June 24, 2019/Weekly Column

Debate Week; New Summer Events

Greetings from Kate
Dear Democrats, 

One of my favorite parts of my Democratic volunteer activities is working with the High School Democrats of America (HSDA). Over the many years that I have worked on campaigns, I have seen so many young people accomplish so much in leadership roles when they were given the opportunities to do so. HSDA is unique in my experience with High School organizations in that it is truly student run and student led.  

As we begin the summer and students have time off from school, this is a great opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in politics. Here in Massachusetts, we are privileged to be able to take part in our first in the nation primary, just over the state line in NH! Massachusetts folks, including high school students, are in a position to meet candidates face to face. I encourage readers who are out of High School to encourage interested students to seek out a campaign or political organization of interest to them. Here’s a link to the High School Democrats of America national website: https://hsdems.org/ .  

Thanks to everyone who has started using the new address for events. Because the MassDems work on more of a business hours schedule, it will be best to get your events in by 5 pm on Thursday. Please see below for information on how to submit events under our new joint system. 

Democratically yours, 

Kate Donaghue 

PS Please be sure that you use the events@massdems.org e-mail address when sending in events. And please keep in mind that we 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. 

 

Ideas for Committees – Debate Watch Party Updated Information
Last week, an idea for your Democratic Committee was to host a debate watch party on either of the two evenings (6/26 and 6/28. Or you can do both.) Debate watch parties are an easy way to bring new people into your committee. Committee members can reach out to friends and family members to join. The DNC will also post your party’s information on their website– just email events@massdems.org with the date, time, location, RSVP phone and email, and any other information you’d like to provide. Once the event is online, the DNC will send you a toolkit on hosting a debate watch party. You can also use https://www.mobilize.us/dnc/event/create/ to post an event directly to the DNC events page.  

Update: Submitting Events to Dispatch
The Massachusetts Democratic Party will be partnering with me on issuing the Democratic Dispatch. It is our hope that the first issue that is sent out by them will be the June 28th issue. Towards that end please keep the following in mind: 
– Please send information to events@massdems.org. This is the best way to get your events listed. 
– If you have a mailing list that you use for events, please include events@massdems.org on your mailing list. As time permit we will look for appropriate events to include.  
– I will continue to look at my facebook invitations and my personal email for events to include, but I anticipate having less time to do this in the future. 
– Please do not use Matt’s personal email address for events (shalias2@mac.com). 
NOTE: If you want your event listed on the MassDems calendar as well, you pretty much need to include an end time for your event. IF you want an event in the Dispatch, but not the MassDems, please say so. Thanks for your patience with this transition. 

Event details:

06/21/2019 City Councilor Brian LaPierre Fiesta de Lynn Kick-off
Friday, June 21, 5 – 8 PM
291 Jenness Street, Lynn
Food, friends and fun. Tacos, chips, salsa, dips, beverages. Suggested donation is $25 per person. Donate at http://bit.ly/lapierreforlynn2019 

06/22/2019 Manisha Bewtra for Melrose Mayor Breakfast 
Saturday, June 22, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Bewtra household, 330 Grove St., Melrose, MA 02176
Following breakfast, we will be canvassing! Training will be provided. All ages and abilities welcome. Getting kids involved in campaigns is a great way to teach civic engagement. There are steps at the entrance of the house; if accommodations are needed please contact 781-462-1570 or committee@manishaformelrose.com

06/22/2019 Sterling Democrats Summer Picnic – Keynote Speaker: Jim McGovern
Saturday, June 22, 11 AM – 3 PM
Barre Falls Dam, Rte. 62, Hubbardston, MA
Speaking program begins at 12:30 PM. Congressman Jim McGovern will speak about the Green New Deal. 
We are welcoming committees close and far to join us. The theme is environmental issues including the preservation of our federal lands, so we will be serving plant based food but you are welcome to bring your own lunches and food to cook on the grills. The area is handicapped accessible with a covered picnic area, grills and ample seating. Dogs are welcome but on 6 ft leashes and pick up bags are requested. There is a 19 hole frisbee golf course, a volleyball court, a horseshoe court along with incredible trails over the 500 plus acres. This is federal land so all federal laws apply. Car pooling is also strongly encouraged. 
For more info see https://www.facebook.com/events/418437375650189/ and any questions please contact Fionuala Dullea at griffonlula@gmail.com 978-333-2348. 

06/22/2019 Merrimack Valley Young Dems Meeting
Saturday, June 22, 3 PM
El Taller at 275 Essex Street in Lawrence

06/22/2019 Senator Ed Markey’s Green New Deal Town Hall – Cape Cod
Saturday, June 22, 3 – 4:30 PM
The Cape Playhouse, 820 Main Street (Route 6A), Dennis, MA 02638
Doors open at 2:30pm 
Senator Ed Markey invites you to join him at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis for a town hall discussion on the Green New Deal and more. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/senator-markey-green-new-deal-town-hall-cape-cod-tickets-62892825133 

06/22/2019 Meredith’s Campaign Kickoff for Braintree Town Council
Saturday, June 22, 5 PM
Home of Meredith and Will Boericke 59 Hobart Avenue Braintree, MA
Please join us for a celebration of Meredith’s Braintree Town Council Campaign Kickoff! 
RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/meredithbkickoff 
Seniors and children free entry. 
Suggested donations: $25 and up. 

