April 8, 2017/Dispatch

DDemDispatch Rallies, Platform, Town Halls, Fun Events and More

Dear Democrats,

Well we certainly live in interesting times. I have a section below with information on how we here in Massachusetts can work to help “Flip the House.” Working to elect Democrats is critical.

There continue to be rallies and marches across the country on a variety of topics. From heath care, tax day, climate change and the Science March there are a number of ways to engage.

To delegates and alternates attending the 2017 Democratic State Convention, please be sure to pay your convention fee by Friday April 7th. Here’s the link: 

Details on Platform Hearings and Meetings are listed at http://massdems.org/platform . See below for an overview of the platform process.

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. 

Ideas for Committees – Host a Flip the House Event
Schedule an event to help one of the special elections. Or join an existing event. Many people are ready to engage now. Just gather a few people some place where there is WiFi and you have a phone bank. See below for details. 

Click here for a sample press release or scroll down below the calendar. 

Flip the House – Mass Dems Helping Take Back Congress
Help “Flip the House” either from your home or by joining folks in person. 
Kansas: Hubdialer 10am-10pmET daily – http://www.votejamesthompson.com/phonebank 
Gerogria: VPB 10am-9pmET daily – https://action.dccc.org/sign-up 
VPB:Virtual Phone Bank: Dial voters directly from numbers displayed for you. 
Hubdialer: Computer dials. You just talk to voters. 
In person opportunities. Always more fun with other people. 
4/09 4-8:00pm BU Biology Building Jon Ossoff – http://bit.ly/2o9JZeg @2 4/10 6-8:30pm 28 Hadley St. Jon Ossoff- http://bit.ly/2nRJ3sh 

My DSC colleague John Bowes has a page where he has information on all four upcoming special elections. 
4/11 Kansas 4th 
4/18 Georgia 6th 
5/02 South Carolina 5th 
5/25 Montana 

Platform Hearing and Meeting Schedule
4/08 10:00am Springfield, Van Sickle Middle School 
4/08 11:00am Framingham, Library 
4/08 02:00pm Pittsfield, Berkshire Athenaeum 
4/09 02:00pm Worcester, Leo’s Ristorante 
4/09 02:00pm Brewster, Library 
4/11 06:30pm Maynard, Town Hall 
4/12 06:30pm Cambridge, Main Library 
4/13 07:00pm Shirley, Town Hall 
4/13 07:00pm Uxbridge, 18 Whitin Street 
4/14 07:00pm Norton, Media Center 
4/14 09:00am Ashby, 873 Cafe 
4/18 07:00pm Westborough, Tatnuck Booksellers 
4/18 07:00pm Somerville, High School 
4/18 07:00pm Reading, Pleasant Street Center 
4/19 07:00pm New Bedford, GSM Labor Council 
4/22 10:00am Newburyport, Library 
4/23 07:00pm Salem, Old Town Hall 
4/24 07:00pm Brookline, High School 
4/24 07:00pm Northampton, JFK Middle School 
4/25 07:00pm Arlington, Town Hall 
4/27 07:00pm Brockton, Fire Fighters Local 144 
4/27 07:30pm Watertown, Town Hall 
4/27 06:30pm Cambridge, Morss Hall, MIT Walker Memorial, 142 Memorial Drive 
4/30 02:00pm Lowell, Middlesex Community College 
4/30 03:00pm Brookfield, Brookfield Inn 
5/06 10:00am Foxborough, John J. Ahern Middle School 
5/06 02:00pm Plymouth, Main Library 
DETAILS HERE: http://massdems.org/platform 
Every four years the Democratic Party adopts a platform as we go into gubernatorial elections. In addition to the official hearings conducted by the Platform Committee of the state party, Democratic Town and City/Ward Committees, DSC members and Democratic organizations may conduct platform meetings prior to the 2017 Democratic State Convention on June 3rd. The purpose of these meetings is to facilitate dialogue and encourage input from Democrats on the local level to inform the party platform hat will be voted on by delegates at the June convention. 
The Massachusetts Democratic Party platform is a statement of party values and reflects the current policy positions of the party. The Platform Committee will be drafting the proposed 2017 state party platform, which will be voted on by the delegation at the June 3 State Convention. The most recent edition of the Party platform is the 2013 platform. It may be found on our website here: 
Requirements for holding a platform meeting: 
– The Massachusetts Democratic Party must be notified of the meeting five business days prior to its scheduled date. 
– The meeting is open to the general public, regardless of party affiliation or registration status. 
– The meeting location must be ADA accessible. 
– The meeting must be conducted with a clerk who will take notes of participants’ testimony. All notes must be submitted to the state party. 

Mass Senate Community Conversations
Remaining Locations and Hosts: 
04/11 NORTH SHORE: Senators Joan Lovely, Sal DiDomenico, Jason Lewis, Ken Donnelly and Thomas McGee. 
04/25 CENTRAL MASS: Senators Harriette Chandler, Anne Gobi, Jen Flanagan, Ryan Fattman, and Michael Moore. 

Resistance School
Resistance School is a free four-week practical training program — live in Cambridge or online — that will sharpen the tools we need to fight back at the federal, state, and local levels. Our goal is to keep the embers of resistance alive through concrete learning, community engagement, and forward-looking action. We believe that both long-time activists and new additions to the movement need to forge effective offensive strategies to secure progressive victories. Throughout April, we invite you to join with neighbors, friends, or classmates to participate in livestreamed interactive workshops with renowned political campaigners, communicators, and organizers. Each of the skills they’ll showcase is critical to amplifying our collective impact. Together we’ll learn how to: 
Session 1: Communicate our values in political advocacy, featuring Tim McCarthy, VIEW ONLINE 
Session 2: Mobilize and organize our communities, featuring Sara El-Amine, Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:00pm ET 
Session 3: Structure and build capacity for action, featuring Marshall Ganz, Thursday, April 20, 7:00-8:30pm ET 
Session 4: Sustain the resistance long-term, featuring Michael Blake, Thursday April 27, 7:00-8:30pm ET 
Interested? Sign up at resistanceschool.com and we will follow up with more information. 

