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2018 Statewide Endorsements

After studying our questionnaires, going to forums, meeting candidates, and asking tough questions, we asked our members who they wanted to endorse for three contested statewide offices.

And they overwhelmingly voted to endorse Jay Gonzalez for Governor, Quentin Palfrey for Lieutenant Governor, and Josh Zakim for Secretary of State.

Why did our members like them so much? Read their questionnaires here, check out some key dates, and then get involved!

Read more about our endorsement here.

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Elections

2018 Primary Elections: Whew!

Primary Night 2018 was a big night for Progressive Massachusetts and our endorsed candidates. Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley defeated incumbent Congressman Mike Capuano by 17%, becoming the first woman of color to represent Massachusetts in Washington. Rachael Rollins won by 16% and will become the first woman of color to be the District Attorney of Suffolk County. She ran on a strong progressive platform of implementing the recently passed criminal justice reform bill and taking bold ... (Read More...)

Special Elections have Special Powers

Support Progressive Candidates on the State and Local Level Finally getting Massachusetts back on track as the progressive leader we once were is a project with many fronts—grassroots organizing, legislative pressure, and electoral change … We need to build a better, more progressive Beacon Hill. Not just in name, but in actual policy-making and priority-setting. To win on our issues: we need more legislators willing to stand up to the forces in the system that have pulled our policy too far ... (Read More...)

CAUCUSES: a chance to lean on the system

From our friends in the Progressive Needham chapter, a useful graphic on caucuses--and, below, some suggestions about how one might organize/engage to affect the electoral landscape From February 3 to March 4, local Democratic town and ward committees across the state will be holding caucuses to elect delegates to the 6/2 Mass Dems Convention.  Find your caucus location here: massdems.org/convention/2018-caucus-dates Caucuses are one of the opportunities activists, organizers, and regular o... (Read More...)

Issues

Excuses, Excuses. Share What YOU Hear

We bet we've heard a lot of them before. Share what you're hearing when you ask your Legislators, WTF happened and why did you fail to pass (sooooomuch)?  (Read More...)

The End (of 190th Session) is Coming

The Legislative session here in Massachusetts ends one week from tomorrow, and there's still a lot to get done.Find your state representative's contact info here, and then give them a call on these key issues. .   (Read More...)

Take Action: A Budget is a Statement of Values (FY2019 House Budget)

As the saying goes, a budget is a statement of values. The FY2019 budget from the MA House, released last week, makes some modest steps forward, but in others, is just standing still (which, as we all know, is another way of moving backwards). Over the past few years, our Democratic Legislature has too often taken its cues for the budget from our Republican governor rather than from the needs of communities around the state. In other words, we can do better. Legislators last week filed a lit... (Read More...)

Happening Locally

Safe Communities: We had the numbers; where was the courage? Video from Progressive Needham

John Kirk from Progressive Needham reminds us at least week's #WednesdayWitness that the legislature already has the votes to pass #SafeCommunitiesAct but they lack the will and the leadership to have done so. For the sake of the children separated from families and for the safety of undocumented citizens who are our neighbors,in order to #KeepFamiliesTogether let's demand from our representatives that they make this the first order of business when they re-convene in January 2019. #nohateno... (Read More...)

Progressive Needham Sends Delegates to Convention

After a packed general chapter meeting on Friday night at the Kirks' home, many Progressive Needham members got up early the next morning to Caucus with the Needham Dems.  It was a mini-reunion the next day, with many first-timers, as well as many people who had caucused before, but not in many years.    (Read More...)

Criminal Justice Reform - It's time to make this happen!

Last week, the Senate unveiled the eagerly anticipated Criminal Justice Reform bill. While those of us interested in comprehensive reform did not get everything we wanted, the final Senate version represents a significant step forward in returning some real justice to our criminal justice system.  So what's in the bill, and what can you do to help?  (Read More...)

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Progressive Massachusetts is a statewide, diverse grassroots organization committed to a bold, progressive agenda for the Commonwealth.

We believe in fighting for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice in all forms. Our vision for the Commonwealth is one of just wages and fair taxation; robust investment in public education and public infrastructure; a health care system that leaves no one behind; a clean environment; an open, transparent, and participatory government; and communities where all residents have the opportunity and resources they need to thrive.

 

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