DNC on Senate Democrats Passing COVID Relief Bill

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement:

“The American people voted for leaders who would deliver the relief they need to weather this pandemic and economic crisis — and they won’t forget that Democrats answered the call for help. Senate Democrats just came together to pass President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, a relief bill that includes: direct payments to Americans, expanded and extended unemployment benefits, funding for vaccine distribution, funding to safely reopen schools, and assistance for small businesses. This plan has broad bipartisan support from the public, and from state and local officials of both parties across the country. And yet, while our country is in need and folks are hurting, Republicans in Congress once again tried to stand in the way of helping the American people. The contrast couldn’t be clearer: Democrats will continue the fight to end this pandemic and to build back better.”

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Democratic National Committee Training Sessions

The DNC Best Practices Institute (BPI) is excited to announce the launch of the Train the Trainer (T3) Program for 2021! The T3 webinar training program is a free, six-week, twelve-part course, covering several aspects of grassroots campaigning. T3 trainings are targeted towards volunteers and activists, and will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM beginning on March 16 and concluding on April 22. Click here to register.

Participants must register by Sunday, March 14, and must complete all sessions in order to receive certification. All training sessions will include a skills test to track retention and participation. All trainings will be recorded and made available following each session via a weekly wrap-up email (delivered on Fridays).

CLIMATE!!! Senator Markey’s office is hiring for two new important roles in Washington

John Walsh was Ed Markey’s campaign manager. They are most likely looking for young activists to fill these positions.

From: John E Walsh <johnewalsh14@gmail.com>
Sent: Tue, Feb 23, 2021 5:44 pm
Subject: CLIMATE!!! We are expanding our team by two to lead on this important issue.

Friends,
Who do you know who SHOULD be in this fight with us in Washington?  We have a strong team and we’re growing it.  Please think about who you know who should take a look at these opportunities and share these two postings widely.

LEGISLATIVE AIDE/ASSISTANT -Senator Edward J. Markey seeks a Legislative Aide/Assistant to work on environment and natural resources issues. The ideal candidate will be able to work in a fast-paced environment and have excellent writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet tight deadlines in a rigorous environment. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: supporting the Senator’s role on the Environment and Public Works Committee, meeting with constituent and stakeholder groups; preparing legislation; analyzing legislative and regulatory developments and recommending appropriate responses; and drafting correspondence, memoranda, talking points, floor statements, and other remarks. Capitol Hill experience is strongly preferred and Massachusetts ties are desirable. Diverse candidates, women, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.  This office is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to senate_employment@saa.senate.gov indicating the job referral number in the subject line.  JOB REFERRAL NUMBER: 223209

CLIMATE ADVISOR -Senator Edward J. Markey seeks an advisor to assist in his work related to climate and environment issues, including the Green New Deal. Responsibilities include work related to political strategy, as well as communications and coordination with outside groups and other stakeholders. The ideal candidate has experience working in a fast-paced environment and has excellent writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet tight deadlines in a rigorous environment. Successful candidates will have relevant policy experience and should have prior leadership experience in these fields. This is NOT an entry level position. Diverse candidates, women, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply. This office is an equal opportunity employer; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to senate_employment@saa.senate.gov indicating the job referral number in the subject line.  JOB REFERRAL NUMBER:  226207

Thank you,John Walsh

Our First Food Pantry Delivery: Thanks to All!

The response to our request for donations, to buy fresh fruits and vegetables to donate to the food pantries in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, has been overwhelming and extremely gratifying. We made our first delivery today, assisted by Rep. Liz Malia and her minivan. What you see in the pictures is only half of the items; there was another carload.

Thanks to everyone who donated. Checks are still coming in, and we have collected enough to have at least one more full donation, and maybe more. Thanks especially to Esther Kaplan, who organized the subcommittee for this action, to Jane Bowers, Kerry Costello, Karen Payne, and David Ofsevit, and to Rep. Malia and her minivan.

CELEBRATE the BIDEN/HARRIS INAUGURATION!

Ward 19 endorses an Act of Service – a food drive to support local food pantries

This week we celebrate the Inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice-President Kamala Harris and welcome the incoming Biden/Harris administration. The Ward 19 Democratic Committee encourages you to join in the celebration. Many residents of Ward 19 have worked relentlessly for this victory and now we hope that ALL will participate in the celebration.

The Biden/Harris Inauguration consists of five days of events – mostly virtual.  On Monday, January 18th (MLK, Jr. Day) it encourages us to participate in a Day of Service.  Therefore the Ward 19 Democratic Committee (JP/Roslindale) is endorsing a campaign to support our local food pantries – the First Baptist Church in J.P. Food Pantry serving 300 families and the Roslindale Congregational Church Food Pantry serving 100 families and 150 elders. We encourage you to join in. 

Both Food Pantries state that their greatest need in the middle of winter is fresh produce – kale, swiss chard, sweet potatoes, berries, etc.  The food pantry campaign invites cash donations that will be used to bulk purchase requested fresh produce for delivery next week and beyond. 