Sad News
Please join me in extending condolences to Senator Barbara L’Italien on the loss of her mother, Claire. Details here: 

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 You Have to Laugh Occasionally – Edited by Matt Shear

Tea Pain – Trump ran for President to “pay back the country that helped him so much.” The FBI’s workin’ 24/7 to figure out which country that is. … Wouldn’t it be a simpler investigation to search for Trump team members with ties to the United States? 
Frank Conniff – Devin Nunes is stepping down from the Russian investigation to spend more time with Trump’s family. 


Event details:

04/08/2017 College Democrats of Massachusetts Spring Convention
Saturday, April 8, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tufts, 62 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA
Join us for a recap of all that we’ve accomplished together this year, political oriented performances, speakers and workshops, and for the election of the 2017-18 CDM Executive Board. The event will be $8.00 for college students and $10.00 for non-college students. Please buy your tickets here, make sure to buy them early, we are expecting 150 people at this event: 
Please park at: Dowling hall garage: 419 Boston Ave. Medford. 

04/08/2017 MA Dems Platform Meeting – Framingham
Saturday, April 8, 11 AM
Framingham Public Library, Costin Room, 43 Lexington Street, Framingham
The purpose of this meeting is to gather input from attendees on issues they wish to include into the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform for 2017-2021 that will be voted upon at the June 3 state convention. Organized by Framingham area Democratic State Committee members. Open to the general public. 

*04/08/2017 Rally to Take Back Health – NEW LOCATION*
Saturday, April 8, Noon – 1 PM
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02108
As the first day of a two-week congressional recess, April 8th is a crucial moment for capturing the attention of our representatives. Now that the AHCA has been defeated, it’s time to get serious about making healthcare available to and affordable for all. Location change: front steps of the State House. Join us to hear legislators, providers, and patients speak out about the inadequacy of the ACA and the ways in which single-payer would allow us to control costs, improve access, and provide high quality care for all patients. Co-Sponsoring Organizations: Mass-Care http://www.masscare.org/ Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare, Harvard Medicine Indivisible, Physicians for a National Health Program, Massachusetts Chapter (PNHP-MA), Students for a National Health Program, Boston University Chapter (BUSM SNaHP), and Right Care Boston http://rightcareboston.org/ . For more info see https://www.facebook.com/events/287385235015078/ 

*04/08/2017 Town Hall Q&A with Cong. Seth Moulton – NEW DATE*
Saturday, April 8, Noon – 1 PM
North Shore Community College, Lynn Campus Gymnasium, 300 Broad Street, Lynn
If you can’t make it in person, you can also join via Facebook live. See https://www.facebook.com/events/400330500346853/ 

04/08/2017 Rep. Rady Mom Khmer New Year Celebration
Saturday, April 8, 7 PM – Midnight 
You are cordially invited to join Rep. Mom to celebrate the Year of the Fire Rooster. 
Suggested donation $30. Food included. Live band. 
Information 978-375-0777

04/09/2017 State Representative Lori Ehrlich Fundraiser
Sunday, April 9, 2 – 4 PM
Uno Pizzeria & Grill (Swampscott, MA) 970 Paradise Rd, Swampscot
Save the date. 

04/09/2017 Fake News and Real Consequences
Sunday, April 9, 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Morse Institute Library, 14 E. Central St., Natick, MA 01760
The Natick Democratic Town Committee is hosting a forum on fake news, the threat it poses to the mainstream media and the democratic process, and how we can combat it, presented by Rick Holmes, former Opinion Editor at the MetroWest Daily News. Holmes will talk about the importance of media literacy and critical thinking in distinguishing fact from fiction. This forum is free and open to the public; students of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more info see http://www.natickdems.org/2017/03/20/what-can-be-done-about-fake-news-forum-april-9/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/1820969278120072/ 

*04/09/2017 Matthew Miller for Newton School Committee Campaign Kick Off*
Sunday, April 9, 4 – 6 PM
15 Harwich Rd., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3022,
This is an at-large seat. Donate on line at http://matt4schools.com/donate/ 

*04/09/2017 Phone for Jon Ossoff Special Election for Congress (Georgia-6)*
Sunday, April 9, 4 – 8 PM
BU Biology Building, 5 Cummington Mall, Boston
Located behind BU’s Morse Auditorium a block west of Kenmore Sq. Park on Beacon St. or Comm Ave. 
Help get out the vote for the special election April 18 to fill seat vacated by Republican Tom Price. For more info or to RSVP contact Ed Loechler at loechler@bu.edu or 617-543-8153

04/11/2017 MA Dems Platform Meeting – Maynard
Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 PM
Lower level meeting room of Town Hall, 195 Main Street
Maynard Democratic Town Committee will hold a Platform Meeting. This is a formal opportunity for residents to comment on the proposed MA Democratic platform. All are welcome regardless of party affiliation. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Co-Chairs Sara Hartman, swhartman132@gmail.com or Sally Bubier, sa_bubier@verizon.net

04/11/2017 Medway Dems Meeting
Tuesday, April 11, 7 PM
T. C. Scoops, Medway

04/11/2017 Sudbury Democratic Town Committee meeting w/ guest Setti Warren
Tuesday, April 11, 7 PM
Sudbury Grange Hall, 326 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA 01776
This is a great opportunity to meet Mayor Warren and learn more about him. The meeting is open to the public. For more info visit http://sudburydemocrats.org 

04/11/2017 Beverly Democratic City Committee Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Beverly Public Library (Farms Branch), 24 Vine Street, Beverly, MA 01915
Join the Beverly Democratic City Committee for its monthly meeting. Meetings are open to all Democrats in Beverly and our Democratic friends and neighbors. The Beverly Democratic City Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Locations will vary. For more information or to add items to the agenda, please contact Chairman Duane Anderson at duroanderson@gmail.com or 978-922-2368 or visit http://www.bevdems.org 

*04/12/2017 Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Hearing in Salem*
Wednesday, April 12, 2 – 4 PM
Old Town Hall Salem, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970
This platform hearings is an opportunity for individuals to offer testimony about what they would like to see included in the 2017 Massachsuetts Democrartic Party Platform. The Party will collect this testimony and use it to inform the platform committee during the drafting process. If you are unable to attend a hearing or were unable to offer testimony at a hearing, please submit written testimony, including your name, address, email and phone number and put it in a PDF or Word document format and submit at http://bit.ly/2017writtentestimony 

04/12/2017 Campaign Kick-off for Molly McCullough for Worcester School Committee
Wednesday, April 12, 6 PM
pin Hide Map Worcester Fitness 440 Grove St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605
Campaign for re-election kick-off. Food and a cash bar. Suggested donation $25, $50, $100. 

