Notes from the Field...

...occasionally feature, from the work of our grassroots member activists and our chapters.

Happy Fourth of July from Progressive Newton

collecting_sigs.jpgWe’ve had a busy couple of months. Progressive Newton volunteers were right back out there collecting signatures for the second round of Raise Up Massachusetts’s drive to put a minimum increase and earned sick time for all Massachusetts workers on the November ballot.  In the fall we collected over 4,000 signatures in nine weeks. This spring, between May 10 and June 18, we collected about 1,000 additional signatures. Thanks to all the volunteers and, of course, to all the voters who signed our initiative petitions.

We were pleased to see the state legislature pass an $11 minimum wage, the highest state minimum wage in the nation. This increase was motivated in large part by the hard work of the Raise Up MA coalition, collecting signatures to put a minimum wage increase on the ballot and meeting with legislators to discuss the issue. In the long term, we will continue to fight to index the minimum wage to inflation and to provide a higher base wage for tipped workers, two elements that were lacking in the final bill signed this week by Governor Patrick.

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34th Middlesex Candidate Forum

Medford for Mass, Cambridge Somerville for Change and Progressive Democrats of Somerville hosted the 34th Middlesex State Representative Candidate Forum on June 29th at Tufts University.

The forum was moderated by former State Representative and current Executive Director of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Carl Sciortino.

Christine Barber and Sharon Guzik both answered questions at the forum; we thank them for coming and participating!

You can see the video here.

 

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Second CSFC forum

kara.jpg We just had our great event for down-ballot candidates, hosted by Cambridge Somerville for Change. boys.jpg

See photos of the candidates in this incredible event after the flip! tolman.jpg

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CSFC Gubernatorial Forum

See our Storify of the forum after the flip!

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Tax Day Rally and Forum

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Progressive Newton was in attendance on Saturday as activists and organizers from around the Commonwealth convened in Boston for a Tax Day rally and forum in support of the Budget for All.

The theme of the day was, “We pay our taxes. Are we getting what we need?”

The day featured a broad array of speakers from political, social, and faith-based groups that each highlighted the inequities inherent in a tax code rigged to favor the privileged and the powerful and the consequences of an American budget increasingly being pushed to favor militarism and devalue social and societal needs.

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Northampton Minimum Wage & Earned Sick Leave Legislative Forum

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Friday, Northampton held a Raise Up Legislative Forum with Living Wage Western Mass with the Raise Up Massachusetts Campaign. Over 50 people were in attendance including Representative Kocot, aides from Rep. Vega, Rep. Mark, and Rep. Story’s offices, several current and past Northampton City Councilors, and the Mayor and former Mayor of Northampton. Academics, city councilors, and activists told stories and gave statistics on why the two issues of raising the minimum wage and providing earned sick time for all are so important. At the end of the presentation, Representative Kocot spoke at length about how the grassroots Raise Up campaign has shaped the legislative process and how it will move forward.

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Malden's Latest Election -- Jason Lewis Wins!

Progressive Massachusetts's Chapter Progressive Malden's activist Alicia de la Garza writes about working for endorsee Jason Lewis's campaign, and what's coming up!


More than just about any other community, Malden has borne the brunt of the political domino effect that started with the U.S. Senate vacancy created by John Kerry's confirmation as Secretary of State in January 2013.  Late last fall, with Katherine Clark's election to the CD5 seat looking increasingly imminent, many of us were intently surveying the potential roster of candidates for the 5th Middlesex state senate seat quite early on.  For some of us, this election felt deeply personal.  Many of us had worked very hard on Elizabeth Warren’s U.S. Senate campaign back in 2012, and now with rumors swirling that our own state rep, Chris Fallon--a conservative Democrat now infamous for endorsing Scott Brown over Elizabeth Warren that year, might be seeking the seat, it seemed even more imperative that we quickly coalesce behind the most progressive candidate so we could hit the ground running as soon as the primary date was set.

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