May 6, 2019/Weekly Column

May is Here! Spring Events and More

Greetings from Kate and Matt

Dear Democrats, 

There is much going on in the world and the country that can seem overwhelming. While it is easy to feel powerless, I remember, “Think globally, act locally.” 

As I put together the calendar, I saw the “March for Science” in Cambridge. It reminded me that about the time after the 2016 elections and people were saying, “What can I do?” 

Here are five things that people can do: 

  • Involvement with the Democratic Party” Caucuses are coming up over the next few months. 
  • Issue advocacy: Much can be done right now around issue advocacy either through organizations or your own efforts. 
  • Involvement with campaigns: Work to elect people who share your values. 
  • Register voters: The more people that vote, the more Democrats win. 
  • Support the free press. 

Check out the list of events below. Find something. Act locally. 

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. 

 

Ideas for Committees – Caucus Time
With caucuses coming up, this is a good time to start reaching out to people who might be interested in attending the convention and generally getting more involved. I have found that people who have volunteered on campaigns are often the best source of potential activists. Reach out to groups who support issues that Democrats support. This includes environmental groups, educational groups, social justice groups and more. Think of people your know through other connections: co-workers, book club, neighbors. Think about people who are concerned about our current president and want to get involved. And then invite folks. Use email, press and social media to spread the word. Touch them again personally. The personal connection might be a text, a phone call or a conversation. No one was ever insulted by being told that their support is valued and sought after. Everybody likes to be invited to something. 

Caucus Training for Chairs – UPDATED
Watch www.massdems.org for more information. 
May 11, 10:00 am: Greenleaf Community Center, 1188 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 

 

Mass Alliance Training
Grassroots Campaign Training 
5/04-5/05 9AM-5PM SEIU 1199, Quincy 
5/18-5/19 9AM-5PM Falmouth 
Are you or a friend running for office or thinking about running for office? Are you a young organizer contemplating a career managing campaigns? Does your organization have volunteers or activists looking to gain skills and get more involved in electing progressives to public office? If so, check this out! 
RSVP and details: https://bit.ly/2SQ6YXZ 

 

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You Have to Laugh Occasionally – Edited by Matt Shear
Andy Borowitz – Barr Unable to Give Honest Answer to Drive-Thru Window at Arby’s.

Event details:

05/03/2019 Coffee with Crighton
Friday, May 3, 9:30 AM
Lynnfield Public Library 
We plan on doing these on a monthly basis around the district so that we can connect in person to discuss the many important issues facing our district and Commonwealth. 

05/03/2019 Emerge -“Springing Into Action”- With Senator Karen Spilka
Friday, May 3, 6 PM
Ashland, Mass
Host Reception 5:00PM – 6:00PM & House Party 6:00PM – 8:00 
Sponsorship Levels: House Party ticket $50, Friend Sponsor $125, Supporter Sponsor $250, Pioneer Host $500, Champion Host $750, Leader Host $1000. 
https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-4310082922770069760?midqs=97Zg_5T47nwDeaoKeyJNCw== 

05/03/2019 Harry Kortikere for Lowell City Council Campaign Kickoff
Friday, May 3, 6:30 PM
Cobblestones of Lowell, 91 Dutton St., Lowell, MA 01852
Hors d’oevres. Tickets $25. RSVP by May 1 and donate at https://harryforlowell.com 

05/04/2019 3rd MAD Brunch with Katherine Clark
Saturday, May 4, 8:30 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 450 Totten Pond Road, Waltham
Join Democrats from across Senator Michael Barrett’s 3rd Middlesex District for the annual brunch get together. This year’s special guest speaker will be Fifth District Congresswoman and Vice-Chair of the Democratic Caucus Katherine Clark. Tickets: $40 at the door. 

05/04/2019 Mass Alliance Grassroots Campaign Training
Saturday, May 4, 9 AM
1199 SEIU Massachusetts, 108 Myrtle Street Suite 400, Quincy, MA 02171
Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5 9:00am-5:30pm each day. 
Note: You must apply for this training. See https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwuNSt0BxFNbeyTQ7H1hgyJGLW4j0Ini4ymHMZlQSAaeJ1Mw/viewform or visit the Mass Alliance website at www.massalliance.org/ 

*05/04/2019 March for Science in Cambridge*
Saturday, May 4, 11 AM
Cambridge Common, Garden St and Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
In 2017 and 2018, thousands of us came to defend Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the climate and environment. We want to do it again: bring attention to important issues and push for evidence-based policy. 