*06/23/2019 Michelle Wu Campaign Kickoff and Ice Cream Social*
Sunday, June 23, 2 – 4 PM
Adams Park in Roslindale
All are invited to stop by for ice cream sundaes and conversation. There will be lawn signs, information on how to help, and a special giveaway planned for the kids. Family and friends are welcome! 

RSVP: anthony@michelleforboston.com or (617) 942-1379 Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/465705970861732/ 

*06/23/2019 Annual Framingham Democratic BBQ*
Sunday, June 23, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
the home of Phil Ottaviani, 630 Salem End Road, Framingham
UPDATE: Do NOT park at the UCC. Parking has been arranged at the Sons of Mary Missionary Society 567 Salem End Rd (directly across from Phil’s driveway). Those with HP plates or placard are welcome to park in Phil’s driveway on the Salem End Rd side of the curve at Badger and Salem End. 
Serving ribs, chicken, burgers and dogs. Appetizers and dessert donations are welcome. 
State officials and candidates will speak about 6:30, followed by local officials and candidates, then dessert and more socializing. 
Suggested donation is $5.00. For more info email Framigham.Democrats@gmail.com

06/24/2019 Fundraiser for Joe Petty, Mayor of Worcester
Monday, June 24, 5:30 PM
El Basha Restaurante, 256 Park Avenue, Worcester
The Committee to Re-Elect Joe Petty invites you to an event in honor of Joe Petty, Mayor of the City of Worcester. Suggested Donation: $125, $250, $500. RSVP 508-799-4332 or petty4mayor@gmail.com.  

*06/24/2019 An Event in Support of Maura Healey*
Monday, June 24, 5:30 PM
Brewer’s Fork, 7 Moulton Ave., Charlestown, MA 02129
Suggested Contribution: $125, $250, $500, $1000. To donate via secure contribution please visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/20190624_charlestown 

*06/24/2019 GBYD: June Chapter Meeting*
Monday, June 24, 6 – 8 PM
WeWork 31 St. James Ave 6th Fl, Boston, MA 02116
Join the Greater Boston Young Democrats for their June Chapter meeting where they discuss all things summer and what they’ll be doing during primary season for Boston municipal races.  
Tickets and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/818688765198363/ 

06/24/2019 Medicare for All: Join Senator Jamie Eldridge at Sterling Dems
Monday, June 24, 6:30 – 8:15 PM
Butterick Blding Rm 205, 1 Park St., Sterling, MA 01564
State Senator Jamie Eldridge will discuss Medicare for All at 7:00 PM. We are also having a personal hygiene products drive this night for the Wachusett Food Pantry, so come with toothpaste, shampoo etc … in hand and get to meet and listen to this great Senator. 

06/24/2019 Getting to the Point on Education Reform in the Commonwealth
Monday, June 24, 6:30 – 8 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, 210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
State and local leaders will discuss the challenges posed by the current state education funding formula and proposals for reform that meet the needs of students and families throughout Massachusetts. Moderated by Steve Brown, State House Reporter/Anchor for WBUR 90.9 FM, the discussion will feature: 
• State Senator Jason Lewis, 5th Middlesex, Chair, Joint Committee on Education 
• State Representative Alice Peisch, 14th Norfolk, Chair, Joint Committee on Education 
• Colin Jones, Senior Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center 
• James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
• Dr. Lorna Rivera, Director, Gastón Inst. for Latino Community Development & Public Policy, Assoc. Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at U Mass Boston, and Boston School Committee member 
This event is free but you must register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-to-the-point-on-education-reform-in-the-commonwealth-tickets-62069574769 

06/24/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting
Monday, June 24, 7 PM
Plymouth Center for the Arts
Meetings are generally held at 7pm on the last Monday of each month at Plymouth Center for the Arts. Due to ongoing renovations at the Center for the Arts, please make sure to check emails and our facebook page for any changes to the location of these monthly meetings Remaing meetings for 2019: 7/29, 8/26, 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16. 

*06/24/2019 Northborough Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Monday, June 24, 7 PM
Northborough Free Library conference room, 34 Main St., Northborough, MA 01532
Guest speaker Shannon Liss-Riordan is on the agenda, from 7:30 to 8:00 PM. Contact: Janet Cason at janetqcason@verizon.net. If you have never been to the Northborough library, email Janet for directions and use “Library Directions” in the subject line. GPS directions are incorrect. 

