April 21, 2017/Dispatch

DDemDispatch: Science March, Fundraisers, Speakers and Fun Events

Dear Democrats, 

The calendar continues to be full of interesting events across the state. We have the science rally and other earth day events on Saturday. Platform Hearings and local Platform Meetings continue across the state. A number of new events have been added to the list. The Emerge organization is holding a fundraiser a week from today, hosted by my good friend Senator Karen Spilka. Emerge is dedicated to educating Democratic women about running for office. Details on all of the above are in the calendar section below or the special platform section. 

As I was putting together the Dispatch I looked at the platform schedule. There are 41 hearings and meetings that have been held or are going to happen. In addition to testimony, these events are great opportunities to have informal discussions with others who have similar interests and concerns. Many people attend even if they do not have formal testimony or even speak. Delegates and alternates are especially encouraged to attend. 

The Democratic State Committee is meeting on April 29. All DSC meetings are open to the public and a number of non-members attend. We are meeting in Bourne. People are welcome to attend. Details are in the calendar section below. 

FLIP THE HOUSE: The CNN headline said, “Georgia special election goes to runoff as GOP gets wakeup call.” Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Congress in Georgia, had a strong showing with support from people here in Mass who made phone calls and raised money. See below for details on how to help in this and other Congressional races. 

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 – DSC Members
With the DSC meeting coming up on April 29, it seems a good time to mention local committees and the DSC. Members are elected by Senate District. There are add-on, ex officio and twenty year members as well. Consider the following: 
1) Add DSC members to your e-mail list. 
2) If you don’t know all of them, introduce yourself to them, especially the district elected members. 
3) Invite them to speak at a meeting. In addition to adding them to your e-mail list, consider inviting them to present at a meeting. Maybe you have a specific topic you want covered. Or ask what the person would like to discuss. 
4) At any local meeting, if a DSC member is present and time permits, invite the person to make announcements or say a few words. 

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 – https://action.dccc.org/sign-up 
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. 
5/02, 6/20 South Carolina 5th 
5/25 Montana 
6/20 Georgia 6th 

Platform Hearing and Meeting Schedule
4/22 06:00pm Monterey, Congregational Church 
4/22 09:30am Great Barrington, Senior Center 
4/22 10:00am Newburyport, City Hal Auditorium 
4/23 07:00pm Salem, Old Town Hall 
4/24 06:00pm Boston, First Church in Roxbury 
4/24 07:00pm Brookline, High School 
4/24 07:00pm Northampton, JFK Middle School 
4/24 07:00pm Shelburned Falls, Buckland Library 
4/24 07:00pm Shutesbury, Town Hall 
4/25 07:00pm Arlington, Town Hall 
4/26 07:00pm Littleton/Boxborough, 529 Cafe 
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 
4/29 03:00pm Westwood, Library 
4/30 03:00pm Brookfield, Brookfield Inn 
5/01 07:00pm Pelham, Library 
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. 

Mass Senate Community Conversations – FINAL EVENT
04/25 CENTRAL MASS: Senators Harriette Chandler, Anne Gobi, Jen Flanagan, Ryan Fattman, and Michael Moore. 
12:00pm-2:00pm: MassMoves Transportation Forum, WPI Gateway Park Facility, 60 Prescott Street, Worcester 
06:30pm-8:30pm: Town Hall Forum at Seven Hills Foundation, 81 Hope Avenue, Worcester 

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 VIEW ONLINE 
Session 3: Structure and build capacity for action, featuring Marshall Ganz, Thursday VIEW ONLINE 
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. 

