February 18, 2020/Democratic Dispatch

Welcome back to the Bay State! Caucuses, Campaign Kick-offs, & More!

Dear Democrats,

First, let me just say: welcome back to the Bay State Massachusetts Democrats! I know you’re tired from knocking doors in New Hampshire, but your work is not over yet. Super Tuesday is just a few weeks away. With all the presidential campaigns staffing up here in our state, there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved with your candidate. Check their websites for upcoming canvasses and phone banks.

Leading up to March 3rd, make sure that you, your friends, and your family members make a plan to vote. That means asking questions like: are you voting in person or mailing in an absentee ballot? Will you vote before work, after work, or on your lunch break? Can you take public transportation to your polling place or will you need to ask a friend for a ride? Thinking about these questions in advance can help you troubleshoot anything that might keep you from voting on primary day. 

One last note: MassDems’ caucus season officially begins this weekend–we’re excited to start welcoming folks as delegates to our Convention! For all our locally involved Democrats looking for caucus information: you can find the dates, times, and locations of all scheduled caucuses here. To all our town and ward committee chairs running their caucuses this weekend–good luck! Don’t hesitate to call our caucus hotline at (617) 939-0800.

Have a great weekend!

All the best,

Allison Mitchell
Communications Manager, Massachusetts Democratic Party

 

Ideas for Committees

Take your caucus online! Your caucus is a unique opportunity for Democrats from your town or ward to come together and talk about the issues and candidates most important to them ahead of the 2020 election. Posting about your caucus showcases all your hard work and encourages folks to engage with your committee in the future. Take plenty of pictures and post them on social media with #MassDemsCaucus. Make sure to tag us @massdems, and your post just might get shared on our account!

 

Event Details

2/15/2020 Greater Lowell Area Democrats Meeting

Saturday, February 15, 8 AM

10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA 01824

Join the Greater Lowell Area Democrats and special guest State Rep. Ken Gordon for their meeting on 2/15. Contact Christopher Jenkins at jenkins@gwmail.gwu.edu for more information.  

2/15/2020 Grafton Democratic Town Committee Coffee Hour
Saturday, February 15, 9 AM
Pub 122, 215 Worcester St, North Grafton, MA 01536
Join the Grafton Democratic Town Committee for their informal coffee hour, generally the third Saturday of the month. Contact democratsofgraftonma@gmail.com for more info.  

*2/15/2020 Meg Wheeler for State Senate Listening Tour*
Saturday, February 15, 9 AM
See Description For Locations and Times
Join Meg Wheeler, candidate for State Senate in the Plymouth & Norfolk, for a discussion on local issues. This is an opportunity to introduce yourself, to be heard, and to make Meg aware of what may be happening in your town. Tour stops include: 9:00 AM – Marshfield: Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield 10:30 AM – Duxbury: Duxbury Free Library, 77 Alden St, Duxbury 12:00 PM – Scituate: Scituate Town Library, 85 Branch St, Scituate 

2/15/2020 Taunton Democratic Campaign Institute
Saturday, February 15, 10 AM
The District Center For The Arts, 15 Court St, Taunton, MA 02780
Regional DCIs provide candidates, campaign staff, and activists with opportunities for attendees to ask questions, receive hands-on training, and network with other local Democrats and campaign experts. RSVP here: bit.ly/DCITaunton 

2/17/2020 The Harwich Democratic Town Committee 21st Annual JFK President’s Day Brunch
Monday, February 17, 10 AM
1421 Orleans-Harwich Rd, Harwich MA 02645
The Harwich Democratic Town Committee invites you to the 21st Annual JFK President’s Day Brunch. During the breakfast they will honoring the 2019 Award Recipients: Judith Underwood, the Mabel Canto Democrat of the Year, and Harwich Conservation Trust, receiving the James Noonan Community Service Award. Seating is limited, please RSVP by 2/11 to madawaskamarvel@gmail.com or call (415) 420-6706. $25 per person. 

2/18/2020 Pepperell Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 18, 6:45 PM
Charles Lawrence Library, 15 Main St, Pepperell, MA 01463
Join the Pepperell Democratic Town Committee for their monthly meeting. Contact tjdem@charter.net for more information. 

