March 17, 2017/Dispatch

DDemDispatch Town Hall Meetings, Events and More

Dear Democrats,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to St. Patrick’s Day events, caucus season continues. There are also a number of Town Hall Meetings and training opportunities where people can learn about issues and how to be effective in advocacy.

Democrats in Central Mass are excited that the Convention will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester. Opportunities for input into the Platform are coming up through both Platform Hearings and Platform Meetings.

Democratic Party Platform Hearings have been scheduled: April 4 evening: Lynn; April 5 evening: Foxborough; April 6 evening: Boston; April 8 morning: Springfield; April 8 afternoon: Pittsfield; April 9 afternoon: Worcester; April 25 evening: Arlington; April 27evening: Brockton; April 30 morning/afternoon: Lowell; May 6 morning: New Bedford; May 6 afternoon: Plymouth. Specific times and locations will be available next week.

I’ll close by congratulating DSC Chair Gus Bickford on his appointment to the DNC Transition Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is made up of a wide group of leaders, activists, and organizers who represent various parts of the Democratic Party. The team is charged with providing concrete suggestions and advice on building a Party that reaches into and represents every corner of the nation.

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 – Connecting with Other Groups
As we struggle in this challenging political climate, many groups have started that connect people who what to engage politically. Democratic Town and Ward Committees can connect with other groups. Keep “Huddles” and “Indivisible” groups informed of your meetings, especially if you have a speaker of interest. Leaders from Democratic Party organization have information that can be helpful to people who have not customarily engaged politically. It might be useful to have a point person so that information can be easily shared. 

Platform Meeting Information
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. 
All platform meetings should take place before May 1, 2017 to ensure the input is considered for the 2017 platform. 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 3State Convention. The most recent edition of the Party platform is the 2013platform. 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. 

Caucus Information
This page has links to the schedule, the preliminary call and more. 
Note: please read the Method of Selecting Democrats in full. This is not a substitute for the complete document. 

Pre-registered Democrats need to born on or prior to September 11, 2000. Those who are pre-registered and will be 18 on or before primary day in 2018 are eligible to take part in the caucus and run for delegate. Online registration can be done at: 

NOTE: Caucuses are easy to find on the MassDems website. As a matter of policy, the Dispatch only includes caucuses if they are held in conjunction with a meeting. 

Mass Senate Community Conversations
Locations and Hosts: 
03/21 NORTHEAST: Senators Kathleen O’Connor Ives, Bruce Tarr, Eileen Donoghue, and Barbara L’Italien. 
03/28 WMASS: Senators Don Humason, Adam Hinds, Eric Lesser, Jim Welch, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg. 
04/04 METROWEST: Senators Jamie Eldridge, Karen Spilka, Cynthia Creem and Mike Barrett. 
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. 

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You Have to Laugh Occasionally – Edited by Matt Shear
Karl Frisch – The GOP Congress is really good at doing nothing. It should put that talent on display with the Affordable Care Act. 

Event details:

03/17/2017 Wayland Dems 3rd Friday Breakfast
Friday, March 17, 7 – 9 AM
Mel’s Commonwealth Cafe, 310 Commonwealth Rd., Wayland, MA 01778 (Rt. 30 at East Plain St.)
Join us for eggs and conversation over easy. Stop in when you can and stay as long as you like. Candidates who wish to speak please contact WDTC Chair Michael Gilbreath at Address questions to same or for more info visit 

03/18/2017 Greater Lowell Area Democrats (GLAD) Monthly Breakfast Meeting
Saturday, March 18, 8 – 10 AM
Independence Bar & Grill, 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

03/18/2017 Stockbridge Dems Caucus and Meeting
Saturday, March 18, 10 AM
Meeting Room, Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main Street, Stockbridge
This is the chance for Stockbridge Democrats and friends to get together, to discuss our town, to share our views of the political scene(s), and to consider a path forward. The issues are manifold – with Republican control of government at most all levels. We will be holding three consecutive meetings – State Caucus, Town Committee, Town Caucus; And all Stockbridge Democrats are urged to attend. 

