Election 2016: Move to Massachusetts


I would like Massachusetts to run an ad campaign across the country that says, "Are you scared of your neighbor?

Come to Massachusetts, we voted against Nixon and Donald Trump, overwhelmingly.

We will still have Obamacare, marriage equality and you can smoke pot to get by for the next 4 years.

Massachusetts, an American alternative to moving to Canada.

Editor's note: The Boston Globe took Jordan's idea, not the other way around.

Jordan Berg Powers is a long time Progressive Mass member. He works on progressive campaigns and causes. 

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commented 2017-02-06 14:28:05 -0500 · Flag
I’m not a fan of this ad idea. It’s asking ‘progressives’ to move to Massachusetts. This would not be wise, considering that we have the electoral college to deal with. We need people in every state.
commented 2017-02-06 11:13:38 -0500 · Flag
Hello, Thank you for holding this forum. I am glad it’s happening but do want to know more about what “progressive” means to those running and involved in this organization before I jump in all the way. The label progressive no longer means what it used to.

I consider myself a radical progressive (for lack of better words) because I am not only anti-trump, I am also anti-establishment/corporate run government and institutions that support such government. I think Obama, for all his social graces and few good social acts (very few compared to the atrocities he perpetuated) was a terrible president. I do not align myself with democrats at all. I believe true change—what our country desperately needs and has needed for a long time—can only come about with education of the so-called progressives alongside actions to stop the trump machine. Otherwise any successes will be just temporary window cleaning until the next establishment prez comes in—dem or rep. In other words, Progressive needs to mean more than just erasing trump and cronies: it has to mean fundamental rethinking and reshaping of american capitalism, imperialism, and racism.

I am going to attend the meeting tonight, and I hope my concerns will be addressed. And, if so, I want to also add that the very many groups and huddles that are sprouting up everywhere—while fantastic—would better serve our "cause—whatever that is…— if there is unity in message and coordinated group efforts for actions.

I am sure you will agree that for too long the Left’s biggest failure has been in the lack of cohesiveness among splintered factions that tend too often to be single issue and/or, in one way or another, exclusive of the very people purported to need “help”. As such, I hope to see many non-white faces at tonight’s meeting. If it is all, or predominantly white, that will be a sad statement indeed.

Having said all that, I’m going with an open mind.
commented 2017-01-25 17:09:07 -0500 · Flag
Why: “…of your neighbor”? (they’re going to be our allies)

How about simply, “Are you scared?” or,

“Are you scared? Now that Trump is in power?

commented 2016-12-13 04:15:41 -0500 · Flag
I don’t feel comfortable with the ad; to me it seems arrogant and chauvinistic (I wish I could find more diplomatic words). I agree with dropping the pot reference, but also the suggestion that people in other states should be scared of their neighbors instead of understanding the desperation that would drive them to Trump. (I guess there is a diversity of sensibilities.)
commented 2016-11-28 18:17:39 -0500 · Flag
Yet we still haven’t managed to ban conversion therapy (https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H97). :/
commented 2016-11-21 08:26:53 -0500 · Flag
I love the idea, but I’d drop the pot reference. Better to focus on MA as the place for displaced liberals and/or anyone displaced by the Trump administration.
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