*06/24/2019 Marjorie Decker Community Town Hall*
Monday, June 24, 7 – 9 PM
Cambridge Cohousing,175 Richdale Avenue, Cambridge
Representative Decker will be hosting a discussion on her work at the State House, her legislative priorities, and her work as House Chair of the Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery Committee. She is looking forward to hearing what’s on your mind and about the issues that matter most to you. 
Questions or concerns: marjorie.decker@mahouse.gov or 617-722-2060  

06/25/2019 Holyoke Democratic City Committee Summer Cocktail Reception 
Tuesday, June 25, 5 – 7 PM
The Wherehouse, 109 Lyman St., Holyoke, MA 01040
Honoring Former Speaker David M. Bartley – Lifetime Achievement and Mayor Alex B. Morse – Democrat of the Year. Tickets: $30.00 at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/hdccreception6-25 
More info at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/595045740978253/ or contact HDCC Chair Ray Drewnowski at  rmpd0512@gmail.com

*06/25/2019 Women for Shannon Liss-Riordan*
Tuesday, June 25, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Democracy Brewing at 35 Temple Place in Boston
Reception in support of Shannon Liss-Riordan, candidate for US Senate. Suggested donations: $250, $500, $1000, $2800.  
RSPVP: Sophia Fox at sophia@shannonforsenate.com 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/348575239192145/ 

*06/25/2019 Making Political Campaigns Accessible Workshop*
Tuesday, June 25, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Northeastern Crossing 1175 Tremont St, Roxbury, Massachusetts 02120
Join the YDMA Disability Caucus for a conversation on inclusivity on political campaigns, led by Cheryl Cumings (Chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Disability Outreach Subcommittee) with assistance from Melissa Schapero (YDMA Disability Caucus vice chair). Participation in this workshop can be in person or virtually via Zoom. There will also be live captioning. 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2230218793727537/ 

06/25/2019 State Rep. Mike Connolly’s Summer Event 2019
Tuesday, June 25, 6 – 8 PM
Workbox, 45 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Food, soft drinks, beer, and wine will be available. Brief speaking program to begin at 6:30 pm. Contributions to the Committee to Elect Mike Connolly greatly appreciated (www.MikeConnolly.org/contribute). All are welcome to attend, regardless of ability to contribute. https://www.facebook.com/events/262780597903083/ 

*06/25/2019 Women for Etel for Worcester*
Tuesday, June 25, 6 – 8 PM
Padavano’s Place, 358 Shrewsbury St.,Worcester
Please join Worcester-area women to support Etel Haxhiaj in her bid for at-large City Council. Special guests include Rep Mary Keefe and Councilor Saria Rivera. 
Entertainment by Lucelia DeJesus. 
Suggested Contribution: $25, $50, $100, $250. 
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/etel 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/473093820126727/ 

06/25/2019 Emerge Women of the Year
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 – 8 PM
Foley and Lardner, 111 Huntington Avenue, Boston
We are excited to announce our 2019 Women of the Year honorees District Attorney Rachael Rollins and District Attorney Andrea Harrington! 
Join us on as we honor two incredible Emerge Massachusetts alumnae. 
Suggested donation: $100 and up. 
https://bit.ly/2Xj8ip0 

06/25/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee
Tuesday, June 25, 7 PM
Community Room, 135 Lafayette Street, Salem
Contact: James Willis, Chair, salemdemscc@gmail.com 

06/26/2019 An Evening with State Senator Becca Rausch
Wednesday, June 26, 6 – 8 PM
6B Lounge, 6 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108
Please join YDMA Jewish Caucus and Young Democrats of Massachusetts and meet Senator Rausch, currently serving the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1997212777050771/ 

06/26/2019 Senator Nick Collins’s June Fundraising Reception
Wednesday, June 26, 6 – 8 PM
Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Avenue, South Boston Seaport
Please join Senator Nick Collins at his June Fundraising Reception! 
Donations: $100, $250, $500, $1,000. 
RSVP https://secure.actblue.com/donate/nickcollinsjune2019exchange# 

*06/26/2019 Senator DiDomenico’s Annual Birthday Fundraiser*
Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Kowloon Restaurant 948 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906
Come support for Senator Sal DiDomenico and celebrate a great night with friends. Bring family and friends and share with your network!  
Suggested donation: $100, $250, $500, $1000. 
Contributions: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/sal-didomenico-1 
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2272108412865616/ 
Contact: (617) 387-3327 www.senatordidomenico.com 

06/26/2019 Debate Watch Party in Arlington
Wednesday, June 26, 8 – 11 PM
Common Ground Function Room, 319 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474 
All interested Democrats are cordially invited. For more information, visit https://arlingtondems.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/adtcma, or call Chair Aimee Coolidge at 781-646-5339. 

*06/26/2019 Walpole Dems Debate Watch Party*
Wednesday, June 26, 8 PM
Mick Morgan’s, 973 Providence Hwy, Sharon, MA 02067
Preceded by a meeting of the Walpole Democratic Town Committee at 6:30. 
Both will be in the back, private dining room. For more see https://www.facebook.com/events/609266292900914/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/2283790815044041/ 

*06/26/2019 Natick DTC Monthly Meeting/Debate Watch Party*
Wednesday, June 26, 8 – 11 PM
Private Home in Natick
Given that the first debate is the same night, the June Natick Democratic Town Committee meeting at will be held at the home of Carol Gloff. They will watch the debate and have a (brief) committee meeting. 
RSVP required: https://www.facebook.com/events/853376011728273/ 
Questions: Carol Gloff at cagloff@comcast.net or 508-651-3026. 

