Greetings from Patrick (& Kate)
As we head into the end of July, town and city committees across the state are holding their annual summer socials, picnics, BBQs, and more! Right now, the dispatch includes summer events hosted by committees from Yarmouth, Ashland/Holliston/Hopkinton, Medway, Salem, Falmouth, Franklin, the Cape and Islands, Marlborough, Waltham, Melrose, Marblehead, Natick, Tewksbury, Carlise/3rd Middlesex area, Neponset Valley Young Dems, Beverly, Springfield, Haverhill, Wellesley, and Westfield. If you live near these events, be sure to RSVP and stop by. It’s a great way to connect with fellow Democrats while enjoying good company, good weather, and, of course, great food!
The 2019 Massachusetts Democratic Party State Convention is also fast approaching. If you’re not a delegate this year, no worries! You can still buy a ticket as a guest to the convention. If you purchase a guest pass, you’ll be able to attend the convention as well as participate in the breakout sessions. See details and purchase passes here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019convguest
We look forward to seeing you at these great events!
Communications Manager, Massachusetts Democratic Party
If you know of an event that’s not listed, reach out to us at email@example.com and we’ll include it in the next edition of the dispatch! If you have events that you would like to include in our weekly Dispatch, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday at 5:00 pm so we can include in our Friday email.
Ideas for Committees -Check the Box Weekend of Action August 3rd!
On the weekend of August 3rd, the Mass Dems will be hosting a Check the Box Voter Registration Weekend of Action across the state. Join the DTCs, youth groups, and other activists that have already signed up to organize door-to-door registration drives in their own communities.
To access our Democratic values one-pager, please click here: http://bit.ly/2JDWysP
To access Check the Box, please click here: http://bit.ly/2XY1Rr9
July 12 – Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Detention Camps TODAY! FRIDAY!
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. Communities through the Commonwealth have been signing on. Check for an event near you!
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 email@example.com. This is the best way to get your events listed.
– If you have a mailing list that you use for events, please include firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.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.
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/
*07/19/2019 Charlestown Meet and Greet Fundraiser for Jeff Ross, Candidate for Boston City Councilor At-Large*
Friday, July 19, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
RSVP for Address
Please RSVP if you are going to attend by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1721666511473443/
*07/20/2019 Grafton Democratic Town Committee Coffee Hour*
Saturday, July 20, 9 – 10 AM
Pub 122, 215 Worcester St, North Grafton, MA 01536
Informal coffee hour, generally the third Saturday of the month. Contact email@example.com for more info.
*07/20/2019 Ward 6 Democratic Committee Springfield Meeting*
Saturday, July 20, 11:45 AM – 1 PM
Forest Park Library, 380 Belmont Ave, Springfield, Massachusetts 01108
The committee will continue planning for a pre-preliminary candidate forum and the convention in Springfield. There will also be updates as to preparing for members to appear on next year’s primary ballot. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/469516173874355/
07/20/2019 Annual Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee BBQ – NEW DATE
Saturday, July 20, 1 – 4 PM
133 Center street, Yarmouth Port
Good food, great conversation and wonderful friends.
Suggested donation $20/person.
RECP firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bob at 508-362-1696.
07/21/2019 Ashland, Holliston and Hopkinton Dems Summer Social
Sunday, July 21, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Private Home in Ashland
Join neighbors, State officials, and fellow Democrats at the Ashland, Holliston, and Hopkinton summer barbecue. There will be soft drinks, burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, salads and desserts. Please consider bringing donations for the “A Place to Turn” food pantry serving Metrowest. RSVP at email@example.com to receive the address of the gathering. If you have questions about the event, please contact Makeda Keegan at (617) 564-0543.
