January 18, 2019/Weekly Column

Women’s March, Convention Update, Many New Events

Greetings from Kate and Matt
Dear Democrats,

“Would you like to update your voter registration? Become a registered Democrat?” Asking that question can change lives.

Many are going to one of the Women’s march events. Two years ago I went to the Boston event armed with voter registration forms with the goal of trying to get people to register as Democrats. I have learned that my effort has had a significant impact on people’s lives.

I met a very young woman who spent the next year volunteering with me in what she calls a transformative year. We continue to volunteer together on a regular basis. She tells me that the job she has now she got because of the skills and experience she was acquiring. She volunteered from a point of altruism and it has made a difference in her life path.

This past week a friend spoke to our local DTC about climate change and legislative action. She mentioned that on the train from the woman’s march that I had registered her and her friend as Democrats, encouraged them to get involved and it had changed their lives. Now she spends much time on advocacy and campaigning. Her friend later reached out to me for advice on running for local office and is now on her local School Committee.

My work was only part of the series of events that have moved people to activism. I share these stories to urge people to reach out and connect with people to move them towards regular ongoing activism.

Reaching out to people at rallies and in daily life is a way of letting people know about opportunities for engagement. Always be trying to get people moving towards more involvement. Moving someone to registering to vote, to becoming a Democrat, to talking about politics with friends, to active engagement. We all can make a difference in the lives of people around us!

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.

Join a Women’s March on January 19th:
10:00am Boston Common
12:00pm Custom House Square, 33 William Street, New Bedford 12:00pm Northampton City Hall
01:00pm Martha’s Vineyard, 5 Corners to Washington Park
10:00am Union Station, Worcester
02:00pm Ayer Town Hall
03:00pm The Ladd and Whitney Memorial, Lowell

Information for Committees – Convention Update
2019 Convention: September 14.
Details provided to local committees after 2/4/19 DSC meeting.
At the February meeting of the DSC, the committee will vote on the “Method of Selecting Delegates.” That sets the window for caucuses, most likely in the late spring/early summer.
DSC meetings are open to anyone who is interested in attending. Twice a year on a Saturday, a chairs meeting is held in conjunction with DSC meetings. Twice a year the DSC meetings on week night. The February DSC meeting will Monday, February 4th, Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA 01605.

Event details:

*01/18/2019 Elizabeth Warren Event in Claremont NH*
Friday, January 18
https://www.facebook.com/events/605888976533390/?ti=ia

01/19/2019 Social Action Conference – The Wage Gap

Saturday, January 19, 9 AM – 1 PM
All Souls Church, Braintree

Social Action Conference: THE WAGE GAP: How we can help the working poor.
FREE CONFERENCE

We will discuss the Inequality Gap as it applies to wages of workers who can’t make it with one 40-hour job: what is the Gap, effects of the Gap, which classes of workers are affected (a lot of us!), and what individuals and local groups can do to reduce the Gap. Continental breakfast and snacks provided. Questions: Call 781-843-1388 or email office@allsoulsbraintree.org

01/19/2019 2019 Boston Women’s March: Until All Voices Are Heard

Saturday, January 19, 10 AM – 2 PM
Boston Common, Charles St. Boston MA 02108

This event is sponsored by a coalition of intersection feminist organizations as part of a worldwide day of action. 2019 Boston Women’s March Honorary Chair: Ayanna Pressley. See https://www.marchforwardmassaction.org

01/19/2019 South Coast Women’s March and Weekend of Women

Saturday, January 19, Noon – 2 PM
Custom House Square, 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740,

The weekend of women kicks off with a women’s film festival, Luna Fest, at the Zeiteron Theatre on the evening of Friday, January 18. The march will be held in New Bedford on Saturday January 19. Forums will be held in the morning, and the march starts at noon. All are welcome.
https://www.meetup.com/resist-new-bedford/events/257199229/

01/22/2019 Dartmouth DTC Meeting

Tuesday, January 22, 7 PM
Dartmouth Town Hall Room 304, 400 Slocum Road, Dartmouth. MA

Please email DartDTC@gmail.com with any questions.
Future meeting: 2/26.
https://www.facebook.com/DartmouthDemocraticTownCommittee/

01/22/2019 Salem Democratic City Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 22, 7 – 8 PM
Community Room, 135 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 01970

Contact james willis salemdemscc@gmail.com for more information.

