|On Monday, May 10th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, the Public Policy Subcommittee is hosting a webinar on the COVID-19 vaccines and how to get them. This panel will feature physicians and activists helping their communities get vaccinated, led by David Duong, MD, MPH, Director of the Program in Global Primary Care and Social Change at Harvard, and featuring Paulette Denise Chandler, MD, MPH, Wilfredo R.Matias, MD, and Natalícia Tracy, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Brazilian Worker Center. |
Click here to download the event flyer and please share this information with your local committees. If there are community organizations in your area helping folks book vaccine appointments, or you’re interested in receiving a recording of the webinar to promote on a local cable station, please contact the Public Policy Subcommittee.
|Next week, we celebrate the successes of the first 100 days of the President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris administration. The DNC is encouraging all Democrats to join in on the Week of Action activities that will be available from Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30. |
All the details of how you, your family and friends can join in celebrating and talk about the positive impact of the American Rescue Plan can be found at https://democrats.org/100-days/.
Read more below, or find resources in our 100 Day Guide.
Sign up to volunteer and reach out to supporters to talk about the major legislative wins this administration has already had, including the American Rescue Plan, and the importance of passing the American Jobs Plan.
Watch parties: President Joe Biden will address lawmakers in a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28, delivering his first remarks to both chambers nearly 100 days after taking office. Host a watch party with your friends, neighbors, and community. Check out our host’s guide and learn more here.
Share your story: YOU are our best story tellers for spreading the word about all of President Biden’s success in the last 100 days. Read more from our guidelines and submit your selfie video here.
Phone banks: We’ll be hosting a phone bank every day during the week of action! Sign up here.
Supporters will have the following opportunities to volunteer:
Attend a Phone Bank
Host a Joint Address Watch Party
Attend a Joint Address Watch Party
Share Your Story
History made in Boston as 1st Black, 1st woman becomes mayor. See her swearing in at https://apple.news/Acwrc904bQRuflf1kaYsYew.
Boston’s former mayor, Marty Walsh, is the new secretary of labor.
Read Dr. Rachel Levine’s statement after her historic confirmation last night:
|“I am honored that the U.S. Senate has voted in favor of my nomination to be Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. I am grateful to President Biden and Vice President Harris for nominating me to this important post. I look forward to working under the leadership of Secretary Becerra and ensuring that we promote policies that advance the health and wellbeing of all Americans.|
As I prepare to take my oath of office and begin serving as Assistant Secretary for Health, I would like to take this opportunity to address members of the LGBTQ community. First, thank you. Only through your work and advocacy over many decades is my story possible. I am humbled to be the first transgender individual to serve in a Senate-confirmed position. As Vice President Harris has said, I recognize that I may be the first, but am heartened by the knowledge that I will not be the last. When I assume this position, I will stand on the shoulders of those who came before- people we know throughout history and those whose names we will never know because they were forced to live and work in the shadows.
In particular, I want to address transgender youth. I know that each and every day you confront many difficult challenges. Sadly, some of the challenges you face are from people who would seek to use your identity and circumstance as a weapon. It hurts. I know. I cannot promise you that these attacks will immediately cease, but I will do everything I can to support you and advocate for you. President Obama often reminded us that not all progress goes in a straight line. What I can tell you is that there is a place for you in America and in our government. Our ‘more perfect union’ includes you, too.”
In this statement, Dr. Levine perfectly expressed why LGBTQ representation matters – and why having an out voices in power makes a world of difference for LGBTQ youth. Statements like these are why LGBTQ Victory Institute works overtime to ensure that all out voices are included in the conversation.
Our Presidential Appointments Initiatives was Dr. Levine’s strongest advocate – both before her nomination and throughout the confirmation process. We were even called “her personal PR team.” Help us do this for more groundbreaking LGBTQ potential appointees. If you can make a donation to power this essential work and add more out voices to government, we appreciate it.
Vice President of Communications, LGBTQ Victory Institute
|The Democratic National Committee today released a 60-second television ad, “Help Is Here,” that highlights how President Biden and Democrats have delivered real, tangible results for the American people and their families by making the American Rescue Plan a reality. “When President Biden took office, he promised the American people that help was on the way — and now, thanks to his leadership and a united Democratic Party, help is here,” said DNC Chair Jaime Harrison. “The American Rescue Plan is the bold and historic action we need to combat this virus. With measures including direct payments of $1,400 per person and resources to help manufacture and distribute vaccines, it will provide the relief working families need and overwhelmingly want, while showing that the government is again working for the people.”|
The American Rescue Plan: Impacts on Massachusetts
The Need for Action in Massachusetts
The pandemic and the associated economic crisis have had a severe impact on Massachusetts. The need for action is clear:
- Since the pandemic began, more than 568,979 people have been infected with COVID-19 and more than 16,293 people have died.
- The unemployment rate is 8.4%, up from 2.8% before the pandemic.
- Since February 2020, more than 204,033 fewer people are employed.
- 337,000 adults – 7% of all adults in the state – report not having enough food to eat. This includes 185,000 adults living with children, or 12% of all adults living with children, who report that the children in their household do not have enough to eat.
- An estimated 284,000 renters or 17% of renters are not caught up on rent.
- An estimated 1,406,000 adults or 28% of all adults statewide report having difficulty covering normal household expenses.
The Effect of the American Rescue Plan on Massachusetts
President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will provide Massachusetts with:
- $5.356 billion in state fiscal relief
- $2.663 in local fiscal relief
- More than $1.897 billion in relief for K-12 schools
- Economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per person (above the $600 per person provided in December) for more than 3,925,800 adults and 1,331,400 children. This is 78% of all adults in the state and 73% of all children in the state.
- Additional relief of up to $1,600 per child through the Child Tax Credit to the families of 1,105,00 children, lifting 55,000 children out of poverty
- Additional relief of up to nearly $1,000 through the Earned Income Tax Credit to 294,000 childless workers, including many in frontline jobs
- Marketplace health insurance premiums that are $1,011 lower per month for a 60-year old couple earning $75,000 per year
- Provide over $1 billion in funding for public transit to maintain full service and keep workers employed.
- Provide renters with $362 million in assistance.
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.”
We have enough cash left to do one more full food delivery, thanks to everybody’s generosity. When we proposed this, we hoped to do one, so three is beyond gratifying.
Sorry, we didn’t take pictures today, but be assured that the local food pantries appreciate this greatly.
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).
John Walsh was Ed Markey’s campaign manager. They are most likely looking for young activists to fill these positions.
From: John E Walsh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, Feb 23, 2021 5:44 pm
Subject: CLIMATE!!! We are expanding our team by two to lead on this important issue.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the job referral number in the subject line. JOB REFERRAL NUMBER: 226207
Thank you,John Walsh
Please note: BMC has a location in Roslindale and several of our members have been able to obtain quick appointments there. This is limited to Boston residents.
We had a good turnout at the live webinar on short notice. We feel the information is important to a much wider audience. Please forward the link to anyone you know. Thanks!