05/04/2019 Taking Action in the Community, a Volunteer Fair in Hudson
Saturday, May 4, Noon – 3 PM
Hudson Town Hall
Over 20 organizations will be attending the fair representing community services in poverty, substance abuse, the elderly, children and families in need, animal rescue, the environment, justice reform and immigration. Each organization will have a table with a representative that can share the organization’s mission and discuss volunteer opportunities.Come by and learn about these groups that are helping those in need and working to strengthen our community. http://hudsondemocrats.org/events/volunteer-fair/ 

*05/04/2019 Community Forum with Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian*
Saturday, May 4, 5 PM
Islamic Cultural Center of Medford, 43 High St., Medford, MA 02155
Sheriff Koutoujian will discuss the roles and responsibilities of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office with a focus on innovative initiatives, as well as issues of special importance to women, and members of the Muslim and immigrant communities. There will be a brief Q&A and showing of the documentary film”Rohingya, Atrocity against women” by the Nazda Alam Foundation. https://www.facebook.com/events/754263441637561/ 

05/04/2019 Trivia Night with Rep. Jack Lewis
Saturday, May 4, 6 – 9 PM
Framingham Lodge of Elks, 450 Union Ave., Framingham, MA 01702
Doors open at 5:30pm; trivia begins at 6pm. 
Organize a team of up to nine people or be assigned to a team for a friendly competition over seven rounds of general trivia. Light dinner will be provided, along with a cash bar. Space is limited, so buy your tickets today at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/trivia2019 
Other than the sense of collective success when you win, what are you playing for? The winning team can choose the progressive non-profit or Democratic Town Committee to which Rep. Lewis will make a contribution. https://www.Check out facebook.com/JackPatrickLewis between now and the event for hints on trivia categories. 

05/05/2019 Gloucester Democratic City Committee Brunch
Sunday, May 5, 11 AM
Elks, Gloucester
Save the Date! 
The Gloucester Democratic City Committee has set the date for its annual fundraising brunch. 
Contact: Karen Neva Bell. kbellbassrocks@gmail.com 

05/05/2019 Celebration with Democrats in Worcester Norfolk District
Sunday, May 5, 11 AM – 3 PM
Polish Hall, 167 Mendon Street, Uxbridge MA
Celebrat Cinco de Mayo with Democrats in Worcester Norfolk District. Food, Margaritas, cash bar. 
Tickets $25. 
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bmudems 

05/05/2019 Swampscott Democratic Town Committee Scholarship Fundraiser
Sunday, May 5, 2 – 4 PM
Location on RSVP
The $1,000 scholarship for a graduating Swampscott HS student will honor the memory of Anne Michele Collier, who was a dedicated and active committee member. Light refreshments will be served. Donations can be mailed to SDTC Treasurer, 167 Redington St., Swampscott, Ma 01907 or made online at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sdtc.scholarship or at the door. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the committee’s monthly food drive to benefit local food pantries. For more info contact SDTC Outreach Chair Ina Resnikoff at inar@rcn.com

*05/05/2019 Congressman Seth Moulton Town Hall Meeting*
Sunday, May 5, 3 PM
Newburyport Senior Center, 331 High Street, Newburyport

05/06/2019 Suzanne Bump Spring Fundraiser
Monday, May 6, 5:30 – 7 PM
U Mass Club, 1 Beacon St., 32nd floor, Boston, MA 02108
Special Guest Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III. Suggested Contribution Levels: $125/250/$500/$1000. Donate online at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/umass2019 or mail to: Committee to Elect Suzanne Bump P.O. Box 163, Boston, MA 02133. Please RSVP to SnyderCom@aol.com

05/06/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 6, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA
The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month. 