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You Have to Laugh Occasionally – Edited by Matt Shear

Matt recommends this great satiric web site, BreakingBurgh.com. Here are some recent headlines: 
United Launches Devastating Attack On Syrian Airbase In Bid To Improve Image. 
Re WH Easter Egg Roll: Relief As Sean Spicer Makes It Through Children’s Story Without Invoking Hitler 

Event details:

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 

*04/22/2017 Democracy Through the Looking Glass*
Saturday, April 22, 7 PM
Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport
A Documentary Film. A journey down the rabbit hole of our broken political information system. Where shiny objects hypnotize the media, truthiness empowers and paranoia runs rampant. 
Panel discussion immediately following the screening with: 
Kevin Bowe, Film Maker 
Joel Brown, (Moderator) Journalist 
John Giordano, RISE Greater Newburyport 
Eileen Whyte Springer, Policy Analyst 
A citizen embeds himself with the media covering the 2016 Presidential election. So begins the journey down the rabbit hole of our broken political information system. Where shiny objects hypnotize, truthiness empowers and paranoia runs rampant. This 40,000 foot story is told from the trenches of press conferences, voter experiences and the campaign trail, with insights from veteran CBS journalist Bob Schieffer, Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory, Harvard University’s Nicco Mele and others. Ultimately, this is a story about the immense challenges our Democracy faces in the digital age and the role “we the people” must play in renewing long-held values in turbulent times. 

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 Presentation on Ranked Choice Voting
Sunday, April 23, 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton, MA 01720
Voter Choice MA Executive Director Adam Friedman will explain ranked-choice voting. Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is an updated voting system, which allows voters to rank multiple candidates on the ballot in order of preference — 1, 2, 3, and so on — instead of being forced to choose just one candidate. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/will-ma-be-next-to-join-the-ranked-choice-voting-revolution-tickets-33533495588 

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/ 

*04/23/2017 Boston Ward 17 Democratic Committee Meeting*
Sunday, April 23, 7 – 9 PM
Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1187 Adams St., Dorchester
Committee chair/contact: Joyce Linehan, joyce@ashmontmedia.com

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.comwww.jay4ma.com 

*04/25/2017 NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Chocolate Madness 2017 – SOLD OUT*
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/ 

04/26/2017 Bay State Stonewall Democrats Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 26, 7 – 9 PM
Newton City Hall Cafeteria, 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton
Renew membership. vote in new officers and Board members, discuss future of BSSD; Democrats invited. More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1854864218120162/ 

04/26/2017 Stow DTC Meeting with Gus Bickford
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 PM
Stow Community Center, 511 Great Rd, Stow, MA (former Pompositticut School)
Join Party Chair Gus Bickford and area Democrats. Chairman Bickford will be discussing the leadership structure of the Mass Dems, how the Mass DSC relates to the DNC, working with new organizations, motiviating and energizing Democrats so we can succeed in the 2018 elections. 

*04/27/2017 Fundraiser for Senator Mike Brady in Boston*
Thursday, April 27, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
Carrie Nation, 11 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.
A Brady Brunch, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg hosts a fundraiser for Senator Michael D. Brady. 
Suggested Donations are: $100 $200 $500 $1000. 

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 

*04/28/2017 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.” 

04/29/2017 Women Moving Our Community Forward – a Discussion on Public Advocacy
Saturday, April 29, 8:30 AM – 3 PM
Join JL Boston for a unique training and dialogue experience with Junior League members, advocates and women from our neighborhood to discuss how we can move our community forward with public advocacy. Be a part of a three-panel discussion featuring many amazing community leaders including our keynote speaker Victoria Budson, Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Register today for this event to be a part of the discussion of positive and impactful change in our community! #JLBostonImpact110 #JLBostonForward 
Registration: $50. Details and RSVP https://www.jlboston.org/jlbostonforward/ 

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 canvass 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. 