03/18/2017 Bellingham DTC Caucus and Meeting
Saturday, March 18, 10 AM
Municipal Bldg., 10 Mechanic St.

03/18/2017 Rockport Town Democratic Committee Meeting
Saturday, March 18, 10 AM
Community Room of the Rockport Police Headquarters, 168 Main Street
Discussion of post-election issues. Proposals for the creation of an Education and Outreach Committee and the creation of a Coordinated Resources Committee will be considered. All registered Democratic voters in Rockport are invited to attend. For more information call 978-546-3754. 

*03/18/2017 Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s Onward Together: Volunteer & Advocacy Fair*
Saturday, March 18, 10 AM – Noon 
Lexington High School, 251 Waltham St., Lexington, MA 02421
Congresswoman Katherine Clark will be hosting. This will be an opportunity to learn more about progressive efforts on the local, state, and national levels and how you can get plugged in to start taking action now. RSVP at 

03/18/2017 Barnstable Dems St. Patrick’s Day Brunch 
Saturday, March 18, 10 AM
DoubleTree by Hilton in Hyannis
Barnstable Democratic Town Committee Chair Sean Caughey says the brunch will honor the Irish and show respect to all who have come to the U.S. for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The keynote speaker is Lawrence State Representative Juana Matias, who is a co-sponsor of a bill to protect the civil rights of immigrants in the state. The brunch is open to everyone and reservations are advised. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students. For reservations contact Mary Mohan by email at

*03/18/2017 Yarmouth Dems Meeting and Caucus*
Saturday, March 18, 1 PM
Selectmen’s Room, Town Hall, Yarmouth
Our first order of business will be to elect delegates to represent Yarmouth at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention June 3, 2017
We will hold a usiness meeting afterwards. I expect Democratic candidate for Governor Jay Gonzalez to be there greeting members as they arrive for the Caucus and joining us for our business meeting is the Mayor of Newton, Ma and soon to announce Democratic candidate for Governor Setti Warren. 
Bob Isadore at
Meeting dates:4/15, 5/20, 6/17, 8/19, 9/16, 10/21, 11/18. 

03/18/2017 Maynard Dems Caucus and Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, March 18, 2 PM
Maynard Public Library – Roosevelt Room, 77 Nason Street
The Maynard Democratic Town Committee will meet immediately following the Caucus. With a quorum present, the group can vote-in new members. The Maynard DTC normally meets once a month at a location and date posted on its Facebook Page at and in the Beacon-Villager and Action Unlimited. For more information on the caucus or the committee please contact Sara Hartman at or 978-897-2032. 

03/19/2017 Framingham Democratic Town Committee Annual Candidates’ Breakfast Forum and Monthly Meeting
Sunday, March 19, 10 AM
Framingham Green Community Room, 136 Maynard Rd., Framingham, MA 01701
Please using parking at 1071 Worcester Road, at Maynard Rd. Do not park in the apartment complex. 
The Framingham DTC’s annual breakfast meeting is one of the Committee’s most popular events featuring a tasty breakfast of scrambled eggs, bagels, coffee, orange juice and more. This event draws a large turnout and includes a forum where Democratic candidates contesting in the Framingham municipal elections will give presentations on their candidacies. The forum is followed by the Committee’s regular business meeting. Suggested donation is $5.00 for the breakfast. 

03/19/2017 What YOU Can do NOW – MetroWest Activism Training
Sunday, March 19, 12:30 – 4 PM
Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton
Many people are seeking specific ways to respond to election 2016–ways to be involved and protect the progress society has made. This training will connect activists and leaders with a key takeaway: practical, clear action steps to take to help at the local, state and federal level. No financial commitment required – costs are covered for this event. See for schedule, sponsors, and registration info. 

*03/19/2017 Town Hall Meeting with Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Jim McGovern*
Sunday, March 19, 4 PM
Atwood Hall, Clark University 950 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
Senator Markey and Congressman McGovern are fighting for you in Washington. Join them for a town hall discussion on the Trump Administration and how it impacts us. 