05/07/2019 Spring Reception for Senator Diana DiZolglio
Tuesday, May 7, 5:30 PM
Merrimack Golf Course, 210 Howe Street, Methuen
This has been an exciting few months as State Senator Diana DiZoglio works harder than ever on behalf of the Merrimack Valley. This fundraiser in support of her campaign committee will be at the Merrimack Valley Golf Course at 210 Howe St in Methuen from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Pasta dinner will be served. Guests are asked to make a donation to the Committee to Elect Diana DiZoglio. Online donations can be made at http://votedizoglio.com/?page_id=157 This meeting is open to the public and handicap accessible. 

05/07/2019 Newton Reception for Maura Healey
Tuesday, May 7, 5:30 – 7 PM
Home of Kay Khan, 18 St. Mary’s Street, Newton, MA 02462
Suggested contribution: $125/$250/$500/$1,000. Donate at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/khannewton 

05/07/2019 New Bedford ALL City Dems Meeting
Tuesday, May 7, 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. 

05/07/2019 Wellesley Dems Meeting – Climate Change Speaker
Tuesday, May 7, 7 PM
Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02481
Topic: Environmental Policy and Climate Change. Join Wellesley Dems for a discussion with Dr. Jay Turner about environmental policy, climate change, and his new book, The Republican Reversal at https://www.amazon.com/Republican-Reversal-Conservatives-Environment-Nixon/dp/0674979974/ RSVP: chair@wellesleydems.org

05/07/2019 Medway Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 7, 7 PM
TC Scoops, 104 Main St, Medway
Agenda: Pride Day, Publicity Committee Report, Clorite Scholarship, Caucus (June 1). 

05/07/2019 Arlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 7, 7:15 PM
Function Room, Common Ground Arlington, 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. 

*05/08/2019 Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, May 8, 7 – 8:30 PM
Sturbridge Town Hall, 308 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566
The SDTC monthly meeting is scheduled. For the agenda and further information please refer to: https://www.facebook.com/sturbridge.dem.town.committee/ 

05/09/2019 Caucus Training in Newton
Thursday, May 9, 6 – 8 PM
Newton City Hall 1000 Commonwealth Ave Newton Ma 02459
RSVP Sharon Stout 617.955.9881 (if needed) 

05/09/2019 Chicopee Dems
Thursday, May 9, 6:30 PM
Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA 01013
For more info: Meghan Balakier, CDCC Chair, meghan.balakier@gmail.com 

05/09/2019 Carlisle Democratic Town Committee Climate Change Presentation
Thursday, May 9, 7 PM
Carlisle Public School, 83 School Street, Carlisle, MA 01741
Topic: “Climate Change: What Now?” by Naomi Oreskes, Professor of Science History at Harvard University and co-Author of “The Collapse of Western Civilization/ and /Merchants of Doubt.” https://www.carlisledems.org has a link to a map of the school campus. 

05/09/2019 Sudbury Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 9, 7 – 8:45 PM
Sudbury Grange Hall, 326 Concord Road, Sudbury MA 01776
All are invited. Our meetings are open to the public. Come learn about Republican Gov. Charles Baker’s priority plans for encouraging more affordable housing in suburban communities like Sudbury. See http://sudburydemocrats.org for more info about SDTC. 

05/10/2019 Sterling Dems Drinking Liberally
Friday, May 10, 7 – 10 PM
Barber’s Crossing North, 175 Leominster Rd., Sterling, MA 01564
Please join the Town of Sterling Democratic Committee as we discuss the news of the day, and the upcoming convention. https://www.facebook.com/events/2042182702503191/ 

05/11/2019 3T&2C Breakfast (Three Towns and Two Cities) 
Saturday, May 11, 8:30 AM
Nicholson Hall 9 Harris St. Newburyport 
3 Towns & 2 Cities Breakfast: Amesbury,Newbury,Newburyport,Salisbury,West Newbury Democratic Committees. 
8:30 coffee; 9:00 breakfast. 
Tickets: $35 In Advance; $40 At Door. 
Contact: Kathy Pasquina kathypasq2@hotmail.com 

*05/11/2019 Ipswich Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Saturday, May 11, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich, MA 01938
Agenda will be posted at https://www.facebook.com/events/381389595785211/ 

05/11/2019 Marlborough Democratic City Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 11, 10 AM
Kane Elementary School 520 Farm Rd., Marlborough
Caucus and meeting. 