*06/26/2019 GBYD Democratic Debates: Night One*
Wednesday, June 26, 8:30 – 11 PM
Democracy Brewing 35 Temple Pl Boston, MA 02111
The Greater Boston Young Dems, Young Dems of MA, Mass Dems, and Stonewall Dems are hosting a watch night for both debates.  
Attendance limited, sign up for night one here:  
https://www.facebook.com/events/670697660060566/ 
Questions: greater_boston@ydma.org 

*06/26/2019 Democratic Debate Watch Party in Wellfleet*
Wednesday, June 26, 8:30 – 11 PM
Watch the debate in a Wellfleet home. Cheer on the Dems, enjoy light refreshments, and practice Ranked Choice Voting. 
Sponsored by the Wellfleet and Truro Democratic Town Committees and Indivisible Outer Cape. 
For details and directions, please email Wellfleet Chair Lydia Vivante at wellfleetdems@gmail.com 

06/27/2019 Meet and Greet with Matt Cox for N. Carolina State Senate
Thursday, June 27, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Democracy Brewing, 35 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
Visit – https://www.mattcoxforncsenate.com for more info about Matt. See https://www.facebook.com/events/200873800793190/ for more info about this event. 

06/27/2019 It’s Time to Celebrate! with Rep. Jack Lewis
Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8 PM
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company, 81 Morton Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Join State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis for a fun evening for the entire family. In addition to ice cream and local brews, we will also be sampling treats from one of Framingham’s newest establishments, Mini Bites Factory. Build your own sundaes! Locally brewed refreshments! Great conversations! Can you think of a better way to celebrate Pride Month and Jack’s election to co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus? RSVP and donate at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/celebrate2019 
Parking spots can be found in front of the venue, as well as in the lot behind the building. Some additional free parking is also available on Waverly, Willis, and Morton. 

06/27/2019 Politics & Pints with Cong. Jim McGovern
Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8 PM
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company, 55 Millbrook St., Worcester, MA 01606
Come out for an informal gathering to talk politics & drink a pint with Jim, friends & neighbors. Complimentary appetizers. Cash bar available. https://www.facebook.com/events/1173097322876186/ 

*06/27/2019 Kenzie Bok’s 30th Birthday Celebration*
Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8 PM
Lir at 903 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115
Join Kenzie Bok in celebrating her ‘golden birthday’ with a night full of food and friends. 
Details and RSVP: http://bit.ly/KB-6-27-19 

*06/27/2019 Meet and Greet with Boston City Council Candidate Jeff Ross*
Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8 PM
320 D Street Lobby, South Boston, MA 02127
Arish Halani invites you to a South Boston Meet and Greet Fundraiser for City Council At-Large Candidate Jeff Ross. 
Suggested Contribution: $125, $250, $500, $1000. 
Donate online via ActBlue: tinyurl.com/TeamJeffRoss 
RSVP: Events@TeamJeffRoss.com 

*06/27/2019 Burhan Azeem for Cambridge City Council Campaign Welcome*
Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8 PM
ZuZu 474 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
There will be a light buffet and great speakers at Zuzu, in the Middle East Restaurant. Burhan Azeem is looking forward to meeting everyone, learning about your most pressing issues, and talking about why he’s running for City Council. 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/462163657865961/ 
Tickets: http://bit.ly/Azeem-6-27-19 
There are $1 Financial Assistance tickets available if cost is a barrier, as everyone is welcome.  

*06/27/2019 New Bedford Fundraiser For Cong. Bill Keating*
Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8 PM
Cultivator Shoals, 35 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Host Committee: $1000, Sponsor: $500, Friend: $250, Guest: $100, Activist: $50 
Please RSVP to Jim Quigley at (781) 812-8032 or online at http://www.keatingforcongress.com/new_bedford_event 

06/27/2019 Needham Dems Meeting on Abortion Rights in MA
Thursday, June 27, 7:30 PM
Needham History Center, 1147 Central Avenue
Join the Needham Dems and Tricia Wajda, VP of External Affairs for the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund will speak about abortion rights in Massachusetts — what they are now, and what they could be under the pending ROE Act. The ROE Act refers to Senate bill S.1209, “An Act Removing Obstacles and Expanding Abortion Access”, and State Sen. Becca Rausch, a cosponsor of S.1209, will also be available for questions. For more details see https://www.facebook.com/NeedhamDems/posts/2270831269901543 

*06/27/2019 Wellesley Dems for Debate Watch Party*
Thursday, June 27, 8 PM
Home of Ellen Burns, 4 Croton Street, Wellesley
Note: Wellesley Dems are not endorsing a candidate in the primary. 

