Scorecards and Co-Sponsorship Tracking--Our New Look!

We've been doing our multi-issue, progressive scorecards for a few sessions--and it got a dramatic overhaul. Read more about it, here, then

Check out the new scorecard -- with cosponsor tracking -- now!

 

 

Immigration and Identity in the Age of Trump

Activist, journalist, filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas --who is also undocumented-- is one of the leading voices in challenging how America confronts identity.

Progressive Mass is proud to bring him to Massachusetts.

Space will be limited.

Register for his talk, here.

 

Close Call on Obamacare, phew! But... 

It's not enough to hold the line on healthcare. We must push for bigger solutions--and we can do it, right here in Massachusetts. 

Massachusetts can lead the way with Single Payer Healthcare. But legislators need to know you want them to act.

Find out where your legislator stands on the "Massachusetts Medicare for All" bill. 

 

Go Straight to the Halls of Power 

We know that making the progressive changes we desperately need requires engagement on many fronts. On May 3, we're showing up at the State House to make noise for change. 

Want Single Payer? We could have that in Massachusetts.

Want $15 minimum wage? We could have that in Massachusetts.

Want our residents protected in all the ways available from Muslim bans and Immigration raids? We can do more in Massachusetts. 

Show up. Get informed. Go to the lawmakers directly. We're doing all of that, Lobby Day. Sign up, and bring a friend, too. 

RSVP and find out more here! 

How'd Beacon Hill Do Last Session? 

We've been making the case that in the age of Trump, Massachusetts should become a progressive beacon -- that the moral universe demands it.

As we start the next 190th Legislative Session, a review of the one just passed can help identify where we can do better. Our scorecards may require a nice cup of tea or other drink to fully ponder, but they can provide an invaluable insight into where we can improve as we look to the next two years. 

Read more about preparing the 189th Scorecard

Go to the 189th House Scorecard - 189th Senate Scorecard 

 

Tell us how you'd like to help!

On electoral campaigns, issues and community organizing, there's always a way to get involved and lend a hand.

At time-sensitive moments, we put out periodic calls to action, when our citizen engagement can make the most difference. Filling out your volunteer profile helps us know we can count on you when it's most important. 

Let us know, here, how you can help. 

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Issues

Budget 2017: What Does Beacon Hill Value?

CUT TO THE CHASE: Take me to the SAMPLE SCRIPT!  INTRO--How did we get here? ACTION--Call your Reps: Sample Script AMENDMENTS-- --Revenue --Affordable Housing --Education and Youth --Legal Assistance; Jobs Not Jails --Environmental Protection --Public Health Cutting Past the Bone: How did we get here? A budget is a statement of values. And the recently released House Ways & Means Budget shows that too many on Beacon Hill are content with the status quo of austerity and underinvestme... (Read More...)

Is Beacon Hill Ready to Stand up to Trump?

If you're like us, your inbox has been swamped over the past few months with rallies and action alerts about how to fight the reactionary Trump-McConnell-Ryan agenda coming out of Washington. Massachusetts is in position to be a leader in the resistance against Trump's agenda--and a beacon of progressive policy for the rest of the country. Although our Republican governor, Charlie Baker, is not going to stand up to Trump as much as he should, Attorney General Maura Healey has been at the for... (Read More...)

The Democratic Platform Process: Make it Progressive, Make Sure They Act on It

Many of our activist member volunteers work with the Democratic party, a fundamental principle of our point of view is that the Democratic party—especially in Massachusetts—needs to be pulled, and sometimes pushed, to the left. While  the Democratic ideals are on the whole worthwhile, the actual practice of governing has not yielded progressive policy: (Read More...)

Happening Locally

College Students Work to Put a Price on Carbon, All of Us March

Off the coast of New England, warming waters may have led to the collapse of the cod fishery that gave Cape Cod its name. In our daily lives, however, the effects of climate change have been harder to notice. The average temperature and precipitation patterns have changed even here in Massachusetts, but such shifts are masked by day to day and yearly variations. To change that perception, and to build support for carbon pricing, several student organizations from local colleges and universiti... (Read More...)

Watertown Hosts a Public Forum: What is the Role of the Media in a Democracy?

If you’re angry that Trump spewed lie after blatant lie during the election and yet somehow won, you’re not alone. As a candidate and now as President, Trump has consciously eroded trust in traditional news sources by wildly calling any unfavorable coverage “fake news”. Meanwhile actual fake news has some people convinced that Clinton was responsible for the murders of dozens of people, and that a pedophile ring was being run out of a pizza restaurant (also connected to the Clinton campaign, ... (Read More...)

Protecting the Earth from Supervillains, Locally

A Congress that is set on gutting environmental protections. An administration filled with climate change denialists and close friends of the fossil fuel industry. It looks like the environment will have a tough time over the next few years if we don’t step up big league at the local level to protect it. (Read More...)

Elections

When Candidates Are on a Listening Tour, Give Them Something to Listen To

TL;DR: Start thinking about what you want in a progressive governor, and start questioning and pressuring candidates and prospective candidates before committing.   One year from now, Democrats across the state will have elected delegates to go to the state party convention where gubernatorial candidates will vie with each other for the party’s endorsement. The primary field is not settled yet—there’s some time to go, and candidates may yet emerge. But, already, candidates and prospective c... (Read More...)

Election 2016: Move to Massachusetts

I would like Massachusetts to run an ad campaign across the country that says, "Are you scared of your neighbor? Come to Massachusetts, we voted against Nixon and Donald Trump, overwhelmingly. We will still have Obamacare, marriage equality and you can smoke pot to get by for the next 4 years. Massachusetts, an American alternative to moving to Canada. (Read More...)

Election 2016: Reflections from a Progressive Grassroots Organizer for HRC

I feel a tremendous grief for what has been and will likely be lost, as well as fear for what is likely to rain down on the most vulnerable in our society as a result of this election. I strongly supported Hillary Clinton, in the primary and the general, and spent countless hours organizing volunteers in Malden and Melrose, knocking doors here and in New Hampshire. I had the pleasure of working with a large group of volunteers -- some veterans from other campaigns, others new faces. (Read More...)

Mission

Progressive Massachusetts is a statewide, diverse grassroots organization. We organize around progressive issues in Massachusetts, help elect and support progressive candidates for public office who are committed to making a difference on these issues, and hold elected officials accountable to progressive positions and values. We welcome all Progressives regardless of political affiliation. Through issue organizing, electoral organizing, and organization-building and education, we are working to advance progressive values.

 

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