05/11/2019 Rockport Democratic Caucus and Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 11, 10 AM
Brenner Room of the Rockport Public Library, 17 School Street
Registration will open at 10:00 AM and will continue for at least 15 minutes after the caucus begins at 10:30 AM, and voting for representatives to the convention will begin at 10:45. 
A regular meeting of the Town Committee will take place after the caucus, when the committee will be visited by a representative from Representative Seth Moulton. All Rockport residents who are registered as Democrats are encouraged to attend. New members are always welcome. For more info see https://rockportdems.org 

*05/11/2019 Caucus Training in Springfield*
Saturday, May 11, 10 AM
reenleaf Community Center, 1188 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 

05/11/2019 Bryan Barash for Newton City Council Campaign Kickoff Party
Saturday, May 11, 6 – 9 PM
The home of Donnalyn Kahn, 66 Highland Ave., Newtonville, MA 02460
This is not a fundraiser, so leave your checkbooks at home and join Bryan for some good food and drinks while he tells you more about his ideas for Ward 2 and Newton. https://www.facebook.com/events/2286426568293873/ 

*05/13/2019 Legislative Panel Hosted by the Chicopee Democratic City Committee*
Monday, May 13, 6 – 8 PM
Mary Dooley Campus Center, Elms College. 
Doors open 5:30pm; Program 6pm-8pm 
Free Event and open to All Western Massachusetts Residents. Please come with questions to as your representatives. 
Parking: Sheila Ryan Flynn Commuter Parking Lot, corner of Springfield St. and Fairview Ave. 
Call CDCC Chair Meghan Balakier at (413) 335-9769 with any questions. 

05/13/2019 Wayland Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Monday, May 13, 6:30 – 9 PM
110 Grill, 171 Commonwealth Road (at Rt. 30 & 27), Wayland MA 01778
6:30 social, 7:00 meeting start 
For more info contact waylanddems@gmail.com

05/14/2019 James McCarty for Methuen City Council Campaign Launch
Tuesday, May 14, 6 – 7:30 PM
The Irish Cottage, 17 Branch Street, Methuen, MA 01844
Food and refreshments served in the new patio-bar. Contributions are appreciated; but not required. Suggested : $25-$250 payable to “CTE James McCarty.” R.S.V.P via jim4methuen@gmail.com

05/14/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, May 14, 7 PM
Beverly Public Library, Beverly Farms Branch, 24 Vine Street 
Our special guest speaker will be Sen. Joan Lovely. For more information contact Chairman Jim Thompson at tactech@comcast.net or 978-618-5188. 

05/14/2019 Mashpee Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 14, 7 – 8:30 PM
MashpeeTV, 168 Industrial Dr., Mashpee, MA 02649
https://www.facebook.com/events/2049381601783362/ 

05/15/2019 Wakefield Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 7 PM
Brightview Senior Living, 21 Crescent St., Wakefield, MA 01880
We will hold the Caucus to elect delegates to the Mass Dem Convention which will be held on Saturday, September 14th in Springfield at Mass Mutual Center. We will hold a brief business meeting following the Caucus followed by a celebration of our fabulous high school dems, Talat Aman and Amanda Westlake. For more info see https://www.facebook.com/WakefieldDTC 

*05/15/2019 Wakefield Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Wednesday, May 15, 7 PM
Brightview Senior Living, 21 Crescent St., Wakefield
We will hold the Caucus to elect delegates to the Mass Dem Convention which will be held on Saturday, September 14th in Springfield at Mass Mutual Center. We will hold a brief business meeting following the Caucus followed by a celebration of our fabulous high school dems, Talat Aman and Amanda Westlake. For more info seehttps://www.facebook.com/WakefieldDTC 

05/15/2019 Melrose Dems: Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 – 9 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 W Emerson St., Melrose, MA 02176
https://www.facebook.com/events/299273274056005/ 

05/15/2019 Stow-Boxborough Event – Ranked-Choice Voting: How It Works
Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 PM
Old Town Hall, 380 Great Road, Stow
Stow and Boxborough DTCs sponsoring public forum “Ranked-Choice Voting: How It Works” presented by Voter Choice Massachusetts. Free event. 