*07/21/2019 Rally with Rep. Connolly*
Sunday, July 21, 2 – 3:30 PM
Hurley Street Neighborhod Farm, 213 Hurley Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Join State Rep. Mike Connolly and housing justice activists from around the city for a gathering and volunteer canvass in support of the grassroots effort to reclaim the Sullivan Courthouse site for affordable housing, community and arts space, and a public park or courtyard. Sign the petition via CourthouseGarage.org. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2296573890419181/
07/21/2019 Medway Democratic Town Committee Summer BBQ
Sunday, July 21, 4 – 7 PM
RSVP for details and address: firstname.lastname@example.org
07/21/2019 Acton Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Sunday, July 21, 6 – 7:30 PM
Spicepepper Garden, 36 Great Road, Acton
The Agenda and Minutes will go out a week before the meeting. They will be discussing current issues, the AB Picnic on September 8th in Boxborough, and the Democratic Issues Convention September 14th in Springfield. Contact: email@example.com Details: http://www.actondems.org/events/2018/3/18/acton-democratic-town-committee-zyp6k
*07/22/2019 Representative Tami Gouveia’s Transit Town Hall*
Monday, July 22, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St, Concord, Massachusetts
Share your thoughts on the state’s transit system with State Representative Tami Gouveia and join in exploring solutions! Questions/more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
07/23/2019 Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for Melissa Mazzeo For Mayor of Springfield
Tuesday, July 23, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Italian-American Club, 203 Newell Street, Pittsfield
Come meet and chat with City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo to hear about her views and support her in her campaign for Mayor. Tickets are $20 per person. Children 10 & Under are Free *payment made at door*. RSVP by calling: (413) 441-0893 Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/475202843234864/
*07/23/2019 Campaign Fundraiser for Marty Lorrey, Candidate for Lowell City Council*
Tuesday, July 23, 6 – 8 PM
IV Seasons Restaurant, 373 Central St, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Join Marty Lorrey for a campaign fundraiser. Suggested donation $20. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/448760312370647/
07/23/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee
Tuesday, July 23, 7 PM
Community Room, 135 Lafayette Street, Salem
Contact: James Willis, Chair, email@example.com
07/24/2019 Summer Countdown Kick-off for Anne Beauregard for Brockton Councilor-at-Large
Wednesday, July 24, 5:30 – 8 PM
Brack’s Grille & Tap, 1280 Belmont St, Brockton, 02301
Join friends and supporters as the Anne Beauregard Campaign starts the countdown to Sept. 17 and Preliminary Election Day. Suggested contribution: $20.19 ($25+ gets you a collectible Anne Beauregard “@”campaign button.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/472779839949089/
07/24/2019 Women for Jimmy Pereira for Brockton Mayor
Wednesday, July 24, 6 – 8:30 PM
Tamboo Bistro, 252 Main St, Brockton, 02301
Join the Jimmy Pereira Campaign for the Women for Jimmy event, a night honoring and celebrating the women that have paved the way for all of us! Appetizers will be served with a cash bar available.
To join the host committee, email: email@example.com Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/437179537115616/
07/24/2019 Bay State Stonewall Democrats Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 – 9 PM
Newton City Hall and War Memorial, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre
Join the BSSDs for their board meeting. Details and RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2835679436456453/
*07/24/2019 Annual Brookline Democratic Town Committee Chinese Buffet Fundraiser*
Wednesday, July 24, 7 – 9 PM
Sichuan Gourmet Restaurant, 1006 Beacon Street, Brookline (St. Mary’s T Stop)
The theme of the fundraiser is Mobilizing America’s Youth: What We Need to Know about Young People and Voting (and what this means for the future of our country). They will be joined by special guest Governor Michael Dukakis. Dinner will take place first, followed by guest speaker Hon. Alan Solomont, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.) to Spain, at 7:45 PM.
