The Work We Need: Trump Year 1 Drove It Home

  • If you believe that local neighborhood teams, regular peopleare driving big changes, and that this power, when coordinated and focused, is stronger together...
  • If you understand that the way to fight Trump is to fight at the state level--to lead by example, to protect and invest in our communities, indivisible with justice for All (that means all), the way we really should...
  • If you think Massachusetts at the state level should be as good as we think we are (we are not)....

2017 really wanted to hammer what we already knew

How Has the Legislature Performed in Year 1 of Trump?

We check in on our Progressive Legislative Agenda for 2017-2018. In unprecedented times, how is Massachusetts legislature responding to the challenge of being a progressive leader in the age of Trump? 

Are our lawmakers rising to the challenge? 

Or... nah...

Read more here. 

 

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.

Massachusetts Primary: September 4th!

We reached out to candidates across the state in key Legislative, Congressional, and DA primaries and invited them to fill out our comprehensive policy questionnaires. 

YOU, the members, voted. Now it's time to get work. 

Click here to learn more!

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Elections

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

Stand Against Discrimination of Transgender People in MA!

As the mother of 2 transgender children, I have had many reasons to be glad that we live in Massachusetts. Our community has been very supportive since my daughters transitioned about 3 years ago, and Massachusetts is one of only 18 states in which my children can enjoy full protection under the law. As you may know, this came about in 2018 when the Legislature passed transgender anti-discrimination legislation, protecting the rights of transgender individuals in all public spaces.  What you ... (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. 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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