05/15/2019 Mansfield Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 PM
IBEW Union Hall, 900 South Main Street, Mansfield
Guest Speaker: Paul Lauenstein from “We the People” Topic: Campaign Finance Reform. All of our meetings are free and open to the public. Mansfield area Democrats are especially invited to attend. For more information, visit our Facebook page or website: http://www.mansfielddems.org/ send an email to mansfieldmadems@gmail.com or call Joe Kaplan at 508-339-4520. 

05/16/2019 Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George’s Re-Election Campaign Kickoff
Thursday, May 16, 6 – 9 PM
Boston Winery, 26 Ericsson St., Boston, MA 02122
Suggested Contribution: $50/$100/$250/$500/$1,000. Seniors are complimentary. To donate online, please visit: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019annissacampaignkickoff 

*05/16/2019 Living Our Values: JALSA 2019 Annual Meeting*
Thursday, May 16, 6 – 8:30 PM
Temple Israel of Boston, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Join Boston’s corporate, legal, and non-profit communities, for the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action 2019 Annual Meeting: Living Our Values, an evening to celebrate our honorees and our joint pursuit of respect and dignity for all. 
6 p.m.- Reception with hearty hors d’oeuvres 
7 p.m.- Speaking Program followed by desserts 
Tickets at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019amtix 

05/16/2019 Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 16, 6:30 PM
Location TBD. Watch https://hopkintondemocrats.org/ for details. 

05/16/2019 Joint Meeting of Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee, and Sandwich Democratic Town Committees
Thursday, May 16, 7 – 9 PM
Falmouth Public Library Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, 300 Main Street, Falmouth
Presentation by Stephen Kinzer “Cape Cod, America and the World: How the Bipartisan Foreign Policy Elite in Washington is Failing Us. Stephen Kinzer is currently a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University and world affairs columnist for the Boston Globe. 

05/18/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats Meeting
Saturday, May 18, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford
$7 requested donation per attendee to cover room and breakfast. 
Contact Christopher Jenkins at jenkins@gwmail.gwu.edu for more information. 

*05/18/2019 Young Democrats of Massachusetts Annual Convention ’19*
Saturday, May 18, 9 AM – 5 PM
Boston Teachers Union, 180 Mt. Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02125
The Young Democrats of Massachusetts Convention is the largest gathering of the organization, where young progressives can hear from a number of party leaders, elected officials, and policy advocates. There will also be plenty of time to network with fellow young Democrats. 
Tickets are $35 each; however, you can elect to pay $50 to make sure that all YDMA members can attend. Purchase at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/electionconvention2019 

05/18/2019 High School Democrats of America New England Summit
Saturday, May 18, 9:30 AM – 3 PM
Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Rd., Lexington, MA 02421
The High School Democrats of America is thrilled to announce their second annual New England Summit, a premier gathering of high school progressives from the Northeast. All high school students (including graduating seniors) and younger are encouraged to attend. There will be workshops on canvassing and activism, a lineup of high-profile political speakers, and plenty of time to connect with other young, progressive activists. This event will be free of charge and accessible to everyone. Pizza will be provided. MA HS Dems will try to arrange carpools for those who request it. 
Register at http://www.bit.ly/NESummit2 or see https://www.facebook.com/events/390229705142211/ for more info. Please contact MAHSD Chair Amanda Westlake at awestlake@hsdems.orgwith any questions. 

*05/18/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee*
Saturday, May 18, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.
Water Resources update: Presenters, Jeff Colby Dir. DPW Rich Bienvenue Dir. Teck Services and YDTC Member Lee Rowley. 
Joel Paul of Voter Choice Massachusetts Discussion on ranked choice voting. 
Robert Isadore, Chairman velore20@gmail.com 

05/18/2019 Boxford Democratic Town Caucus & Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 18, 2 PM
Boxford Community Center, 4 Middleton Road (corner of Elm Street)
Park in the lot between the Community Center and the Fire Station, then enter the building from that side and proceed to the main upstairs meeting room. 
Sign-In begins at 1:30 PM, and the caucus will be called to order at 2:00 PM. A brief business meeting will be held after the Caucus. For further information contact: Ken Thompson, Chair@BoxfordDems.org or 978-502-2078. 

