On November 18, progressives from all over Massachusetts came together in Newton to reconnect and reflect on the past year. While we the national trend dominates all of our concerns, our member-activists are more determined than ever to dig in to the ongoing work of organizing and mobilizing our communities to engage on the issues that matter.
In addition to the big win in defeating Question 2, our endorsees Eric Lesser, Ken Gordon, Pat Jehlen, Jack Lewis, Julian Cyr, and Mike Connolly won their races. We celebrated the hard work of the grassroots activists in our chapters -- in Worcester, Newton, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, Needham, Watertown, West Roxbury, South Shore, Lexington.
Activists met and exchanged ideas and emails, and the energy for new chapters has never been stronger -- in Waltham, Springfield, Acton, Woburn, Andover, Stoughton and more every day.
Read more from the evening from Senator Jamie Eldridge, below. Become a part of our efforts by joining us as a member, here.
Remarks from Senator Jamie Eldridge
Last night at the annual party in Newton was the biggest turnout I've ever seen for Progressive Mass!
I was proud to honor Senator Pat Jehlen
as the 2016 Progressive Champion
for her leadership on the Equal Pay Act, her bill to prohibit utility companies from taxing ratepayers to build gas pipelines, and her role in defeating ballot Question 2, which would have lifted the cap on charter schools with no additional funding.
It was also great to hear from #FightFor15
's Darius Cephas
about the Living Wage Day of Action on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Progressive Mass co-founder Harmony Wu spoke on the fact that the Massachusetts Legislature, despite our reputation, is not a very liberal body, and the need to organize to pass social and economic justice legislation next session -- including $15/hour minimum wage, single-payer healthcare, paid family medical leave, and fix our transportation system.
It was an inspiring night, and wonderful to see so many progressive activists together!
It is a very scary time, and progressives must stay united and fight back.