RSVP and tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2019fund Details: https://www.brooklinedems.org/events/2019/7/24/the-bdtc-annual-fundraiserQuestions or to pay by check: firstname.lastname@example.org
07/24/2019 Maynard Democratic Town Committee July Meeting
Wednesday, July 24, 7 PM
Maynard Public Library, Roosevelt Room, 77 Nason St, Maynard
Join the Maynard DTC for their monthly meeting. They will discuss the upcoming Maynard Fest as well as other agenda items. All Maynard Democrats are welcome. Contact: email@example.com .
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/
07/25/2019 Heather May for Watlham Council Campaign Kick Off
Thursday, July 25, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Pizzi Farm, 549 Lincoln St, Waltham, 02451
Join Heather May as she Kicks Off her campaign for City Councilor of Ward 2! This is a chance to chat with the candidate, enjoy some food and music, and get to know her hopes for Waltham and Ward 2! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/310690542981165/
07/25/2019 Beach, Cocktails, and Conversation in Support of Representative Kearney
Thursday, July 25, 7 – 9 PM
RSVP for Address
Join Representative Kearney for his summer fundraiser. Donations Accepted Online or at the Door. Suggested Donations: $25/$50/$100/$250/$500. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/504812033394297/
*07/26/2019 Campaign Kick Off for Johnnie Ray McKnight, Candidate for Springfield City Council At-Large*
Friday, July 26, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Shakago, 23 Hampden Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103
Come get to know Johnnie Ray Mcknight, candidate for Springfield City Council At – Large Friday July, 26, 2019. There will be a buffet and cash bar. Doors open at 5:30. Suggested donations are $25, $50, $100, $250, and $500. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/639446483236232/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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: email@example.com
*07/27/2019 Join Attorney General Maura Healey on the Cape*
Saturday, July 27, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
An Event Honoring Maura Healey hosted by Senator Julian Cyr, Representative Sarah Peake, Christine Barker, Mike Carroll, Stewart Clifford, Rev. John Finley IV & Stan McGee, Val Frias, David Goldman & Jacques Abatto, Gabby Hanna & Marcy Feller, Kimberly Hoover, Rick McCarthy & Franc Castro, Terrence Meck, Neal Minahan, Bryan Rafanelli & Mark Walsh, Steve Ridini & Michael Hartwig, Alix Ritchie & Marty Davis, William Sherr, and Judy Sunblade. Details and tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/20190727_ptown
*07/27/2019 Summer Celebration with Senator Feeney & Congressman Kennedy*
Saturday, July 27, 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Mansfield Elks #2633, 140 N Main St, Mansfield
A Summer Fundraising Event In Honor of State Senator Paul Feeney with Special Guest, Congressman Joe Kennedy III. Donations To The Feeney Committee Gratefully Accepted: $25 / $50 / $100 / $500 Seniors, Veterans & Children Attend for Free. Purchase tickets: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/julyfun
Please RSVP by emailing Manager@VoteFeeney.Com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/682599195498917/
*07/27/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee Annual Picnic*
Saturday, July 27, 2 – 5 PM
Collins Cove, Salem
Join Salem Democrats, family, friends and local elected officials and candidates for a family friendly picnic. Please bring something to share from one of the following categories: Entree, Salad, Appetizer, or Dessert.
Requested Donation: $15 per person / $25 per family. Checks can be made out to “Salem Democratic City Committee”. Payment will be accepted at the event. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/462254097676061/
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
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
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 Worcester Democrats Night at the Worcester Bravehearts!
Monday, July 29, 5 – 8 PM
Hanover Insurance Park-Worcester Bravehearts, 303 Main St, Worcester
First Pitch: 6:30PM; Tent Open: 5:00PM. Enjoy a classic all-you-can-eat ballpark menu and all-you-can-drink soda and water. Cash bar available. Catered buffet starts 90 minutes before the first pitch. Tickets: Individual: $35, Children under 12: $15, Family of four: $90, Couple: $60, Senior Citizen: $25. Tickets are available for purchase at the door or here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/wdccbravehearts Must RSVP by July 22: firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for special guests! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2331988227015679/
*07/29/2019 Young Democrats of Massachusetts LGBTQIA+ Caucus Election*
Monday, July 29, 6 – 8 PM
Club Cafe Boston, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston
The Young Massachusetts Democrats LGBTQIA+ Caucus will be holding elections! All positions will be available, these include chair, vice chair and secretary. If you have any questions please PM the LGBTQIA+ Caucus on Facebook. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2164227437009705/
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
Contact: Janet Cason at email@example.com.