*05/18/2019 Boxford Democratic Town Caucus & Committee Meeting *
Saturday, May 18, 2 PM
Boxford Community Center, 4 Middleton Road (corner of Elm Street)
Park in the lot between the Community Center and the Fire Station, then enter the building from that side and proceed to the main upstairs meeting room. Sign-In begins at 1:30 PM, and the caucus will be called to order at 2:00 PM. A brief business meeting will be held after the Caucus. For further information contact: Ken Thompson, Chair@BoxfordDems.org or 978-502-2078. 

*05/18/2019 Swampscott Dems Cyber Speaker Forum*
Saturday, May 18, 2:30 – 4 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn 101 Forest Avenue Swampscott
Protect your privacy and online identity. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-security-protect-your-privacy-online-security-tickets-61228472008 

05/18/2019 Dennis Democratic Town Committee’s Annual Wine Tasting Event 
Saturday, May 18, 5 – 7:30 PM
Scargo Manor Bed & Breakfast, 909 Main St, Dennis, Massachusetts 02638

*05/18/2019 Newton Reception for Gov. Jay Inslee for President*
Saturday, May 18, 5 – 6:30 PM
Home of Matt Pawa & Elyse Rosenblum, 72 Oxford Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459
Suggested donation: $5600 Champion/$2800 Sponsor/$1000 Friend/$500 Supporter/$250 Guest/$100 Attendee. Donate at https://give.jayinslee.com/onlineactions/cs-qnFfDQ0-p14EDo4PjLQ2 and email Jonathan for more information at Jonathan@JayInslee.com. 

05/18/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee Meeting and Caucus
Saturday, May 18, 7 – 9 PM
Cahill Auditorium, Braintree Town Hall, 1 JFK Memorial Dr., Braintree
The BDTC May meeting will immediately follow the Caucus. https://www.braintreedems.org/events 

05/18/2019 Littleton Town Democratic Committee Meeting
Saturday, May 18
Town Offices, Room 230

*05/19/2019 Meet Rep. Cindy Axne and Help Hold the House*
Sunday, May 19, 3 – 4:30 PM
85 Buckminster Road Brookline, MA
Rep. Axne (Iowa 03) will share her experiences as a member of the freshman class of the 116th Congress, describe her role on the House Financial Services and Agriculture Committees, and explain why we efforts to hold the house in 2020 must start now. 
Suggested donation: $100 and up: https://tinyurl.com/y4egvrxl 

05/19/2019 Groton Dems Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 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 

05/20/2019 Plymouth Dems Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 20, 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: 6/24, 7/29, 8/26, 9/30, 10/28, 11/18, 12/16. 

05/20/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Meeting
Monday, May 20, 7 PM
Hibernian Hall, 105 Federal St., Lynn, MA 01905
For further information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or alfredricko@comcast.net

05/20/2019 Northborough Democratic Caucus and Town Committee Meeting
Monday, May 20, 7 PM
Northborough Public Library Large Meeting Room, 34 Main St., Northborough, MA 01532
Room opens at 6:30 PM; Caucus starts at 7:00; Democratic Town Committee meeting starts immediately after caucus ends. Contact: Janet Cason at janetqcason@verizon.net
NOTE: GPS directions are incorrect. If you have never been to the Northborough library, email Janet for directions and use “Library Directions” in the subject line. 

*05/20/2019 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Meeting *
Monday, May 20, 7 PM
Marblehead Community Center 10 Humphrey Street Marblehead

05/21/2019 Waltham City Councilor Robert Logan Campaign Kickoff and Fundraiser
Tuesday, May 21, 6 – 7:30 PM
The Chateau Italian Family Dining, 195 School St, Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
Pizza, toasted raviolis, and desserts. (Cash Bar.) Donations to The Logan Committee are welcomed and will be greatly appreciated. Send your check to: The Committee to Reelect Robert G. Logan 109 Taylor Street Waltham, MA 02453-8630 or pay at the door. 

05/21/2019 Pepperell DTC Meeting
Tuesday, May 21, 6:45 PM
Charles Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell
Contact: tjdem@charter.net 

05/21/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting and Caucus
Tuesday, May 21, 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 . 