*03/20/2017 Office Hours with Senator Elizabeth Warren in Springfield*
Monday, March 20, 10:30 AM
1550 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Note: Doors open at 10am 
Senator Warren will be speaking about the political climate with the Trump Administration and the actions she has taken to fight for and protect American values. 

03/20/2017 A Progressive Conversation with Dan Wolf & Jamie Eldridge
Monday, March 20, 6:30 – 8 PM
Cohasset Library, 35 Ripley Rd., Cohasset, MA 02025
South Shore Progressives is honored to welcome State Senator Jamie Eldridge and former State Senator Dan Wolf to the South Shore for a conversation about the future of progressive politics. Come hear the thoughts and insights of two of Massachusetts’ most progressive leaders. Discussion will include the current state of affairs in both the Commonwealth and the country as well as future plans and goals for dealing with our current political climate. Program will include plenty of time for Q & A from the audience. All are welcome. Free admission. Details at 

03/20/2017 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee 
Monday, March 20, 7 PM
Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey Street, Marblehead, MA

*03/21/2017 Sudbury Democratic Town Committee Meeting – NEW DATE*
Tuesday, March 21, 7 – 9 PM
the Senior Center at the Fairbank Community Center, 40 Fairbank Road Sudbury, MA 01776
New date due to Tuesday’s storm. This does not change the date of the Sudbury Dem Caucus on March 18. 

*03/21/2017 Indivisible Massachusetts Action Free Speech for People Meeting*
Tuesday, March 21, 7 – 9 PM
New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newton, MA 02460
(for now – might be moved to larger space) 
Free Speech For People works to renew our democracy and our United States Constitution for we the people, not big money and corporate interests. At this meeting Ben Clements, Board Chair (and former Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Patrick), and Ron Fein, Free Speech Legal Director, will be leading a “fired-up discussion” about impeachment and other possible actions. Free Speech is leading the campaign, which has already delivered almost one million signatures to Congress. RSVP for this meeting so that organizers can know how many people want to attend: 

*03/21/2017 Boston Ward 5 Democrats Meeting with Jay Gonzalez*
Tuesday, March 21, 7 PM
First Church of Boston, 66 Marlborough Street, Back Bay
The agenda for our meeting is still being prepared, but it includes hearing from Jay Gonzalez, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. 

*03/21/2017 Westborough Caucus and DTC Meeting*
Tuesday, March 21, 7 PM
Tatnuck Bookseller, 18 Lyman Street, Westborough
A Democratic town Committee meeting will begin immediately following the adjournment of the caucus. We will be remembering Charlie Diamond, who passed away unexpectedly last fall. The Committee will be voting on donating a scholarship in his memory. 

03/22/2017 Young Dems Event with State Senator Tom McGee
Wednesday, March 22, 5 – 7 PM
Market Lounge, 21 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109
Join the YDMA Disability Caucus to welcome former Democratic State Party Chair and State Senator Tom McGee to honor him for all he has done for Disability Rights. He will talk about the future as he speaks about what the legislature is doing on behalf of the disability community in Massachusetts. Topics will include public transportation, housing rights, and health care, as well as other issues related to accesability facing the Commonwealth. 

*03/22/2017 AG Maura Healey St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – NEW DATE*
Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 – 7 PM
The Black Rose, 160 State St., Boston
Postpones one week due to the snow storm. 
Suggested Contribution: $1000, $500, $250, $125, $50. Contribute online at or by check payable to the Committee to Elect Maura Healey and RSVP to 

03/22/2017 Plymouth County Register of Probate Matt McDonough St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Wednesday, March 22, 6 – 9 PM
Cask ‘n Flagon, 804 Plain Street (Rte. 139), Marshfield, MA 02050
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Plymouth County Register of Probate Matt McDonough. Enjoy music, song and the dancers of the Dunleavy Boyle Bremer School of Irish Dance. Suggested contribution: $25/$50/$100. Checks to: Committee to Elect Matt McDonough, 80 Washington Sq., Bldg. K, Norwell, MA 02061. 