Let’s be creative. So far: 

· Several Ward 19 members committed a portion of their covid relief check

· Another member is donating $46 in honor of the 46th President

· A member committed a portion of funds she intended to spend going to the Inauguration in D.C.

· Another committed what she would spend on coffee in a week if she was not working at home

Contributions of any size are welcome – 100% will be used to bulk purchase fresh produce for these food pantries! 

Please contribute by 5 pm on Wednesday, January 20th:

Via Venmo to @David-Ofsevit for Inauguration Food Drive (David is Co-Chair of Ward 19)

Or

Via Paypal to ofsevit@alum.mit.edu

or

Via snailmail with checks made out to David Ofsevit mailed to 509 Centre St. Apt. 1, J.P. MA  02130

or contact Esther Kaplan at EKap1222@gmail.com to arrange for pick-up

If you prefer, sealed packages of rice and cans/jars of peanut butter, tuna, tomato sauce, beans and soup can be donated in a bin in the outer lobby of Curtis Hall (opposite the Monument). All donations will be delivered to these two food pantries.

Let’s join together as one community to enter a new era of good health and social equity with a government that works for all of us. Please share this with your networks.

For more information, contact: Esther Kaplan at EKap1222@gmail.com

Program of Inauguration Activities



We are excited to share all the great programming the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has planned for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris to celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united.

Over the course of five days of programming, “America United” activities will honor our traditions while safely allowing more Americans than ever before to participate from their own homes.

For our full schedule of events, please click here.

Saturday January 16th
America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers: On Saturday, January 16, the PIC will host a welcome event to celebrate America, reflect and honor our history, and highlight the incredible diversity of the nation. Featuring musical performances, celebrity appearances, and remarks from some of the most popular leaders from across the country, the event will kick off five days of programming leading into the inauguration. The event will stream live on Saturday, January 16, from 7:00-8:30 PM ET at bideninaugural.org and on PIC social media platforms.

Monday January 18th
United We Serve: A Celebration of the National MLK Day of Service: On Monday, January 18, 2021, thousands of volunteers across the country will participate in the National Day of Service – an opportunity for all Americans to unite and serve at a time when the global pandemic calls on us to work together and support our communities. Find an event near you here.

The day will culminate in an hour-long celebration that will feature a diverse array of entertainers, inspiring speakers, and stories celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to service. The event will stream live on Monday, January 18, from 8:00-9:00 PM ET at bideninaugural.org and on PIC social media platforms.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the National Day of Service. If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet, it’s not too late! So many volunteer organizations are in need right now, and our goal is to encourage everyone to find an organization they can volunteer with, not only on Monday, but throughout the year. Please join in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King by signing up to volunteer and spreading the word amongst your friends, family, and neighbors!

Tuesday January 19th
Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial: On Tuesday, January 19th, the PIC will host a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 as part of inaugural activities. A Washington, D.C. ceremony on Tuesday, January 19, will feature a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and PIC is inviting cities and towns around the country to join in illuminating buildings and ringing church bells at 5:30 p.m. ET in a national moment of unity and remembrance. The event will stream live on Tuesday, January 19, from 5:30-6:30 PM ET at bideninaugural.org and on PIC social media platforms.

Wednesday January 20th
Inauguration: On Wednesday, January 20, the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies will begin broadcasting at 10:00 AM ET. At noon, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol.

Pass In Review: After the official swearing-in ceremony on the West front of the U.S. Capitol, the President-elect, Dr. Biden, Vice President-elect, and Mr. Emhoff will participate in a Pass In Review on the East front with members of the military. Pass In Reviews are a long-standing military tradition that reflect the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief.

Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: The President-elect, Dr. Biden, the Vice President-elect, and Mr. Emhoff will visit Arlington National Cemetery following the swearing-in ceremony and Pass In Review at the U.S. Capitol following the Inaugural ceremonies. They will be joined by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, and President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Presidential Escort and Parade Across America: The President-elect will receive a Presidential Escort to the White House. This will be followed by a “Parade Across America,” which will be televised for the American people and feature diverse, dynamic performances in communities across the country.

“Celebrating America” Primetime Special: This will be the capstone prime-time program for the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris to celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united. This night will be hosted by Tom Hanks on January 20 from 8:30-10:30 pm. ET and will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild. 

Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington will introduce segments throughout the night ranging from stories of young people making a difference in their communities to musical performances. Foo Fighters, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons, and Jon Bon Jovi will perform from iconic locations across the country, with additional performances to be announced. 
 
The program will be carried live by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS. It will be streamed live on PIC social media channels: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. The PIC’s streaming partners, including Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNOW from Fox, and AT&T DIRECTV and U-verse, will also be carrying the program live.

Events will be live streamed at bideninaugural.org and on the PIC’s social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.