*01/22/2019 Boston Ward 5 Dems Meeting*

Tuesday, January 22, 7 PM
First Church, 66 Marlborough St., Boston

01/23/2019 Bay State Stonewall Democrats Annual General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 – 9 PM
Farnsworth House, 90 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

In order to remain a voting member or BSSD office holder, please renew your membership online. To run for BSSD office, please submit a completed nomination form no later than Monday, January 21th at 5 PM.

01/23/2019 Maynard Dems Meeting

Wednesday, January 23, 7 PM
Roosevelt Room, Maynard Public Library.

Guests and Speakers: We will have two special guest speakers – David Gavin and Melissa Levine-Piro. Both are members of the Maynard Board of Selectmen. We’re looking forward to a lively and important discussion on municipal government, the various boards and committees that support town government as well as the annual town elections (in May).

*01/23/2019 Opioid Epidemic Forum with Reps Brodeur and Garlick*

Wednesday, January 23, 7 – 8:15 PM
Tierney Hall, Milano Family Senior Center, 201 W. Foster St., Melrose, MA 02176

Please join Paul Brodeur, State Representative, for a 32nd Middlesex District Community Event
With guest speakers: State Representative Denise Garlick, House Chair, Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery, and Eileen McAnney, President, Mass Taxpayers Foundation
Representative Garlick will detail the provisions of An Act for Prevention and Access to Appropriate Care and Treatment of Addiction. Signed into law in 2018, this omnibus legislation has been lauded as a national model for other state legislatures. Ms. McAnney will share findings of a recent report published by the Mass Taxpayers Foundation which detailed the significant impact the epidemic has had on lost productivity and business’ trouble filling open positions. Rep. Brodeur will facilitate the discussion and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and share comments.

*01/23/2019 Brookline Democratic Town Committee – Legislative Roundtable*

Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 PM
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street First Floor

(Light Refreshments Served)
There’s lots going on up at the State House right now, and two new members of the Brookline delegation. The BDTC hosts a provocative discussion with our state senator and representatives. Come prepared to ask your questions about public policy concerns.
Guests: Senator Cynthia Stone Creem
State Representatives: Nika Elugardo, Tommy Vitolo, Michael Moran, Ed Coppinger.

*01/24/2019 Clean Energy Lobby Day*

Thursday, January 24, 11 AM – 3 PM
The Paulist Center, 5 Park St., Boston, MA 02108

Organized by a coalition of environmental action groups to encourage our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future.

Schedule for the day:
11:00AM – 12:00PM: Speakers on Mass Power Forward, our vision for the coming session, and our legislative priorities
12:00PM -12:30PM: Prepare for meetings. MPF leaders available to answer questions.
12:30PM – 3:00PM: Head over the State House for meetings with State Senators and Representatives.
For more info and RSVP see https://www.facebook.com/events/2281484028801937/ or email Jeanne Krueger at kriegerjk44@gmail.com.

01/24/2019 Community Conversations with Allison Gustavson

Thursday, January 24, 5 – 6:30 PM
True North Ale Company, 116 County Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938

Let’s make time to gather, share our concerns and ideas, and build upon the momentum we’ve generated – come and go as your schedule allows. https://www.facebook.com/events/291095081545000/

01/26/2019 ORMA (Our Revolution Massachusetts) General Assembly

Saturday, January 26, 8 AM – 5 PM
MIT Stata Center (Building 32), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Join ORMA for its second statewide General Assembly, to plan our strategy and priorities for the next six months, build relationships with ORMA members and allies, and talk about key issues facing progressive politics in Massachusetts. For more info email info@ourrevolutionma.com.