04/12/2017 Mass-Care Future of Healthcare / Spring Gala
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Save the Date. A night of live music, light refreshments and a conversation of where our healthcare is headed here in the Commonwealth and Nation. Special Guest: Dr. Don Berwick. All donation accepted, all are welcome. Tickets available at http://masscare.org/event/future-of-healthcare-spring-gala/?event_date=2017-04-12 

*04/12/2017 Mid-Cambridge/Middlesex & Suffolk District Democratic State Platform Hearing*
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Cambridge Public Library, Main Branch Lecture Hall (Lower Level), 449 Broadway, Cambridge
(Parking is available in the municipal garage onsite, accessed from Broadway, between Felton & Ellery Sts.) 
Join your fellow delegates, alternates and other interested Democrats from the Greater Cambridge area for discussion and breakout sessions to write language and introduce updates for a new Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform. The platform is our collective statement of values as Massachusetts Democrats – come and contribute your ideas about the issues that concern you most! Information from these hearings will be used by the Platform Committee as they draft the platform proposal to be presented to the delegates at the June 3rd convention in Lowell. Contact Democratic State Committeewoman & Cambridge Ward 6 chair Lesley Rebecca Phillips (phone 810-394-1317, or email to lrphillips@rocketmail.com) for additional information. 

*04/12/2017 North Shore Meeting with Democratic Party Chair Gus Pickford – NEW DATE*
Wednesday, April 12, 7 – 8 PM
Peter A. Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St Peabody, MA 01960 (parking and entrance in rear)
Join Democrats from across the North Shore as we gather to hear the plan for victory in 2018, 2020 and beyond. For more information, contact Arthur Powell at 978-922-1480 or arthurpowell@hotmail.com or see https://www.facebook.com/events/251298008663371/ 

04/13/2017 Weymouth Dems – Welcome to the Party!
Thursday, April 13, 6:30 PM
Hearth and Kettle 151 Main Street in Weymouth 
Please join Weymouth Democratic Town Committee for meet and greet and to hear about the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform. Speakers will include John Bowes, Chair of the Plymouth County Democratic League, State Committee Member and Chris Matthews, State Committee Member. If you’re Democrat, unenrolled or just interested in learning more, please join us! Appetizers, coffee/tea and a cash bar will be available. 

*04/13/2017 Going Blue in the Greater Blackstone Valley with Jim McGovern UPDATE*
Thursday, April 13, 7 PM
Uxbridge Progressive Club, 18 Whitin Street, Uxbridge
Featured guest speaker Congressman Jim McGovern will speak to the importance of Town Committees. Guest speakers will also include Treasurer of the State Democratic Committee, Chair of the MNW Democratic Alliance, Paul G. Yorkis and Lisa Mosczynski, co-chair of the State Committee’s Rural Issues sub-committee and President of the Greater Blackstone Valley Dems. Paul Yorkis and Lisa Mosczynski will lead a discussion on how Democrats in the Greater Blackstone Valley can collaborate with one another to bring more Democrats together to achieve common goals good for all citizens of Massachusetts. 
The event will also include a discussion of the Democratic Party Platform; peole may submit testimony for the platform. 
For info mcnewman4@charter.net

04/14/2017 Bristol and Norfolk Democratic Party Platform hearing
Friday, April 14, 7 – 9 PM
184 W Main St. Suite 8, 2nd floor, Norton, MA 02766-1225
Would you like to have a positive impact on your community? You are invited by your Bristol & Norfolk Democratic State Committee members: Jackie Curtis, Paul Jacques, Joe Kaplan, Claire Naughton And Dennis Naughton to a Bristol And Norfolk Democratic Party platform hearing. Come and let the Democratic Party know what you would like included in the platform. 

*04/15/2017 Tax Day March Boston – NEW LOCATION: Cambridge*
Saturday, April 15, 1 – 4 PM
Cambridge Common, Harvard Sq., Garden St. at Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
Activists across the country will be rallying on Tax Day, calling on Donald Trump to act transparently and release his tax returns. This march isn’t just about papers – it’s about transparency and economic justice. ALL ARE WELCOME to send a clear message to Donald Trump: The president is accountable to the American people, and he must answer to us. For more info see: http://taxmarch.org/marches/ or https://www.facebook.com/taxmarch/ or http://bit.ly/tax-day-bos 

*04/15/2017 LIPSTICK Gala to Fight Gun Violence*
Saturday, April 15, 7 – 10 PM
Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont St, Boston
Join us for a gala to benefit the nonprofit LIPSTICK–Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing. The event will feature Keynote speakers Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley and Boston City Councilor-at-Large and LIPSTICK board member Ayanna Pressley, pro NFL linebacker Gosder Cherilus, and entertainment by nationally known comedian/political satirist Jimmy Tingle. In addition, singer Tori Beaudoin and a local slam poet, Krysten Hill, will captivate the audience. Stay tuned for more special guests! 
Tickets $75 to $126 http://bit.ly/2oFA925 

04/18/2017 Westborough Dems Platform Meeting
Tuesday, April 18, 7 PM
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman Street, Westborough
In conjunction with the April meeting of the Westborough Democratic Town Committee, we will be holding a Party Platform meeting. This is an opportunity to share input into the Party Platform. 

04/19/2017 Peabody Fundraiser for Senator Joan Lovely
Wednesday, April 19, 5:30 – 7 PM
Black Sheep Pub & Grill, 5 Central St., Peabody, MA 01960
Light Appetizers, Cash Bar. Suggested Donations: $20, $50, $100. 

04/19/2017 Jesse Lederman for Springfield City Council At-Large Campaign Kickoff
Wednesday, April 19, 5:30 – 7 PM
Nathan Bill’s Bar&Restaurant, 110 Island Pond Rd., Springfield, MA 01118
Join Jesse Lederman to formally announce his candidacy for the Springfield City Council At-Large in 2017. Free food, a cash bar, and a great line up of speakers will be included. Donations appreciated but not required. Suggested Donations Levels: $20, $50, $100, $250. Donate online at https://secure.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/38972 or make checks payble to The Committee to Elect Jesse Lederman. Please don’t hesitate to contact Jesse directly at 413-351-6785 with any questions. 

