July 1, 2019/Weekly Column

Pre-Fourth of July Week Edition – Many New Events

Greetings from Kate
Dear Democrats, 

I was privileged to spend last week in DC with almost 100 young people from the High School Democrats of America. It was a great week with speakers, legislators, skill building, as well as sightseeing and having fun. I encourage campaigns to involve high school students and other young people in meaningful roles. If they show interest and are willing to take responsibility, look to them to take on meaningful roles. Give them opportunities to learn and grow. It’s actually good advice for all volunteers. 

Following up on that topic, Democrats as young as 16 can apply to be add-on delegates to the state convention. Minorities, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community are also eligible to apply. APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 8 at 5:00 pm. Apply here: 
http://bit.ly/2019AddonApplication 

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. 

Thank You Matt Shear
Matt has been working with me on the Dispatch since 2008. One night, leading up to the election, as I was falling asleep at the keyboard I sent out a plea for help. Several people responded and we worked as a multi-person team for a while. For almost eleven years, Matt has been working side by side with me as the Dispatch has gone out every week. In addition to working on adding events to the calendar, he became the editor of the “You have to laugh” section. As the Dispatch transitions to be done in collaboration with the Mass Dems, Matt will be taking a break from the Dispatch. I am eternally grateful for his help! 

Ideas for Committees – Send Us YOUR Idea, Add-on applications.
Is there something that your local Democratic Committee does that you think would be helpful to other committees? Do you have a “best practice” to share that you think would be helpful? Let us know!! 
As we continue the transition of the Dispatch to a collaborative effort with the Democratic Party, we are looking for your ideas. Send them to events@massdems.org with the subject line, “Ideas for Committees.”  
REMINDERS: 
The deadline for add-on applications is July 8, at 5 pm. If people came to your local caucus and expressed an interest in the add-on process, this is a good time to follow-up amd s[read the word to your committee members. Here’s a link:  http://bit.ly/2019AddonApplication 
Reorg is coming soon. Click here for details or scroll down. 

July 12 – Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Detention Camps*
On July 12th, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps ( https://www.lightsforliberty.org ), will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. There are events in Boston, Cambridge, Martha’s Vineyard, Pittsfield, Framingham, Hyannis, Provincetown and Salem.  

Update: Submitting Events to the 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:

06/28/2019 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/ 
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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/ 
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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/ 
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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 / 
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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. 
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*06/29/2019 Boston City Council At Large Candidates “Meet-and-Greet”*
Saturday, June 29, 2 – 4 PM
Honan-Allston Library, 300 N Harvard St, Allston
The Allston Civic Association is hosting a meet and greet where each Boston City Council At-Large candidate will be given 4-5 minutes to share brief introduction of themselves, an explanation of why they are running for the Boston City Council and what challenges and opportunities they see citywide. 
This event will be free and open to the public with light refreshments provided. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/381327499153892/ 
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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 
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*06/30/2019 Congressman Joe Kennedy III – Newton Town Hall*
Sunday, June 30, Noon – 1:30 PM
Newton North High School, 457 Walnut St, Newton
Questions from attendees may be submitted at a ‘question sign-up’ table on site and picked at random. Doors will open at 11:30AM. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/222143655335428/ 
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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. 
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*06/30/2019 Boston T Party Rally: Unfair Hikes Action to Fix the T – Hosted by Councilor Michelle Wu*
Sunday, June 30, 1 PM
Park Street Station
Councilor Michelle Wu is hosting a rally to protest the recent MBTA fare hikes amid derailments and ongoing service disruptions due to a deteriorating system lacking leadership, investment and accountability. At the rally, materials will be distributed for a day of action to take place on the following day. More details and sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/320940038814265/ 
Signup: https://bit.ly/2FFr2Z0 
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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 
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*07/01/2019 Councilor Michelle Wu’s UnfairHikes Action Rally *
Monday, July 1, 6:30 – 9:30 AM
Our goal for Monday, July 1st, is to station volunteers at each MBTA stop and on each train during the morning rush hour commute, helping to engage riders and spark a conversation throughout the day and beyond about what we could do NOW if we marshal the political will to act with urgency. Councilor Michelle Wu will be greeting volunteers at the following locations and time: 7-7:30 at Ashmont Station, 7:30am-8am at JFK/Umass Station, and 9am-9:30am at Park St. Station. More details and sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/320940038814265 or contact MassDems Political Director, Nigel Simon at nigel@massdems.org 
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*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/ 
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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. 
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*07/02/2019 Jynai McDonald’s Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser*
Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artepizza, 272 Worthington Street, Springfield
Come celebrate Springfield Ward 4 City Council candidate Jynai McDonald’s birthday with free pizza, excellent atmosphere, full bar, and a great staff. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/888971071439657/ [back]

