FAQ


How is Progressive Massachusetts different from other organizations?

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PM is committed to continuous, statewide, progressive organizing so that progressive activists remain effectively engaged between election cycles. As a multi-issue organization, we work to advance progressive policy across range of issues (See Our Progressive Platform). Moreover, unlike many other groups in the progressive space, our main focus of activity is on the state level. Massachusetts has a history of leading other states on policy, but recently, we’ve been a laggard. The gap between where we could be (and need to be) as a state and where we are is huge, and only persistent progressive activism -- and a demystifying of state politics -- can change that.

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What is the structure of Progressive Massachusetts?

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PM is a member-based 501(c)(4) organization, because we believe this is the best way to build  long term, sustainable organizing power to influence public policy in Massachusetts. Click here to become a member.

Progressive Mass is organized into geographically based chapters (link to list), and members from those chapters (as well as members not involved in any chapter at all) can participate committees organized around specific goals. Currently, we have an Issues Committee, and Elections and Endorsements Committee, a Chapter Development Committee, and a Finance Committee.

 

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How will the organization decide which issues and elections to work on?

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First and foremost, we remain committed to our Progressive Platform. However, beyond that, as a member-driven organization, we routinely survey our membership to find out what issues are animating our members and chapters. Our Issues Committee uses survey information to develop a legislative agenda for each legislative session.

Although the main focus of our work is state politics, our chapters can choose to work on local issues as well, and Progressive Mass may also get involved with local campaigns directly related to our legislative agenda and organizational priorities. If you are interested in serving on the Issues Committee, please email issues@progressivemass.com.

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How will Progressive Massachusetts work with other Organizations?

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PM will make it a priority to coordinate closely with other progressive organizations, in order to maximize the impact of our collective work and to avoid duplicating efforts.  We stay in active communication with local and statewide progressive organizations, and will have ongoing conversations with our allies about how best to mobilize our respective memberships to most complement each others’ efforts.  Similarly, we are a part of a number of statewide issue-based coalitions, often playing a leadership role and fighting hard with our allies around a common agenda.

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What is Progressive Massachusetts’ relationship to political parties; especially, the Democratic Party?

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Progressive Mass is an independent organization, unaffiliated with any political party. Our accountability is to our progressive values and to the democratic will of our membership.  PM welcomes all people in Massachusetts with progressive values, regardless of political affiliation (or the lack of one; e.g., independents/unenrolled voters). This allows us to work on issues that might not be a focus of the Democratic party, or specific elected officials, or issues on which Democratic officials might not hold a position consistent with progressive values, and enables us to better do the important, long-term work of holding all elected officials accountable.

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