April 17, 2020/Dispatch

DISPATCH: DNC District Caucus by Mail, Town Halls, & More!

Dear Democrats,

I hope you’re staying healthy and safe and staying home as much as possible during this crisis. While things are just starting to look up for many, Massachusetts is in the middle of a surge of COVID-19 cases and we must continue to take this threat seriously.

Right now, we’re at the cross section of a global pandemic and the most important election of our lives. Democrats have been working hard to continue talking to voters and building coalitions, all while giving people the time and resources they need to deal with an unprecedented health crisis. If anything, the past month has shown us just how important it is that we find new, safe ways to continue our work during this pandemic.

To keep democracy moving forward, the MassDems are holding caucuses to elect district delegates to the Democratic National Convention completely by mail. No one should have to risk their health to cast a ballot, and we should be making it easier–not harder–to engage with our Party during this crisis. So, instead of meeting for congressional district caucuses at the end of this month, Democrats have until April 22 to request a ballot for candidates for delegate in their district. They’ll have until May 4 to complete and send back their ballots. Click here to request your ballot. 

The Democratic National Convention is where Democrats talk about our vision for a stronger, more united America, and launch Joe Biden to victory in November. You can make your voice heard at this historic event by choosing who you want to represent you in Milwaukee this August–so request your ballot before April 22!

As always, remember to send your virtual events to events@massdems.org and have a safe and healthy weekend!

All the best,

Allison Mitchell
MassDems Communications Manager

(P.S. There are still 4 special elections happening this spring! Click here to view phone banks for next week.)

Ideas for Committees

With the reorganization window behind us, there are a few things new chairs and treasurers should remember to do before their next meeting:

  • Update your Statement of Organization with the MassDems, OCPF, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, and your local clerk. Instructions for filing can be found at the top at the form, and you can submit it to the MassDems at contact@massdems.org.
  • Review your by-laws and the Chairs Manual. Reach out to former officers for a copy of their local by-laws. If your committee is completely new, the Model By-Laws (Appendix D of the Chair’s Manual) are in effect for your committee until you’re able to set your own.
  • Request Votebuilder. Don’t forget to request Votebuilder or update who the Admin is for your committee.

More information can be found at massdems.org/reorgtoolkit, and feel free to call the MassDems at (617) 939-0800, or email contact@massdems.org with any other questions, comments or concerns you may have.

Event details:

4/18/2020 Grafton Dems Socially Distant Coffee Hour

Saturday, April 18, 9 – 10 AM


Informal social event, generally the third Saturday of the month. Come chat about politics and other topics with fellow Democrats.RSVP to chair@graftondemocrats.com for Zoom meeting link.  

*4/18/2020 3rd Middlesex Democrats Meeting with State Committeeman Rep. Ken Gordon and State Committeewoman Mara Dolan*
Saturday, April 18, 11 AM
Newly elected Democratic State Committee members Mara Dolan and Ken Gordon are hosting a meeting with important information about the State Committee, local and state issues, and the up-coming national election. Submit your questions in advance to Ms. Dolan at MaraMDolan@gmail.com.  

4/18/2020 Young Democrats of Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus: COVID-19 Town Hall
Saturday, April 18, 12 PM
Meet YDMA Black Caucus and Latino Caucus members and hear from elected officials about their work and how COVID-19 is impacting black and brown communities. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/148461123218238/ 

*4/18/2020 College Democrats of Massachusetts Virtual Town Hall with Senator Ed Markey*
Saturday, April 18, 4 PM
Join CDMA on Saturday the 18th at 4:00 for a virtual town hall with Senator Markey. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/RsvRCicLPbpcgnZm7 

4/19/2020 College Democrats of Massachusetts Spring Convention
Sunday, April 19, 1 PM
Join College Democrats of Massachusetts for their annual Spring Convention held digitally at Zoom University on April 19! RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2wtVRi6 

4/20/2020 Conversations with Carol Doherty, Candidate for State Rep, and Friends
Monday, April 20, 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/  

*4/21/2020 Athol DTC Reorganization Meeting*
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 PM
Contact mrgrosky@msn.com for details. 

*4/21/2020 Becket DTC Reorganization Meeting*
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 PM
Contact tommielou9@aol.com for details. 

*4/21/2020 Mashpee DTC Reorganization*
Tuesday, April 21, 7 PM
Contact Mashpee Dems at https://www.facebook.com/MashpeeDems/  

4/22/2020 MassDems Virtual VAN Training
Wednesday, April 22, 11 AM
Contact jeremy@massdems.org for details 

*4/22/2020 Force Multiplier’s Conversation with Governor Deval Patrick*
Wednesday, April 22, 5 PM
A community conversation with Massachusetts’ own Governor Deval Patrick. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2Kc46Tf 

*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, 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.  

5/9/2020 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

5/31/2020 Groton DTC Meeting
Sunday, May 31, AM