2/20/2020 Drinking Liberally, Co-hosted by the Fitchburg DTC (*Date Correction*)
Thursday, February 20, 7 – 9 PM
River Styx Brewing, 166 Boulder Drive, Suite 112, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Join the Fitchburg DTC, Zachary Bos, and Aidan Horgan for Drinking Liberally, a night for Dems and allies to gather in person, have some drinks, and build community. Find more information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/194076661978657  

*2/20/2020 Waltham DCC Meeting*
Thursday, February 20, 7 PM
119 School Street, Waltham (in the Auditorium)
Our next WDCC meeting will begin with a speaker from Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign going on at 7:00pm sharp, so be there early! After that, our featured presenters are the Waltham High School/Waltham Partnership for Youth Trailblazers. They will detail their work with their fellow students on stress and anxiety, depression and suicide. And at the end of the meeting, we will have a Caucus training for those running ward caucuses at the end of the month. 

2/22/2020 Salem Democratic Campaign Institute
Saturday, February 22, 10 AM
135 Lafayette Apartments, 135 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 01970
Regional DCIs provide candidates, campaign staff, and activists with opportunities for attendees to ask questions, receive hands-on training, and network with other local Democrats and campaign experts. RSVP here: bit.ly/SalemDCI 

2/23/2020 College Dems of MA Winter Leadership Summit
Sunday, February 23, 11 AM
Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075
This year, the College Dems of MA annual Winter Summit will focus on building leadership skills. They’ll have trainings, discussions, and speakers focused on leading the charge towards a successful 2020 election. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/959959051056066/ 

2/23/2020 Acton Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting
Sunday, February 23, 6 PM
Spice Pepper Garden, 36 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720
 

2/24/2020 Lowell Democratic City Committee Meeting
Monday, February 24, 7 PM
East End Club, 15 W 4th St, Lowell, MA 01850
Join the Lowell Democratic City Committee for their general meeting. Contact Judith Durant at judithdurant1@comcast.net for more information. 

*2/24/2020 Northborough Democratic Town Committee Meeting and Caucus*
Monday, February 24, 7 PM
Northborough Free Library large meeting room, 34 Main St, Northborough
Room opens at 6:30 PM. Regular meeting starts immediately after caucus ends. 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. Contact: Janet Cason at janetqcason@verizon.net. 

2/24/2020 Wellesley Democratic Town Committee Meeting and Activist Night
Monday, February 24, 7 PM
Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02481
Join the Wellesley Dems, Needham Campaigns, and Vote Forward for a night of activism. After their 7:00 pm business meeting, write letters and hear from candidates for state office and Act On MA about pending pieces of legislation at 8:15 PM. RSVP here: https://www.wellesleydems.org/events/activist-night-6  

*2/25/2020 Mardi Gras Fundraiser for Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff*
Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 – 7 PM
Old Planters Brewery, 232 Rantoul St, Beverly
Senator Joan Lovely, Representatives Jerry Parisella, and Tom Walsh, along with Sally Kearns, Stacy Ames, Estelle Rand, Julie Flowers, Kathleen Feldman, Rachel Abell, Lorinda Visnick, Molly Merluzzi, Beverley Griffin Dunne, Andrew Arnotis, Jim Thompson, Walter Stone, and Arthur Powell Cost: $25 (kids free!) Suggested Donations: $25 ~ $50 ~ $100 ~ $250 ~ $1000. You may pay at the event or donate online here https://secure.actblue.com/donate/voteduff NO one turned away for lack of funds 

*2/25/2020 Mardi Gras Party for Governor’s Councillor Eileen Duff, with Sen. Joan Lovely, Rep. Jerry Parisella and Rep. Tom Walsh.*
Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 – 7 PM
Old Planters Brewing Company, 232 Rantoul St, Beverly, MA 01915
Join Sen. Joan Lovely, Rep. Jerry Parisella, and Rep. Tom Walsh to support Governor’s Councilor Eileen Duff! Tickets are $25, kids are free. Enjoy jambalaya, cajun chicken legs, a cash bar, photo area, and masks and beads for all. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/655823391826212/  

2/26/2020 Burlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 26, 7 PM
Grand View Farm, 55 Center Street, Burlington, MA 01803
 

2/26/2020 Natick Democratic Town Committee Meeting with State Senator Becca Rausch
Wednesday, February 26, 7:30 PM
Natick Town Hall, 13 E Central St School Committee Training Room, Natick, MA 01760
Join the Natick Democratic Town Commitee and State Sen. Becca Rausch for a conversation about the Roe Act. This meeting is open to the public. 