*04/19/2017 Candy Mero-Carlson, Worcester City Councilor District 2 Re-Election Kickoff*
Wednesday, April 19, 6 PM
Leo’s Ristorante, 11 Leo Turo Way, Worcester
Suggested donation: $50/$100/$250/$500. Donate online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/candycarlsond2 and for more info visit https://www.facebook.com/CandyCarlsonDistrict2/ or email candy4council@gmail.com or call 508-769-1625

04/19/2017 Somerville Speaks: Conversation with Jay Gonzales
Wednesday, April 19, 7 – 8:30 PM
The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Indivisible Somerville is hosting a talk and Q&A with candidate for Governor Jay Gonzales to learn about his plans and platform, ask questions about state and Beacon Hill matters, and make our voices heard. This event is open to the community. Note: This site is not wheelchair accessible. 

04/20/2017 Melrose Day at the State House
Thursday, April 20, 11 AM – 2 PM
Massachusetts State House
Representative Brodeur cordially invites you and your family to Melrose Day at the State House. All families are invited during the Thursday of school vacation week for a free behind the scenes tour of the Massachusetts legislature. Come and learn how a bill becomes law. All ages are welcome. RSVP by April 14 to 617-722=22015. 

*04/20/2017 Cambridge Fundraiser for NH Congresswoman Annie Kuster *
Thursday, April 20, 6 – 7:30 PM
Private home, Cambridge, MA 
Please Join Hon. Katherine Clark, Hon. Marjorie Decker, Hon. Marc McGovern, Hon. Alice Wolf, Beth Barrett, Johanna Richwagen, Diane Rubin & Andrew Strassman, and Cheryl Suchors for a reception in support of Congresswoman Annie Kuster. Host: $500+, Sponsor: $250, Supporter: $100, Friend: $50, Ticket: $25. 
Or RSVP online by visiting https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/420cambridge . 
Please contact Meg Scribner with any questions at meg@kusterforcongress.com or 603-225-3327 for RSVP and address. 

04/20/2017 AG Maura Healey’s Post- Election Town Hall – Worcester
Thursday, April 20, 7 – 8:30 PM
First Unitarian Church 90 Main Street, Worcester
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 https://goo.gl/forms/x72ONgj1fIFxvlB42 

04/20/2017 Waltham Democratic City Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 20, 7 PM
the Auditorium at Waltham Government Center, 119 School Street (Corner of Lexington Street)
For more info see http://watchcitydemocrats.tripod.com 

04/21/2017 Wayland Dems 3rd Friday Breakfast
Friday, April 21, 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 gildell@mac.com. Address questions to same or for more info visit https://www.facebook.com/waylanddems 

04/22/2017 Progressive Democrats of MA Issues Conference
Saturday, April 22, 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Carpenter’s Union Training Center, 13 Holman Road, Millbury MA 01527
Save the date. PDM will be running an organizer training and update session. 
The morning (9-12) will be dedicated to relational organizing and grassroots techniques used in Obama’s and other grassroots campaigns with Margaret Post, an experienced trainer and former teaching fellow for Marshall Ganz, who draws from many organizing traditions. 
Lunch (12-1:30) will include our popular “Issues Speed Dating” event – get caught up on several issues in a short period of time. 
The remainder of the afternoon (1:30-3:30) will include two plenaries, with expert speakers and Q & A, on “Protecting the most vulnerable” and “Press Freedom”. 
Look for updates at http://progressivedemsofmass.org/item/1106071 

*04/22/2017 March for Science – Worcester*
Saturday, April 22, 11 AM – Noon 
Institute Park, 100 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609
March begins at 11:00 am at and goes to Elm Park, down Highland, up West St and back to Institute Park. There is going to be a bus that will take anyone who wants to also go to the Boston event which starts at 2 pm. The bus will pick up people at noon. To register for the bus, please contact rmadnick@msn.com. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1242181855898674/ 

*04/22/2017 Yarmouth Dems Meeting – NEW DATE*
Saturday, April 22, 1 PM
Selectmen’s Room, Town Hall, Yarmouth
Monthly meeting of the Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee. Guest speaker will be Yarmouth Town Clerk Phil Gaudet who will give us an over view of the election day process. Our next municipal election is May 16. so this will be a great time for our poll watch group to bring up some of the issues we have observed in past elections. All Yarmouth Democrats are invited to attend. Entrance will be from the side door. Questions: contact Bob Isadore at velore20@gmail.com
Meeting dates: 5/20, 6/17, 8/19, 9/16, 10/21, 11/18. 

*04/22/2017 March for Science – Boston*
Saturday, April 22, 2 – 4 PM
Boston Common
Due to the anticipated high number of attendees, safety concerns, and accessibility, this will largely be a stationary event at Boston Common. There will be kid-centric entertainment on the main stage from 1:00 to 2:00 and a separate kids’ corner afterward. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and enjoy a festival and rally atmosphere. Learn more details at http://www.marchforscienceboston.com/ and if you’re planning to attend please sign up to get a free eventbrite ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-for-science-boston-tickets-31758316981 

04/23/2017 Twelfth Annual Waltham Heroes Brunch
Sunday, April 23, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Rhino Lounge, 11 Cooper St., Waltham, MA 02453
This is an event to honor three local heroes: Long-time education advocate Ann O’Halloran, No On 2 campaign coordinator for 3rd MAD Max Parish, and Local LBGT Veterans group OUTVETS. Cash bar. Site is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Seating is limited. Advance checks should be made out to the “Waltham Democratic City Committee” and mailed to: Scott O’Neil, 707 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453. Send any questions to walthamdemocrats@yahoo.com

*04/23/2017 Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Hearing in Salem*
Sunday, April 23, 2 – 4 PM
Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970
This platform hearings is an opportunity for individuals to offer testimony about what they would like to see included in the 2017 Massachsuetts Democrartic Party Platform. The Party will collect this testimony and use it to inform the platform committee during the drafting process. If you are unable to attend a hearing or were unable to offer testimony at a hearing visit http://bit.ly/2017writtentestimony to submit written testimony. Written testimony should include your name, address, email and phone number and be in a PDF or Word document format. 

04/23/2017 Acton Dems Meeting
Sunday, April 23, 6 PM
10 Wachusett Drive, the home of Deena/Bob Ferrara.
ADTC meeting, 10 Wachusett Drive, the home of Deena/Bob Ferrara. In addition to our regular agenda of ideas and announcements, we will be voting whether to endorse the We the People Act, H.1926 and S.379, a bill sponsored by Jamie Eldridge challenging Citizens United and related topics. 

