefs and values we share as Democrats. Traditional cookout fare of hot dogs, hamburgers, various salads, etc. will be served. Enter our Dessert Contest. Prizes awarded for the best homemade desserts. Cookout donation: $15.00 per person; $25.00 family. Please bring a non-perishable food item or check made out to My Brother’s Table. For further information, please contact Chair Agnes Ricko, alfredricko@comcast.net781-599-9347

07/15/2017 Wayland Dems Summer Picnic
Saturday, July 15, 1 – 4 PM
home of Judy Ling & Steve Klitgord, 274 Concord Road, Wayland, MA 01778
(Rain date: Sunday, August 21) 
Save the date. We expect to have the usual offerings of food and drink, plus special guests. 

08/10/2017 Waltham Democratic City Committee Annual BBQ & Picnic
Thursday, August 10, 5:30 PM
Location TBA
Save the date! 

*08/24/2017 Malden Democrats Annual Summer BBQ*
Thursday, August 24, 5:30 – 8 PM
Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal St., Malden
Free parking, wheelchair accessible, 2 blocks from Malden Center MBTA Station (Orange Line). 
Save the Date. Hear from elected officials and candidates; meet Democrats from Malden and beyond in a casual cookout atmosphere. $15 admission, cash bar. Online purchase coming soon. 

08/28/2017 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Annual Picnic 
Monday, August 28, 5 – 8 PM
Gerry VFA # 5, 210 Beacon St. Marblehead, MA 01945
Officials please contact Renee Ramirez Keaney, Chair MDTC at 781-962-6577

09/09/2017 DSC Meeting
Saturday, September 9
Western MA location to be announced
Refreshments served at 11am. Meeting will start at noon. Visit for details as they become available. All Democrats are welcome. 

10/29/2017 Lynn Democratic City Annual Unity Breakfast
Sunday, October 29, 8:30 – 11 AM
The Porthole Restaurant, 98 Lynnway, Lynn
A plentiful breakfast of eggs, pancakes, ham, bacon, sausage, coffee, fruit, juice, etc. will be provided. Donation is $30.00 per person. Please send checks, payable to the LDCC, for the number of people planning to attend, to Joshua Walsh, LDCC Treasurer, 13 Curtis St., Lynn, MA 01905. For additional information, please contact LDCC Chair Agnes Ricko,

11/14/2017 DSC Meeting
Tuesday, November 14
Save the date. 
Watch for details. 

05/13/2007 Massachusetts Uprising: Launch Boston
Sunday, May 13, 9 AM – Noon 
District Hall, 75 Northern Ave, Boston
From Boston to the Berkshires, citizens are stepping up for a statewide Ballot Initiative in 2018 that says People, Not Money, Not Corporations, Not Special Interests – Govern the United States. Help the Commonwealth join 18 other states and 800 cities and towns that have passed resolutions to overturn Citizens United and return to common sense limits on election spending. 


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Mass Delegation Working for Us
Recent highlights from the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation speaking up for residents and against the Trump Administration: 
SENATOR ED MARKEY, a champion for those struggling with addiction, filed legislation to prevent fentanyl and other deadly opioids from being imported into the United States. 
SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN continued to fight for students against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos agenda to privatize education. 
CONGRESSMAN MIKE CAPUANO continued his fight for internet privacy by making an impassioned speech on the House floor. 
CONGRESSWOMAN KATHERINE CLARK continued her leadership in making quality, affordable child care accessible for all families. 
CONGRESSMAN BILL KEATING authored a piece for his Democratic colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee calling for a thorough investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 
CONGRESSMAN JOE KENNEDY called out Trumpcare for what it is – “an act of malice” that would strip health insurance from 24 million Americans and get rid of addiction and mental health services many rely on. 
CONGRESSMAN STEVE LYNCH spoke out against the federal hiring freeze and how it negatively impacted our nation’s veterans seeking to continue their dedicated public service to our country by entering the federal workforce. 
CONGRESSMAN JIM McGOVERN continued to fight for those in need by being a strong advocate for food assistance programs and the 43 million Americans that depend on them. 
CONGRESSMAN SETH MOULTON advocated for people getting more involved in the public debate surrounding the misinformation campaign of the Trump administration, encouraging voters to continue to protest and stand up for what they believe in. 
CONGRESSMAN RICHARD NEAL introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit to help improve access to affordable housing for low-income individuals. 
CONGRESSWOMAN NIKI TSONGAS stood up for science by introducing the Scientific Integrity Act, a bill that will help insulate government-directed scientific research from the influence of political pressure and special interests. 


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