*06/27/2019 Presidential Debate Watch Party in Tewksbury*
Thursday, June 27, 8:30 PM
TJ Callahan’s, 1475 Main Street (Route 38), Tewksbury

*06/27/2019 GBYD Democratic Debates: NightTwo*
Thursday, June 27, 8:30 – 11 PM
Democracy Brewing 35 Temple Pl Boston, MA 02111
The Greater Boston Young Dems, Young Dems of MA, Mass Dems, and Stonewall Dems are hosting a watch night for both debates. 
Attendance limited, sign up for night two: https://www.facebook.com/events/380398252591743/ Questions: greater_boston@ydma.org 

*06/27/2019 MetroWest Debate Watch Party*
Thursday, June 27, 8:30 PM
Framingham Green Community Room, 136 Maynard Road, Framingham, MA 01701
Hosted by Metrowest Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Our legislative delegation – Senate President Karen Spilka, Rep. Jack Lewis, Rep. Maria Robinson, and Rep. Carmine Gentile – invite you to join together to watch the second night debate by 10 presidential candidates. Please bring a snack or beverage to share. Your RSVP is requested at https://www.facebook.com/events/860439497645697/ 

*06/27/2019 Democratic Debate Watch Party in Truro*
Thursday, June 27, 8:30 – 11 PM
Truro Community Center
Cheer on the Dems, enjoy light refreshments, and practice Ranked Choice Voting. Sponsored by the Truro and Wellfleet Democratic Town Committees and Indivisible Outer Cape. For more information, please contact Truro Chair James Rudd at tjamesrudd@comcast.net 

06/28/2019 Breakfast Reception with Congresswoman Lori Trahan
Friday, June 28, 8 – 9:30 AM
Il Forno Restaurant, 529 King Street, Littleton
Please join Nashoba Valley friends on Congresswoman Lori Trahan at a breakfast reception. RSVP to Paul Glavey pglavey@verizon.net 978-486-8001.  
Please make donations online https://loritrahan.com/ 

*06/28/2019 Jimmy Pereira For Mayor of Brockton – Boston Fundraiser*
Friday, June 28, 7 – 10 PM
Lincoln Plaza Lofts, (Next to South Station) Boston, MA 02111
Suggested Donation: $50/$100/$250/$500. https://www.facebook.com/events/588300938333757/ 

06/29/2019 America, Interrupted, Gloucester Democrats Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Saturday, June 29, 9 – 10:30 AM
Cape Ann Community Cinema and Stage, 21 Main St. Gloucester
If you have questions, please contact us at capeanndemhq@gmail.com.  
There is no charge to participate, though a free-will offering to help defray the costs of the use of the cinema facilities will be accepted.  
http://www.gloucesterdemocrats.org/ 

06/29/2019 Stoughton Dems Summer Barbecue
Saturday, June 29, 1 – 4 PM
Home of Marylou Giordano 43 Marjorie Road, Stoughton
Stoughton Democratic Town Committee Annual Fund Raiser Summer Barbeque. 
We have invited a number of Democratic candidates and elected officials. 
Enjoy a full backyard barbeque with fresh burgers, (veggie too!), all beef (Kosher) hot dogs, and a variety of tasty salads, side dishes, desserts and great conversation. Bring a chair or two if you can. Soft refreshments will be available. BYO Beer or Wine. If you would like to bring your special dish appetizer, dessert or side dish to share, please do! Donation $20 per Person – $1. for Children and Grandchildren Please RSVP by Friday June 21st we have to know how many to expect Please call or email John Kavin, Home/Text: 781-344-6748 johnkavin@USA.Net / 

06/29/2019 North Brookfield Dems Community BBQ
Saturday, June 29, 1 – 4 PM
Misty View Farm, 9 Ashley Rd., North Brookfield
Come hear from and mingle with a range of local, state, and national office holders, including Cong. Jim McGovern and Sen. Anne Gobi. Everyone is welcome to this event, including children of all ages. Tickets include food and non-alcoholic beverages. The day’s festivities will also include: Cash donation bar with Rapscallion Beer and Ragged Hill Cider; Live Music from Spooner Well; Silent Auction/Raffle to Benefit NB DTC Scholarship Fund; Pony Rides ($3). 
Purchase tickets online at https://www.nbdemocrats.org/events by June 25th to get the best rate. Please contact us at northbrookfielddemocrats@gmail.com if finances are an issue and you would to attend. 

06/30/2019 Brunch with Joe Kennedy in Support of Rep. Tom Vitolo
Sunday, June 30, 10 AM – Noon 
Private home, Washington Square, Brookline
Music by O Slole. Featuring remarks from both Congressman Joe Kennedy and State Rep Vitolo, and plenty of time to mingle. 
Siggested donation: $100 and up. 
RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019tjvjk3fischerjason 

06/30/2019 Shrewsbury Democrats Summer Cookout
Sunday, June 30, 12:30 – 2:30 PM
Shrewsbury address on RSVP to ShrewsburyDTC@Gmail.com
You’re invited to join the Shrewsbury Democratic Town Committee for our annual Summer Cookout. This event is free, and open to anyone who RSVPs; guests are asked only to bring a lawn chair! New folks interested in getting involved and learning about the Democratic Town Committee are encouraged to attend. Full Members of the Democratic Town Committee are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert; please let us know what you’ll be bringing with your reply. 