*04/23/2017 Framingham Democratic Committee Meeting*
Sunday, April 23, 7 PM
Framingham Green Community Room, 136 Maynard Rd., Framingham, MA 01701
Park in the lot at the corner of Maynard Road and Route 9 at 1071 Worcester Road. 
For more info see http://www.framinghamdems.org/ 

04/24/2017 Suzanne Bump Spring Reception
Monday, April 24, 5:30 – 7 PM
UMass Club, 1 Beacon Street, 32nd floor, Boston, MA 02108
After 5pm, parking is available at a reduced rate in the building’s garage. Entrance is on Tremont Street. 
Suggested Contribution: $125/$200/$500/$1000. Please R.S.V.P. to SnyderCom@aol.com. You may donate online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/aprilevent2017 or by mail to: Committee to Elect Suzanne Bump, P. O. Box 514, Accord, MA 02018. 

*04/24/2017 Worcester Democratic City Committee Meeting*
Monday, April 24, 6 – 8 PM
Leo’s Ristorante, 11 Leo Turo Way, Worcester
This meeting will focus on the Worcester Muncipal Elections and how important they are to our Democratic Agenda. Learn how you can get involved in local municpal elections. Dinner will be served. 

04/24/2017 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee 
Monday, April 24, 7 PM
Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey Street, Marblehead, MA

04/24/2017 Lynn Democratic City Committee Meeting with Jay Gonzalez
Monday, April 24, 7 PM
Hibernian Hall, 104 Federal St., Lynn 
Future meeting dates: 5/22, 6/19, 9/18, 10/23. 
Jay Gonzalez, candidate for Governor will be the Guest Speaker. Jay Gonzalez, candidate for Governor will be the Guest Speaker. For further information, please contact Chair Agnes Ricko. alfredricko@comcast.net781-599-9347

04/24/2017 Brookline Democratic Town Committee Platform Meeting
Monday, April 24, 7 – 9 PM
Brookline High School Cafeteria
The Massachusetts State Democratic Party Public Policy Committee will conduct a 2017 Platform Meeting in Brookline. 
Here’s a link to the most recent Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform: https://www.massdems.org/platform 
Join us to testify on behalf of issues you would like to have included in this year’s Massachusetts Democratic Platform, and hear what your friends and neighbors think are the most important issues confronting us today. For more information, contact BDTC@BrooklineDems.org 

04/25/2017 Discussions of Difference – Brockton
Tuesday, April 25, 6 – 8 PM
Brockton Public Library Main Branch, 304 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. 

*04/25/2017 North Shore Meet and Greet with Jay Gonzales, Democrat for Governor *
Tuesday, April 25, 6 – 8 PM
The Cabot, 286 Cabot Street Beverly
Join your hosts Former Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon, former Beverly State Rep. Mary Grant and Jeff Simon for this special gathering. This is a free event. For more information or to RSVP, email Emma@jay4ma.com www.jay4ma.com 

04/25/2017 NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Chocolate Madness 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 – 9 PM
The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston
For the 34th year in a row, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts will welcome more than 500 pro-choice chocolate lovers to raise funds in support of reproductive freedom in the Commonwealth. Over 25 Boston restaurants, bakeries, and pastry chefs will served bite-sized portions of their delicious chocolate desserts alongside samplings of local beer, wine, spirits, and cheese. Please note this event is 21+. Tickets/Sponsorships $50 and up. Purchase at http://www.chocolatemadness.org 

04/25/2017 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee
Tuesday, April 25, 7 PM
10 Humphrey St,, Marblehead

*04/25/2017 Salem Democratic City Committee Meeting*
Tuesday, April 25, 7 PM
135 Lafayette Street Salem, MA
Join fellow Salem Democrats for our monthly meeting of the Salem Democratic City Committee https://www.facebook.com/events/741638866004654/ 

04/26/2017 LGBT Community Celebration for Doug Arbetter for Worcester City Council
Wednesday, April 26, 6 – 9 PM
Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St., Worcester, MA 01610
Airspray Worcester is proud to host an LGBTQ Community Celebration in support of Doug Arbetter for City Council – District 5 at Electric Haze. We are excited to have Ms. Nikita Le Femme as our MC for the night. Come ready to dance, eat, and talk with Doug about your ideas to make Worcester better. A contribution of $25 is suggested, but any affordable contribution is welcome. Donate online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/doug4district5 

04/26/2017 Natick Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 26, 7 PM
Natick Town Hall, 13 E. Central Street, Natick MA 01760 3rd Floor Training Room
Special guest: Wade Blackman, District Counsel for Congresswoman Katherine Clark. For more information visit http://www.natickdems.org/ 

04/27/2017 Brockton Democratic City Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 27, 6:30 PM
Brockton Fire Fighters Local 144 80 Perkins Ave, Brockton
The Brockton Democratic City Committee is pleased to welcome Steve Tompkins, Suffolk County Sherriff as our keynote speaker. Steve brings a fresh perspective on the role of the Democratic Party in the age of Trump. We will be holding Ward Committee Meetings from 6:30 to 7:00 PM and the General Meeting will start at 7:00 PM All Democrats are welcome to attend. Join us as we develop the Democratic Party in Brockton. 

*04/28/2017 Senator Karen Spilka House Party for Emerge Massachusetts*
Friday, April 28, 6 – 8 PM
Ashland, MA (exact address to be provided upon RSVP)
5:00 – 6:00 PM Host Reception 
6:00 – 8:00 PM House Party 
Senator Karen Spilka welcomes you to her home to celebrate the Emerge class of 2017. House Party ticket $50, Host Reception ticket $150. Sponsorships: Friend $250, Co-Host $500, Host $1000. Buy tickets at https://emergema.ngpvanhost.com//content/senator-spilka-house-party 

04/29/2017 Mansfield Democratic Town Committee Kennedy Breakfast
Saturday, April 29, 9 – 11:30 AM
Mansfield Elks #2633, 140 N Main St., Mansfield, MA 02048
Have breakfast with your Congressman Joe Kennedy. Tickets are $20 per person Call Lisa 508-3379320 or Kevin 508-339-9520 

*04/29/2017 DSC Meeting*
Saturday, April 29, 9:30 AM
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School at 200 Sandwich Road in Bourne
Agenda will include approving the slate of add-on convention delegates. 
Refreshments served at 9:30 am; meeting begins at 10:00. Visit http://www.massdems.org/ for details as they become available. All Democrats are welcome. 