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.
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.
*07/30/2019 Fundraiser for DNC Organizing Corps 2020: Brookline, Newton and Wellesley DTC and Force Multiplier*
Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
30 Chase Street, Newton Centre, MA, 02459
Join the Democratic Town Committees of Brookline, Newton, and Wellesley and Force Multiplier to support the DNC’s Organizing Corps 2020, which is recruiting and training young people in key battleground states to work on the 2020 presidential campaign, starting this summer. Special guest Meg Ansara, Co-founder of Organizing Corps 2020. Details: https://www.brooklinedems.org/events/2019/7/30/support-organizing-corps-2020 RSVP and donations: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/forcemultiplier19orgcorpsfl
*07/30/2019 Arlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting/Night One Debate Watch*
Tuesday, July 30, 7 – 10 PM
Function Room, Common Ground Arlington, 319 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474
All interested Democrats are invited to the meeting, the debate watch, or both. For more information, visit https://arlingtondems.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/adtcma or call Chair Aimee Coolidge at 781-646-5339.
*07/30/2019 Grafton Democratic Town Committee Debate Watch Party (Night 1)*
Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 – 10 PM
Pub 122, 215 Worcester St, North Grafton, MA 01536
Come grab a drink, have dinner, and watch the next Democratic presidential primary debate with your fellow Grafton Democrats. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
*07/30/2019 Shirley Dems Debate Watch Party*
Tuesday, July 30, 8 – 11 PM
The Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Rd, Shirley, Massachusetts 01464
The party begins at 8:00 PM and the debate starts at 9:00 PM. Tickets are going fast — RSVP here by July 25th to ensure a spot: http://bit.ly/2JBRncX
Cosponsored by Senators Jamie Eldridge and Ed Kennedy; Representative Jen Benson; Shirley, Pepperell, Ayer, Harvard, Littleton, and other area Democratic Town Committees; and Indivisible Nashoba
*07/31/2019 Taco Night Fund Raiser for Victor Davila, Candidate for Springfield Ward 6 City Councilor*
Wednesday, July 31, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Salsa Gourmet Mexican, 403 Dickinson St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01108
Come and enjoy Tacos and a good atmosphere in support of Victor for City Council Ward 6. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/478525292914080/
08/01/2019 Let’s Party with Rep. Nika Elugardo
Thursday, August 1, 6 – 8 PM
The Frogmore: Lowcountry Kitchen and Bar, 365 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, 02130
Join Nika for summer fun and a dance-off to celebrate her birthday! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1100196923502519/
08/01/2019 Rugelach with Ruth Balser
Thursday, August 1, 7 – 9 PM
RSVP for Address
JALSA, the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA), is hosting a summer crowdraising event.Representative Balser will join a discussion on immigrant justice and progressive issues. A ticket to this event is a donation of any amount, which will go to support JALSA’s efforts to stand up for immigrants.
Your invitation for our Rugelach with Ruth Balser will be emailed to you once a donation has been made.
T ickets and RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/rugelachwithruth
*08/01/2019 Grafton Democratic Town Committee Meeting*
Thursday, August 1, 7 – 9 PM
Grafton Municipal Center, 30 Providence Rd, Grafton, MA 01519
Business meeting, generally the first Thursday of the month. Contact email@example.com for more info.
