April 24, 2020/Dispatch

DISPATCH: A Note from Kate, Special Elections, & More

Dear Democrats,

Times are tough. While some of us are staying safe at home, others are essential workers and health care professionals fighting the virus on the front lines. Everyone is experiencing this crisis differently, so take time today check in on your loved ones and thank the people that risk their lives to keep us moving forward.

I tell people that during these times, I’m helping by staying home, making donations, and working to elect Democrats. This pandemic has shown us just how important it is to have sensitive and competent leaders in office. 

That’s why we need to elect four great Democrats to the Massachusetts legislature this spring. Engaging our communities in political action is not just about asking for votes–it’s about showing compassion, providing comfort, and bringing people together. It’s about making sure that we have people in office that care about our communities during crises like this one.

Can we count on you to join us for at least one phone bank before the May 19 Election Day? Every single week, we’re adding new phone banks to talk to voters about the elections on May 19 and June 2. 

I’ve been working alongside Special Elections Coordinator, Erin Buechele, and phoning with activists from across the state in these four special elections that are happening right now and getting to know other mobilized democrats while Zoom conferencing. This is a great way to have social time with like-minded people while we are quarantining.

We’ve got incredible candidates fighting back against Trump loyalists in Taunton and Easton, the Cape, the South Shore, western Mass, and Middlesex County, but we need your help over the next 25 days to make sure we flip three seats bright blue, and protect the Democratic hold in the fourth.

Democratically yours,

Kate Donaghue


Ideas for Committees

Encourage your committee to sign up for a phone bank for a Democrat running in a district near you! There are plenty of phone banks happening over the next week, if you’re having a virtual meeting soon, ask your committee members to sign up for at least one shift before the May 19 election. If you’re not having a meeting, feel free to send out an email, but don’t be afraid to make a few follow up calls to see if people have signed up.  If you have any questions about the candidates running or phone banking, reach out to Special Elections Coordinator Erin Buechele at erin@massdems.org.

Event details:

4/25/2020 College Democrats of Massachusetts Virtual Town Hall with Congressman Joe Kennedy

Saturday, April 25, 12 PM


Join CDMA on Saturday, April 25th at noon for a virtual town hall with Congressman Kennedy. Make sure to RSVP: https://forms.gle/WYKpJ1zNLwz6rFhAA  

4/26/2020 Longmeadow Democrat of the Year Breakfast
Sunday, April 26, 9:30 AM
Twin Hills Country Club, 270 Wolf Swamp Road, Longmeadow
The Longmeadow DTC will be holding its annual Democrat of the Year Breakfast, honoring Sheriff Nick Cocchi, with U.S. Senator Ed Markey and U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III as our keynote speakers. Other notable guests include Congressman Richie Neal, State Senator Eric Lesser, State Rep. Brian Ashe, and Hampden County DA Anthony Gulluni. 

4/26/2020 Force Multiplier Online Event with Cal Cunningham, Democratic Nominee for US Senate from North Carolina
Sunday, April 26, 3 – 6 PM
Join Force Multiplier from 3-4pm OR 5-6pm for an online event with Cal Cunningham, Democrat running for US Senate in North Carolina. RSVP/donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/forcemultiplier20cunningham?refcode=BDTC  

4/26/2020 Groton Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Sunday, April 26, 4 PM
75 Hollis St, Groton, MA 01450
Contact: grotondtc@gmail.com 

4/27/2020 College Democrats of Massachusetts MA-04 Town Hall: Alan Khazei
Monday, April 27, 7 PM
Join CDMA and Congressional candidate Alan Khazei for a virtual town hall: https://www.facebook.com/events/3187702324575264/ 

4/27/2020 Conversations with Carol Doherty, Candidate for State Rep, and Friends
Monday, April 27, 7 PM
Join Carol and a special guest for a discussion and Q&A on the issues that matter most. More information at https://www.facebook.com/pg/dohertyforstaterep/  

4/29/2020 MassDems Virtual VAN Training
Wednesday, April 29, 11 AM
Contact jeremy@massdems.org for details 

4/29/2020 College Democrats of Massachusetts MA-04 Town Hall: Chris Zannetos
Wednesday, April 29, 7 PM
Join CDMA and Congressional candidate Chris Zannetos for a virtual town hall: https://www.facebook.com/events/212764946696916/ 

4/30/2020 College Democrats of Massachusetts MA-04 Town Hall: Jake Auchincloss
Thursday, April 30, 8 PM
Join CDMA and Congressional candidate Jake Auchincloss for a virtual town hall: https://www.facebook.com/events/154013815935054/ 

5/2/2020 POSTPONED: Third Middlesex Democrats Annual Breakfast
Saturday, May 2, 8 AM
Waltham Hilton Gardens Inn, 450 Totten Pond Road, Waltham
The Annual Breakfast has been postponed due to the public health emergency. A future date later this year will be announced when the governmental ban on large public meetings has been lifted. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3rdmad/members/  