01/26/2019 Plymouth County Democratic League Chair’s Breakfast

Saturday, January 26, 9 AM – Noon
Middlebrow Elks, 24 High St., Middleboro, MA 02346

All are welcome to join PCDL for the presentation of the 2018 Thanks Labor Award, and to hear from guest speakers, strategize for 2020 & 2022, and discuss the road ahead. Full Buffet Breakfast Served. $25 per person. Limited tickets at the door. RSVP and purchase tickets at https://www.plymouthcountydems.org/2019chairs

 

01/26/2019 Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee

Saturday, January 26, 10 AM
Tewksbury Town Hall,1009 Main St

Quarterly Meeting.
Contact Cathy Dwyer,Chair cathymdwyer@gmail.com

01/27/2019 Groton Dems Meeting

Sunday, January 27, 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

01/29/2019 Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Annual Meeting & Reception

Tuesday, January 29, 5:30 – 7 PM
Suffolk University School of Law, 5th Floor, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

Attendees can meet MWPC Board members to learn more about the many benefits to joining our organization, which include up close and personal access to thought leaders shaping business and policy-making in Massachusetts. For more info see https://www.mwpc.org/upcoming-events-1

*01/29/2019 Resistance Speaks – Sponsored by Beverly Dems*

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
pin Gentile Brewing Company 59 Park St, Unit 1, Beverly,

Resistance Speaks is a series of speakers and conversations on the issues of the day starting with immigration. Beer can be purchased from Gentile’s Brewery. Some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. Please join us! Sponsored by the Beverly Democratic City Committee.

01/30/2019 National Association of Social Workers MLK, Jr. Forum on Racial Justice

Wednesday, January 30, 5:30 – 8 PM
Boston University, George Sherman Union East Balcony Room, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

Join us for the Annual MLK, Jr. Forum on Racial Justice. This year’s event, “Dismantling Racism: Where Do We Go From Here?” aims to answer one of MLK, Jr.’s final questions. CEUs and a light dinner will be provided. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and you must register to attend. More details and registration is at https://www.naswma.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1184809

*01/30/2019 Young Professional Cocktails with Congressman Seth Moulton*

Wednesday, January 30, 6 – 8 PM
The Point, 147 Hanover Street, Boston

Please join Michael Petit, Emily Cherniack, Jamie Engel, Sam Raymond, Nick Simmons, Dennis Magnasco, Liisa Nogelo-Kerr, and John Ellersick for a Young Professionals Cocktail Reception with Congressman Seth Moulton.

Donations: $50, $100, $250, $500.
RSVP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cocktailswithseth
Questions: Contact Caitlin Quinn at quinn@sethmoulton.com.

01/30/2019 Inside A Detention Center – Immigration Stories and Q&A

Wednesday, January 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Sons Of Italy 120 Quarry St, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169

Hosted by South Shore Young Democrats and OR Weymouth.
In 2018, two members of South Shore Young Democrats spent a week in Dilley, TX at an immigration detention center helping families seeking asylum in the US. First portion of the event will include our two members sharing their first-hand experience of what goes on in these institutions.
The second portion of the event will be a Q&A with an expert panel, including:
(1) a community activist organization – Liza Ryan from MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition
(2) a legal expert – Liz Goss of Goss & Associates, Immigration law firm
(3) a legislative expert – State Senator Jamie Eldridge
https://www.facebook.com/events/237035937192838/

01/30/2019 Worcester Norfolk District Democratic Meeting

Wednesday, January 30, 7 PM
Uxbridge VFW, 13 Cross Road, Uxbridge

7:00 Meetings of individual towns
7:30 Group agenda with discussion
Congressman Jim McGovern will be joining us.