05/21/2019 Mansfield Dems Program on Bristol County Correctional System
Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 PM
National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture, 288 North Main Street, Mansfield
Presented by the Mansfield Democratic Town Committee’s Affirmative Action & Outreach Subcommittee. Panelists from the American Civil Liberties Union, Bristol County for Corrective Justice and Prisoner Legal Services of Massachusetts will discuss issues concerning the bounty jail and ICE detention practices. The public is invited. Bristol County Democrats are especially invited. For more information visit our Facebook page, our website, send an email to mansfieldmadems@gmail.com or call Sally Fehervari at 339-3145. 

05/22/2019 Marblehead Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 7 PM
Marblehead Community Center, 10 Humphrey Street, Marblehead, MA 01945
For more info see https://www.facebook.com/MarbleheadDems/ 

05/22/2019 Andover Democratic Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 7 PM
Andover Baptist Church
Monthly meeting. 
See http://www.andoverdemocrats.org/ for further information. 

05/22/2019 Burlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting and Caucus
Wednesday, May 22, 7 – 8:30 PM
Grand View Farm and Marion Tavern 55 Center St Burlington
https://www.facebook.com/events/346183455999367/ 

05/22/2019 Maynard Dems Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 7 PM
Roosevelt Room, Maynard Public Library. 77 Nason Street,Maynard
Save the Date! 

*05/23/2019 Wellesley Reception for Maura Healey*
Thursday, May 23, 6 – 7:30 PM
The Home of Susan Ryan, 29 Lincoln Road, Wellesley
Suggested Contribution: $125/$250/$500/$1,000. Donate online at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/20190523_Wellesley or make checks payable to the Maura Healey Committee. RSVP to: info@maurahealey.com

*05/23/2019 Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee Sponsors Pub, Pizza, and Politics Night*
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
The Altruist Brewery, 559 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Please join the Sturbridge Democratic Town Committee (SDTC) for our next event in our series of informal get-togethers of beer, food, and open dialogue. For more information please refer to: https://www.facebook.com/sturbridge.dem.town.committee/ 

05/23/2019 Clinton Democratic Town Committee Caucus for Convention & Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 23, 7 PM
Presentation Apartments, 309 Church Street, Clinton, MA 01510
At this meeting, the Clinton DTC will hold a caucus to elect delegates to the MA State Democratic Convention (Sept. 14, 2019 in Springfield). A regular monthly membership meeting will follow. All registered Democrats are welcome to attend. Please park on Church Street. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/381535272445340/?event_time_id=381535279112006 or contact us at info@clintonmassdems.org. Find more local events here: https://clintonmassdems.org/calendar/?dd 

05/23/2019 Needham Democratic Town Committee Caucus for Convention & Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 23, 7:15 PM
Needham History Center & Museum, 1147 Central Ave., Needham MA 02492
At this meeting, the Needham DTC will hold a caucus to elect delegates to the MA State Democratic Convention (Sept. 14, 2019 in Springfield). A regular monthly membership meeting will follow. Open to all. Email any questions to needhamdems@gmail.com

05/25/2019 America, Interrupted, Gloucester Democrats Saturday Morning Discussion Group
Saturday, May 25, 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/ 

05/25/2019 Fundraiser for Bill Keating with Special Guest Congressman Richard Neal
Saturday, May 25, 9 – 11 AM
CapeSpace, 100 Independence Drive, Hyannis
Please Join us in Hyannis with special guest Congressman Richard Neal at a reception in support of our friend Congressman Bill Keating with breakfast and mimosas provided by The Casual Gourmet. For more information contact Jim Quigley at (508) 591-0984 or jim@billkeating.org . 
$100 and up. RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bkrn2019# 

05/28/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee
Tuesday, May 28, 7 PM
Community Room, 135 Lafayette Street, Salem
Contact: James Willis, Chair, salemdemscc@gmail.com 

05/29/2019 Groton Dems Meeting
Wednesday, May 29, 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 

05/29/2019 Julie Flowers for Beverly City Council Campaign Kick-Off
Wednesday, May 29, 5:15 – 7:15 PM
The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915
Meet Julie Flowers, a candidate for a second term as one of Beverly’s three At-Large City Councilors, hear her ideas for our City and share yours with her. There will also be opportunities to sign up to receive more information/newsletters about and from the campaign and/or to sign up to get more involved in the campaign, for those who are interested. If you would like to make a donation to support Julie and the campaign team in the work ahead, you can use this link to do so/to get the mailing address for a check: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/julieforbeverly 