*03/22/2017 Natick Democratic Town Committee Meeting with Gus Bickford*
Wednesday, March 22, 7 PM
Natick Town Hall, 13 E. Central Street, Natick MA 01760 3rd Floor Training Room
Our guest speaker will be Gus Bickford, chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. For more information visit 

*03/23/2017 MA Women’s Political Caucus PAC Fundraiser with Attorney General Maura Healey*
Thursday, March 23, 5:30 – 7 PM
Scholars Bistro, 25 School St., Boston, MA 02108l
This event will act as a fundraiser for the MWPC PAC. Suggested donations: $25, $50, $100, $250. One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds go to MWPC PAC qualified, pro-choice endorsed candidates. For info and tickets go to 

03/23/2017 Needham Dem Meeting with Guest Speaker Jay Gonzalez
Thursday, March 23, 7 PM
Needham Historical Society, 1147 Central Ave, Needham
Needham DTC meeting will take place after the caucus. Scheduled Speaker: Jay Gonzalez, candidate for governor. For more info see 

*03/24/2017 EMERGE BootCamp for Candidates and Campaign Managers*
3/24 9-5; 3/25 9-7 3/26 9-7
SEIU 509 -293 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752
Our BootCamp program has been specifically designed to support and train Democratic women who are who are in the middle of their campaigns, and need the nuts and bolts as soon as possible. 
Tuition: $550. 

03/24/2017 Congressman McGovern & Take Back the House Party
Friday, March 24, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
62 Main Street – Bldg #3, Hatfield, MA 01038
Please join hosts David & Deborah Mager to be inspired by Congressman Jim McGovern (D), partake in dinner and drinks, and be entertained by River Rhapsody Band. By working together and starting now, we can make sure that in 2 years the House of Representatives and/or that the Senate has a Democratic majority. Suggested contribution: $50 per adult (all amounts are welcome). Please RSVP at 

*03/25/2017 Attleboro Southeastern Mass Unity Brunch*
Saturday, March 25, 9 AM
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 N Main Street, Attleboro
Attleboro 20th Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Democratic Spring Unity Brunch. 
$20 per person, $15 for students. 
Key Note Speaker Former State Treasurer and Former DNC Chair: Steve Grossman; Congressman: Joe Kennedy; Secretary of State: Bill Galvin; Attorney General: Maura Healey; District Attorney: Tom Quinn; State Representative: Paul Heroux; Governors Councilor: Robert Jubinville; Mass Dems State Party Chair: Gus Bickford; Mass Dems Treasurer: Paul Yorkis; Candidate for Governor: Jay Gonzalez; Candidate for Governor: Bob Massie; Mayor of Newton: Setti Warren. 
Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be also purchased in advance by mailing a check payable to Attleboro Democratic City Committee Treasurer, Jackie Romaniecki, 120 Augsburg Drive Attleboro MA 
Further Details This event is hosted annually by the Attleboro Democratic City Committee. For further information Ellen Parker at 508-222-3062 or e-mail us at 

03/25/2017 Boston Ward 20 Democratic Committee Spring Breakfast
Saturday, March 25, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Corrib Pub and Restaurant, 2030 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132
Guest Speaker: Mayor Martin Walsh. Suggested Donation: $20.00. Checks should be made payable to the Boston Ward 20 Democratic Committee. RSVP at or visit 

03/25/2017 Clinton Dems Caucus and Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, March 25, 2 PM
Presentation Senior Apts, Main Building, 309 Church Street, Clinton
Clinton DTC Business Meeting will follow the conclusion of the Town Democratic Caucus. For more info contact Mary Richards, Secretary at 617-930-2727 or

*03/25/2017 Portsmouth Reception witj Congressman Keith Ellison *
Saturday, March 25, 2 – 4 PM
Portsmouth Gas Light Co. 64 Market Street Portsmouth, NH
Join us and our special guest, Congressman & Deputy DNC Chair Keith Ellison to support New Hampshire Democrats! All donations go directly towards providing resources to our local and county Democratic committees so they have what they need to organize and mobilize supporters all across New Hampshire. If you have any questions or otherwise, please contact Thad Logan at or 603-225-6899. 
Tickets $25. RSVP 