*01/30/2019 Ashland Dems Meeting and Election of Delegates to District Conference*

Wednesday, January 30, 7 – 9 PM
WACA TV Studio, 200 Butterfield Drive, Ashland

At this meeting we will elect delegates to attend and vote at the District Conference, which will be held on February 9th, to elect a new member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee. Any registered Democrat may run to be a delegate to the District Conference, but ONLY town committee members or associate members can vote for delegates. We encourage all who are eligible to participate in the caucus. Following the caucus, we’ll hold our regular monthly meeting. More information here: http://www.adtcmass.org/upcoming-events/januarymeeting

*01/30/2019 Bedford Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Wednesday, January 30, 7 PM
Town Hall, Bedford
Contact: bedfordmassdems@gmail.com

*01/31/2019 Littleton Town Democratic Committee Meeting*

Thursday, January 31, 7 – 9 PM
Littleton Town Hall, Room 230, 37 Shattuck St.
Contact Rob with questions: rob@rghpc.com.

*02/01/2019 New Year, New Congress – Jim McGovern Event*

Friday, February 1, 5:30 PM
Fiddler’s Green, 19 Temple Street, Worcester

Let’s kickoff the New Year & New Congress with Congressman Jim McGovern Chairman, House Committee on Rules.
Tickets: $25.
Kindly RSVP: seth@jimmcgovern.com or 508-795-1998.

*02/02/2019 Ipswich Democratic Town Committee Annual Awards Breakfast*

Saturday, February 2, 10 AM – Noon
Ipswich VFW, 110 County Road, Ipswich, MA 01938

The 2018 Community Service Award will go to the Ipswich Museum. Guest speaker will be Bob Markel. Bob was the Ipswich town manager, but most don’t know that he is also a professor of Political Science and has been actively involved with the Democratic Party. He will give us his thoughts on issues facing Ipswich, Massachusetts and the Nation. Please contact Patience Wales for tickets and additional information. Her email address is patiencewales@comcast.net.
https://www.facebook.com/events/210962566516894/

*02/02/2019 Celebration of Newly-Elected Asian American Trailblazers*

Saturday, February 2, Noon – 2 PM
WeWork – Fort Point, 51 Melcher St., Boston, MA 02210

Please join the Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI) for a luncheon panel featuring the following recently elected:
~ Rep. Tram Nguyen, first Vietnamese American woman elected to MA state legislature.
~ Mehreen N. Butt, Town Councilor, first Muslim American woman elected to MA city or town council.
~ Rep/ Maria Robinson, first Korean American woman elected to MA state legislature.
~ Panel moderated by: Jessica Tang, BTU President, first person of color & member of the LGBTQ community elected as president of BTU.
NOTE: Attendance limited to 75 guests. To reserve your spot, please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/y9lbvgnz and for more information and questions, please contact Gianina Chua at gianina@aawpi.org.

*02/04/2019 DSC Meeting*

Monday, February 4, 6 PM
Worcester Technical High School, 1 Skyline Dr, Worcester, MA 01605

06:00pm Refreshments and networking.
07:00pm Business meeting

02/04/2019 MNW Alliance Monthly Meeting

Monday, February 4, 7 PM
Restaurant 45, 45 Milford St., Medway MA

The Middlesex Norfolk and Worcester Alliance meets the first Monday of every month.

*02/04/2019 Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Monday, February 4, 7 PM
Wilmington Community Television, 10 Waltham Street, Wilmington

Monthly meeting featuring a presentation and mock election from Voter Choice MA (https://www.voterchoicema.org).
This meeting will be informative and interactive; as always new members & guests are always welcome!

*02/06/2019 Bellingham Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Wednesday, February 6, 7 PM
Arcand Room at Municipal Ctr., 10 Mechanic St.
For more info see http://bellinghamdems.org/

*02/06/2019 Barnstable Democratic Town Committee Monthly Meeting*

Wednesday, February 6, 7 PM
Centerville Recreation Building, 524 Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632

For more info see https://www.facebook.com/events/306034600260242/ or https://www.barnstable-democrats.com

*02/07/2019 Braintree Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Thursday, February 7, 7 – 8:45 PM
Thayer Public Library, Program Room, 798 Washington Street, Braintree, MA. 02184

Guest speaker: Holly Sullivan, Stand for Children MA.
https://www.braintreedems.org/events

*02/11/2019 Wayland Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Monday, February 11, 6:30 – 9 PM
110 Grill, 171 Commonwealth Road (at Rt. 30 & 27), Wayland MA 01778

Gather at 6:30 PM for socializing, meeting convenes at 7:00 after food orders are placed. Guest speaker: State Rep. Carmine Gentile and possibly others to be announced. RSVP to WDTC Chair Matt Shear at shalias2@mac.com.

