December 28, 2018/Dispatch

New Year’s Edition

Greetings from Kate and Matt
Dear Democrats,

As we go into the New Year, it is a time of reflection. I have been thinking about this past year and the upcoming year. I am looking forward to having a Democratic Congress. The successes we had were in large part because of grassroots activism across the country. We can make a difference.

We make a difference because people decide to give of themselves. Use this “down time” to think about what you can personally do to make a difference this coming year. After the election in 2016 I was regularly approached by people asking how they could make a difference. The points I made are as valid now as they were then. Check out the list below.

Democratically yours,

Kate Donaghue

PS Please be sure that you use the DDemDispatch-owner e-mail address when sending in events. And please keep in mind that Matt and I work hard to try to get the most up to date information, but sometimes things change or there is a miscommunication. Check with the organizer or the website if you see something that looks wrong.

Political Activism in These Troubling Times
Contact your legislators and other legislators
Contact friends and relatives represented by Republicans
Support the free press; pay to subscribe
Register as a Democrat

Cities have municipal elections in 2019; town elections in the spring
Run for office, help others run for office, donate to elected officials
Builds for the future: the bench, local leaders, campaign skills
Legislative and presidential elections in 2020

City, town and ward committees
Delegate selection and state Convention

Choose an issue that you are passionate about
Get involved with a progressive organization
Reproductive freedom, climate change, immigrant rights and civil rights

Not a time for middle ground
Friends and neighbors
Rallies, meetings and marches
Google “online voter registration ma”

Request for Events for the Democratic Dispatch
As the year comes to a close and people are scheduling out events for the next calendar year, please consider submitting them to the Democratic Dispatch and the Mass Dems calendar. If your committee or Democratic organization meets on a regular basis, please consider sending events in now. Please send the dates for the year. It’s better to send the actual dates, along with information such as, “The Anytown DTC meets on the first Monday of the month, except July and December.” Send events to We are transitioning to work in partnership with the MDP.

You Have to Laugh Occasionally – Edited by Matt Shear
Tea Pain – We currently have an “acting” Chief of Staff, an “acting” Attorney General and an “acting” Secretary of Defense, but what we don’t have is anyone “acting” like a President.
Rocky Mountain Mike – We don’t need to put Trump behind prison walls. Big, beautiful steel slats will do.
Top Conservative Cat – BREAKING: President Trump visits Iraq after hearing they don’t have an extradition treaty with US.

Event details:

12/28/2018 Jimmy Tingle Stand Up: Why Would a Comedian Run for Office? Wellfleet

Friday, December 28, 7:30 PM
Wellfleet Preservation Hall 335 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA

From Jimmy Tingle:
As many of you know, I am transitioning off of the campaign trail and back to live performing where my politics will still take center stage with my newest show: Jimmy Tingle Stand Up: Why Would a Comedian Run for Office? This show helps explain, in a very funny way, what motivated me to run for LT Governor and how and why I aspire to stay involved.

Tickets $20.

12/29/2018 Holiday Cheers Event for District Attorney Joe Early

Saturday, December 29, 9 – 11 AM
El Basha Restaurante, 256 Park Avenue, Worcester

Please join us for an event honoring District Attorney Jospeh D. Early, Jr.
Suggested contribution $35. Children Welcome as guests.
Please RSVP to

12/29/2018 Vesna Nuon for Lowell City Council Holiday Party

Saturday, December 29, 7 – 11:30 PM
Sompao Meas Restaurant, 450 Chelmsford St., Lowell, MA 01851

Cost: $30 covers food, live band and contribution to the Vesna Nuon Committee. Additional contributions are encouraged. Donate online at

12/29/2018 Jimmy Tingle Stand Up: Why Would a Comedian Run for Office? Beverly

Saturday, December 29, 8 PM
The Cabot, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

From Jimmy Tingle:
As many of you know, I am transitioning off of the campaign trail and back to live performing where my politics will still take center stage with my newest show: Jimmy Tingle Stand Up: Why Would a Comedian Run for Office? This show helps explain, in a very funny way, what motivated me to run for LT Governor and how and why I aspire to stay involved.

Tickets $28.50 to $53.50.

