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PDM Energy & Environment Working Group

  • Sunday, February 1st, 2015 at 12pm - 1pm
    Location: Conference Call

    Our next conference call will be Sunday, 2/1, at noon. If you'd like to join the working…

PDM Campaign Finance Working Group Call

  • Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 2pm - 3pm
    Location: Conference Call

    Our next conference call will be Tues., 1/27, at 2:00 pm. If you'd like to join the working…

CANCELED: Public Hearing of the #FBRC

  • Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at 11am - 1pm
    Location: Auditorium, Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Road, Bolton 01740

    Public Hearing of the Foundation Budget Review Commission scheduled for Saturday, January 24…

Global Divestment Day

  • Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 10am - 5pm
    Location: State House

    The 350Mass Divestment Campaign has announced plans to participate for an all-day event at the…

Public Hearing of the Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC)

  • Saturday, January 10th, 2015 at 11am - 1pm
    Location: Northampton High School Auditorium, 380 Elm Street, Northampton

Music for Peace

  • Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 7:30pm - 10:30pm
    Location: Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church

    Mass Alliance coalition member, Mass Peace Action hosts all-Mendelssohn program to benefit the…

Brookline Climate Week

  • Monday, February 2nd, 2015 at 7pm - 8:30pm Tuesday, February 10th
    Location: Multiple locations in Brookline

    This is a nine-day program full of events and activities about how citizens and communities can…

RESCHEDULED: Sexual Health Lobby Day

  • Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 9:30am - 2pm
    Location: State House, Boston

    This event was rescheduled due to the snow and will be held at the Boston State House on…

GET OUT THE VOTE

Posted by Member 1f377ce, Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 @ 8:31pm


  • GOTV for Question 4 – Between now and Election Day the Raise-up campaign  will hubdial call likely supporters using a new script to get out the vote.  Training sessions with  the new script are scheduled daily at 3:45 and 6 PM. To join either training, please call in to 712-775-7200 and use passcode 380546. 
    To canvass or phone bank sign up at  
    http://yeson4ma.org/GOTVShiftSignup
    Contact Alex Lach 
    alex@field-first.com
     
    Canvass Lexington for Martha Coakley/ Coordinated Campaign with Literature/DoorHangers
    Phone banks with Hubdialer and paper lists
    Saturday November 1 and Sunday November 2, 2014
    Two shifts:  10AM   and  4 PM; come any time 10AM-5 PM and you’ll be fit you in!
    Staging Location: LDTC Office, 172 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA
    (Please park on Reed Street or adjacent streets) 
    Contact: Eileen Zalisk 
    zalisk@aol.com 617-285-0383
                    Margaret Coppe 
    mecoppe@gmail.com 781-862-2637
     
    Help Re-Elect Ken Gordon 
    Canvasses
    Saturday 11/1 @ 10am and 1pm
    Sunday 11/2 @ 11am and 2pm
    Meet at Campaign Headquarters (278 Cambridge St, Burlington)
     
    Phone Banks @ Campaign Headquarters 
    Thursday 10/30 from 5-8pm
    Saturday 11/1 10am-5pm
    Sunday 11/2 12-4pm
    Monday 11/3 10am-8pm
        OR 
    Make calls @ home online EVERYDAY from 10am-9pm

     

Canvass with Maura Healy and more

Posted by Member 1f377ce, Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 @ 9:36pm

  • This Saturday, October 25 Maura Healy will be in Lexington with the coordinated campaign.

    Saturday October 25, 2014 (12:00PM and 3:00 PM)
    Canvass for Martha Caokley/Coordinated Campaign and Ballot Questions
    Special Guest Maura Healy will speak before the 12:00 PM canvass
    LDTC Office, 172 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA
    (Please park on Reed Street or adjacent streets)  

    Sunday October 26, 2014 (11:00 AM and 2:00 PM)
    Canvass for Martha Coakley/ Coordinated Campaign + Ballot Questions
    LDTC Office, 172 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA
    (Please park on Reed Street or adjacent streets).
    Contact Eileen Zalisk zalisk@aol.com

    Distribute PDM’s position flyer on the four ballot initiatives NO –YES- YES –YES in conjunction with your canvassing between now and the Nov. Election. The flyer is available for downloading here. 

     
     
    Make calls from home for Question 4. The Raise-up campaign is running three HubDialer phonebanks this week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with shifts from 12 - 1:30, 1:30 - 3, 4 - 5:30, 5:30 - 7, 7 - 8:30 PM. The HubDialer is a fast, super easy phone banking tool that you can use from anywhere, including your home or office. All you need is a phone and a computer or tablet with an internet connection. Trainings on how to use the HubDialer are held  at 3:45 on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. To join the training, please call in to 712-775-7200 and use access code 380546. Contact Alex Lach  alex@field-first.com.