04/29/2017 Metrowest Immigration Forum: A Call to Action
Saturday, April 29, Noon – 2 PM
Heritage at Framingham Senior Living Center 747 Water St. Framingham
This event, hosted by the DTCs from Natick, Framingham, Sudbury, Hudson, Holliston, Ashland and Wayland will bring together grassroots organizations, political activists and concerned citizens to address the concerns of immigrant communities under a new administration. There will be a panel discussion with representatives from organizations that support immigrant communities, as well as opportunities to connect with them to discuss ways to help. Visit Metrowest Immigration Forum Facebook page for details and to RSVP. 

*04/29/2017 Boston People’s Climate Mobilization*
Saturday, April 29, Noon – 3:30 PM
Boston Common and SEIU 32BJ (26 West St, Boston, next to the Common)
12:00-1:00pm – Rally for jobs, justice and bold action on climate on Boston Common 
1:00-3:30pm – Action tables, activities, and art-making on Boston Common 
1:00-3:30pm – Teach-ins on the connections between the climate fight and other struggles for justice, including racial justice, immigrant justice, worker justice, and more at SEIU 
More info about the Boston rally is at https://www.facebook.com/events/114630515717476/ (including how to volunteer and/or co-sponsor) and https://actionnetwork.org/events/boston-pcm-hub and nationally at https://peoplesclimate.org including FAQ at https://peoplesclimate.org/faqs/ 

*04/29/2017 Joel McAuliffe for City Council Campaign Kickoff*
Saturday, April 29, 1 – 3 PM
McAuliffe & Bryskiewicz Home, 143 Deslauriers St, Chicopee
Senator Eric Lesser and Nick Cocchi For Sheriff will serve as co-hosts for our kickoff! 

*04/29/2017 Activist Training: How to Ask Questions*
Saturday, April 29, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main Street, Norfolk, MA 02056
Presented by Jackie Katz, candidate for State Senate in Norfolk/Bristol/Middlesex district. This training will help attendees learn how to talk with people about political issues in respectful ways. This will be helpful if you intend to canvas for the next election, be involved with political campaigns or enjoy talking to people about political issues. First 30 minutes training, second 30 minutes Q&A and practice. Free and Open to the Public. Email katzforstatesenate@gmail.com with any questions. 

04/29/2017 MA Buses to People’s Climate Mobilization in D.C.
Fri, Apr 28, 2017, 10:00 PM – Sun, Apr 30, 2017, 6:00 AM EDT
various pickup sites in Massachusetts
Early bird tickets are $85 through March 24. Ticket price goes up to $110 on March 25. 
A local coalition of labor unions, environmental justice groups, faith organizations, youth groups, and climate activism groups is coming together to send hundreds of people from the Boston area to the People’s Climate Mobilization on April 29 in Washington, DC. Buses will depart around 10PM for Washington D.C. on the evening of Friday, April 28, arriving in Washington D.C in the morning on Saturday, April 29. The buses will then depart Washington D.C. around 8PM on April 29, arriving back in Boston early morning Sunday, April 30. More info and ticket purchase can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/massachusetts-goes-to-the-peoples-climate-mobilization-tickets-32448524410 
For questions about the 350 Central Mass bus from Worcester to DC, contact Janet at 508-393-2181 or janetqcason@verizon.net with the subject line “Worcester to DC bus.” 

04/30/2017 Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee Democrat of the Year Award Breakfast
Sunday, April 30, 9:30 AM
Twin Hills Country Club, 700 Wolf Swamp Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106
Annual LDTC gala award event. Democrat of the Year: Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. Also to be recognized and congratulated: Congressman Richard E. Neal–Ranking Democratic Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. For more info see https://www.facebook.com/longmeadowdems or email LongmeadowDemocrats@gmail.com

04/30/2017 Plymouth County Register of Deeds John R. Buckley’s Annual Jefferson-Jackson Democratic Breakfast
Sunday, April 30, 10 AM – Noon 
The Meadow Brook Restaurant, 1486 Main Street (Route 27), Hanson, MA 02341
Tickets are $25.00 per person, Children free. Sponsorship: Gold-$100; Silver-$75; Bronze-$50. For further information, call Pamela Berry at (781) 871-1510

*04/30/2017 Gloucester Democrats Annual Brunch*
Sunday, April 30, 11:30 AM
The Elks at Bass Rocks, 101 Atlantic Road, Gloucester, MA 01930
Program features the awarding of the 2017 Charles McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award. Speakers include US Sen. Ed Markey, Former State Party chair John Walsh, Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff, State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Gubernatorial candidates Setti Warren and Jay Gonzales. Proceeds from this fundraiser will support local work on behalf of Democratic Candidates. Early Bird price: $40 until April 8, $50 thereafter. Or become a sponsor for $125 and up. Order tickets online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/2017brunch or send a check to: GDCC, PO Box 111, Gloucester, MA 01931. For more information, please contact Brunch Chairman, Liz Murray (978)-290-1981 or see http://www.gloucesterdemocrats.org/ 

*04/30/2017 NHDP McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner*
Sunday, April 30, 5 PM
Manchester Radisson Hotel at 700 Elm Street (US Route 3)
Vice President Joe Biden will be joining us at the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner on Sunday, April 30th! Tickets: $100; higher dollar sponsorships available 
Contact: 603-225-6899 

05/02/2017 Groton Democratic Town Committee Cocktails and Candidates Fundraiser
Tuesday, May 2, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Rt. 2A, Shirley, MA 01464
End your week on a high note, join the Groton Democratic Town Committee for a fundraiser. There will be candidates, cocktails and hors ‘oeuvres. Cost: $25. RSVP online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/may2gdtc or for more info contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com or Carolyn Perkins at 978-448-9946

*05/02/2017 Brockton Meet & Greet with Setti Warren*
Tuesday, May 2, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
George’s Cafe, 228 Belmont St., Brockton, MA 02301
Light refreshments will be served. For more info visit http://settiwarren.com/ 

05/02/2017 AG Maura Healey’s Post- Election Town Hall – Mid-Cape
Tuesday, May 2, 7 – 8:30 PM
Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Rd., West Barnstable
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: https://goo.gl/forms/CX5Klb2TE7ApMn4U2 

