Progressive Mass Launches at Statewide Event in October 2011
The enthusiasm about Progressive Mass was clear at our first statewide organizing event, held on October 2 from 2-6 p.m. at LaSell College in Newton.
Joining together were activists from across Massachusetts–life-long community organizers, as well volunteers only recently inspired to to action by a political candidate. Sharing their enthusiasm for a new, statewide “home” for progressives were activists who organize in low-income, urban neighborhoods, and others who have brought meaningful, progressive organizing to the suburbs for the first time; high school students and grandmothers, veteran and new organizers–this meeting, and our membership, are diverse in every way. What was clear at our kick-off is that we are connected by shared, progressive values and a commitment to harnessing our collective grassroots energy to ensure that those values are not compromised.
The kick-off provided opportunities to hear inspiring speakers, participate and share ideas in dynamic break-out group discussions, and meet like-minded activists from across the state. We were blown away by the commitments attendees made to start organizing locally, and participate on committees focused on specific issues, developing candidate endorsement criteria, and defeating Scott Brown. This was just the beginning, but it was one great, energetic day! We are grateful to everyone who helped organize the event and to all of the attendees, who took four hours on a Sunday to share their ideas and energy, and to make a commitment to building Progressive Mass! You can see some great photographs here.
- Progressive Mass Kick-Off Agenda
- Progressive Mass Kick-Off Welcome Letter
- Campaign for Our Communities
Grassroots activism at our Kick-Off