03/25/2017 Progressive Politics in the Era of Trump
Saturday, March 25, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Mahar Auditorium, UMass Amherst
The event will be an evening discussion with the new DNC Deputy Chair, Congressman Keith Ellison and Congressional Progressive Caucus member, Congressman Jim McGovern on progressive politics and what can and needs to be done in this uncertain era of the Trump Administration. The Doors will open at 5:30 and will be first come first served for seating and admittance. 

03/26/2017 Meet and Greet Open House for Rep. Jack Lewis
Sunday, March 26, 3 – 5 PM
42 Bay Colony Dr., Ashland
Join Diane & Marty Ring at their home for an informal open house for Jack Lewis, newly elected Representative for the Seventh Middlesex District, consisting of Ashland; and Framingham Precincts 8, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18. Join friends and neighbors to speak with Jack, and hear about his first 3 months in office. All are welcome. RSVP appreciated but not required. For those who would like to donate to Jack’s campaign, please visit and more info, email

03/26/2017 Becky Walker Grossman for Newton City Councilor Campaign Kickoff
Sunday, March 26, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Woman’s Club, 72 Columbus St., Newton, MA 02461
Parking: There is plenty of street parking nearby. In addition, there is a municipal parking lot located at 16 Hartford St, Newton, MA 02461, which is free on Sundays. 
Join Becky as she formally kicks off her campaign for Newton City Councilor-at-Large, Ward 7. This event is kid-friendly and light refreshments will be served. Please see the formal invitation and RSVP at 

*03/26/2017 Sen. Jamie Eldridge – How to Fight for Immigrants’ Rights in MA*
Sunday, March 26, 5 – 6:30 PM
Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge, MA 02140
State Senator Jamie Eldridge will join Cambridge-Somerville for Change to talk about efforts to protect immigrants in Massachusetts and how we can take effective action around this important issue. Senator Eldridge is lead sponsor of the Safe Communities Act, which is designed to protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrant families or to create a Muslim registry. For more info contact or 617-545-3367. 

03/28/2017 Discussions of Difference – Brockton
Tuesday, March 28, 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. 

03/29/2017 Cape and Islands Democratic Council Memberhip Meeting
Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 PM
Union Heritage Museum, 276 North St, Hyannis
CIDC General Membership meeting / Election of Officers 

*03/30/2017 Annissa Essaibi George’s Re-Election Kickoff*
Thursday, March 30, 6 – 9 PM
Venezia Restaurant Boston, 20 Ericsson St., Boston, MA 02122
Please join Boston City Councilor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George at her first Re-Election Campaign Kickoff. We hope you’ll join your friends and neighbors for a great event filled with plenty of food, fun, and politics. Suggested Contribution: $50/$100/$250/$500/$1,000. Donations can be made online: 

*03/30/2017 Rep. Josh Cutler – Health Care Policy 101 in Duxbury*
Thursday, March 30, 7 PM
Duxbury Senior Center 
How might changes in Washington D.C. impact health care policy here in Massachusetts? That is the focus of this forum. Join us for a discussion hosted by Rep. Josh Cutler with health care expert Brian Rosman of Health Care For All (HCFA) and Mike Jackman of Congressman Keating’s office. There will be a presentation followed by ample time for question and answer and audience discussion. The event is co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Calter and Sen. Patrick O’Connor. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. 

03/31/2017 A Conversation with Senator Bernie Sanders
Friday, March 31, 2 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate Columbia Point Boston
Senator Sanders will discuss the future of American democracy, and the importance of active citizen participation. The Boston Globes James Pindell will moderate. The event is free and open to the public, but please note that advance registration is required. Please contact for any questions. 