02/11/2019 Lowell Democratic City Committee Meeting

Monday, February 11, 7 PM
East End Club, 15 West Fourth Street, Lowell

Contact Judith Durant at judithdurant1@comcast.net for more information.

*02/12/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting *

Tuesday, February 12, 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.

*02/13/2019 Hudson Dems Meeting*

Wednesday, February 13, 7 PM
Avidia Bank Community Room, 17 Pope Street Hudson, MA 01749

State Rep Kate Hogan will be updating us on bills that will be discussed this session. Information: janefchertoff@gmail.com.

*02/13/2019 Arlington Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Wednesday, February 13, 7:15 PM
Function Room, Common Ground Arlington, 319 Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474

State Rep. Dave Rogers will be our guest speaker. 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.

*02/14/2019 Chicopee Dems*

Thursday, February 14, 6:30 PM
Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA 01013

For more info: Meghan Balakier, CDCC Chair, meghan.balakier@gmail.com

02/15/2019 Speaker Robert DeLeo at Salem State University

Friday, February 15, 8 – 9 AM
Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem, MA 01970

Speaker Robert DeLeo of the Massachusetts House of Representatives will provide an update of the legislative progress and priorities. This event is free but please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-shore-alliance-policymaker-series-tickets-53311332631

02/16/2019 Greater Lowell Area Democrats Meeting

Saturday, February 16, 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.

*02/16/2019 Yarmouth Democratic Town Committee Meeting*

Saturday, February 16, 1 PM
Yarmouth PD, 340 Higgins Crowell Rd.

For more info contact Chairman Robert Isadore at velore20@gmail.com.

*02/18/2019 Harwich Democratic Town Committee 20th Annual JFK Presidents Day Brunch*

Monday, February 18, 10 AM – Noon
400 East Restaurant, 1421 Orleans Road (Rt 39), East Harwich, MA 02645

Save the Date. This year’s awardees will be Mabel Canto Democrat of the Year: Elizabeth Harder and James Noonan Community Service Award: Chris Joyce. More info to follow.

*02/19/2019 Westborough Dems Meeting*

Tuesday, February 19, 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 .

*02/24/2019 Groton Dems Meeting*

Sunday, February 24, 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

*02/25/2019 South Shore Action Meeting*

Monday, February 25, 7 PM
Hingham Public Library

Save the Date.
Contact Ellen Whalen ellenwhalen@verizon.net.

*03/23/2019 Bay State Stonewall Democrats Stonewall 50th Anniversary Event*

Saturday, March 23, 3 – 5:30 PM
Location TBA

Save The Date: Join the Bay State Stonewall Democrats as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Your donation will be instrumental in supporting LGBTQ+ candidates and causes.

03/30/2019 Attleboro 22nd Annual Southeastern Massachusetts Democratic Spring Unity Brunch

Saturday, March 30, 9 AM
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 N Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

This event is hosted annually by the Attleboro Democratic City Committee. This event is open to the public. Join together with city & town committee members for a morning of good food and conversation with like-minded folks. Confirmed to Date: Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux, State Rep Jim Hawkins, Secretary of State Bill Galvin, State Auditor Suzanne Bump, State Senators Becca Rausch & Paul Feeney, Governor’s Councilor Bob Jubinville, and Former Treasurer Steve Grossman. $20 per person. Tickets will be available at the door or purchased in advance by mailing a check payable to: Attleboro Democratic City Committee, c/o Jackie Romaniecki, Treasurer, 120 Augsburg Dr., Attleboro, MA 02703. For further information contact Ellen Parker at 508-222-3062 or Elparker2@gmail.com.

*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

*09/14/2019 Convention!*

Saturday, September 14
Mass Dems State Convention.

*11/12/2019 Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting *

Tuesday, November 12, 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.