06/30/2019 Groton Dems Meeting
Sunday, June 30, 4 PM
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street, Groton
All Democrats and friends are welcome at our meetings. For more information contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com 
https://www.grotondemocrats.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/GrotonDemocraticTownCommittee 

07/01/2019 Young Democrats of Massachusetts Charter Convention
Monday, July 1, 6:30 – 8 PM
Massachusetts Democratic Party HQ, 11 Beacon St. Suite 410, Boston, MA 02108
Time to update our charter to be more inline with how we work. Please email mayoungdems@gmail.com to submit any suggested charter changes. https://www.facebook.com/events/1630849157059779/ 

07/01/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, July 1, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA
The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month.  

07/02/2019 New Bedford ALL City Dems Meeting
Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 PM
GSM Labor Council, 560 Pleasant Street, New Bedford
6 PM doors open for coffee/meet n greet 
6:30 PM Meeting starts  
Contact: Lisa Lemieux, 774-328-0394. 

07/06/2019 Annual Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee BBQ
Saturday, July 6, 1 – 4 PM
133 Center street, Yarmouth Port
Good food, great conversation and wonderful friends. 
Suggested donation $20/person. 
RECP velore20@gmail.com or call Bob at 508-362-1696. 

*07/08/2019 Franklin DTC Monthly Meeting*
Monday, July 8, 7 – 9 PM
Franklin TV and Radio Station 23 Hutchinson St, Franklin, MA 02038
The Franklin Democratic Town Committee’s meeting lasts from 7 PM to 8:30 PM with networking from 8:30 PM to 9 PM. All are welcome.  
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/722887531410982/ 

*07/09/2019 YDMA Policy Panel: Housing Justice for All*
Tuesday, July 9, 6 – 9 PM
TBD
Save the Date and stay tuned for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/463157651109092/ 

07/09/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, July 9, 7 PM
Beverly Public Library, Beverly Farms Branch, 24 Vine Street 
For more information contact Chairman Jim Thompson at tactech@comcast.net or 978-618-5188. 

*07/09/2019 Wrentham DTC Monthly Meeting*
Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 PM
Wrentham Senior Center 400 Taunton St, Wrentham, MA 02093
Monthly meeting to help Democrats get elected, Voters (and soon to be voters) are welcome! 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/761063740913682/ 

*07/11/2019 Chicopee Dems*
Thursday, July 11, 6:30 PM
Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA 01013
For more info: Meghan Balakier, CDCC Chair, meghan.balakier@gmail.com 

*07/11/2019 YDMA Policy Committee Meeting*
Thursday, July 11, 8:30 PM
11 Beacon St, 4th Floor, Boston
Join the Young Democrats of Massachusetts for their monthly policy committee meeting! RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/417718829073135/

*07/13/2019 Marlborough Democratic City Committee Meeting*
Saturday, July 13, 9 AM
New Horizons 400 Hemenway Street Wayside Conference Room Marlborough, MA

07/13/2019 Wayland Dems Summer Picnic
Saturday, July 13, 1 – 4 PM
Home of Judy Ling & Steve Klitgord, 274 Concord Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Please park on the slope, facing the road. 
Food, drink, and special guests. Rain date TBD. Contact: waylanddems@gmail.com

*07/13/2019 YDMA AAPI Caucus Election and July meeting*
Saturday, July 13, 2 – 3 PM
Boston MA
Join the Young Democrats for for our July AAPI caucus meeting. Agenda items include future plans for the caucus, elect a new caucus chair, and socialize.  
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2228245640600050/ 

07/14/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Annual Family Cookout & Food Drive
Sunday, July 14, 2 – 5 PM
Lynn Museum & Historical Society, 590 Washington St., Lynn
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. For further information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or alfredricko@comcast.net

*07/15/2019 Central Mass Young Dems Elections*
Monday, July 15, 8 PM
Nick’s Bar & Restaurant 124 Millbury St, Worcester, MA 01610
The Central Mass Young Dems will be holding elections for several Board positions. If you’re a Democrat under 36 and located in Central Massachusetts, come join, elect, and meet the next CMYD Board! 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1723777597754414/ 

07/16/2019 Ranked Choice Voting Lobby Day
Tuesday, July 16, 11 AM – 2 PM
MA Statehouse Great Hall of Flags, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133
Join us as we gather with other electoral reform advocates and meet at the State House with legislators and representatives from across the state, urging them to support ranked choice voting. Hear from our expert speakers, then meet with your own representatives and tell them that you want RCV in MA! Ranked choice voting is part of the Mass Dems platform. Learn about it here:  
https://www.voterchoicema.org/about_rcv 
RSVP: https://www.voterchoicema.org/rcv_lobby_day_july16 
Contact Monica Burke (monica.burke@voterchoicema.org, 978-930-0430) for more info  

*07/16/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting*
Tuesday, July 16, 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 katedonaghue@aol.com .  

