January 20, 2017/Dispatch

DemDispatch: Marches, Forums and More – Many New Events

Dear Democrats,

Last week I quoted our current senior senator, Elizabeth Warren, “The game is rigged. We can whimper, we can whine, or we can fight back. Me? I’m fighting back.” I told you, “I’m with her. I’m fighting back.”

Since I wrote those words I have continued to fight back. I sent out a newsletter to thousands of people. I went door to door in my hometown, talking to people about the Democratic Party and inviting people to get involved. I registered Democrats at the ACA Rally in Boston. I chaired a meeting of Democrats at which my State Senator, Jamie Eldridge, discussed income inequality to a room full of voters, many of them newly engaged. I inspired someone to restart her local Democratic Committee. I organized a group of people to volunteer at Democratic Party headquarters in Boston. I spoke at a neighboring Democratic event about the Convention. Now I am organizing folks to get to Boston for the march.

This sounds “braggadocious” as I write this, but I do it to give people an idea of the range of things that people can be doing now.

I’ll focus on how to register folks to vote; this is important and easy. For example if you are going to the rally on Saturday do two things in advance: 
1) Print out one or two voter registration forms. 
2) Familiarize yourself with the Online Voter Registration process: 
Take the form with you; bookmark the online voter registration site on your smart phone. It is likely that most of the people at the rally on Saturday will be registered Democrats. But there are opportunities: 
- Encourage voters who are not in a party to become Democrats. 
- Register those who are eligible to become voters. 
- Pre-register sixteen and seventeen year olds. 
- Ensure that people are registered at their current address. 
If you find someone who is interested the person can go online with a smartphone right then and there. If that is not practical the person can fill out the paper form. You can mail it or bring it to the appropriate clerk. If you do take a form from someone, it is imperative that you turn it in. If you are not in a position to get it to the clerk’s office, the voter can drop the form off with their own town clerk or elections division. 

More than 80,000 people are expected at the march here in Boston on Saturday. Speakers include Senator Elizabeth Warren, state Attorney General Maura Healey, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Think about it.

Democratically yours,

Kate Donaghue

PS See you on Saturday and dress warmly.

PPS 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 – Set a Schedule
The deadline for committees to schedule their caucuses is January 27. If your committee has not yet scheduled your caucus, please me mindful of the deadline. I’ve mentioned previously that with the two month window there is the opportunity to schedule your caucus in conjunction with a regular Democratic Town, City or Ward Committee meeting. I also want to suggest that you pick your meeting dates in advance. Some groups have a regular meeting date, like fourth Monday or third Thursday. Others like to schedule things so that the day of the week varies, allowing those with other regular meetings to attend at least some of the time. If you book your venue a year at a time, then it is less work and people can plan their schedules. Not all venues allow reserving that far in advance. 
Caucus window: February 4 to April 2, 2017 
Convention date: June 3, 2017 in Lowell 
Here’s the link for scheduling your caucus and other information: 

Mass Senate Community Conversations
Locations and Hosts: 
01/31 BOSTON: Senators Joe Boncore, Will Brownsberger, Pat Jehlen, Sonia Chang-Diaz and Linda Dorcena Forry. 
02/07 SOUTH COAST: Senators Michael Rodrigues, James Timilty, Marc Pacheco and Mark Montigny. 
02/28 SOUTH SHORE: Senators John Keenan, Michael Rush, Richard Ross, Patrick O’Connor, and Walter Timilty. 
03/07 SOUTHEAST: Senators Vinny deMacedo, Julian Cyr, and Michael Brady. 
03/14 CENTRAL MASS: Senators Harriette Chandler, Anne Gobi, Jen Flanagan, Ryan Fattman, and Michael Moore. 
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. 