Join Maura Healey and Governor Patrick for Door-to-Door Canvassing on Sunday and more!

Posted by Member 18aa9bc, Thursday, October 16th, 2014 @ 8:57pm

  • This Sunday, October 19th, Maura Healey is knocking doors for Martha Coakley and the coordinated campaign in Acton/Maynard and in Somerville. 
     
    Join an Acton & Maynard Door-to-Door Canvass with Maura Healey!
    Sunday, October 19th, 1:00pm
    Campaign Headquarters, 74 Main Street, Maynard
    To RSVP, please contact Joe Beebe at 
    joe@maurahealey.com.

    Join Deval Patrick & Maura Healey for a Somerville Door-to-Door Canvass!
    Sunday, October 19th, 4:00pm
    In front of Porter Square Books, 25 White St, Cambridge (Porter Square)
    To RSVP, please contact Margie Pullo at 
    margie@maurahealey.com.
     
     
    Distribute PDM’s position flyer on the four ballot initiatives NO –YES- YES –YES in conjunction with your canvassing between now and the November election. The flyer is available for downloading here.

     
     
    Make calls from home for Question 4. The
    Raise-up campaign is running three HubDialer phonebanks each week. The HubDialer is a fast, super easy phone banking tool that you can use from anywhere, including your home or office. All you need is a phone and a computer or tablet with an internet connection. Trainings on how to use the HubDialer are held each session. Sign up for a shift here. 
     

    Canvass for Ken Gordon, who is seeking reelection to the House from Bedford, Burlington and Wilmington. Canvasses start at his Burlington headquarters, 238 Cambridge St, every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Contact kerry@reelectkengordon.org.

    Thank you

PDM Positions on Ballot Questions: NO - YES - YES - YES

Posted by Member 18aa9bc, Monday, October 13th, 2014 @ 12:47pm

  • PDM's members have voted to take the following positions on the four questions on the November 4 state ballot:

    NO on Question 1 -- Retain current law to protect our roads & infrastructure

    YES on Question 2 -- Extend the Bottle Deposit Bill to non-carbonated beverages

    YES on Question 3 -- Repeal the Casino Legislation

    YES on Question 4 -- Provide Earned Sick Time for all workers

    For more details, see our flier on the ballot questions here.

    Please make two-sided copies of this flyer and distribute them widely.  Please use them in conjunction with any other canvassing you are doing for the Nov. 4 election.

Mass Alliance House Party

  • Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 5:30pm - 8pm
    Location: 18 Park Vale Ave., #1, Allston MA

    Please join us at a House Party and fundraiser for Mass Alliance, the coalition of progressive…

Michelle Dubois canvass

  • Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 10am - 2pm
    Location: McKinley Park in Brockton

    Mass Alliance is planning a Progressive Coalition Canvass Day of Action for State Rep.…

Mary Keefe canvass

  • Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 10am
    Location: 9 Oxford St., Worcester

    Rep. Mary Keefe's campaign is canvassing this Saturday, August 23rd, meeting at Mary’s house, 9…

Maura Healey's Community Forum

  • Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 7pm - 9pm
    Location: Auburndale Community Library, 375 Auburn Street, Newton, MA

    PDM co-sponsors Maura Healey’s community forum on "Corporations are not people: Massachusetts…

More Ways to Help our PDM Picks

Posted by Mike Combs, Monday, August 18th, 2014 @ 11:43am

  • (from Peter Enrich)—Here are some updates about ways to help PDM’s endorsed candidates as the primary approaches: www.test.com and test.com and http://www.test.com and http://test.com and https://test.com.

    1. All of our endorsed candidates can make excellent use of any financial contributions that you can make, but, to make use of the funds for the primary, they need those contributions right away.  On our website, there are links for contributions to each of our endorsed candidates, both statewide and legislative.  If you’re already flat out doing as much campaign work as you can for your favorite candidate(s), can you also dig down and make donations to some of the others?  In many cases, having the money for mailings and ads may make the difference on Sept. 9.

    2. PDM Co-sponsors Maura Healey’s community forum on "Corporations are not people: Massachusetts leadership in the era of Citizens United & Hobby Lobby" on Monday, Aug. 18 at 7 PM at the  Auburndale Community Library, 375 Auburn Street, Newton, MA.  This event is co-sponsored by the Healey Campaign, PDM, Mass Equality, Progressive Massachusetts, and several other groups.  Maura will be joined by Jeff Clements, President of Free Speech for People and author of the new book, Corporations are not People.  Senator Jamie Eldridge will be moderating and soliciting questions from the audience.  People who are planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by contacting Margie Pullo at or 774.955.8145 or on Facebook here.