*07/17/2019 Melrose Dems: Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, July 17, 7:30 – 9 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church 70 W Emerson St, Melrose, MA 02176
Meeting agenda to follow. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/299273274056005/ 

07/21/2019 Acton Democrats Meeting
Sunday, July 21, 6 PM
Location TBD. 

*07/23/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee*
Tuesday, July 23, 7 PM
Community Room, 135 Lafayette Street, Salem
Contact: James Willis, Chair, salemdemscc@gmail.com 

*07/27/2019 America, Interrupted, Gloucester Democrats Saturday Morning Discussion Group*
Saturday, July 27, 9 – 10:30 AM
Cape Ann Community Cinema and Stage, 21 Main St. Gloucester
If you have questions, please contact us at capeanndemhq@gmail.com.  
There is no charge to participate, though a free-will offering to help defray the costs of the use of the cinema facilities will be accepted.  
http://www.gloucesterdemocrats.org/ 

*07/28/2019 Annual Democratic Women Potluck Lunch*
Sunday, July 28, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
5 Warren Place, Weston 
Contact: Nazda Alam; nazdakalam@gmail.com Eileen Zalisk : Zalisk@aol.com 

*07/28/2019 Young Dems Jewish Caucus: Ice Ts and Ice Cream*
Sunday, July 28, 3 – 5 PM
11 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108
Join the Young Democrats of Massachusetts Jewish Caucus in making some fresh duds and noshing on some chill eats to help cool down this summer. 
Reserve your tshirt size here: https://doodle.com/poll/vcxfr8iztb4div2b 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/389911751621846/ 

*07/28/2019 Groton Dems Meeting*
Sunday, July 28, 4 PM
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis Street, Groton
All Democrats and friends are welcome at our meetings. For more information contact: GrotonDTC@gmail.com 
https://www.grotondemocrats.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/GrotonDemocraticTownCommittee 

*07/28/2019 Falmouth Democratic Town Committee Garden Party Fundraiser*
Sunday, July 28, 4 – 6 PM
West Falmouth address on RSVP
Celebrate and prepare for Blue Wave 2020. Meet and Greet elected officials and special guests. Share insights and vision for our Democratic Party with fellow activists. Have a fun afternoon with drinks, tasty appetizers, and delicious desserts. 
Reservations are $35 per person. RSVP by July 21.  
Details: http://falmouthdemocratictowncommittee.org/?p=2059 ,  

*07/29/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting*
Monday, July 29, 7 PM
Plymouth Center for the Arts
Meetings are generally held at 7pm on the last Monday of each month at Plymouth Center for the Arts. Due to ongoing renovations at the Center for the Arts, please make sure to check emails and our facebook page for any changes to the location of these monthly meetings Remaing meetings for 2019: 8/26, 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16. 

*07/29/2019 Northborough DTC Monthly Meeting*
Monday, July 29, 7 – 8:45 PM
Northborough Free Library conference room, 34 Main St., Northborough, MA 01532
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2418149701795893/ 
Contact: Janet Cason at janetqcason@verizon.net.  
If you have never been to the Northborough library, email Janet for directions and use “Library Directions” in the subject line. GPS directions are incorrect.  

08/10/2019 DSC Meeting
Saturday, August 10
Easthampton High School, 70 Williston Ave, Easthampton, MA 01027
Location: First Congressional District. 
Watch https://massdems.org/ for details and exact location. 

*08/11/2019 Marlborough Dems Barbecue*
Sunday, August 11, 9 AM
Save the date! 

08/11/2019 Waltham Dems Summer Barbecue
Sunday, August 11, 1 PM
Save the date! 

08/11/2019 Melrose Dems: Summer BBQ
Sunday, August 11, 4 – 7 PM
111 Vinton St., Melrose, MA 02176
Burgers, hot dogs, beverages, side dishes and dessert. We also anticipate that a number of Democratic candidates from around Melrose & the state. $20 for individual/$30 for family. Tickets at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mdccbbq and please contact mail@melrosedems.org with any questions. 

08/12/2019 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Annual Picnic 
Monday, August 12, 5 – 8 PM
Gerry # 5 VFA 210 Beacon St. Marblehead, MA 
Contact Renee Ramirez Keaney, Chair of the MDTC  reneekeaney@gmail.com 781-962-6577. 

08/14/2019 Natick Dems Picnic
Wednesday, August 14
SAVE THE DATE! 

*08/22/2019 Michelle Wu’s Annual Block Party*
Thursday, August 22, 5:30 – 8 PM
Augustus Avenue in Roslindale
Save the Date!  