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. 
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*07/08/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting*
Monday, July 8, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA
The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month.  
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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/ 
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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/ [back]

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. 
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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/ 
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*07/10/2019 Pembroke July DTC Meeting*
Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Pembroke Town Hall, 2nd floor, 100 Center St, Pembroke, 02359
July meeting of the Pembroke Democratic Town Committee Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/459448364808269/ [back]

*07/11/2019 Cook Committee Summer Fundraiser*
Thursday, July 11, 5 – 6:30 PM
Sophias Sports Bar and Pizza, 463 Breckwood Blvd, Springfield
Join the Cook Committee for our Summer Fundraiser in support of LaMar Cook for Springfield City Council at Large. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/386613291957972/ 
All donation amounts are welcome. If you cannot make this event please consider donating online at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/lamar-cook-1 or mail contributions to The Cook Committee 235 State S #114 Springfield, MA 01103 [back]

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 
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*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/ 
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*07/12/2019 Boston Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Detention Camps*
Friday, July 12, 7 PM
20 Bradston St, Boston
On July 12th, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps ( https://www.lightsforliberty.org ), will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. 
If you live in the Boston area, join us outside the ICE Detention Center (on the campus of the Suffolk County House of Corrections, 20 Bradston Street, Boston) – or even in front of your own home – to hold a candle and share a moment of silence. Details and RSVP: http://bit.ly/2ZVFgNs [back]

07/13/2019 Marlborough Democratic City Committee Meeting
Saturday, July 13, 9 AM
New Horizons 400 Hemenway Street Wayside Conference Room Marlborough, MA
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*07/13/2019 March for Immigrant Lives*
Saturday, July 13, 11 AM – 3 PM
Boston
March for Immigrant Lives. Until every cage is opened. Until every family is reunited. Until every child is free. 
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/629530030883431/ 
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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
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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/ 
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*07/13/2019 MetroWest Young Democrats July Meet Up*
Saturday, July 13, 2 – 4 PM
B Sisters Cafe, 680 Worcester Rd, Framingham
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/447933752664596/ [back]

*07/14/2019 Southampton Democratic Town Committee 3rd Annual Friends and Family Picnic*
Sunday, July 14, 1 – 4 PM
Conant Park, East Street, Southampton (behind Edwards Library)
Suggested donations – $15.00 per person/$25.00 per family (under 12 free). Suggested sponsor amount is $50. Advance tickets available or tickets can be purchased at the door. Make checks payable to Southampton DTC. Mail to PO Box 53, Southampton, MA 01073 
RSVP by July 12, 2019 at Southamptonmadems@gmail.com, with a SDTC member, or here: https://www.facebook.com/events/369982620311803/ 
Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, salmon burgers, salads and desserts will be served.There will be a variety of games and the chance to chat with a Local/State Official. 
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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
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*07/14/2019 Michelle Wu’s Roslindale Backyard Party*
Sunday, July 14, 3 – 5 PM
Roslindale
Please join our hosts Laura Gang and Steve, Emily and Louisa Gag for a Backyard Party with City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu. Performing live, the funk, blues & soul band “Mythical Beasts” led by singer/songwriter and Rozzie resident Zoe Knight. 
RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/roslindalebackyardparty19 Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/380957635859320/ 
To join the Host Committee, email Anthony: anthony@michelleforboston.com Questions: sharon@michelleforboston.com [back]

*07/15/2019 Western Mass Young Dems Monthly Meeting *
Monday, July 15, 6 – 7 PM
Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton
This meeting will be located inside the Watson room (Region 2). They will also be continuing to fill some of the open leadership positions within the chapter. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1528443280627465/ [back]

*07/15/2019 Central Mass Young Dems Elections/Social Hour*
Monday, July 15, 7 – 9 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/ 
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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  
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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 .  
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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/ 
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*07/19/2019 Springfield Ward 8 Fundraiser DCC*
Friday, July 19, 6 PM
117 Main St. Indian Orchard 
Annual fundraiser to send Springfield Ward 8 delegates to Convention. Good food, good friends and good times. Please come out! Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2294927723929684/ [back]