    3.  All of our endorsed candidates have very active field operations at present, and are planning even bigger ones in the week or so leading up to the primary.  If you have any time to spare, please help out with one or more campaigns.  If you want us to connect you to the right people for one of our candidates, email us at info@progressivedemsofmass.org

    4. In Christine Barber’s race (the Sciortino seat in Somerville & Medford), another candidate (Sharon Guzick) who was campaigning as another progressive, has dropped out of the race.  This leaves Christine as the clear progressive choice, and turns this into a tough two-way contest.  Her campaign informs us that they’re prioritizing canvassing, and are sending volunteers out daily for 2-hour routes in Somerville and Medford starting at about 6 pm. On weekends they are organizing Saturday shifts at 11 am and 3 pm and Sunday shifts at 12:30 pm. They are also happy to distribute canvassing lists and leave the timing to volunteers' judgment.  For those who are not up for canvassing, they are also quite happy to distribute phone banking lists that volunteers can go through at home or from the campaign office.  Campaign manager Peter Ryan suggests that anyone interested in canvassing or phone banking contact him directly by phone (917-647-4864) or email (peter.ayers.ryan@gmail.com).

    5. Rep. Mary Keefe in Worcester wrote to express her appreciation for our support.  They’re planning a cookout and canvass this Saturday, from 10 to 2, meeting at Mary’s house, 9 Oxford St., Worcester, and they’ll also be doing frequent additional canvassing between now and the primary, and would welcome our help. If you’re interested, you can contact PDM’s liaison to the campaign, Margot Barnet at margot.barnet@gmail.com

    6.  Mass Alliance is planning a Progressive Coalition Canvass Day of Action for State Rep. Candidate Michelle DuBois, on Saturday, August 23rd, with shifts at 10AM-12PM; 11AM-1PM; 12PM - 2PM. Meet at McKinley Park in Brockton (between Winter & Hovenden Ave), a short walk from Montello Commuter Rail and Route 24.
    To RSVP or for questions about transportation please contact suzanne@massalliance.org

    7.  Steve Ultrino (Malden) is planning a canvass afternoon on Sunday, August 17th, starting at 12:30PM at Ultrino Headquarters, 672 Salem Street, Malden.
    To RSVP, please contact Amanda Smith at 339-298-6508 or abs0628@gmail.com.

    Over the next few weeks leading up to the Sept. 9 Primary, we plan to be sending out an email each week, listing opportunities to support our endorsed candidates.  If you have items about any of our endorsed candidates that you’d like us to include, please share them with us at info@progressivedemsofmass.org
     
    Many thanks for all that you are doing in this busy campaign season!

PDM Endorses Seven Legislative Candidates

Posted by Mike Combs, Monday, August 11th, 2014 @ 4:39pm

  • Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM) is proud to announce that we are endorsing seven candidates for seats in the state legislature.  We hope that you’ll join us in supporting these seven progressive leaders.

    Click here to see our Endorsements page and make a contribution!
     
    As in the past, we focused our attention on candidates who have been endorsed by Mass Alliance, the coalition of Massachusetts progressive organizations of which PDM is an active member.  Mass Alliance goes through a careful vetting process, using both an extensive questionnaire about important progressive issues and an interview with each candidate.  We draw on the information from this process in making our choices.
     
    We focus our endorsements on strongly progressive candidates for whom we can make a real difference – candidates who have the capacity to win, but whose success will depend on the active support of groups like us.  The seven candidates we’ve chosen can make a real difference in the legislature’s ability to deliver on a progressive agenda.  Our job now is to deliver on getting them elected.
     
    Here are our seven endorsed candidates:
     
    Rep. Mary Keefe (for re-election to the 15th Worcester House district) – Mary, a PDM founding member, has been a hugely valuable addition to the House’s progressive caucus in her freshman term.  She faces a significant challenge in the Democratic primary.
     
    Rep. Ken Gordon (for re-election to the 21st Middlesex House district – Burlington, Bedford, part of Wilmington)  -- Ken has been another very effective progressive legislator in his freshman term, elected with PDM support.  He faces a significant challenge from a Republican opponent.
     
    Christine Barber (34th Middlesex House district – parts of Medford and Somerville) – Christine is the clear progressive choice to fill Carl Sciortino’s seat in a contested primary.
     
    Steve Ultrino (33rd Middlesex House district – Malden) – This is a chance to pick up a seat for a progressive, replacing retiring Rep. Chris Fallon, in a primary race against a far more conservative opponent.
     
    Michelle DuBois (10th Plymouth House district – Brockton, E. & W. Bridgewater) – Michelle is the clear progressive in the Democratic primary, and will also face a challenging Republican opponent.
     
    Barbara L’Italien (2d Essex & Middlesex Senate district – Lawrence, Andover, Tewksbury) – Barbara (whom PDM has supported in several House races in the past) faces tough fights in both the primary and general elections for the seat vacated by Barry Finegold.
     