*01/01/2019 Somerville Democrats New Year’s Day Open House*

Tuesday, January 1, Noon – 3 PM
Private residence in Somerville. Address provided upon RSVP

Join host Diane Masters anytime between Noon and 3pm on New Years Day to celebrate the year ahead with food and drinks, and to connect with fellow Somerville Democrats. Children welcome. If you can, please bring something to share. RSVP at

*01/03/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Member Mingle*

Thursday, January 3, 7 PM
Hibernian Hall, 105 Federal St., Lynn, MA 01905

Join LDCC for coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and conversation to celebrate the Blue Wave on the day the 116th Congress is sworn in. Please bring your favorite cookies, or leftover Holiday desserts to share. LDCC will provide the beverages. Wear Blue! RSVP (not required, but helpful) to Marissa Walsh: or Agnes Ricko:; 781-599-9347.

*01/04/2019 Champagne Toast and Fundraiser for Representative Lindsay Sabadosa*

Friday, January 4, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
THELō Home & Modern Wellness- 153 Main Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

Champagne Toast and Fundraiser for Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire District.
Share in a toast to a progressive 2019! Light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation is $75, but all are welcome!

RSVP and info on Facebook:

*01/05/2019 Amesbury Democratic City Committee Meeting*

Saturday, January 5, 9 AM
Amesbury Senior Center 68 Elm Street Amesbury


01/05/2019 Office Open House with Reps. Maria Robinson & Jack Patrick Lewis

Saturday, January 5, 9:30 AM – Noon
9 Vernon St, Framingham, MA 01701

Please join Representatives Maria Robinson and Jack Patrick Lewis for the Grand Opening of their new local office. Maria and Jack are excited to expand opportunities to engage with the community through this office. Please stop by for conversation and refreshments! For more see

*01/06/2019 Acton Boxborough Democratic Post Holiday Gathering*

Sunday, January 6, 4 – 6 PM
Red Raven in Acton (Route 2A at Nagog Pond), 3 Nagog Park, Acton

Let’s celebrate the coming year at the annual Acton Boxborough holiday party. Come one, come all – bring your neighbors, friends and Democrats of all ages. Why, even invite Independents and Republicans!
We will provide appetizers and there will be a cash bar with the Red Raven’s extensive offerings.## Immediately following the gathering at 6 PM there will be a short regular business meeting of the Acton Democratic Town Committee.

01/07/2019 Waltham Dems Ring in the New Year Gathering

Monday, January 7, 6 – 8 PM
Cafe on the Common, 677 Main St, Waltham, MA

Join us to kick off the New Year by reconnecting with local politicians and friends after the holidays! Hosted annually originally by, and now in memory of, Karen O’Donnell.
For more information contact or visit

01/07/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting

Monday, January 7, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA

The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance generally meets the first Monday of every month.
Contact Paul Yorkis to confirm or if you are planning on dining at 6:00 pm.

*01/08/2019 Ricardo Arroyo, Three Kings Day Party*

Tuesday, January 8, 6 – 8 PM
Delicias Restaurant 635 Hyde Park Ave in Roslindale

You’re Invited to our Three Kings Day Party!
$50 Minimum Suggested Donation.

Please join us as we celebrate Three Kings Day while supporting Ricardo’s historic campaign for Boston City Council District 5!

*01/08/2019 Quincy Democratic City Committee Monthly Meeting*

Tuesday, January 8, 6:15 PM
NAGE Office Building, 159 Burgin Parkway, Quincy, MA 02169

All are welcome to attend. The building is handicap accessible. For any additional accessibility questions or concerns, please send a direct Facebook message to

01/08/2019 Wrentham Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 8, 7 – 9 PM
Wrentham Council On Aging, 400 Taunton St, Wrentham

Come on down – voters (and soon to be voters) are welcome!
Monthly meeting to help Democrats get elected.

See for more information.

01/08/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Tuesday, January 8, 7 – 8:45 PM
Thayer Public Library, Program Room, 798 Washington Street, Braintree, MA. 02184

Help Braintree Dems recruit and support candidates to run in the 2019 local election.