05/29/2019 Roosevelt Dinner 2019
Wednesday, May 29, 6 PM
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Avenue, Boston
Former United States Senator Paul G. Kirk Jr. and Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg will be the 2019 recipients of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s 20th annual Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Awards! 
Keynote: The Honorable Tom Perez, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. 
This year’s dinner will occur on the 102nd birthday of President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy’s grand-nephew, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, will be in attendance to mark the occasion as the Roosevelt Dinner’s Co-Chair. The second Co-Chair of the Roosevelt dinner will be Shanti Fry. 
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/rooseveltdinner 

*05/30/2019 Eric Lesser – Annual Spring Reception*
Thursday, May 30, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Twin Hills Country Club, 700 Wolf Swamp Road Longmeadow, MA 01106.
Suggested contribution: $100, $150, $500, $1,000, 
https://secure.actblue.com/donate/twinhills19 
RSVP to Emma Crowley at emma@mlmstrategiesllc.com 

*05/30/2019 Watertown Democratic Town Committee Meeting with Ben Bradlee, Jr*
Thursday, May 30, 7 – 9 PM
Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472
Please Join the Watertown Democratic Town Committee for a discussion with Ben Bradlee Jr, author of “The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America.” https://www.facebook.com/events/1121799654696366/ 

06/03/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting
Monday, June 3, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA
The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month. 

06/04/2019 New Bedford ALL City Dems Meeting
Tuesday, June 4, 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. 

06/08/2019 Marlborough Democratic City Committee Meeting
Saturday, June 8, 9 AM
New Horizons 400 Hemenway Street Wayside Conference Room Marlborough, MA

06/08/2019 Breakfast and March with Joe Kennedy at Pride Parade
Saturday, June 8, 11 AM
LIR, 903 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
Check in breakfast party 11:00am -12:15pm at Lir Pub & Restaurant. 
Host Contact Info: volunteer@joekennedyforcongress.com. RSVP at https://actionnetwork.org/events/march-with-joe-kennedy-pride-parade-2019-check-in-1100am-1215pm 

06/11/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, June 11, 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. 

06/13/2019 Kathleen Feldman for Beverly City Council Campaign Kickoff Party
Thursday, June 13, 5 – 8 PM
Evviva Cucina, 45 Enon Street, Beverly, MA 01915
https://www.facebook.com/events/424002021693326/ 

06/13/2019 Chicopee Dems Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 PM
Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA 01013
For more info: Meghan Balakier, CDCC Chair, meghan.balakier@gmail.com 

06/15/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats Meeting
Saturday, June 15, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford
$7 requested donation per attendee to cover room and breakfast. 
Contact Christopher Jenkins at jenkins@gwmail.gwu.edu for more information. 

06/15/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee
Saturday, June 15, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.
Robert Isadore, Chairman velore20@gmail.com 

*06/15/2019 Plymouth County Democratic League*
Saturday, June 15, 1 – 5 PM
199 Colonel Hunt Dr., Abington, MA 02351
Please join PCDL for our summer cook out. Burgers, dogs, chicken. Cash Bar. Swimming pool. Bring the kids. Of course there will be lots of politicians. Only $10.00 per person. Kids under 12 free. Purchase at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/pcdljun15 

06/17/2019 Lynn Democratic City Committee Meeting
Monday, June 17, 7 PM
Hibernian Hall, 105 Federal St., Lynn, MA 01905
For further information, please contact Agnes Ricko, Chair at 781-599-9347 or alfredricko@comcast.net

*06/22/2019 Sterling Democrats Summer Picnic – Keynote Speaker: Jim McGovern*
Saturday, June 22, 11 AM – 2:30 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. 

07/13/2019 Wayland Dems Summer Picnic
Saturday, July 13
Home of Judy Ling & Steve Klitgord, 274 Concord Road, Wayland, MA 01778
Save the date for food, drink, and special guests. Rain date TBD. Contact: waylanddems@gmail.com

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

08/10/2019 DSC Meeting
Saturday, August 10
Location: First Congressional District. 
Watch https://massdems.org/ for details and exact location. 

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. 

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

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 

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. 

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