*08/01/2019 Newton Dems Exec Committee Meeting*
Thursday, August 1, 7:30 – 9 PM
Women’s Club, 72 Columbus Street, Newton, MA 02459
Regular meeting of the Newton Dems executive committee whose members include Ward and City Committee officers. All are welcome. Open to the public. Details: https://newtondems.org/calendar/aug2019-meeting
*08/03/2019 John May Backyard Party with the Franklin Democratic Town Committee*
Saturday, August 3, Noon – 4 PM
7 Copperfield Lane, Franklin
Please join hosts John and Laura May for a Backyard Party. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage and a side dish if they can, but it is not required! RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org Details: https://www.facebook.com/franklindemocrats/
08/03/2019 Boston Fundraiser for Dr Cara Berg-Powers for Worcester School Committee
Saturday, August 3, 6 – 8 PM
RSVP for Address
Come support or get to know more about Worcester School Committee candidate Dr. Cara Berg Powers!
08/04/2019 Chillin & Grillin Potluck with the Cape and Islands Democratic Committee
Sunday, August 4, 2 – 5 PM
Home in Harwich
Join the CIDC for a summer cookout. Special Guests TBA, Cost $25, Students Free (but please sign up). The CIDC asks that attendees please bring side, veggie or desert dish. Email Steve Leibowitz with dish & other questions at: StevenL57@gmail.com. RSVP and details:
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.
08/06/2019 Pasta Dinner for Mark Brazeau for Pittsfield School Committee
Tuesday, August 6, 6 – 8 PM
Italian-American Club, 203 Newell Street, Pittsfield
Tickets are $20 per person. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/408242879766685/
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.
08/08/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 8, 6:30 – 8 PM
Logan Auditorium, Thayer Public Library, 798 Washington St., Braintree
08/09/2019 Annual Pints and Politics at the Beer Garden in Springfield
Friday, August 9, 5 – 8 PM
White Lion Brewing, 1477 Main St, Springfield
White Lion’s 1st Annual Pints and Politics provides an opportunity for local officials, candidates running for office, and their supporters to take a Friday evening break, unwind, and chat it up in a relaxed non-judgmental environment. This is a social event, not a political event. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2137401859715073/
08/10/2019 Democratic State Committee Meeting
Saturday, August 10, 9 AM
Easthampton High School, 70 Williston Ave, Easthampton, MA 01027
09:00am Refreshments served.
10:00am 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.
08/10/2019 Summer Social with Rep. Sabadosa
Saturday, August 10, Noon – 3 PM
Pulaski Park, 240 Main St, Northampton
Cool off with local watermelon, chat with the Rep about your thoughts on the 1st Hampshire District and Massachusetts, or just pop by to say hello. All are welcome! Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/473349290101564/
08/10/2019 Marlborough Dems Annual Barbecue
Saturday, August 10, 12:30 – 4 PM
Villages at Crane Meadow Clubhouse, 7 Canterbury, Marlborough
08/11/2019 14th Annual Waltham Democratic City Committee Cookout & Picnic
Sunday, August 11, 1 – 4 PM
Prospect Hill Park, Lower Picnic Area, 322 Totten Pond Rd, Waltham
This event is free for members of the Waltham Democratic City Committee. The cost for guests is $5.00 each. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, and tonic. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.
All Waltham area Democrats are welcome. All attendees must RSVP by August 8th, to email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 781-962-6577.
08/13/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 13, 7 PM
Beverly Public Library, Beverly Farms Branch, 24 Vine Street
For more information contact Chairman Jim Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-618-5188.
08/13/2019 Medway Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 13, 7 PM
T.C. Scoops, 104 Main St, Medway
All Medway Democrats welcome! Questions: Email@medwaydemocrats.org
08/14/2019 Natick Dems Picnic
Wednesday, August 14
SAVE THE DATE!