04/30/2017 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 Senator Jamie Eldridge: What’s wrong with voting in MA?
Sunday, April 30, Noon – 1:30 PM
25 Half Moon Hill, New View Community Building, Acton, MA 01720
What’s wrong with voting in MA? Are voting standards in MA good or are we behind the other states? Share the afternoon with Senator Jamie Eldridge to discuss some of the bills that he and others have introduced in MA legislature with regard to voting rights and fixing our democracy. 
Please carpool if you can! THREE Handicapped spots available by front door. Able-bodied persons should park along the road as you pull onto Half Moon Hill. If you are local, strongly encourage you to park on Elm St by the tennis courts near CT Douglas School. 
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/senator-jamie-eldridge-whats-wrong-with-voting-in-ma-tickets-33481077805 

*04/30/2017 Massachusetts Democratic Party Official Platform Hearing*
Sunday, April 30, 2 – 4 PM
Middlesex Community College, 33 Kearney Sq., Lowell, MA 01852
Have your say in the drafting of the state party platform which will guide us through the next four years, including the 2018 statewide elections. Free admission. More information, including the current platform, canbe found at http://www.massdems.org/platform. 

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 

*05/01/2017 May Day: International Workers’ Day of Action*
Monday, May 1
12:00 PM Rally @ State House Steps for Safe Communities Act 
5:00 PM Rally @ Boston Common Bandstand 
4:00 PM Gather at Everett City Hall and East Boston Maverick Station/Lopresti Park then march to: 
5:30 PM Rally @ Chelsea City Hall 
On May Day, community and immigrant rights organizations will mobilize thousands to call for an end to the Trump Administration’s mass deportation strategy. We will present a list of statewide demands that include the swift passage of the $15/hour minimum wage law with no carve outs, and leaves no worker behind. To protect immigrants and insure that local law enforcement is not part of the deportation machinery we demand the swift passage of the Safe Communities Act. Governor Baker must choose between the people of the Commonwealth or the Trump Administration. For more info see https://www.facebook.com/events/1461135840565583/ 

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 New Bedford Democratic City Committee*
Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 PM
GSM Labor Council 560 Pleasant St., New Bedford
Standing meetings on the first Tuesday of the month as follows: 
Remaining meetings 6/6, 8/1, 9/5, 10/3, 12/5. 
For more info call co-chair Lisa Lemieux at 774-328-0394

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 

05/03/2017 Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera Campaign Kick-Off
Wednesday, May 3, 5:30 – 7 PM
BadouxLounge, 802 Main ST, Worcester, MA 01610
Celebrating our victories, music, dancing, food, friends, and fun. Donations can be made online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/sarai or mail checks to: Committee to Elect Sarai Rivera, P.O. Box 30722, Worcester, MA 01603. 

*05/03/2017 Brookline Reception in Honor of Maura Healay*
Wednesday, May 3, 6 – 7:30 PM
Home of Elyse Cherry, 46 Cotswold Road, Brookline
Please join us for an evening honoring Attorney General Maura Healey. 
Suggested Contributions: $100, $250, $500, $1,000 
To RSVP please contact Lauren at lauren@maurahealey.com 

*05/03/2017 Fake News and Freedom of the Press.*
Wednesday, May 3, 7 PM
Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Ave,
The Honest Truth about Fake News (Mis)information and How it Spreads A dynamic line-up of media experts tackles the current news landscape: social networks, investigative journalism, information literacy & why it matters to our democracy. Panelists: Dan Kennedy, Takis Metaxas, Melissa Zimdars. 

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 Raise Up Massachusetts Progress as Resistance Conference
Saturday, May 6, 1 – 4:30 PM
University Hall at Mass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, Massachusetts
Come together with members of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition and activists from across the Commonwealth as we use resistance to make progress on economic, racial, and immigrant justice at home. This event will feature a briefing on how activists can engage in our campaigns and other allied progressive issues against the Trump agenda, including campaigns for a $15 Minimum Wage, Paid Family and Medical Leave, the Fair Share Amendment, labor rights, ending mass incarceration, jobs not jails, protecting public education, immigrant rights, and safe communities. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raise-up-massachusetts-progress-as-resistance-conference-tickets-33467647635 

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 Cape and Islands JJ Dinner with Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Saturday, May 6, 6:30 PM
Hyannis Double Tree Hilton, 287 Iyannough Rd. Hyannis, MA
6:00pm Doors open 
6:30pm Cocktails 
7:00pm Dinner 
The Cape and Islands Democratic Council cordially invites you to attend the annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner with our special guest speaker Congresswoman Katherine Clark. 
Tickets $50/person. Limited seating. Make checks payable to the CIDC, and mail to JJ Dinner Chair, Mark Downey, 50 Sterling Road, Harwich, MA 02645. Due by 4/27. Contact Mark 508-274-4582

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

*05/07/2017 Sierra Club Activist Training Presentation in Westborough*
Sunday, May 7, Noon – 2:30 PM
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman Street, Westborough
Engaging presentation of Sierra Club’s effective activist training. We will get you up to speed on some state clean energy policies, and then give you the tools you need to effectively advocate with your elected officials. 