07/21/2019 Acton Democrats Meeting
Sunday, July 21, 6 PM
Location TBD. 
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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 
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*07/24/2019 Western Mass Young Dems Meeting *
Wednesday, July 24, 6 – 7 PM
Springfield Central Library, 220 State St, Springfield
Join the WMYD, in region 1, for their monthly meeting to discuss initiatives in Western Mass.They will also be continuing to fill some of the open leadership positions within the chapter. For more info contact western_mass@ydma.org.Detailshttps://www.facebook.com/events/472779839949089/ [back]

*07/25/2019 GBYD #YoungDemsRead Book Club: The Fifth Risk*
Thursday, July 25, 6 – 8 PM
Downeast Cider House, 256 Marginal Street #32, Boston
Join #YoungDemsRead in reading “The Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis in July. Meet new friends in Boston and discuss this spellbinding piece. They will also be hosting a book exchange. If you’d like to participate, bring a book you are willing to part with and you will leave with another book in return to enjoy! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/379858865993821/ [back]

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/ 
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*07/27/2019 Springfield Ward 8 DCC Committee July Meeting*
Saturday, July 27, 10 – 11:45 AM
117 Main St, Indian Orchard
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/488868624985145/ Contact: spfldward8dems@gmail.com [back]

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 
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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/ 
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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 
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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 ,  
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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. 
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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.  
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*07/29/2019 Somerville Dems Councillor At-Large Forum*
Monday, July 29, 7 PM
To be determined
The July meeting of the Somerville Democratic City Committee will include a candidate forum. They have invited all of the 8 candidates for City Councillor At-Large. More details on this to come, but please save the date. [back]

*08/05/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting*
Monday, August 5, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA
The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month.  
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*08/06/2019 New Bedford ALL City Dems Meeting*
Tuesday, August 6, 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. 
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*08/10/2019 Democratic State Committee Meeting*
Saturday, August 10, 9 AM
Easthampton High School, 70 Williston Ave, Easthampton, MA 01027
09am Refreshments served. 
at 9AM. 10am Meeting begins. 
All Democrats are welcome. Many Democrats and guests attend on a regular basis. It’s a great opportunity for local activists to observe the Democratic State Committee. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2214925381919210/ 
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08/11/2019 Marlborough Dems Barbecue
Sunday, August 11, 9 AM
Save the date! 
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08/11/2019 Waltham Dems Summer Barbecue
Sunday, August 11, 1 PM
Save the date! 
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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. 
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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. 
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08/14/2019 Natick Dems Picnic
Wednesday, August 14
SAVE THE DATE! 
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08/22/2019 Michelle Wu’s Annual Block Party
Thursday, August 22, 5:30 – 8 PM
Augustus Avenue in Roslindale
Save the Date!  
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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/ 
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*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/ 
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*08/24/2019 August 2019 Northboro Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Saturday, August 24, 7 – 8:45 PM
Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St, Northborough
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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. 
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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/ 
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*09/06/2019 Worcester Pride Pageant*
Friday, September 6, 6 – 10 PM
El-Basha 256 Park Ave, Worcester
Doors open at 6 pm. This spirited event is always great fun and provides an evening full of entertainment as they crown Ms. Worcester Pride (self identified female), Mr. Worcester Pride (self identified male), Mx. Worcester Pride (self identified gender neutral) and Miss Gay Worcester (traditional Drag title). Get tickets and/or sign up to compete here: http://bit.ly/2RGIWiR [back]

*09/07/2019 MDCC September Meeting*
Saturday, September 7, 9 – 10:15 AM
New Horizons, 400 Hemenway St, Marlborough
September meeting of Marlborough Democratic City Committee. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/870256970000761/ [back]

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 
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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.  
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09/28/2019 Danvers Democratic Town Committee Oktoberfest – SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, September 28
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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. 
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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. 
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10/25/2019 Barbara Gray Dinner in Wellfleet
Friday, October 25
Save the date!! 
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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 
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11/13/2019 DSC Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 6 PM
Location: Eighth Congressional District. 
Watch https://massdems.org/ for details and exact location. 
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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 

 

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.