5/2/2020 Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 2, 10 AM
1009 Main Street, Tewksbury

5/3/2020 POSTPONED: Wakefield DTC Breakfast – Blue 2020 Vision: What’s at Stake?
Sunday, May 3, 8:30 – 11 AM
Four Points Sheraton, One Audubon Rd, Wakefield
The Wakefield DTC will be recognizing the Wakefield Human Rights Commission. The Breakfast will be held on May 3, 2020 at Four Points Sheraton in Wakefield 8:30 am-11:30 am. Tickets are $28 Students-$15. Guests include Congressman Seth Moulton and State Senator Jason Lewis. 

5/3/2020 The Gloucester Democratic City Committee’s Annual Fundraising Brunch
Sunday, May 3, 11 AM
Elks Lodge at 97 Atlantic Road, Gloucester.
Join the Gloucester DTC during their annual fundraising brunch on Sunday, May 3rd at the Elks Lodge!  

5/3/2020 Acton DTC Monthly Meeting
Sunday, May 3, 6:15 PM
Contact actondtc@gmail.com for details.  

*5/7/2020 Immigrants’ Day (Virtually) at the State House Hosted by MIRA

Immigrants’ Day (Virtually) at the State House 2020

Immigrants’ Day (Virtually) at the State House 2020*
Thursday, May 7, 11 AM
Join MIRA for a ~45-minute speaking program with built-in digital advocacy opportunities, followed by 45-minute regional “roundtables” with legislators co-hosted by MIRA member organizations. For security, registration is required; go to http://idsh.eventbrite.com.  

5/9/2020 CANCELED: Three Towns & Two Cities Breakfast
Saturday, May 9, 9 AM
Nicholson Hall, 9 Harris Street, Newburyport 01950
8:30 AM coffee/9:30 AM breakfast. Tickets are $35 if purchased in advance and $40 when purchased at the door. For more information, contact Kathy Pasquina at kathypasq2@hotmail.com or (978) 270-0529. 

5/9/2020 Malden Democrats Monthly Meeting
Saturday, May 9, 10 – 11 AM
Irish American Club, 177 West Street, Malden
For more information, please contact Adam Weldai (Chair), adamweldai@gmail.com or (781) 264-1629. 

5/13/2020 Braintree DTC Meeting
Wednesday, May 13, 7 PM
Email kathytuffy@braintreedems.org for the link to join  

5/16/2020 Democratic State Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 16, 10 AM
DSC Meeting to elect PLEO and At-Large Delegates to the 2020 National Convention.  

5/19/2020 Pepperell DTC Meeting
Tuesday, May 19, 6:45 PM
The Lawrence Library, 15 Main St, Pepperell, MA 01463

5/19/2020 Littleton Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 PM
Littleton Town Hall, Room 230, 37 Shattuck Street, Littleton MA 01460.
Join the Littleton Democratic Town Committee for their regular business meeting. Contact Rob Hueston at rob@rghpc.com for more information.  

5/20/2020 Burlington DTC Meeting
Wednesday, May 20, 7 PM
Town Hall Annex, 25 Center Street, Burlington

*5/23/2020 Somerville Democratic City Committee Reorganization*
Saturday, May 23, 11 AM
More details will become available closer to the date. Contact Katherine.M.Wallace@gmail.com for details.  

*5/24/2020 Progressive Mass Livestream: Reproductive Rights During Covid-19 & Beyond*
Sunday, May 24, 7 PM
Join Progressive Mass and attorney Christine Bonardi for a discission about reproductive rights and the ROE Act during COVID-19. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2651214091794159/  

*6/6/2020 Young Democrats of Massachusetts 2020 Convention*
Saturday, June 6, 5 PM
Pipefitters Local 537, 40 Enterprise Street, 4th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02125
Stay tuned for more information on speakers, panels, social events, and more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1068707146812805/ 

*6/16/2020 Emerge MA 2020 Women of the Year Event*
Tuesday, June 16, 5:30 – 8 PM
Foley & Lardner LLP, 111 Huntington Ave, Boston

Foley & Lardner LLC, 111 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02199
Save the date and join us in celebrating the inspiring work of Beth Boland, Partner at Foley and Lardner LLP, and State Representative Claire Cronin. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1098963913629885/  

*6/17/2020 Bellingham DTC ‘Summer Kick-Off’ Fundraiser*
Wednesday, June 17, 6 – 9 PM
Join the Bellingham DTC for their ‘Summer Kick-Off’ fundraiser to support the committee and its scholarship fund. Hot & cold appetizers, cash bar. Tix: $20, contact Chair Kevin Tagliaferri at kevlaw2@verizon.net