*05/03/2017 Progressive Mass’s Lobby Day*
Wednesday, May 3, 9 AM – 1 PM
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02133
Sign up with Progressive Mass for a day of progressive education, organizing, and advocacy. Lobbying training/issues presentations at 9am; Lobby visits thru the morning/early afternoon. More info and RSVP at http://www.progressivemass.com/lobbyday 

05/06/2017 David Perelman for Waltham City Council Campaign Kickoff
Saturday, May 6, 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 five days after papers come out to hear his shared vision for a better Waltham. Donations greatly appreciated. Donate online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/perelman4waltham 

*05/06/2017 Campaign Kick-Off for Jackie Katz’s State Senate Campaign*
Saturday, May 6, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main Street, Norfolk, MA 02056
Come to meet Jackie Katz, who’s running for State Senate in the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex district, which includes towns from Norfolk south to Attleboro and north to Natick and Wayland. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Free and open to the public. Email katzforstatesenate@gmail.com with any questions. 

05/06/2017 Jefferson Jackson Dinner
Saturday, May 6
Doubletree Hilton, Rt 28, Hyannis

05/07/2017 David Perelman for Waltham City Council Campaign Kickoff
Sunday, May 7, 2 – 4 PM
Shoppers Cafe, 731 Moody St., Waltham, MA 02453
Donations greatly appreciated. Donate online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/perelman4waltham 

05/08/2017 Somerville Speaks: State Rep. Mike Connolly, and a Party
Monday, May 8, 6:30 PM
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler St., Somerville, MA 02143
Hosted by Indivisible Somerville. Mike Connolly is an attorney and community organizer who proudly represents Cambridge and Somerville in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. After Rep. Connolly’s remarks participants will sample the beers. Everyone is welcome. 

*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 garyddavis04@gmail.com

*05/17/2017 Campaign Kick-off for Brian LaPierre, Lynn City Councilor At-Large*
Wednesday, May 17, 5 – 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 https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/may2017 

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 http://www.coalitionforsocialjustice.org/ 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 dgilbarg@coalitionforsocialjustice.org 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 https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/tpk_bdcc1 

*05/18/2017 Shrewsbury DTC Meeting*
Thursday, May 18, 7 PM
Community Room at Southgate, 30 Julio Drive, Shrewsbury.
Our meetings are open to any interested Democrat, not just members! For more information contact ShrewsburyDTC@Gmail.com. 

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 sweeney133@verizon.net

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 kathypasq2@hotmail.com or 978 270-0529 

05/20/2017 David Perelman for Waltham City Council Ward 8 Campaign Kickoff
Saturday, May 20, Noon – 2 PM
Shoppers Cafe, 731 Moody St., Waltham, MA 02453
Donate on line at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/perelman4waltham 

*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. 

05/22/2017 AG Maura Healey Town Hall Meeting in Lowell
Monday, May 22, 7 PM
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: https://goo.gl/forms/k1anyfdoj0jVbxsG2 

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 http://www.massdems.org/ 

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 : https://goo.gl/forms/4xUCc1zXtE1a6Hij1 
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. 

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

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

09/09/2017 DSC Meeting
Saturday, September 9
Western MA location to be announced
Refreshments served at 11am. Meeting will start at noon. Visit http://www.massdems.org/ 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, 781-599-9347alfredricko@comcast.net

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


Caucus and Convention Information
The method of selecting delegates was approved on November 14 by the DSC. 
Please refer to this document (once is is posted) for information on the process. Some of the key dates are listed here: 
Deadline for notifying MDP of caucus date: January 27, 2017 
Caucus window: February 4 to April 2, 2017 
Convention date: June 3, 2017 in Lowell 
NOTE: The DSC voted to allow sixteen and seventeen year old pre-registered Democrats to take part in the State Convention and vote on the party platform at the 2017 Democratic State Convention, if they become delegates. Preregistered Democrats who will be age 18 by the anticipated date of the 2018 primary will be able to participate in caucuses and run for delegate or to apply to become youth add-on delegates. 
PLATFORM: Since it is a platform convention, caucuses usually go fairly quickly. This makes it easier to have a committee meeting in conjunction with your local caucus. A specific time for a caucus is required. For example it it is not allowed to have the caucus follow the adjournment of a committee meeting. But a committee meeting can immediately following the adjournment of a caucus. With the very long window it is easy to schedule a caucus on the same day as a regular meeting. With the provision to have candidates who are absent be able to run under specified conditions, many committees find this to be a practical way to proceed. 

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Registered Democrats in Anytown recently held a caucus to elect delegates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention.

Elected as delegates were Anthony Adams, Betty Bailey, Chris Christopher, Debra Davids and Edward Edwards. Mary Smith, Chair of the Anytown Democrats, will serve as an ex officio delegate. Also serving as ex officio delegates are: Rep. Sidney Samuels, D-Anytown and Mike Martin, Democratic State Committee Man.

The Convention will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at the DCU Center in Worcester. Democrats from across the state will gather to vote on the Party Platform and hear from elected officials.

“The caucus was very well attended,” commented Ms. Smith. “There has been a heightened interest in political activism over the last few months,” she added.

“It was exciting to see so many people take part,” said Joe Jones, the Outreach Officer for the Democratic Committee. “We are always looking for people who want to get involved,” he mentioned.