04/01/2017 Malden Democratic City Committee Monthly Meeting
Saturday, April 1, 10 – 11 AM
Malden Irish American Club, 177 West St, Malden, Massachusetts 02148
All current or prospective Malden Democrats are welcome to attend. For more information, contact MDCC Chair Greg Lucey at

04/01/2017 Platform DIscussion and Breakout Sessions
Saturday, April 1, 10 AM – Noon 
William Norris School, 34 Pomeroy Meadows Road, Southampton
Join your fellow delegates, alternates and other interested Democrats for discussion and breakout sessions to write language and introduce updates for a new Massachusetts Democratic Committee Platform. The platform is our statement of values and the information from the hearings is used by the Platform Committee as they draft the new platform for ratification at the June 3rd convention in Lowell. Host Committee in development. Contact Janet Cain, Southampton Town Committee chair at or Kathy Martin, Westfield City Committee Chair, at to RSVP. 

04/02/2017 Breakfast Reception for District Attorney Joseph Early
Sunday, April 2, 9 – 11:30 AM
Mezcal Tequila Cantina, 30 Major Taylor Blvd., Worcester
The Committee to Elect Joseph D. Early. Jr. cordially invites you to attend a breakfast in honor of District Attorney Joseph Early. Suggested donation $35 per person. Children are welcomed as our guests. 

*04/02/2017 Congressman Kennedy Town Hall Meeting*
Sunday, April 2, 2 PM
Newton North High School Lasker Auditorium, 457 Walnut Street, Newton
Congressman Kennedy convenes this Town Hall meeting to report on what’s going on in DC and wants to hear from you. 

*04/04/2017 Annual Progressive Legislative Breakfast*
Tuesday, April 4, 8:30 – 10 AM
Carrie Nation 11 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02108
Join us as we reconnect for future fights and support our new advocates and candidates! 
Suggested Contribution is: $35 prior to March 31st; $50 after March 31st. 
Sponsorships of $150, $300, $500 or more will be listed in the program. To reserve your spot, please visit www.massalliance.organd click on the DONATE button or contact Batya by emailing r by calling 617-722-4320. Please RSVP by Friday March 31st. 

04/04/2017 Mayor Martin J. Walsh 50th Birthday Celebration
Tuesday, April 4, 6 – 9 PM
Laugh Boston, 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110
A night of comedy and music. Suggested donation: $200/$500/$1,000. RSVP at or make check payable to: The Committee to Elect Martin J. Walsh. 

04/04/2017 Mansfield Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 PM
Mansfield Municipal Airport – Building H, 265 Fruit Street, Mansfield
We will have guest speaker from the 4th Congressional District Chapter of Indivisible All of our meetings and events are open to the public. Mansfield area Democrats are especially invited. For more information, visit our website send an email to or call Joe Kaplan at 508-339-4520. 

*04/05/2017 MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women 1st Annual Legislative Breakfast*
Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 – 9:30 AM
McCarthy Center (FORUM Room), 100 State St, Framingham, MA 01702-2499
Register at 

*04/05/2017 Platform Meeting Hosted by Sen. Jamie Eldridge*
Wednesday, April 5, 6 – 9 PM
State Senator and DSC Member Jamie Eldridge will chair a forum where all are voters are welcome to come and discuss/submit suggestions for the Mass Democratic Platform in anticipation of the June 3rd Mass Democratic Convention. 

04/05/2017 AG Maura Healey Town Hall Meeting in Brookline
Wednesday, April 5, 7 PM
First Unitarian Church In New Bedford, 71 8th St., New Bedford, MA 02740
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: 

04/05/2017 North Shore Meeting with Democratic Party Chair Gus Bickford
Wednesday, April 5, 7 PM
Torigian Life Center 79 Central Street Peabody (parking and entrance in rear)
Join Democrats from across the North Shore as we hear about plans for victory in 2018, 2020 and beyond. For more information, contact Arthur Powell at 978-922-1480 or 

*04/06/2017 Progressive Massachusetts Breakfast Fundraiser*
Thursday, April 6, 8 – 10 AM
Massachusetts Teachers Association, 20 Ashburton Place, Boston
Guest speakers State Senator Jamie Eldridge Massachusetts and Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni. Hosted by Progressive Massachusetts. 