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01/20/2017 Rep. Josh Cutler Birthday Party

Friday, January 20, 7 – 9:30 PM

Olde Hitching Post, 48 Spring Street, Hanson, MA 02341

Please join Rep. Cutler and the Cutler Crew for a Birthday Celebration. Dinner buffet, live music, cash bar. Suggested donation: $25/$50/$100 (or $46 if you prefer). RSVP at http://www.joshcutler.com/rep_cutler_birthday_party


*01/21/2017 Boston Women’s March for America*
Saturday, January 21, 11 AM
Boston Common
For those who are not going to Washington, DC, you can march at home in Boston. We will unite to march in solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation – among many are communities of women, immigrants, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA and people with disabilities. It is is a peaceful, nonpartisan march. 
Speakers include Senator Elizabeth Warren, AG Maura Healey, Mayor Marty Walsh. 
11:00am Speakers and performers on Boston Common 
12:00pm People’s Oath and Call to March 
12:30pm March through Back Bay 
02:00pm Gather at Boston Common for community building 

*01/21/2017 Roll up your Sleeves – DC Event for Marchers

Saturday, January 21, 5 – 6:30 PM
Local 16 Bar, 1602 U Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
”Roll up your Sleeves” and it basically is aiming to help people answer the question “how do I fight back over the next four years?” 
Here’s the RSVP link, with details: 

01/21/2017 Information on Women’s March on Washington – Mass Chapter

Saturday, January 21
Massachusetts page — 
MA Travel coordinator: Johanna Schulman at transportationwomensmarch@gmail.com 
If you get on their email list, you get weekly updates on what’s going on and links to resources. 

*01/23/2017 Women for Maura 2017

Monday, January 23, 5:30 – 7 PM
UMass Club, One Beacon Street, 32nd floor, Boston, MA 02108One Beacon Street, 32nd floor, Boston, MA 02108
An event honoring Attorney General Maura Healey. Suggested Contribution: $1000, $500, $250, $125, $50. To RSVP or inquire about joining the host committee contact Ellis at ellis@maurahealey.com. Please make checks payable to the Committee to Elect Maura Healey or online with a secure donation at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/womenformaura2017[back]

01/23/2017 Shrewsbury Democrats Post-Holiday Gathering & Recruitment Drive

Shrewsbury Address Provided Upon RSVP
You’re invited to join the Shrewsbury Democratic Town Committee for our Post-Holiday Gathering and Recruitment Drive from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on Monday, January 23rd. This is an annual event, with a new twist… instead of asking guests to bring one thing, we’re asking you to bring two: 1) An appetizer or dessert 2) A new Shrewsbury Democrat. Be sure to RSVP to help with planning. To RSVP and receive address, e-mail ShrewsburyDTC@Gmail.com. 

01/23/2017 Ludlow Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Monday, January 23, 7 PM
Ludlow High School, 500 Chapin Street
For more info contact LDTC Chair Jake Oliveira at jake.oliveira@gmail.com. 

01/24/2017 Salem Democratic City Committee January Meeting

Tuesday, January 24, 7 – 9 PM
135 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970-4828
For more info email salemdemcc@gmail.com. 

01/25/2017 Peabody Democratic City Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Peter A. Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central St Peabody, MA 01960
Agenda: Speaker to be confirmed; Hear from Washington and Boston Women’s Marches attendees; Plan Caucus for February; Volunteers to plan a spring event to honor a prominent Democrat; Next steps. Bring a friend, or two. 

*01/25/2017 Young Democrats of Massachusetts Public Policy Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 6:30 – 8 PM
Massachusetts Democratic Party HQ, 11 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108-3001 Suite 410
Join us for the very first meeting of the newly re-formed YDMA Public Policy Committee. Our agenda includes taking steps to write our own platform for The Young Democrats of Massachusetts, and creating a network for change and hope duringhttp://ydma.org the Trump years ahead. We’ll be meeting at Massachusetts Democratic Party HQ; If the door is locked, please call (617) 444 9362 and someone will open it for you. For more info see http://ydma.org[back]

*01/25/2017 Natick Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 7 PM
Natick Town Hall, 13 E. Central Street, Natick MA 01760 3rd Floor Training Room
Guest speaker Sen. Karen Spilka (Second Middlesex and Norfolk), who will talk about her emotional learning initiative, the upcoming legislative agenda, and answer questions. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/NatickDemocraticTownCommittee/[back]

01/25/2017 Wilbraham Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 7 PM
Wilbraham Public Library’s Brooks Room.