The committee normally meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Anytown Community Building. For more information on the Democratic Party or any of their meetings, please contact Ms. Smith at MarySmith@xyz.com or check out their website at www.anytowndems.org. For general information on the Convention, please contact the Democratic State Committee at 617-939-0800

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Boxborough DTC – http://www.boxboroughdems.org 
Boxford DTC – http://boxforddems.wordpress.com/ 
Brewster DTC – http://www.facebook.com/BrewsterDems 
Bridgewater DTC – http://bridgewaterdems.blogspot.com/ email bridgewaterdems@gmail.com 
Brockton DTC – Www.brocktondems.org 
Brookline DTC – http://brooklinedems.org/ 
Cambridge Democratic City Committee – http://www.cambridgedems.com/ 
Cohasset DTC – https://www.facebook.com/CohassetDemocrats/ 
Concord DTC – ConcordDems-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
Duxbury DTC – http://duxburydems.com/ 
Easthampton DCC – http://www.easthamptondems.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/Easthamptondems email:easthamptondems@gmail.com 
Easton DTC – http://www.EastonDemocraticTownCommittee.org email eastondemtc@gmail.com 
Falmouth DTC – http://falmouthdemocratictowncommittee.org/ 
Foxborough DTC – http://www.foxborodems.org/ 
Framingham DTC – http://www.framinghamdems.org/ 
Franklin DTC – http://www.franklindemocrats.com/ 
Gloucester DCC – http://gloucesterdemocrats.org email: gdcc@gloucesterdemocrats.org 
Grafton DTC – https://www.facebook.com/Grafton-Democratic-Town-Committee-602223556590785/ 
Great Barrington DTC – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113291355436911/ 
Groton DTC – http://grotondemocrats.com/ email GrotonDTC@gmail.com 
Greenfield DTC – http://greenfielddemocrats.org 
Hanson DTC – http://www.hansondemocrats.org/ 
Haverhill DCC – https://www.facebook.com/HaverhillDems 
Holliston DTC – http://www.hollistondems.com/ 
Hopkinton – hopkintondemocrats@googlegroups.com 
Hudson DTC – http://hudsondemocrats.org 
Ipswich DTC – http://www.facebook.com/IpswichDemocraticTownCommittee 
Kingston DTC – http://www.kingstondems.org 
Lawrence DCC – https://www.facebook.com/LawrenceDems email Lawrencedcc@gmail.com 
Lexington DTC – http://www.democratsoflexington.org/ 
Lincoln – lincolndems-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
Leicester – http://www.leicesterdemocrats.org 
Longmeadow DTC – https://www.facebook.com/longmeadowdems email: LongmeadowDemocrats@gmail.com 
Lunenburg DTC – https://www.facebook.com/groups/44675588185/ 
Malden DCC – https://www.facebook.com/groups/361170660112/ 
Manchester DTC – http://www.demsbythesea.org 
Mansfield DTC – http://www.mansfielddems.org 
Marblehead DTC – https://www.facebook.com/2016-Marblehead-Democratic-Town-Committee-556065501236659/ 
Marlborough DCC – http://www.marlboroughdcc.org email MarlboroughDCC@gmail.com 
Maynard DTC – https://www.facebook.com/MaynardDemocraticTownCommittee/ 
Medford DCC – https://medforddems.org/ 
Milford DTC – http://www.milforddtc.org 
Millis DTC – https://www.facebook.com/Millis-Democratic-Town-Committee-207551682626693/ email: millisdemocratictowncommittee@googlegroups.com 
Natick DTC – https://www.facebook.com/groups/NatickDemocraticTownCommittee/ 
Needham DTC – http://needhamdems.org or https://www.facebook.com/NeedhamDems/ 
New Bedford DCC – https://www.facebook.com/newbedforddems 
Newton DCC – http://www.newtondems.org/ email: NewtonDems@gmail.com 
Norfolk – https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorfolkDemocrats NDTC-Officers@googlegroups.com 
Orange DTC – http://www.facebook.com/OrangeDemocraticTownCommittee 
Orleans DTC – email rlhubbard46@yahoo.com 
Peabody DTC – http://www.facebook.com/PeabodyDemocrats 
Pembroke DTC – https://www.facebook.com/Pembrokedemocratictowncommittee 
Plymouth DTC – https://www.facebook.com/plymouthmassdems/ email plymadems@gmail.com 
Reading DTC – contact ReadingDems@aol.com 
Rockport DTC – https://rockportdems.org 
Salem DCC – http://www.facebook.com/salemdemocrats email salemdemcc@gmail.com 
Shirley DTC – https://www.facebook.com/ShirleyDTC/ 
Shrewsbury DTC – http://www.ShrewsburyDemocrats.org email: ShrewsburyDTC@gmail.com 
Somerville DCC – http://www.somdems.org/ 
South Hadley DTC – http://southhadleydemocrats.blogspot.com https://www.facebook.com/SouthHadleyDTC email: SouthHadleyDemocrats@gmail.com 
Southborough DTC – SbroDems-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
Southbridge DTC – https://www.facebook.com/SouthbridgeDTC 
Southampton DTC – https://www.facebook.com/SouthamptonMaDemocraticTownCommittee or email southamptonmadems@gmail.com 
Springfield Ward 6 https://www.facebook.com/Ward6SpfldDems email is ward6demsspfd@gmail.com 
Stockbridge DTC – http://StockbridgeDemocrats.org/ email: StockbridgeDemocrats@yahoo.com 
Stoughton DTC – http://www.stoughtondems.org or https://www.facebook.com/StoughtonDemocraticTownCommittee 
Sturbridge DTC – http://www.facebook.com/sturbridge.dem.town.committee email: sturbridgedtc@gmail.com 
Sudbury DTC – http://sudburydemocrats.org/ email: SudburyDems-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
Swampscott DTC – https://www.facebook.com/swampscottdems 
Taunton DCC – http://tauntondems.org/ 
Templeton DTC – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Templeton_Democrats/ 
Tewksbury DTC – https://www.facebook.com/TewksburyDemocrats 
Uxbridge DTC – uxbridgedemtowncommittee@gmail.com Twitter @UDTC2 
Waltham DCC – http://watchcitydemocrats.tripod.com or https://www.facebook.com/Waltham-Democratic-City-Committee-187729917923680/ Tweet@WatchCityDems email: walthamdemocrats@yahoo.com 
Watertown DTC – watertowndems@gmail.com 
Wayland DTC – http://www.waylanddems.org/ email: wdtc@comcast.net 
Wellesley DTC – http://wellesleydems.org/ email: chair@wellesleydems.org and info@wellesleydems.org 
Wellfleet DTC – http://wellfleetdems.org email: wellfleetdems@gmail.com 
West Newbury – http://www.westnewburydems.org email: kathypasq2@hotmail.com 
Westborough DTC – https://www.facebook.com/westborodems/ 
Weston DTC – http://westondems.org/ 
Weymouth DTC – http://www.weymouthdemocrats.com/ 
Wilmington DTC – http://wilmingtondems.org or https://www.facebook.com/WilmingtonDems or Tweet @wilmingtondems 
Winchester DTC – https://www.facebook.com/WinchesterDems 
Worcester DCC – https://www.facebook.com/WorcesterDCC 

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