    Jessica Finocchiaro (1st Essex Senate district – Methuen, Haverhill, N. Andover) – Jessica presents the opportunity for a progressive to defeat one of the most conservative senators (Kathleen O’Connor Ives) in a Democratic primary.
     
    All seven of these candidates really need our help, both in time and money.  Those with primary races need that help very soon.  Please follow the links to their campaign websites and donate as generously – and as soon – as you can.  And if you’ll have time to help out on any of these campaigns, please let us know at info@progressivedemsofmass.org and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with the right people.

PDM Endorses Maura Healey for Attorney General

Posted by Mike Combs, Sunday, August 10th, 2014 @ 6:24pm

  • July 23, 2014, Boston — The Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM), a statewide network of grassroots progressive organizers and activists, today officially endorsed Maura Healey for Attorney General.

    “PDM is thrilled to endorse Maura Healey,” said Peter Enrich, the Chair of PDM. “Over 85% of our voting members chose to endorse Maura as the clear progressive and the clearly experienced choice for Attorney General. It’s a resounding show of support.”

    “Maura is a proven leader who understands the role of the Attorney General and has chosen to devote her remarkable legal talent to the public interest,”said PDM board member Cathleen Cavell.  “For seven years in the Attorney General’s Office, Maura led the fights to protect consumers, civil rights, and reproductive freedom.  She is exactly the right person to lead the office in the challenging years ahead.” 

    “Maura Healey has a bold, progressive vision for the future of our Commonwealth,” said PDM sustaining member Corinne Wingard. “Maura has the experience to lead on reducing gun violence and expanding access to reproductive health care. She’s a fresh new face and the real deal.”

    “I am honored to have the support of the Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts,” said Healey. “This campaign is about bringing experienced leadership and an independent vision to the Attorney General’s Office. The big guys have plenty of lawyers already; the Attorney General’s job is to fight for the rest of us. I look forward to partnering with PDM as we make the case to the voters in the final weeks of this Democratic Primary.”
     

    ABOUT PDM

    PDM is a statewide network of grassroots progressive organizers and activists.  Since 2003, PDM has worked to hold the Democratic Party and its candidates and elected officials to the Party’s progressive values by working on campaigns for selected progressive leaders and for key progressive issues, by providing trainings and support to progressive activists around the state, and by building a continuing and growing community of committed progressives.

    For further information: Contact Peter Enrich (781-405-1504; penrich@rcn.com).

PDM Endorses Tom Conroy for Treasurer

Posted by Mike Combs, Sunday, August 10th, 2014 @ 6:18pm

  • July 23, 2014, BOSTON — The Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts (PDM) announced today that their membership has overwhelmingly voted to endorse Tom Conroy for State Treasurer.

    “We are impressed with Tom’s progressive values and the financial experience and expertise he will bring to the office of Treasurer,” said PDM Chair Peter Enrich. “Tom clearly has the skills to do the job on day one, and has proven his effectiveness as a progressive leader in championing legislation to increase our state’s minimum wage and establish a domestic workers’ bill of rights.  His combination of progressive values, financial expertise, and history of achieving real results certainly makes Tom the clear choice for Treasurer.”

    “I am honored to receive the endorsement of PDM,” said Conroy. “Their dedication to the defining progressive issues of our day matches my passion for creating opportunities for everyone in the Commonwealth. I look forward to working with the hundreds of PMD grassroots organizers and activists across Massachusetts to promote our shared progressive values in this campaign for Treasurer.”

    The cornerstones of Conroy’s campaign include: ensuring equal opportunity for every person in Massachusetts through sound management of taxpayers’ money; increasing access to capital and credit for small business hoping to open or expand; guaranteeing children are educated in the most modern, safe, and energy-efficient schools possible; and effectively running the State Lottery to ensure cities and towns maximize the revenues they receive in local aid.

    Conroy, a four-term state representative from Wayland, is the House Chairman of the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.  He spearheaded the recent passage of the minimum wage bill, which raises the state-based minimum wage to the highest-in-the-nation $11.00 an hour.  He has also taken the lead in the House on issues such as pension reform, workforce training, and climate change, while also contributing to last session’s health care quality improvement and cost containment law. 

    Previously, Conroy worked for many years as a financial and economic manager, helping private companies grow and create jobs in socially and economically responsible ways, while helping states and municipalities grow non-tax revenues.

    ABOUT PDM

    PDM is a statewide network of grassroots progressive organizers and activists.  Since 2003, PDM has worked to hold the Democratic Party and its candidates and elected officials to the Party’s progressive values by working on campaigns for selected progressive leaders and for key progressive issues, by providing trainings and support to progressive activists around the state, and by building a continuing and growing community of committed progressives.

    For further information: Contact Peter Enrich (781-405-1504; penrich@rcn.com).


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