*2/27/2020 Annual Mardi Gras Party with Governor’s Councillor Eileen Duff*
Thursday, February 27, 5 – 7 PM
Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Join Governor’s Councillor Eileen Duff and hosts Mayor Martin H. Walsh, Senator Julian Cyr, City Councilor Andrea Campbell, and many others for a Mardi Gras party at Club Cafe! There will be photos with Napoleon, table trivia, cake, and snacks. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/508521533134537/  

2/27/2020 Meet the Candidates for 37th Middlesex
Thursday, February 27, 7 – 9 PM
Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Avenue, Boxborough
Meet Danillo Seena and Dina Samfield, candidates for State Rep. for the 37th Middlesex district. Sponsored by the Boxborough and Acton DTCs. 

2/29/2020 Somerville Democratic City Committee General Meeting
Saturday, February 29, 10 AM
East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross St, Somerville, MA 02145
Join the Somerville Democratic City Committee for their general meeting. Contact info@somdems.org for more information. 

2/29/2020 Boxford Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Saturday, February 29, 3 PM
Boxford Community Center, 4 Middleton Road, Boxford (corner of Elm Street)
Agenda will include the election of representatives to the upcoming First Essex & Middlesex Senate District Conference. For further information contact: Ken Thompson, Chair@BoxfordDems.org or 978-502-2078. 

2/29/2020 Jimmy Tingle’s 2020 Vision: Why would a comedian run for office?
Saturday, February 29, 8 PM
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge
Jimmy Tingle’s 20/20 Vision is a funny, thought provoking, and hopeful look at current politics through the experience of critically acclaimed comedian and two-time Boston Magazine “Best of Boston” winner, former commentator for 60 Minutes II, and 2018 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Jimmy Tingle. 2 for 1 Discount good thru 2/14 with the code MassDems at JimmyTingle.com or 617-496-2222. 

*3/2/2020 Wilmington DTC Meeting*
Monday, March 2, 7 PM
Wilmington Community Television, 10 Waltham St, Wilmington Wilmington Community Television,10 Waltham St, Wilmington, MA
 

3/3/2020 Massachusetts Presidential Primary
Tuesday, March 3, 7 – 8 PM
Find your polling location at bit.ly/MDPPollingPlace
Register to vote, update your information, or find your polling place at: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleidx.htm  

3/7/2020 Malden Democratic City Committee Monthly Meeting
Saturday, March 7, 10 AM
Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal Street, Malden 02148
For more information, contact Adam Weldai (Chair), adamweldai@gmail.com or (781) 264-1629 

3/8/2020 Senator Pat Jehlen Re-election Kickoff with Songs of Resistance
Sunday, March 8, 5 – 7 PM
Cambridge Masonic Hall, 1950 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Light refreshments and conversation at 5 and between sets. Suggested donation: $25-$50 Sponsorships: $500-$250-$100 Contribute online at Electpatjehlen.org/donate or: CTE Pat Jehlen Committee, 67 Dane St., Somerville 02143 

3/9/2020 Franklin Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Monday, March 9, 7 – 9 PM
FranklinTV and Radio Station, 23 Hutchinson St, Franklin
 

*3/9/2020 Wellesley Town Candidates Forum*
Monday, March 9, 7 PM
Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington Street, Wellesley 219 Washington Street, Wellesley
Hear from Candidates running for town-wide office in Wellesley. RSVP at www.wellesleydems.org/events/wellesley-candidates-night 

3/14/2020 Malden Democrats Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, March 14, 9 AM
Irish American Club, 177 West Street, Malden 02148
Details to come — please stay tuned, save the date, and make plans to join us for a hearty breakfast, bad jokes, rousing speeches, and awards for hardworking Democrats. For more information, contact Adam Weldai (Chair), adamweldai@gmail.com or (781) 264-1629. 