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 – 8:30 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. RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/408865002816219/ 

05/08/2017 Wayland Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Monday, May 8, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
110 Grill, 171 Commonwealth Rd. (Rt. 30 at 27), Wayland
Gather at 6:30 for socializing. Meeting begins at 7:00. Advance RSVP required. Email WDTC Chair Michael Gilbreath at gildell@mac.com

*05/08/2017 Shrewsbury DTC Meeting*
Monday, May 8, 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. 

*05/09/2017 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting*
Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 PM
Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St.,
The Beverly Democratic City Committee will have a meeting at the Beverly Farms Library. If you have questions or wish to add items to the agenda, please contact Chairman Duane Anderson at duroanderson@gmail.com or 978-922-2368

05/11/2017 Chicopee Democratic City Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 11, 6:30 PM
Chicopee Public Library 449 Front Street Chicopee, MA 

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

05/16/2017 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/1404106859640839/ 

*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
In partnership with allied organizations across the Commonwealth, please join the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for the sixth annual Women’s Advocacy Day at the Massachusetts 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, your family, and your community. Learn about our legislative priorities, including bills addressing: access to contraceptives, equality in disability insurance, paid family and medical leave, protections for pregnant workers and more. Come 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. We encourage you to bring colleagues, friends, and family; daughters and sons welcome! 
Breakfast & Registration: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
Speaking Program: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
Legislative visits: 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM 
Lunch & Conclusion: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM 
Please submit this form to register: https://goo.gl/forms/MdmKxI4nFYxcIiO23 or for more info contact mcsw@state.ma.us or 617-626-652 

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 Waltham Democratic City Committee meeting
Thursday, May 18, 7 PM
the Auditorium at Waltham Government Center, 119 School Street (Corner of Lexington Street)
For more info see http://watchcitydemocrats.tripod.com 

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 gildell@mac.com. Address questions to same or for more info visit https://www.facebook.com/waylanddems 

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 Social Justice Volunteer Opportunities – Niki Tsongas, Jamie Eldridge *
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. Social justice 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 Nikki Tsongas will be there to introduce the program and State Senator Jamie Eldridge will be addressing the topic. 

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 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 velore20@gmail.com
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 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 http://www.massedjustice.org/may-20th-rally-for-public-education/ 

*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 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 

*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. 

*05/24/2017 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 http://www.natickdems.org/ 

05/25/2017 Newton Dems Delegate Social Featuring Candidates for Governor
Thursday, May 25, 6 – 8 PM
Location TBD
A great chance to 1) have fun 2) meet those representing Newton at the 2017 Dem State Convention 3) meet potential candidates for Gov in 2018 and 4) to help out the NDCC if you can. 
A fun social event – open to anyone and everyone – a chance for all Democratic activists to meet those who were elected to represent Newton at the 2017 The event will feature some or all of the likely and announced Democratic Candidates for Governor. Mayor Setti Warren is confirmed. This is an annual event 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. On the fundraising component – come no matter what – whether or not you can donate – but if you can donate, we’d really appreciate the help. Donation of $10, $25, $50, $100 welcomed. 

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 https://www.facebook.com/MaynardDemocraticTownCommittee/ 

*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: http://www.tinyurl.com/chamberkennedycoffee 

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/ 

*06/06/2017 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 : 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. 

*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. 

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! 

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. 


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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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Boston Ward 5 DC – http://bostonward5dems.org 
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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