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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).

Mass Dems Convention

  • Saturday, June 14th, 2014 (all day)

    Stop by the PDM table and say hello!

Mass Dems Convention

  • Friday, June 13th, 2014 (all day)

    The convention will be called to order on Friday afternoon with voting on uncontested races.

PDM unpledged delgates endorse Don Berwick

Posted by Mike Combs, Thursday, May 29th, 2014 @ 5:56pm

  • We want to share some exciting news with you:  PDM’s statewide team of unpledged progressive delegates to next month’s Democratic Party convention have voted to throw their support behind Don Berwick for Governor.
     
    As you may recall, PDM makes decisions about whether to endorse candidates by a vote of our sustaining members.  Before the February caucuses, we set up a working group to research each of the gubernatorial candidates and interview each of them on a set of key issues.  With the information from that process, our sustaining members decided, before the caucuses, that we weren’t ready to single out one candidate for PDM’s endorsement.
     
    Instead, we agreed to work to elect unpledged progressive delegates across the state, who would then work together to learn more about the candidates as the campaign evolved, and see if the team could reach consensus and throw its support behind one candidate in advance of the June convention.
     
    We succeeded in assembling a team of some 60 unpledged progressive delegates, from the Cape to the Berkshires, many of them from delegations with substantial numbers of other unpledged delegates whom they might influence.
     
    The team has held a series of conference calls, followed by an all-day meeting of the team, at which we held one-hour interviews with each of the major candidates.  Following that meeting, the team, along with our sustaining members, has engaged in a careful and thoughtful process to weigh the pro’s and con’s of the candidates.
     
    At the end of this process, we held a vote of the members of the unpledged team, to see if any of the candidates would meet our 60% threshold for the team’s endorsement.  The results were:
     
    70% to endorse Don Berwick
    21% to endorse Steve Grossman
    9% not to endorse at this time.
     
    On the basis of that vote, PDM’s team of unpledged delegates has endorsed Don Berwick.  We will be announcing that decision, jointly with the Berwick campaign, very shortly.
     
    Of course, all members of the team of unpledged delegates remain free to vote their own consciences at the Convention.  But we are delighted that our careful process has resulted in such broad support for Don Berwick’s candidacy.
     
    After the Convention, we expect to return to the question of whether PDM’s sustaining members are ready to endorse one of the candidates for the primary election. If you are not yet a sustaining member and want to become one, you can do so at this link.


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