08/24/2019 Neponset Valley Young Democrats Cookout
Saturday, August 24, 4 – 7 PM
12 Mozart Dr., Walpole, MA 02081
Save the Date. Hosted by and Walpole Democratic Town Committee. For updates check https://www.facebook.com/events/335192517155635/ 

*08/24/2019 Neponset Valley Young Dems Cookout*
Saturday, August 24, 4 – 7 PM
12 Mozart Dr, Walpole, MA 02081
Save the Date for a “Countdown to 2020 Cookout”hosted by the Neponset Valley Young Democrats, the Young Democrats of Massachusetts, and the Walpole Democratic Town Committee! 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/335192517155635/ 

08/24/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 24
Obear Park Livingstone Ave Beverly
SAVE THE DATE. 
Featuring Russ Treadwell’s ice cream. This is a free event. 

08/28/2019 North Shore Delegates Dinner
Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Brothers Taverna, 283 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Delegates for the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention will join for an informative Pre-Convention dinner. Topics will include how to prepare for the convention and what to expect at the convention. Meet fellow delegates (and friends) from across the North Shore before the convention. Local and statewide officeholders will be invited to speak at this event. Your $20.00 donation will include a great meal, which will include steak tips, fish, or a vegetarian option. This is not a fundraiser. https://www.facebook.com/events/486040351937080/ 

09/08/2019 Wellesley Dems Annual Picnic
Sunday, September 8, 4 PM
private home in Wellesley
Save the Date. Join Wellesley Dems for good food, drinks, live music, and a chance to hear from our elected officials as well as local activist organizations! More details TBA. RSVP: chair@wellesleydems.org 

09/14/2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention
Saturday, September 14, 8 AM
MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA
2019 Convention: September 14, MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA 
Watch MassDems.org for details.  

09/28/2019 Danvers Democratic Town Committee Oktoberfest – SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, September 28

*09/29/2019 Westfield Democratic City Committee Annual Harvest Breakfast*
Sunday, September 29, 9 AM – Noon 
Tekoa Country Club, 459 Russell Rd. (Rt 20), Westfield, MA 01085
Save the Date for WDCC’s only fundraising event of the year, honoring the Westfield WDCC Member of the Year and Westfield Democrat of the Year. Check https://www.facebook.com/events/414722162457659/ for updates. 

10/20/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats (GLAD) Annual Brunch
Sunday, October 20, 10 AM – Noon 
Lenzi’s, 810 Merrimack Ave., Dracut, MA 01826
Tickets: $40 per person or $350 for table of 10. Check https://www.facebook.com/events/2433377630045718/ for more info. 

10/25/2019 Barbara Gray Dinner in Wellfleet
Friday, October 25
Save the date!! 

10/27/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Annual Unity Breakfast
Sunday, October 27, 8:30 – 11 AM
Franco-American Hall, (Franco Amvets Post 161), 535 Western Ave., Lynn
A plentiful breakfast will be provided. Donation per person:$30.00 in advance, $35:00 at the door. Please send checks, payable to the LDCC, for the number of people planning to attend, to Jane Cahill, LDCC Treasurer, 169 Lynn Shore Dr, Lynn, MA 01902. For additional information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or alfredricko@comcast.net 

11/13/2019 DSC Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 6 PM
Location: Eighth Congressional District. 
Watch https://massdems.org/ for details and exact location. 

Ideas for Committees – Preview of Reorganization Timeline – Advice
08/01/19 Last day for city and ward committees to notify the Secretary of Commonwealth of the number of members to be elected to each ward and town committee. 
08/06/19 Nomination papers available at the Election Division in the Office of the Secretary of the Common wealth and some city and town clerks’ offices for ward, town and state committee. 
11/08/19 Last day and hour (5PM) to submit ward, town or state committee nomination papers to Registars of Voters for certification of signatures. 
11/15/19 Last day and hour (5PM) for Registrars of Voters to complete certification of signatures on nomination papers for ward, town and state committees. 
11/19/19 Last day and hour (5PM) to file ward, town and state committee nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth. 

OVERVIEW AND NOTES 
Every four years Democratic Town and Ward Committees need to reorganize. 
Check the calendar above and think about either scheduling meetings that allow you to take the actions listed above or if your current meeting schedule allows you to accomplish what needs to be done. 
In brief the process starts with each committee choosing the potential number of members to be elected on the ballot. Generally I encourage committees to “Fill Every Seat. Legally, each committee can set the number between 3 and 35. I mention this now to encourage people to think about this issue now so that you can have a vote in time to get the information to the SOC on or before 08/01. 
Between 8/6 and 11/9 nomination papers need to be circulated and signed. It’s prudent to have a meeting during this time as well as a plan to connect with people who might not attend a meeting. 
Finally, it’s good to schedule time to get the papers into the SOC. 

Submitting Events
Please send us your Democratic events. We want to publicize what you are doing. We usually go to press on Friday PM, so make sure you send your info no later than Thursday evening to get into that week’s issue. 
1) Use subject line “For the Dispatch” 
2) Put your event information in text format in the body of the email. Please include start time, end time (if any), location (with street address for GPS), event description (it’s good to mention food/drink/donations/RSVP), and a link to more info. 
3) Send to events@massdems.org 

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