*01/26/2017 Watertown Meeting with Mass Dems Chair Gus Bickford

Thursday, January 26, 7:30 PM
Lower Hearing Room of the Watertown Town Hall, 149 Main Street, Watertown.
Watertown Democratic Town Committee Meeting with Mass Dems Chair Gus Bickford. Our guest speaker will be the new Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair, Gus Bickford. Chairman Bickford will be talking about the state party’s plans to take back the Corner Office here in Massachusetts and what we can do to help fight against the incoming administration in Washington DC. 
Contact watertowndems@gmail.com[back]

*01/27/2017 Sudbury Democrats Meeting

Friday, January 27, 7:15 PM
Sudbury Senior Center
Monthly meeting of the Sudbury Democratic Town Committee. 

*01/28/2017 3rd Middlesex Area Democrats Symposium: Moving Forward and Fighting Back

Saturday, January 28, 9 AM – Noon 
Weston High School Media Center, 444 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493
9:00am-9:30am Reception; 9:30am – 12:30am Program 
Moderator: Joseph Mullin. Agenda will focus on motivation and organizing means of Moving Forward and Fighting Back in the Trump era. Congresswoman Katherine Clark, State Senator Michael Barrett and State Representative Tom Stanley will speak. For information and to RSVP contact garyddavis04@gmail.com. 

01/28/2017 Plymouth County Democratic League 2017 Chair’s Breakfast

Saturday, January 28, 9 – 11 AM
Middleboro Elks Riders #1274, 24 High St., Middleboro, MA 02346
Please join local Democratic Town Committee Chairs for a great breakfast and talk about political organizing in Plymouth County. For more info email info@plymdems.com. 

*01/28/2017 Ipswich Democratic Town Committee Annual Breakfast with Community Service Award

Saturday, January 28, 10 AM – Noon 
Ipswich V.F.W. at 110 County Road, Ipswich, MA.
This year’s award will be presented to the Friends of the Ipswich Library. Featured Speaker will be Dr. Don Berwick who will discuss the important issue of health care and the impending overhaul/repeal of the Affordable Care Act which he helped create. All members of our community and region are welcome. Tickets of $35.00 per person include a gourmet breakfast of quiche, bacon, home fries, pastries, juice, coffee and tea. A sponsorship is $50.00. For information, contact Sherry Hurley at hurley13@aol.com. 

01/28/2017 Holden Town Democratic Committee Annual Winter Dinner

Saturday, January 28, 6 PM
The Manor Restaurant, 42 W. Boylston St., West Boylston, MA 01583
6:00 – Social with cash bar. 6:30 – Delicious buffet dinner: salad, 3 entrees (Chicken Marsala, Baked Haddock & Vegetable Lasagna), dessert, and coffee. Cost: $35 per person includes gratuity and tax. Reservations and payment must be received by Saturday January 21, 2017. Checks should be made payable to the Holden Town Democratic Committee and sent to Robin Van Liew, 1 Avery Rd., Holden, MA 01520. For more info call 508-829-7278 or email RobinJVL@gmail.com. 