04/06/2017 Fundraiser Dinner in Support of State Representative Diana DiZolgio
Thursday, April 6, 5:30 PM
Reliefs In,1 Market Street, Lawrence
5:30-6:30 Cocktail Hour 
6:30-7:30 Dinner and Program 
7:30-9:00 Live Music 
Suggested Donation: $25, $50, $100, $250 
Committee to Elect Diana DiZoglio 3 John Street #4 Methuen, MA 01844 

04/06/2017 Stephanie Martins for Everett City Council Birthday Kick-Off
Thursday, April 6, 6:30 – 8 PM
Oliveiras, 749 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149
Join the Stephanie Martins Committee and Attorney General Maura Healey in support of Stephanie’s campaign effort for Everett City Council and to celebrate her 29th birthday. Suggested contributions: Chair: $1000/Host: $500/Sponsor: $250/Supporter: $100/Friend: $50. You may contribute in advance online at mail checks to the Stephanie Martins Committee at P.O. box 490780, Everett MA 02149. Please RSVP to or by calling Stephanie at 772-828-0474. 

*04/06/2017 Hudson Dems Meeting*
Thursday, April 6, 7 PM
Hudson Fire Station 296 Cox Street
Hudson Democratic Town Committee monthly meeting. All are welcome. 

04/08/2017 College Democrats of Massachusetts Spring Convention
Saturday, April 8, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Tufts University, 62 Talbot Ave., Medford, MA 02155-5813
Please park at Dowling hall garage, 419 Boston Ave., Medford 
Join College Democrats of Massachusetts 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. For updates see 

*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. 

04/12/2017 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 

*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. 

04/15/2017 Yarmouth Dems Meeting
Saturday, April 15, 1 PM
Selectmen’s Room, Town Hall, Yarmouth
Monthly meeting of the Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee. All Yarmouth Democrats are invited to attend. Entrance will be from the side door. Questions: contact Bob Isadore at
Meeting dates: 5/20, 6/17, 8/19, 9/16, 10/21, 11/18. 

04/15/2017 Tax Day March Boston
Saturday, April 15, 1 PM
City Hall Plaza, Boston 
ALL ARE WELCOME. We encourage anybody and everybody who demands to see Trump’s tax returns to join us. 

*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 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 AG Maura Healey’s Post- Election Town Hall – Worcester
Thursday, April 20, 7 – 8:30 PM
Worcester location TBA
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 

*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 

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 Address questions to same or for more info visit 

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 

*04/22/2017 March for Science – Worcester and Boston*
Saturday, April 22, Noon
Worcester: Institure Park; Boston: Boston Common
Boston and Worcester rallies being held in parallel to the Scientists March on Washington DC. 
11:00 am Institute Park. March begins at 11 and goes to Elm Park, down Highland, up West St and back to Institute Park. 
12:00 pm Boston Common 

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

*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. 

04/24/2017 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., 781-599-9347. 

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 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 

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
For more information visit 

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. 

*04/29/2017 DSC Meeting*
Saturday, April 29
Barnstable County
Refreshments served at 11am. Meeting will start at noon. Visit for details as they become available. All Democrats are welcome. 

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 or email

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 several very timely speakers, plus the awarding of the 2017 Charles McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award. 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 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 

*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 or for more info contact: or Carolyn Perkins at 978-448-9946. 

05/02/2017 AG Maura Healey’s Post- Election Town Hall – Mid-Cape
Tuesday, May 2, 7 – 8:30 PM
Location TBA
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. 

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 

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

*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
Themes: Recognizing volunteer success in Massachusetts and New Hampshire; Motivation and Means of Moving Forward and Fighting Back in the Trump era. Elected officials serving the Middlesex area have been invited to speak. For information or to purchase tickets contact

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

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

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

*05/22/2017 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. 
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*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 

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,, 781-599-9347. 

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 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, 781-599-9347;

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