01/08/2019 Boxford Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 8, 7 PM
Boxford Town Hall, 7A Spofford Road, Boxford, MA 01921

A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation on Ranked Choice Voting by a speaker from The presentation will include an explanation of the process and then a mock election. For further information contact: Ken Thompson, or 978-502-2078.

01/08/2019 Billerica Town Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 8, 7 PM
Room 210, Billerica Town Hall, 365 Boston Road, Billerica

Contact for more information.

01/09/2019 Sudbury Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 9, 7 – 9 PM
Sudbury Grange Hall, 326 Concord Road, Sudbury MA 01776

First meeting of the New Year for the Sudbury Democratic Town Committee. On the agenda: plans for committee activities in 2019, legislative recommendations to State Senate and House of Representatives, fundraising, 2019 dues, reconstitution of the committee. Meeting is open to public and all are invited. Handicap accessible. For more information contact John Riordan, Chair, at

*01/09/2019 Swampscott Dems Meeting*

Wednesday, January 9, 7 PM
Swampscott Senior Center, 200R Essex Street, Swampscott

Special guest Kate Donaghue, DNC.
Contact: Debbie Friedlander, Chair,

01/09/2019 Arlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Wednesday, January 9, 7:15 PM
Main Upstairs Room, Arlington Senior Center, 27 Maple St., Arlington

Our State Senator, Cindy Friedman, will be our guest speaker. All interested Democrats are cordially invited. For more information, visit or, or call Chair Aimee Coolidge at 781-646-5339.

01/10/2019 Plymouth Dems Holiday Party

Thursday, January 10, 7 – 9 PM
Second Wind Brewing Company, 7 Howland Street, Plymouth

PDTC Holiday Party! Please bring your favorite holiday treat or appetizer to share! Cash Bar. We are looking forward to celebrating with you at this locally owned business in downtown Plymouth!

01/12/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats Meeting

Saturday, January 12, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford

$7 requested donation per attendee to cover room and breakfast.
Contact Christopher Jenkins at for more information.

*01/12/2019 Concord Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Saturday, January 12, 10 AM
Fowler Library, 1322 Main St., Concord, MA 01742

All are welcome to the Concord Democratic Town Committee’s first meeting of 2019. Topic: Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good For America. Tufts University Economics Professor Gilbert (Gib) Metcalf will discuss his new book, which examines the very real economic and social costs of climate change and the challenges of concerted action to reduce future losses due to damages of higher temperatures and more extreme weather. He makes the case in the book for a national carbon tax, addresses common objections, and describes how it could be designed in ways to ensure we meet long-term emission reduction goals. Link:

01/14/2019 Wayland Democratic Town Committee Meeting

Monday, January 14, 6:30 – 9 PM
110 Grill, 171 Commonwealth Road (at Rt. 30 & 27), Wayland MA 01778

Gather at 6:30 PM for socializing, meeting convenes at 7:00 after food orders are placed. Guest speakers to be announced. RSVP to WDTC Chair Matt Shear at

01/14/2019 Franklin Democratic Committee Meeting

Monday, January 14, 7 – 9 PM
23 Hutchinson St, Franklin, MA 02038

The Franklin Democratic Town Committee meets on the second Monday of every month. More information at or

*01/15/2019 Pepperell DTC Meeting*

Tuesday, January 15, 6:45 PM
Charles Lawrence Library

Contact: .

*01/15/2019 Upton Dems Meeting*

Tuesday, January 15, 7 PM
United Parish 1 Church St Upton

For information contact: .

01/15/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting

Tuesday, January 15, 7 PM
Tatnuck Booksellers, 18 Lyman St. Westborough

Monthly meeting of Westborough Democratic Town Committee. Regular meeting date is the third Tuesday of every month. Contact .

*01/17/2019 Shrewsbury Democrats Post-Holiday Party*

Thursday, January 17, 6:30 – 8 PM
Address provided upon RSVP to

Join your fellow Shrewsbury Democrats at the Shrewsbury Democratic Town Committee’s Annual Post-Holiday Party. Come and enjoy one another’s company, celebrate a House of Representatives in Democratic hands, and meet some new Democrats. Democratic Town Committee members are asked to bring an appetizer, dessert, or beverage (let us know what you’ll be bringing with your RSVP). New participants are welcome.