01/30/2017 New Years Gathering with Mayor Setti Warren

Monday, January 30, 6 – 8 PM
Mick Morgan’s,118 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02464
Light appetizers will be served, with cash bar available. 
Note: this is not a fundraising event. No donations please! 
Event Co-Chairs: Peg Hannigan, Rev. Howard Haywood, Councilor Rick Lipof. 
Dear Friend, As I begin my final year as Mayor of Newton, I’d like you to join me for an evening of reflection, discussion and good company. We have accomplished a lot in the last seven years – from investing in people and infrastructure to fostering an inclusive innovation economy and getting our city’s finances back in order. You’ve stood by me before, and I need you on my team as we enter a new year. Thank you, and I hope to see you there. –Setti 

*01/30/2017 Young Democrats of Massachusetts Back to Business Social

Monday, January 30, 6:30 – 9 PM
Market Lounge, 21 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109
Join the Young Democrats of Massachusetts and the Greater Boston Young Democrats for drinks and Democratic values, as we celebrate a new year of action. This event is ***ALL AGES*** and open to anyone who wants to know what we are up to in the YDMA! If you are interested in becoming a part of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts, please sign up through our google form at http://goo.gl/PFJh2f 
SNOW DATE: Feb 6th 

01/30/2017 AG Maura Healey’s Post- Election Town Hall – Hingham

Monday, January 30, 7 – 8:30 PM
Derby Academy, 56 Burditt Ave., Hingham, MA 02043
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 http://bit.ly/2iwzddc[back]

*01/31/2017 Sexual Health Lobby Day – UPDATED

Tuesday, January 31, 9:30 AM
Massachusetts State House in Boston
Lobby Day activities will include: 
09:30am-10:30am Sexual Health Fair – Grab some coffee and meet representatives from the state’s leading sexual health providers and advocacy organizations to learn about opportunities to get involved, take action, and take care of your health. 
10:30am-11:00am Raising Our Voices – Hear from activists who will share their stories and mobilize with us to protect sexual and reproductive health care. The speaking program will also feature a lineup of some of the Commonwealth’s most remarkable political leaders, including Senator Harriette Chandler, Representative Juana Matias, and Attorney General Maura Healey as keynote speaker. 
11:00am-12:00pm Lobbying 101 – Come learn what lobbying is and get all the information and practice you need prior to meeting with your elected officials. 
12:00pm-02:00pm Meetings with Legislators: Join a group of your peers from your legislative district(s). You will have the opportunity to speak directly with your elected officials and their staff to advocate for important legislation to protect and increase access to birth control, comprehensive sex education, and confidential health care. 
Sponsored by NARAL ProChoice Mass, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of MA, and many others. For more info or to RSVP see http://bit.ly/2iNWsiJ[back]

02/01/2017 Michelle Wu’s 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration w/Marty Walsh

Wednesday, February 1, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
location TBA
Boston City Council President Michelle Wu invites you to attend her 2nd annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Special guest, Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Suggested contribution: Chair $1,000/Host $500/Friend $250/Supporter $100. RSVP at https://Bit.ly/WuLunarNY17 or address questions to Sharon Durkan at sharon@michelleforboston.com or 617-303-0347. 

02/01/2017 Bellingham DTC Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, February 1, 7 PM
Municipal Ctr., 10 Mechanic St.

02/02/2017 Democratic State Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 2, 7 PM
Boston Teachers Union, 180 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester 02125
6:00 pm Refreshments 
7:00 pm Meeting 
One agenda item is voting on a new DNC Committee Man to represent Massachusetts. DSC member John Bowes has interviewed all five declared candidates: 
LINK TO INTERVIEWS: http://bit.ly/2hxPEFm 
NOTE: There is a Mt. Vernon Street on Beacon Hill. Be sure to use the zip code when using a GPS. 

02/04/2017 Lincoln DTC Symposium: Moving Forward and Fighting Back

Saturday, February 4, 9 AM – Noon 
Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln 01773
Agenda will focus on motivation and organizing means of Moving Forward and Fighting Back in the Trump era. Elected officials from the area have been invited to speak. For information contact garyddavis04@gmail.com . 

