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 steps beyond it to curb mass incarceration and make sure we aren’t criminalizing poverty, illness, and addiction.

And in a strong message to House Leadership, challengers Jon Santiago and Nika Elugardo defeated Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing and Ways & Means Chair Jeff Sanchez, respectively.

They will be joined in the House by other Progressive Mass endorsees Lindsay Sabadosa (Northampton), Maria Robinson (Framingham), and Tommy Vitolo (Brookline), all of whom had big wins last night and face no challenge in the general election. Additionally, Berkshire County will now have a progressive reformer District Attorney in Andrea Harrington.

Becca Rausch won big and will go on to face incumbent Senator Richard Ross this November, and Steve Leibowitz will go on to face incumbent Representative Tim Whelan. Christina Minicucci will face a Republican challenger this fall as well. They will all need your help.

As do our endorsees Jay Gonzalez and Quentin Palfrey, who are fighting to bring progressive policy back to the Corner Office.

 

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This Labor Day Weekend, Let's Get Out the Vote!

TL;DR: The primary is right around the corner, and our endorsed candidates need your help to get out the vote! If you can't spare the time, you can still help by donating.

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Labor Day weekend is for picnics, barbecues, and getting out the vote for progressive candidates in next Tuesday's primary elections.

Here's what you can do:

  • Volunteer: We have a round-up of opportunities below. If you're canvassing for the first time this weekend, or a bit rusty, check out this great Canvassing 101 video put together by JP Progressives (featuring yours truly). And if you're away this weekend on the Cape or in the Berkshires, we still have GOTV opportunities for you!
  • Donate: Can't make it out? You can still donate! Progressive campaigns depend on grassroots donors like you.
  • (last but not least) VOTE: If you're headed off for vacation, make sure to submit your absentee ballot by Friday!

 

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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.

#nohatenofear #immigrantsarewelcomehere #NoExcuses

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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)? 

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Take Action: The Legislative Session Ends in One Week

The Legislative session here in Massachusetts ends one week from today, 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. 📞📞📞📞.

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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. 📞📞📞📞.

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We Have a Busy Month, But There's Always Time to Celebrate

Summer is a season of action and a season of joy. So as the summer approaches, we need to double down on the work of passing our bold policy agenda, as well as celebrate the successes we’ve had.

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Alphabet Soup Activism: FBRC, ERPO, SCA, and AVR

TL;DR:

  1. Call your state rep about fully funding our schools.
  2. Call your state senator about common sense gun regulations.
  3. Let your state senator and state rep know that it’s time to act on the Safe Communities Act.
  4. Email your state rep in support of voting rights.

Saturday’s convention was exciting, as we saw all three of our endorsed candidates--Jay Gonzalez, Quentin Palfrey, and Josh Zakim--win the party’s endorsement.

But the convention also reminded us of all the work we still have cut out for ourselves this legislative session. The speakers highlighted how Massachusetts needs to do more to set a good example for other states and to fight back against Trump.

And that can’t wait.

Here are a few things that you can do this week.

 

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MA House Takes Action on Gun Safety...on to the Senate

Two weeks ago, the House passed the Extreme Risk Protection Order (“ERPO”) bill, also called the "red flag" bill, by an overwhelming 139-14 (Two Democrats--Colleen Garry and Jonathan Zlotnik--and 12 Republicans voted against it). Groups like Moms Demand Action and the Mass Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and the bill's lead sponsor Rep. Marjorie Decker put in a lot of work to make that happen.

What does the bill do? It creates a kind of court order that family members and law enforcement can request to temporarily restrict a person's access to guns because they pose a significant danger to themselves or others. When family members are empowered to act, they can prevent warning signs from turning into a mass shooting or gun suicide. Research has demonstrated that Connecticut’s Extreme Risk law has saved between 38 and 76 suicides.

Before the final vote, Democrats beat back a number of amendments that sought to deflect from the issue at hand (Republicans would like to talk about anything other than guns) or set higher standards than exist elsewhere in the judicial system.

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Take Action: Call Your Senator in Support of These Key Budget Amendments

The State Senate will be voting on amendments to its FY 2019 budget next week. The budget makes some modest improvements to education and transit funding, but without new revenue sources, it remains in the same paradigm of underinvestment that has dominated for the past decade and a half (Take it away, MassBudget). 

Passing the Fair Share amendment on the ballot this fall will be a first step toward changing that.

But back to the budget…..

If you have only five minutes this week:

Call your state senator, as well as Senate President Harriette Chandler (617-722-1500) and Senate Ways & Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka (617-722-1640), in support of Amendment 1147 (Eldridge): Civil Rights and Safety.

The Legislature has so far punted and stalled when it comes to their responsibility to protect MA’s immigrant families from Trump’s xenophobic mass deportation agenda. The Safe Communities Act, which Progressive Mass and allies around the state have been fighting for over the past year, has remained stuck in committee.

This amendment contains key provisions of the Safe Communities Act:

  1. No Police Inquiries about Immigration Status
  2. Stop Collaborating with ICE
  3. Provide Basic Due Process Protections

Let your senator know that you support taking action now in support of MA's immigrant families.

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