08/15/2019 Worcester School Committee Candidates’ Forum
Thursday, August 15, 6 – 8 PM
Levi Lincoln chamber of City Hall, 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
The City of Worcester Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (ACSW) is hosting a school committee candidates’ forum on Thursday August 15th, 2019. The forum will provide an opportunity for the community to get to know the candidates. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/471615377004647/
*08/15/2019 Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee Summer Social*
Thursday, August 15, 7 – 11 PM
TJ Callahan’s Pub, 1475 Main Street, Tewksbury
Join the Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee for their summer social. All state & local area Democrats, elected officials, and candidates are welcome to attend. Questions: email@example.com
08/17/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee
Saturday, August 17, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.
Robert Isadore, Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org
08/18/2019 Third Middlesex Area Democrats Picnic Hosted by Carlisle DTC
Sunday, August 18, 1 – 4 PM
Home of Bob & Marcia Wallhagen, 64 Timothy Lane, Carlisle, MA 01741
Great food & drinks, Great friends, and a repeat performance of our great Jazz Band. We expect to have our State Senator Michael Barrett & State Rep Tami Gouveia in attendance, along with representatives from Presidential campaigns. It should be a Great Democratic Party! $10 per person (or more to support Democratic efforts going forward). Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 978-369-7802 to ensure adequate food.
08/20/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting
Tuesday, August 20, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
*08/21/2019 Melrose Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*
Wednesday, August 21, 7:30 PM
Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 W Emerson St, Melrose, Massachusetts 02176
Agenda to follow. Remaining 2019 monthly meetings: 9/18, 10/1, 11/20, and 12/18. Contact: mail@MelroseDems.org Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/299273274056005/
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 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 and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/335192517155635/
08/24/2019 August 2019 Northboro Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, August 24, 7 – 8:45 PM
Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St, Northborough
Join the Northboro DTC for their monthly meeting.
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.
*08/26/2019 Sterling Democratic Committee Presentation on the Plight of North Atlantic right whales*
Monday, August 26, 7 – 8 PM
The Butterick Building, Rm 205, 1 Park Street, Sterling, Ma. 01564
The presentation will explain the plight of the North Atlantic right whales and what Massachusetts residents/ voters can do to help. Alanna Kelly from the International Fund for Animal Welfare ( IFAW) will be the guest speaker. This is open to the public and all are welcome. The North Atlantic right whale is the official marine mammal of Massachusetts and are one of the most endangered large whale species. Attendees and committee members will hear a resolution asking for their support for right whale conservation (The SAVE Act). Contact: Sterlingdems@gmail.com
*08/28/2019 13th Annual Democrats of Distinction Awards Banquet – Springfield Democratic City Commiite*
Wednesday, August 28, 6 – 9 PM
Springfield Lodge of the ELks # 61440, Tiffany St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01108
Please join the Springfield Democratic City Committee in honoring Springfield Democratic activists. Four city-wide awards will be given along with eight awards honoring individuals in each of the city’s wards for their achievements.
Tickets are $50 and include access to the event, cocktail reception, and dinner. Purchase here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sdcc2019awards or by sending a check to the Springfield Democratic City Committee, C/O Treasurer Geoffrey F.X. O’Connell, at 2 Veterans Way, Springfield, MA 01108. For more information contact Vice Chairman Victor Davila at (413) 297-8614 or email@example.com . Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/354194551927921/
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/
*09/07/2019 Haverhill Democratic City Committee’s Annual Breakfast*
Saturday, September 7, 10 AM
Maria’s Family Restaurant, Galleria Banquet Room, 85 Essex Street, Haverhill
Join the Haverhill DTC for their Annual Breakfast. Candidates for local municipal offices will be attending, along with state and federal elected officials. 2019 Distinguished Democrats will be awarded and straw poll for municipal elections will be conducted on all contested races. Open to the public and tickets are $25.00. Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended as this event will sell out early. For more info contact Roz McKeon, Breakfast Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
11/13/2019 DSC Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 6 PM
Location: Eighth Congressional District.
Watch https://massdems.org/ for details and exact location.
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.
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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.