*02/04/2017 First Essex Middlesex Coalition Meeting

Saturday, February 4, 9 AM
Ipswich Town Library, 25 North Main Street Ipswich. 
Democratic State Chair Gus Bickford will be the guest speaker. 
For more information, contact Kathy Pasquina at kathypasq2@hotmail.com[back]

02/04/2017 Marlborough Dems City Committee Meeting

Saturday, February 4, 9:15 AM
Marlborough Library, 35 W. Main Street, Marlborough (Story Hour Room)
After the meeting, at 10:30 am, Danielle Gregoire our State Rep covering W2P1,W3,4,5,6 W7P2, will be available to speak to his constituents. For more info see http://www.marlboroughdcc.org[back]

02/04/2017 College Democrats of Massachusetts Winter Summit at Smith College

Saturday, February 4, 11 AM – 4:30 PM
Smith College Selye Hall, 10 Elm Street Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
The College Democrats of Massachusetts invites you to attend CDM’s Annual Winter Summit. Events for the day include our Constitutional Convention, a Foreign Policy Briefing with a local professor, workshops by our Women’s and Environmental caucuses, and a discussion on reacting to Donald Trump’s election. Guests for the event include: City of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz, Third Hampshire District State Representative Solomon Goldstein- Rose, and other local officials. The admission fee for high-school students is $7.00; all other attendees are requested to pay $5.00 for admission. Register at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/wsummit17 and for more about College Dems see http://macollegedems.org[back]

02/06/2017 MNW Alliance Meeting with Gus Bickford

Monday, February 6, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford Street, Medway
At the Middlesex, Norfolk, and Worcester Democratic Alliance Meeting, State Party Chair Gus Bickford will be sharing his thoughts and ideas and will be responding to questions and suggestions. Guests arriving early, 6:00 PM, for food or beverages are asked to email Paul Yorkis at pgyorkis@gmail.com. 

02/08/2017 Men for Choice 2017 Honoring Cong. Joe Kennedy & State Sen. Dan Wolf

Wednesday, February 8, 6 – 8 PM
Carrie Nation, 11 Beacon Street, Boston
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts will be presenting their 2017 Men for Choice Awards to Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and State Senator Dan Wolf. This event will be 21+. Early bird tickets (only available until January 13th!): $20; General tickets (after January 13th): $35; Sponsorships start at $150. Tickets and sponsorships available at http://bit.ly/2iFsRLz[back]

02/09/2017 Celebration of Ayanna Pressley’s Birthday

Thursday, February 9, 6 – 8 PM
Dona Habana, 811 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA, 02118.
Join the Friends of Ayanna Pressley in celebrating her 43rd birthday. The suggested levels to fundraise or contribute are: 
Sponsor:$1,000; Host:$543; Co-Host:$243; Guest:$143;Friend:$43 
Contributions can be made online at: 
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/ap43birthday or by check mailed payable to “Friends of Ayanna Presley” to PO Box 15, Boston, MA 02137. To RSVP, please contact Nai Collymore-Henry at 857-220-7026. 

02/16/2017 Wellesley Dems Meeting

Thursday, February 16, 7:30 PM
Wellesley Community Center, 
Monthly meeting of the Wellesley Democratic Town Committee. 
For more information contact secretary@wellesleydems.org 
Futures meeting dates: 3/14, 4/13, 5/9, 6/15. 

*02/17/2017 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee

Friday, February 17, 7 PM
Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey Street, Marblehead, MA

02/18/2017 Greater Lowell Area Democrats (GLAD) Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Saturday, February 18, 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. 

*02/18/2017 Yarmouth Dems Meeting

Saturday, February 18, 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: 3/4, 4/15, 5/20, 6/17, 8/19, 9/16, 10/21, 11/18. 

02/18/2017 Holliston Dems Comedy Night

Saturday, February 18
Save the Date!!! 
Watch this space for more information. 

*02/21/2017 YDMA Event with Former US Senator Mo Cowan

Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 PM
Mintz Levin One Financial Center, 38th Floor Boston
Young Democrats of Massachusetts Black Caucus Kickoff with special guest, former US Senator Mo Cowan. 