*3/16/2020 Re-Election Kickoff for Rep Jack Lewis*
Monday, March 16, 6 – 8 PM
Springdale Beer Co, 102 Clinton St, Framingham 102 Clinton St, Framingham
Join community leaders, friends, and neighbors as we kick off Jack’s re-election campaign! And with delicious food and on tap Springdale brews, it’s sure to be a fun evening. Parents, feel free to bring your kids! We will make sure there are snacks and your entire family will enjoy, plus plenty of arcade tokens! Can’t attend? We hope you will make an investment in Jack’s campaign today. Questions: Email Jack directly at Jack@ElectJackLewis.com Donations can also be mailed to: Committee to Elect Jack Lewis PO Box 373 Ashland, MA 01721 

3/17/2020 Pepperell Democratic Town Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 17, 6:45 PM
Charles Lawrence Library, 15 Main St, Pepperell, MA 01463
Join the Pepperell Democratic Town Committee for their monthly meeting. Contact tjdem@charter.net for more information. 

*3/18/2020 Burlington DTC Meeting*
Wednesday, March 18, 7 PM
Town Hall Annex, 25 Center Street, Burlington
 

3/21/2020 A Call to Action on Housing: Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts Annual Conference
Saturday, March 21, AM
Lasell University, Newton
This year’s conference kicks off with a panel of experts on housing, including Rep. Mike Connolly and Eric Shupin from CHAPA. Then we’ll break into working groups to sharpen advocacy skills for use on a range of topics (not just housing), including one on effective grassroots strategies for lobbying for legislative action. At lunch we’ll network with activists to get up to speed on crucial policy issues before us during rounds of our popular Issue Speed Dating program. Then, we’ll wrap up with a lively discussion on winning the fight for progressive leadership in the State Legislature — with retired State Rep. Jay Kaufman and Jordan Berg Powers of Mass Alliance. Suggested donation $25. Buffet lunch included. 

3/21/2020 Greater Lowell Area Democrats Meeting
Saturday, March 21, 8 AM
Radisson Conference Center, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA 01824
Join the Greater Lowell Area Democrats and special guests Candidate for Congress (CD-6) Jamie Belsito and State Sen. Ed Kennedy for their meeting. Contact Christopher Jenkins at jenkins@gwmail.gwu.edu 

*3/24/2020 Billerica DTC Meeting*
Tuesday, March 24, 7 PM
Billerica Town Hall, 365 Boston Road, Billerica Billerica
Contact: billericademocrats@gmail.com 

*3/28/2020 Attleboro 23rd Annual Democratic Spring Brunch*
Saturday, March 28, 9 AM
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 N Main Street, Attleboro
Join together with city, town committee members, for a morning of good food and conversation with like-minded folks. Tickets are $25, available at door. Tickets can be also purchased in advance by mailing a check payable to Attleboro Democratic City Committee C/O Treasurer, Jackie Romaniecki, 120 Augsburg Dr, Attleboro, MA 02703Alan Khazei Guests include: Attleboro Mayor- Paul Heroux State Representative- Jim Hawkins Secretary of State- Bill Galvin., Former State Treasurer and Former DNC Chair Steve Grossman State Senator- Paul Feeney State Senator Becca Rausch Governors Councilor- Bob Jubinville Register of Probate- Tom Hoye Candidates for the 4th Congressional District – Jesse Mermell, Becky Walker Grossman, David Cavell, Jake Auchincloss, Ihssane Leckey, Alan Khazei, Brendan Roche 

*3/29/2020 Groton DTC Meeting*
Sunday, March 29, 4 PM
Legion Hall, 75 Hollis St, Groton
Agenda includes reorganization. Contact: grotondtc@gmail.com 

*4/5/2020 Lexington DTC Reorganization Meeting*
Sunday, April 5, 7:30 PM
Brookhaven, 1010 Waltham St, Lexington
 

*4/7/2020 Pepperell DTC Meeting*
Tuesday, April 7, 6:45 PM
Charles Lawrence Library, 15 Main St, Pepperell
Agenda includes reorganization. Contact: tjdem@charter.net