01/17/2019 Carlisle Dems Meeting

Thursday, January 17, 7 PM
Gleason Library, 22 Bedford Street, Carlisle

*01/19/2019 2019 Boston Women’s March: Until All Voices Are Heard*

Saturday, January 19, 10 AM – 2 PM
Boston Common, Charles St. Boston MA 02108

This event is sponsored by a coalition of intersection feminist organizations as part of a worldwide day of action. 2019 Boston Women’s March Honorary Chair: Ayanna Pressley. See

*01/19/2019 South Coast Women’s March and Weekend of Women*

Saturday, January 19, Noon – 2 PM
Custom House Square, 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740

The weekend of women kicks off with a women’s film festival, Luna Fest, at the Zeiteron Theatre on the evening of Friday, January 18. The march will be held in New Bedford on Saturday January 19. Forums will be held in the morning, and the march starts at noon. All are welcome.

01/22/2019 Dartmouth DTC Meeting

Tuesday, January 22, 7 PM
Dartmouth Town Hall Room 304, 400 Slocum Road, Dartmouth. MA

Please email with any questions.
Future meeting: 2/26.

01/23/2019 Bay State Stonewall Democrats Annual General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 – 9 PM
Boston Area Location TBD
Inclement Weather Date: Wednesday, January 30th

Election of Board Members and Officers and other business to be put before all dues-paying members of the Bay State Stonewall Democrats. For more info see or contact

*01/27/2019 Groton Dems Meeting*

Sunday, January 27, 4 PM
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street, Groton

All Democrats and friends are welcome at our meetings. For more information contact:

*01/29/2019 Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Annual Meeting & Reception*

Tuesday, January 29, 5:30 – 7 PM
Suffolk University School of Law, 5th Floor, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

Attendees can meet MWPC Board members to learn more about the many benefits to joining our organization, which include up close and personal access to thought leaders shaping business and policy-making in Massachusetts. For more info see

01/30/2019 Inside A Detention Center – Immigration Stories and Q&A

Wednesday, January 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Sons Of Italy 120 Quarry St, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169

Hosted by South Shore Young Democrats and OR Weymouth.
In 2018, two members of South Shore Young Democrats spent a week in Dilley, TX at an immigration detention center helping families seeking asylum in the US.
First portion of the event will include our two members sharing their first-hand experience of what goes on in these institutions.
The second portion of the event will be a Q&A with an expert panel, including: (1) a community activist organization – Liza Ryan from MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition.
(2) a legal expert – Liz Goss of Goss & Associates, Immigration law firm
(3) a legislative expert (TBD)

02/04/2019 DSC Meeting

Monday, February 4, 6 PM
Location: Second Congressional District.

Watch for details and exact location.

*02/11/2019 Lowell Democratic City Committee Meeting*

Monday, February 11, 7 PM
East End Club, 15 West Fourth Street, Lowell

Contact Judith Durant at for more information.

*02/16/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats Meeting*

Saturday, February 16, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford

$7 requested donation per attendee to cover room and breakfast.
Contact Christopher Jenkins at for more information.

03/30/2019 Attleboro 22nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Democratic Spring Unity Brunch

Saturday, March 30, 9 AM
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 N Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

This event is hosted annually by the Attleboro Democratic City Committee. This event is open to the public. Join together with city & town committee members for a morning of good food and conversation with like-minded folks. Confirmed to Date: Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux, State Rep Jim Hawkins, Secretary of State Bill Galvin, State Senators Becca Rausch & Paul Feeney, and Governor’s Councilor Bob Jubinville. Tickets will be available at the door or purchased in advance by mailing a check payable to: Attleboro Democratic City Committee, c/o Jackie Romaniecki, Treasurer, 120 Augsburg Dr., Attleboro, MA 02703.

For further information contact Ellen Parker at 508-222-3062 or

04/06/2019 DSC Meeting

Saturday, April 6
Location: Ninth Congressional District.

Watch for details and exact location.

*06/30/2019 Groton DTC Meeting*

Legion Hall


08/24/2019 DSC Meeting

Saturday, August 24
Location: First Congressional District.

Watch for details and exact location.

11/13/2019 DSC Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 6 PM
Location: Eighth Congressional District.

Watch for details and exact location.