02/22/2017 Natick Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 22, 7 PM
Natick Town Hall, 13 E. Central Street, Natick MA 01760 3rd Floor Training Room
For more information visit http://www.natickdems.org/[back]

*02/23/2017 Watertown Dems Meeting with Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim

Thursday, February 23, 7:30 PM
Lower Hearing Room of the Watertown Town Hall, 149 Main Street, Watertown.
Monthly meeting of Watertwon Democratic Town Committee. 
Contact watertowndems@gmail.com[back]

02/27/2017 Ludlow Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Monday, February 27, 7 PM
Ludlow High School, 500 Chapin Street
For more info contact LDTC Chair Jake Oliveira at jake.oliveira@gmail.com. 

03/04/2017 Ludlow Democratic Town Committee Annual Breakfast

Saturday, March 4, 9:30 AM
Villa Rose Restaurant 1428 Center St, Ludlow, MA 01056
For more info contact LDTC Chair Jake Oliveira at jake.oliveira@gmail.com. 

03/04/2017 Policy Summit with State Senator Julian Cyr

Saturday, March 4, 1 – 5 PM
Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA 02668
This is the rescheduled date for this event. More info: meaghan@juliancyr.com. RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/policy-summit-with-state-senator-julian-cyr-tickets-30530092328[back]

*03/04/2017 Yarmouth Dems Meeting

Saturday, March 4, 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:4/15, 5/20, 6/17, 8/19, 9/16, 10/21, 11/18. 

03/08/2017 Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Greenwood Center dining room, 231 Maple Rd., Longmeadow
Our annual meeting when we meet in groups to discuss important issues submitted by LDTC Members. For more info email LongmeadowDemocrats@gmail.com. 

03/11/2017 Marlborough Dems City Committee Meeting

Saturday, March 11, 9:15 AM
Marlborough Library, 35 W. Main Street, Marlborough (Story Hour Room)
After the meeting, at 10:30 am, Carmine Gentile our State Rep covering W1, W2P2, W7P1, will be available to speak to his constituents. For more info see http://www.marlboroughdcc.org[back]

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 sweeney133@verizon.net. 

03/22/2017 Natick Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 22, 7 PM
Natick Town Hall, 13 E. Central Street, Natick MA 01760 3rd Floor Training Room
For more information visit http://www.natickdems.org/[back]

*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. 
CONFIRMED GUESTS: Former State Treasurer and Former DNC Chair: Steve Grossman; District Attorney: Tom Quinn; State Representative: Paul Heroux; Governors Councilor: Robert Jubinville; Mass Dems State Party Chair: Gus Bickford. 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 Elparker2@gmail.com[back]

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. 

*05/06/2017 Jefferson Jackson Dinner

Saturday, May 6
Doubletree Hilton, Rt 28, Hyannis

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. 

05/13/2017 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 garyddavis04@gmail.com. 

05/20/2017 Greater Lowell Area Democrats (GLAD) Monthly Breakfast Meeting

Saturday, May 20, 8 – 10 AM
Independence Bar & Grill/Radisson, 10 Independence Dr., Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01824
$7 requested donation to cover room and breakfast. GLAD member communities: Bedford, Billerica, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Dracut, Groton, Lowell, Pepperell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford. For more info email sweeney133@verizon.net. 

*07/08/2017 Yarmouth Dems Annual Barbecue

Saturday, July 8


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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Ideas for Committees – Choosing Your Caucus Time

