Notes from the Field...

...occasionally feature, from the work of our grassroots member activists and our chapters.

Northampton Minimum Wage & Earned Sick Leave Legislative Forum

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Friday, Northampton held a Raise Up Legislative Forum with Living Wage Western Mass with the Raise Up Massachusetts Campaign. Over 50 people were in attendance including Representative Kocot, aides from Rep. Vega, Rep. Mark, and Rep. Story’s offices, several current and past Northampton City Councilors, and the Mayor and former Mayor of Northampton. Academics, city councilors, and activists told stories and gave statistics on why the two issues of raising the minimum wage and providing earned sick time for all are so important. At the end of the presentation, Representative Kocot spoke at length about how the grassroots Raise Up campaign has shaped the legislative process and how it will move forward.

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Malden's Latest Election -- Jason Lewis Wins!

Progressive Massachusetts's Chapter Progressive Malden's activist Alicia de la Garza writes about working for endorsee Jason Lewis's campaign, and what's coming up!


More than just about any other community, Malden has borne the brunt of the political domino effect that started with the U.S. Senate vacancy created by John Kerry's confirmation as Secretary of State in January 2013.  Late last fall, with Katherine Clark's election to the CD5 seat looking increasingly imminent, many of us were intently surveying the potential roster of candidates for the 5th Middlesex state senate seat quite early on.  For some of us, this election felt deeply personal.  Many of us had worked very hard on Elizabeth Warren’s U.S. Senate campaign back in 2012, and now with rumors swirling that our own state rep, Chris Fallon--a conservative Democrat now infamous for endorsing Scott Brown over Elizabeth Warren that year, might be seeking the seat, it seemed even more imperative that we quickly coalesce behind the most progressive candidate so we could hit the ground running as soon as the primary date was set.

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CSFC Pi(e) Day

CSFC held a Pi(e) Day event on March 14th (Pi --3.14 -- Day!) to eat and talk about growing and sharing the pie with other activists!

 

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Inequality for All = Mobilizing in Wellesley!

IFA.jpgOn Saturday, Progressive Needham, Progressive Newton, and the Wellesley and Needham Democratic Town Committees sponsored a screening of Robert Reich’s Inequality For All, which explores how the middle class and working poor are being systematically squeezed by an economic system ruled by privileged elites and corporations, and abetted by politics corrupted by money.

Over 80 people came to watch the film, and participate in dialogue afterward with Mac D’Alessandro, about the scale of the problem and how we start mobilizing to make changes. (take a look at the Storify of the event!)

 

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Busy Progressive Newton!

Progressive Newton has been busy in the early months of 2014! An update from Robert Fitzpatrick.

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Mount Holyoke Hubdialer

Progressive Massachusetts worked with Mount Holyoke Democrats to make calls for the Raise Up MA Campaign. Here's what they have to say.

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Needham Holds In-District Meeting with Rep Garlick

Progressive Needham kicked off the new year by visiting Representative Garlick for the Raise Up MA campaign. We discussed raising the minimum wage without cutting unemployment insurance.

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