The caucus window for 2017 is February 4th – April 2nd. This gives Committees a lot of flexibility. In a platform committee year, the caucus is usually fairly quick. Many committees find that it is helpful to have a committee meeting in conjunction with their caucus. The caucus has to be at a time certain so it is generally best to have the caucus first, immediately followed by a committee meeting. Sometimes committees schedule a meeting first, followed by their caucus an hour later. That is allowed, but has the disadvantage that if your meeting is quick, people are waiting for the caucus to start. Additionally, if non-members come at the published time for the caucus, they may not be aware of a meeting that they might otherwise have attended. 
- notify the MDP office of your caucus NO LATER THAN January 27th. 
- eligible young people who PREREGISTER as Democrats may vote at a caucus. 
- Platform Convention is June 3rd in Lowell 
Method of Selecting Delegates: http://bit.ly/2hOPXyq 
Link to post a caucus: http://bit.ly/2hfrWQm 
Town/ward chairs http://www.massdems.org/index.php/your-party/town-and-ward-committees 
If the contact information listed is not accurate, please notify the MDP by e-mail at mmurray@massdems.org . 

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1EM Alliance (Gloucester area Democrats) -Contact kathypasq2@hotmail.com 
3rd MAD (Middlesex Area Dems) – http://3rdMAD.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/groups/3rdmad email rwallhagen@aol.com or mara@maradolan.com 
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Berkshire area – berkshires4demchange@yahoogroups.com 
Bershire Brigades – email sheila@berkshirebrigades.com 
Cape and Island Democrats – http://www.capeandislandsdemocrats.org/ email: velore20@msn.com 
College Dems of MA – http://macollegedems.org 
GLAD (Greater Lowell Area Democrats) – sweeney133@comcast.net 
Greater Blackstone Valley Dems – http://www/gbvdems.org 
Kids for Democracy – (for kids & teens) contact anitagc@kidsfordemocracy.org 
List for DTC activists – MassDemsGuide-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
Merrimack Valley Young Democrats – https://www.facebook.com/YDM.MV 
Middlesex County Democrats listserv – email MiddlesexCountyDems-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
MNWAlliance (Splika district)-AllianceDems-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
MWDems (Eldridge District) – MWDems-owner@yahoogroups.com 
North Shore Update – NorthShoreDemocraticUpdate-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
Organizing for Action – http://www.barackobama.com – Contact Marianne Rutter, mariannerutter@yahoo.comor Hanna Gerhard, hannagerhard67@gmail.com 
Plymouth County Democratic League – Facebook “Plymouth County Democratic League” contact: PCDL Chairman, John Bowes bowes3@yahoo.com 
South Shore Democratic News – contact jim@jimcantwell.com 
South Shore Democrats – http://www.SouthShoreDemocrats.org contact: newsdesk@southshoredemocrats.org 
South Shore Democratic Caucus – aliceandrob88@gmail.com 

Acton DTC – http://www.actondems.org/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/ActonDems/ email Acton_Dems-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
Amesbury DCC – https://www.facebook.com/AmesburyDems/ 
Andover DTC – http://andoverdemocrats.org/ 
Arlington DTC – http://www.arlingtondems.org/ 
Ashland DTC – http://www.ashlanddems.org 
Attleboro DTC – http://www.attleborodems.org email attleborodemocrats@gmail.com 
Auburn DTC – auburndtc@gmail.com 
Ayer DTC – http://www.ayerdems.org/ email info@ayerdems.org 
Barnstable DTC – http://barnstable-democrats.com or https://www.facebook.com/BarnstableDemocratsBedford DTC – http://www.bedforddems.org/ 
Bellingham DTC – http://www.bellinghamdems.org/ 
Belmont DTC – http://www.belmontdemocrats.org/ email: info@belmontdemocrats.org 
Beverly DTC – http://www.bevdems.org/ 
Billerica DTC – http://www.billericademocrats.com/ email: info@billericademocrats.com 
Bolton DTC – https://www.facebook.com/Bolton-Democratic-Town-Committee-125548240803071/ 
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 – http://www.brocktondems.com/ 
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/Easthamptondemsemail: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 – http://www.graftondems.org 
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 – contact@natickdems.org 
Needham DTC – https://www.facebook.com/NeedhamDems/ 
Newton DCC – http://www.newtondems.org/ email: NewtonDems@gmail.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 
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 – WbroDems-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
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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